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How the real estate industry is helping fight COVID-19

Hospital workers give Weiss Realty the thumbs up.

Weiss Realty Co. has been helping its retail tenants help healthcare workers.
As part of a community fund, the company is footing the bill for meals, snacks and coffee going to the healthcare workers to nearby JFK Medical Center and the Edison Township Police and Fire Departments.  
Frappe Joe Coffee and Brooklyn Boys Pizza & Deli, both tenants at the Colonial Village Shoppes at Lincoln Highway in Edison, are providing the food and drinks.
Weiss Realty is the leasing managing agent for The Shoppes at Colonial Village.

Zara Realty has donated over 7000 safety masks to residents of its buildings in Queens.
“Nothing is more important to us than the safety and health of our tenants, our staff and our entire community,” said Tony Subraj, Vice President of Zara Realty.

Madison Realty Capital (MRC) is partnering up with Frontline Food Trucks to support healthcare workers at Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island by providing food and beverages free of charge.
MRC is sponsoring a food truck owned by Staten Island native and Food Network star Dom Tesoriero that’s located outside the hospital.
The truck is part of the Frontline Food Trucks charitable initiative.
“MRC is proud to do our part in supporting these brave health care professionals fighting the COVID-19 crisis by sponsoring Frontline Food Trucks,” said Josh Zegen, co-founder of MRC.
To donate funds, visit

MRC is sponsoring a food truck

The Kulka Group in Hauppauge delivered meals to healthcare workers at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, NY and St. Catherine’s Hospital in Smithtown, NY.

“We just wanted to say thank you, plain and simple,” said Devin Kulka, CEO of The Kulka Group. “We’re all Long Islanders. We wanted to take care of the people who are taking care of us – our parents, our children and our families.”
Kulka team members Mark Torkelson, Devin Kulka, CEO and Danielle Lundon drop-offed meals at St. Catherine’s Hospital. Mark Torkelson, Rose Salucci and Rob Mannino took them to Huntington Hospital.

Kulka Group workers make a special delivery

MADDD Equities and Team Brown Consulting teamed up to provide 1,700 masks enough for each resident in Ingersoll Houses.
Resident Association President, Darold Burgess, has delivered hundreds of food boxes and fresh produce to NYCHA residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

Burgess had secured small amounts of masks and gloves from local volunteer organization, One Community, but saw a need to get more masks to seniors, shut-ins and vulnerable populations. He teamed up with Jorge Madruga of Maddd Equities and Ed Brown of Team Brown Consulting to provide enough PPE for each resident at the 1,700-unit NYCHA complex.
“The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis. I am always happy to help deliver what my residents need,” said Darold Burgess, Ingersoll Resident Association President.
“It’s only right that those that are in a position to help actually help. When any community in NYC suffers, the entire country suffers. We really are all in this together,” said Ed Brown, Team Brown Consulting.

Hotel brand citizenM has joined with other hospitality industry leaders to donate a thousand new iPads (pictured top) to hospitals and healthcare workers in New York City, London, Paris and Rotterdam.
The donated tablet devices — previously set to become citizenM “MoodPads” controlling lights, temperature, entertainment, and curtains in citizenM hotel rooms — were restored to factory settings, and enable recipients in the four cities to communicate with family and friends while in isolation, or to access crucial patient information.
“It is more important than ever to stay strong together, and yet the current circumstances don’t allow us to do so freely,” Robin Chadha, an officer with citizenM.
“In that spirit, we hope this small act will help some of our local communities stay connected with their loved ones during these strange and unprecedented times.”

Janover‘s Helping Hands Committee, a group of individuals from all areas and levels at the firm, is spearheading the firm’s efforts in fundraising to support the healthcare workers at Northwell Health.
The firm has created a page on Northwell Health’s website for donations called “Helping Hands Committee of Janover LLC.” 100 percent of all donations go directly to Northwell Health COVID-19 Emergency Fund’s programs and services. The Helping Hands Committee donated $1,200 raised from the sale of retired IT equipment to support the cause.
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Fairstead, one of East Harlem’s largest affordable housing developers, donated $50,000 to a fund for NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem set up by State Senator Brian A. Benjamin.
The $50,000 grant will allow NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem to purchase Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machines, a device used in noninvasive breathing therapies, pulse oximeters to measure blood oxygen in patients, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff.
“Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Fairstead has been taking various initiatives to not only assist our residents and staff, but our surrounding communities as well,” said Will Blodgett, co-founder and partner at Fairstead.
“Fairstead is proud to partner with Senator Benjamin and Harlem Hospital in this initiative. Together we will get through this stronger.”

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) launched a new initiative to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to local hospital workers.
Contributors to the fundraising effort were entered in a raffle drawing for a chance to win specific raffle prizes with each $5 or $10 donation they made.
Sponsors included Weichert, Realtors – Evolution Group; Dawning Real Estate; Century 21 Papp Realty; Ariana’s South; Violette’s Cellar, and A&C Superette and Salumeria.
The raffle drawing is taking place today (May 15) via Zoom at 4 p.m., during a Virtual Snack Party. Register in advance for the party here

Chef Daniel Boulud

Food1st, the non-profit foundation launched last month to address the ongoing food crisis in New York City, has expanded its network of restaurant partners to increase the capacity to deliver meals to frontline workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and other food insecure New Yorkers.
Food1st launched on April 23, 2020 with its inaugural partner, Chef Daniel Boulud, and Chef Boulud has already delivered approximately 20,000 meals throughout New York City.
By re-activating more kitchens in New York City, the program simultaneously helps safely bring food and beverage staff back to work to revitalize the restaurant industry.
“Food1st was just an idea a few weeks ago and it’s inspiring to see so many partners and donors step up to feed thousands of first responders and vulnerable New Yorkers every day,” said Marc Holliday, Chairman and CEO of SL Green Realty Corp., which launched the effort with a $1 million grant.
“We’re off to a great start but we know we can do more, and hope more people will join us in supporting Food1st.”
Food1st has added eight new partners, including: Armani Ristorante, Juice Press, Just Salad, Little Beet, Maman, New York Vintners, Stout, and Sushi Ito.
To date, Food1st has delivered fully-packaged, healthy meals to non-profit distribution partners and medical facilities including: Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Health, Citymeals on Wheels, Services for the Underserved, The Bowery Mission, World Central Kitchen, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Montefiore Health System, and Columbia University Medical Center.
In its first week of fundraising, Food1st received support from over 400 individuals and companies, which will build upon the $1 million grant from SL Green.
All funds donated go directly to supporting meal preparation, packaging and delivery.
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Million Air Westchester transported face masks to Westchester County Airport

Local private aviation company, Million Air Westchester donated 8,000 surgical respiratory masks and 1100 KN95 protective face masks to White Plains Hospital, using its aircraft to get them there quickly.
The face masks arrived at Million Air’s new hangar and passenger terminal at Westchester County Airport on a Million Air flight from Houston. From there, they were delivered to the hospital, a part of the Montefiore Health System.
Roger Woolsey, CEO of Million Air, said, “The aviation community has played a crucial role in transporting desperately-needed medical supplies to communities hard-hit by the coronavirus. We were happy to obtain these masks and used our resources to get them in the hands of doctors and nurses as soon as possible.”
The aircraft Million Air used to transport the masks are in the life saving business. On a daily basis, the company flies about 10 organ procurement missions, moving doctors and organs when timing is critical.

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