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Midtown’s Small Business Owners Celebrated In Photo Series

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — The pandemic has thrown every challenge imaginable at small business owners in New York, a city already known for its cutthroat climate, but a new photo and interview series aims to show how the people behind some of Midtown’s beloved businesses have remained resilient during the crisis.

The “Faces of East Midtown” series was created by the East Midtown Partnership with the goal of celebrating the neighborhood’s humanity and “providing a real, raw and honest look at the faces behind the locally-owned businesses that have gone through unimaginable changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The EMP allowed Patch to republish portions of those interviews, which were conducted over email by EMP staff. Subjects range from a tavern keeper to a salon owner to a chef, sharing how they’ve survived an unprecedented few months.

Noel Donovan: owner, Bloom’s Tavern

(Ron Jautz, Jautz Photography / Courtesy East Midtown Partnership)
(Ron Jautz, Jautz Photography / Courtesy East Midtown Partnership)
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Laura Painia Jackson, manager of the celebrated Dew Drop Inn in Central City, dies at 91 | Music

Laura Painia Jackson, the business manager of the legendary Dew Drop Inn, died Sept. 11 of kidney failure at her New Orleans home, her son, Kenneth Jackson, said. She was 91.


Laura Painia Jackson 

The Dew Drop, at 2836 LaSalle St. in Central City, was a magnet for Black entertainers when segregation was the rule. It was also a family business that Jackson’s father, Frank Painia, founded in 1939. In addition to a performing area, the Dew Drop had a barber shop, a restaurant and a hotel for traveling performers who, in the Jim Crow era, could neither eat nor sleep in New Orleans’ famed establishments.

“Deacon John” Moore, who played there frequently, called the Dew Drop “a one-stop shop” where traveling musicians could get free lodging in exchange for performing.

Ray Charles, who lived at the Dew Drop, frequently practiced on the piano at the home where Jackson lived

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