Cypress Hills Business Partners

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Cypress Hills Business Partners is a merchants association that supports community-friendly businesses to strengthen the local economy and expand workplace opportunities in Cypress Hills/East New York. With strong support from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Cypress Hills Business Partners addresses such needs as security, marketing, sanitation/beautification and the pressures of gentrification.  Currently there are 32 businesses enrolled in our program.sbs_logo_all

Click here for a list of our current business partners.

Why should you become a Cypress Hills Business Partner?

We offer a range of benefits to our Business Partners.  In addition to positive publicity, we learn about the needs of your business and help you meet them by connecting you with trained and screened job applicants to fill open positions in your company.  We provide ongoing support to help new employees transition to your workplace so they can succeed and support the success of your business.  We also provide access to business support services through our network so you can help your business grow.

Our Business Partners demonstrate a commitment to local hiring by notifying us of all open employment positions and accepting referrals from our job applicants, sharing data with us on employee retention, and participating in business forums.

If you want to learn more about becoming a Cypress Hills Business Partner, contact Raquel Olivares at or (718) 676-1544. Ext. 111

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Partner Spotlight – Caterina Pizza


Vito of Caterina Pizza

In 1977, Vito first opened his pizza shop on the corner of Shepherd and Fulton St. He moved down to the corner of Essex and Fulton Street in 1979, where he is still located today. Over the past forty years, he has perfected his craft serving thousands of pizzas and supporting the community along the way. While sitting back in one of the booths in the dining room of Caterina Pizza, Vito expressed a great love for his customers:

“After a while, they are not customers– they are family.”


He has watched as the community has changed and grown over the years, and he believes that the best future for Cypress Hills is rooted in respect and communication – characteristics that the Cypress Hills Business Partners value and promote. Vito voiced appreciation for his community owing his happiness to the people who have loyally eaten his food over the years. He believes businesses in the community must be involved, not only with each other, but also with residents.

“More people need to get together to communicate. When we’re together, we’re much stronger.”


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Caterina Pizza on Fulton Street

For the past twenty years, Vito has operated a student of the month program with PS184 offering two students from each class a free meal. Vito values his connection with the young people in the community who will be the next leaders of Cypress Hills.

Vito has been an active member of the Business Partners for two years, always attending meetings and sharing his input. Regarding the importance of the Business Partners to Cypress Hills, Vito expressed his thoughts on the relationship between business and community:

“The Business Partners has created a platform for business to unite, which not only makes our businesses better but also the community. The Business Partners has worked hard to bring cleanliness and safety not only to my business, but again, to the community.”


Caterina Pizza, located at 3035 Fulton Street, offers pizza and a variety of other Italian dishes.


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