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Asian American Federation launches program to replace small business signage on a major Flushing street

January 15, 2019 / Carlotta Mohamed

Mom-and-pop businesses along Union Street in Flushing will be provided financial assistance under a new program by the Asian American Federation to replace costly signs after fearing the anti-awning ticket blitz that has swept across the city. The Asian American Federation, a nonprofit organization working to advance the civic voice of Asian Americans in the New York Metropolitan area, launched the Signage Replacement Program on Jan. 11 for long-time small businesses on Union Street. Prior to the New York City Council passing the Awnings Act on Jan. 9, business owners removed their store signs in fear of having to pay costly fines to the city, leaving the once vibrant commercial area starkly barren, and without any store identification.