Scratch the surface of Lower Manhattan’s many vibrant neighborhoods and you’ll find countless organizations -- business, community, and cultural -- all working to make downtown an even better place that it already is. Some provide marketing and technical assistance for small businesses. Others connect residents eager to volunteer with valuable projects in need of support. The following includes ways to find the services and opportunities you’re seeking.
Lower Manhattan Community Organizations
Alliance for Downtown New York
The Alliance for Downtown New York is the Business Improvement District (BID) serving the area south of Chambers Street. It provides supplemental security and sanitation, economic development, transportation services, and marketing and tourism programs.
120 Broadway, Suite 3340
Asian American Federation of New York
The Asian American Federation of New York is a not-for-profit organization that provides public policy and community service leadership to identify and meet the critical needs of Asian Americans in the New York metropolitan area.
120 Wall Street 3rd floor
Asian American Business Development Center
The Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) provides technical assistance to improve the management skills of Asian American business owners, including assistance in accessing and utilizing government and private economic development resources, as well as programs to help businesses and entrepreneurs accessing potential markets outside the Asian American community.
150 Lafayette Street, Suite 901
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Battery Park City Conservancy (BPC Parks) operates nearly 32 acres of open space on the southern tip of Manhattan. All of the land is protected and open to the public. The conservancy offers a range of volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping to beautify to leading its public programs.
2 South End Avenue
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association New York
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) serves and protects the interests of Chinese people in New York City. The CCBA provides social services, mediates personal and commercial disputes, preserves Chinese traditions and cultural heritage, serves as a bridge between Chinese and American groups, promotes Chinese-American interests, engages in charitable activities, and sponsors educational and recreational activities.
62 Mott Street
Community Board 1
Community Board 1 is a local representative body serving Tribeca, Financial District, Civic Center, South Street Seaport and Battery Park City. Chairperson: Julie Menin. District Manager: Paul Goldstein.
49-51 Chambers Street, Rm 715
View the CB1 Website
Community Board 2
Community Board 2 is a local representative body serving Greenwich Village, West Village, NoHo, SoHo, Chinatown, Hudson Square and Little Italy. Chairperson: Maria Passannante Derr. District Manager: Arthur Strickler.
3 Washington Square Village, #1A
Community Board 3
Community Board 3 is a local representative body serving Tompkins Square, East Village (below 14th Street and east of the Bowery), Lower East Side, and Two Bridges. Chairperson: David McWater. District Manager: Susan Stetzer.
59 East 4th Street
Downtown Business Network
Created to help revitalize and strengthen the small business and professional services community of Lower Manhattan, the Downtown Business Network currently represents more than 250 small businesses and encourages corporations -- both large and small, private and public -- to contract out to member firms whenever possible. The online network aims to keep business services projects “in the neighborhood” to help rebuild and grow Lower Manhattan's small business environment.
65 Broadway, Suite 817
Henry Street Settlement
The Henry Street Settlement is a community organization established more than a century ago to help build better lives for residents of New York's Lower East Side. Today, a community mental health clinic, a battered women's shelter, transitional residences for homeless families and single women, three day care centers, a senior center, programs and services for older adults, a multi-disciplinary arts center, arts-in-education programming, home care initiatives, and a broad spectrum of educational, employment, recreational, camping, community service, after-school, counseling, and leadership development programs for youth are all a part of the organization.
265 Henry Street
Little Italy Neighbors Association
The Little Italy Neighbors Association (LINA) is made up of local residents working to ensure that the community has a voice in neighborhood developments.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) develops the area's cultural life, providing support for individual artists and arts organizations while fostering public participation in the arts through free events.
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd floor
Lower East Side Business Improvement District
The Lower East Side Business Improvement District was established in 1992 as a nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to revitalizing the Orchard Street Shopping District while preserving its unique and diverse character.
261 Broome Street
New York Chinese Cultural Center
The New York Chinese Cultural Center offers an experience of Chinese arts and culture through dance performances, classes, and workshops.
390 Broadway, 2nd floor
Seedco offers grants and loans through a number of programs to eligible small retail or manufacturing businesses south of Canal Street.
915 Broadway, 17th floor
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
The Tribeca Performing Arts Center commissions and supports emerging and acclaimed theater, music, and dance artists while providing performing arts events with a culturally diverse focus for both children and adults to enjoy.
199 Chambers Street, #110SC
Wall Street Rising
Wall Street Rising is comprised of businesses, industries and residents dedicated to restoring Lower Manhattan.
25 Broad Street