Christmas is a week away and if you're a last-minute shopper, how about supporting East Coast businesses hit hard by Super Storm Sandy—all with the help of a cool, interactive map?
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The City of New York and Yelp have partnered to promote small merchants that have reopened after the devastating hurricane in late October. The "Support NYC Small Business" campaign features an interactive map that showcases more than 460 small businesses. "We're Back. Pay Us a Visit," the campaign declares. The map will continue to be updated.
Yelp community managers in the New York City area were key to establishing this campaign. They had their ear to the ground immediately after the hurricane and called on Yelp community members to support local merchants and share information. "We have boots on the ground to interface with folks,who use the site," said Luther Lowe, Yelp's director of public policy.
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn's office, a Yelp fan, reached out to the San Francisco-based tech firm and the idea was hatched. Founded in 2004, Yelp's website connects users with local businesses. Many consumers use the site to find and rate local restaurants and other area businesses.