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BIDs (Business Improvement Districts)

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development, and promotion of their commercial district. In Brooklyn, there are 23 BIDs on which the Borough President has a seat. The purpose of a BID is to improve conditions for businesses in a specific area, attract and retain businesses, generate jobs and improve quality of life for those who use the district. A BID enables stakeholders to decide which services to provide in order to meet their district’s specific needs.

BIDs have helped revitalize neighborhoods and catalyze economic development throughout New York City. BIDs deliver supplemental services such as:

  • Sanitation and Maintenance
  • Public Safety and Hospitality
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Capital Improvements
  • Beautification
  • District Representation
  • Business Development

All services are funded by a special assessment paid by property owners within the district. The City’s BIDs invest over $105 million annually in programs and services for neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

Small Business Services (SBS)  The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce.
86th Street Bay Ridge BID The BID is governed by a Board of Directors which includes Merchants, Residents, Elected Officials and Property Owners. The Board, also called the DMA (District Management Association) meets six times during the year; additionally there are numerous committee meetings and a well-attended Annual Meeting in June. The board addresses administrative matters, budget priorities, marketing local community issues, public safety, transportation, property issues, outsourcing, and many other related items. The New York City Department of Small Business Services- NYC SBS oversees the activities of 86 BID and others throughout the City of New York.
Atlantic Avenue BID The Atlantic Avenue BID known as the “AABID”, was signed into law in September 2011 after garnering overwhelming support from stakeholders, Community Boards 2 & 6, various City Council committees, and City agencies. Operations launched in April 2012 to meet our Mission & Vision. Atlantic Avenue has a rich and interesting history as Brooklyn and New York City’s grandest boulevards. Please see this history guide created by the Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association. Some of the stores no longer exist but most of the content is still correct: AABA-Walking-Guide. The guide was created in 2000.
Bay Ridge 5th Avenue BID Founded in 2006, the Bay Ridge 5th Avenue Business Improvement District is the largest BID in Brooklyn, New York, covering from the areas of 65th Street to 85th Street.A not-for-profit corporation, the Bay Ridge 5th Avenue B.I.D. is funded through special assessments collected from property owners located within its boundaries. The focus of the B.I.D. is to improve conditions by providing additional sanitation, security, beautification and capital improvements.Its day-to-day-operations are managed by a board of directors and officers elected by the District Management Association, a voluntary organization made of property owners, commercial and residential tenants in the area, as well as representatives of elected officials, and under the auspices of the New York City Department of Small Business Services.
Bed-Stuy Gateway BID The Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District (BID) is located in central Brooklyn. A growing “urban chic”, culturally diverse, eclectic mix of businesses, and home to residents enjoying a rich culture, housed in historic brownstones. Families, artists, entrepreneurs, community advocates, non-profits and arts organizations proudly call Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn their “home”. There is something for everyone in Bed-Stuy!
Brighton Beach BID Brooklyn’s bustling and bountiful neighborhood by the sea. Known as “Little Russia” for its large ethnic Russian population, Brighton Beach like many other ethnic NYC neighborhoods has a distinct character all its own. A casual stroll in the area reveals, restaurants, shops and businesses with a unique “Russian” flavor that meld “old country” charm with up to date American business savvy and commerce. It’s an area that’s full of vitality abounding in unique tastes and treats to delight even the most jaded visitor. And with the beautiful boardwalk and beach a stone’s throw from all the attractions, a day trip to Brighton is a mini vacation easily accessible by subway or car.
Church Avenue BID The Church Avenue Business Improvement District seeks to enhance the Church Avenue Commercial district for businesses, residents, and shoppers by making it cleaner and safer, promoting the neighborhood as a shopping destination, and providing development resources to Church Avenue merchants and property owners.
Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID The Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn Business Improvement District (CLS BID) began operations in October 2007 and serves nearly 200 properties in Downtown Brooklyn. The district roughly contains Schermerhorn and Livingston Streets, stretching from Flatbush Avenue to Court Street and Court Street stretching from Atlantic Avenue to Joralemon Street.
DUMBO Improvement District BID The DUMBO Improvement District is one of New York’s 65 Business Improvement Districts and has been providing advocacy, street beautification, neighborhood marketing, and programming of public spaces (The Archway and The Pearl Street Triangle) since 2006. – See more at: http://www.dumbonyc.org/about/the-bid#sthash.E0hwMEQG.dpuf
East Brooklyn BID The East Brooklyn Business Improvement District (EBBID) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization formed in 1983 by property owners, businesses, and other interested groups in this community.The EBBID is primarily comprised of light manufacturing and distribution businesses. However, a commercial strip along the southern border provides retail services to the residential areas and several religious organizations that are also located in the district.The EBBID provides a wide variety of services to member businesses, including ombudsman, and district maintenance services, which are designed to make the EBBID a better place to live, work and visit.
Flatbush Avenue BID Formed in 1988, the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District provides services to keep Flatbush Avenue (from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road) clean, safe, and profitable for its businesses. The BID is supported through a special tax assessment levied on properties within the BID which pays for supplemental sanitation seven days a week; a security team which patrols the Avenue; holiday lights, banners, and advertising promoting the Avenue as a shopping destination; donations to local charities that benefit the Flatbush community; administrative costs, like salaries, rent, and office equipment. Our staff works closely with government officials and agencies to promote policies and regulations that help our small businesses; assists businesses dealing with government agencies and regulations; and creates activities to promote Flatbush as a great place to shop and to open a business. Managed for 22 years by the late Jack Katz, the BID is now managed by Executive Director Lauren Elvers Collins. Lauren manages the BID as well as the adjacent Church Avenue BID. While the two BIDs remain separate organizations, the joint management structure allows for economies of scale, decrease in administrative costs, increased leverage in negotiating contracts, a stronger presence with city agencies and government officials, and opportunities for the two BIDs to combine forces to attract additional shoppers.
Flatbush-Nostrand Junction BID The Flatbush Nostrand Junction BID is dedicated to the empowerment and growth of the Junction. The Junction has a strong history of cultural diversity and a natural harmony of small and large businesses in retail, professional services and restaurants.A Business Improvement District (BID) is a self-funded public and private partnership between property owners, merchants and the City of New York with a mission to revitalize the commercial district in order to provide a healthy, safe, clean and attractive shopping experience for the community. This unique partnership is proof of the community’s commitment to its empowerment and growth. It is important that we all take an active and constructive role in the process of guiding the direction and priority of the BID.The Junction BID supplements sanitation with the hiring of The Doe Fund, Inc. The Doe Fund supports the uplifting of its community by providing programs and innovative business ventures ultimately striving to help homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals achieve permanent self-sufficiency.The Junction BID is working closely with NYC Economic Development Corporation on the Streetscape Project that will enhance the beautification of The Junction.The Junction BID is committed to the advancement of small business owners. We have partnered with the NYC Small Business Services and the Brooklyn College Small Business Center developing direct services and workshops on marketing, customer relations, business plans and financial education.The Junction BID represents the Junction borough and city-wide.
Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance BID In 2005 a coalition of small business owners, merchants, property owners, and community stakeholders banded together to form an association to focus on enhancing the Fulton Street shopping district that runs through the two neighborhoods of Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. After struggling to succeed as an all-volunteer organization, the coalition explored the formation of a non-profit organization with a staff and budget to ensure the delivery of services for more than 400 small businesses and property owners as well as the broader community. In 2009 Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance was incorporated and began operations as one of 68 Business Improvement Districts in New York City.With one full-time person, two part-time staff members and an annual operating budget of $300,000, FAB provides supplemental sanitation services; addresses public safety and quality-of-life issues; manages graffiti-removal efforts; installs holiday lighting and branded banners to create a sense of place and unity; advocates on behalf of its members with city agencies, elected officials and civic organizations, develops marketing events and public relations initiatives that bring awareness to Fulton Street and its diverse range of small businesses—while driving foot traffic to those businesses; and works on business attraction and retention to reduce vacancies and increase the vibrancy of the street life. FAB has also successfully initiated several streetscape improvement projects in the district to make the shopping experience more inviting and welcoming.
Fulton Mall Improvement Association BID Incorporated in 1976, the Fulton Mall Improvement Association (FMIA) is a not-for-profit corporation that works to improve the economic health and quality-of-life on Fulton Street, which welcomes more than 100,000 shoppers a day to its 150+ retail businesses. One of the most vibrant shopping districts in New York City, the 17-block corridor stretching from Boerum Place to Flatbush Avenue features a mix of national retailers like Macy’s, H&M, and the Gap; local chains like Brooklyn Industries, Cookie’s, and Shake Shack; and independent shops like Heart & Sole and Mirage Boutique.
Graham Avenue BID The Graham Avenue Business Improvement District, on Graham Avenue (the Avenue of Puerto Rico) from Broadway to Boerum St. including Moore St., Flushing Avenue, Debevoise St. and all the main streets side streets, is the largest, uniquely affordable, and growing shopping area in Williamsburg. The Graham Avenue BID supports retail growth by encouraging new stores and restaurants to locate here and expand its customer base from the surrounding communities.  The BID strives to have the existing and new businesses understand and meet the needs of the BID’s current and changing shopper base. It also works to preserve and share its rich Latino culture with the rest of the city through its celebrated music, art and cuisine.
Grand Street BID The Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID) serves businesses on six-long blocks of Grand Street between Union and Bushwick Avenues in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Its principal activities include supplemental sidewalk cleaning, graffiti removal, the promotion and marketing of its diverse local businesses and providing advocacy for them through its partnership with city agencies in order to provide a clean, safe and inviting place for residents, businesses and shoppers. The Grand Street BID also works with local neighborhood organizations and nonprofits in order to best serve the community.
Kings Highway BID Kings Highway has long been known as one of New York’s prime retail corridors; “Brooklyn’s Crossroads”.Realizing that the needs of the district had far exceeded the ability of the old Kings Highway Board of Trade, merchants and owners banded together and petitioned the City for a Business Improvement District. In 1990 New York City contracted with the Kings Highway District Management Association to create the Business Improvement District. The Kings Highway BID stretches from Ocean Avenue to Ocean Parkway along Kings Highway and along Quentin Road for two blocks from East 12th Street to Coney Island Avenue. In the entire district is comprised of 132 properties and over 232 merchants.
MetroTech BID Founded in 1992 as a non-profit business improvement district, the MetroTech Business Improvement District (MTBID) works to further the revitalization of the 16-acre MetroTech Center, bounded by Jay Street, Johnson Street, Flatbush Avenue, and Myrtle Avenue. As a commercial and academic hub, MetroTech is home to major corporations like JP Morgan Chase, National Grid, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield; media and advertising companies like El Diario La Prensa and UniWorld Group; and academic institutions like Polytechnic Institute of NYU. In the fall of 2013, NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress will also begin classes.At the heart of MetroTech is the Commons, a 3.5-acre open space that hosts events including concerts, health fairs, film screenings, and holiday celebrations.
Montague Street BID The Montague Street Business Improvement District covers a three-block commercial area in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Serving more than 100 businesses, the District includes all properties on the north side of Montague Street between Court Street and Hicks Street; on the south side, the District runs from 200 Montague Street in the east to 78 Montague Street in the west.
Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership BID The Partnership is comprised of two entities, the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project Local Development Corporation (MARP) and the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Business Improvement District (BID), working together to assist the small businesses located along the Avenue and improve the quality of life of the surrounding neighborhoods.The mission of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is to restore the “Main Street” of the Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Wallabout community to a bustling, economically vita neighborhood commercial corridor that provides entrepreneurial, cultural, recreational, and employment opportunities for all those who live, work, study or have an interest in the area.
North Flatbush BID A little over 35 years ago, a group of committed citizens joined forces to improve the area known as North Flatbush Avenue. This group was comprised of merchants, property owners and residents such as Fran Trowbridge, Regina Cahill, Sophie Edeler, Joe King (Century 21 Real Estate) Bill Shapiro (Triangle Sports) and the Pintchik family (Pintchik Hardware)These committed citizens, along with the assistance of elected officials, city agencies and the Brooklyn Union Gas “Cinderella Project” brought renewal to Flatbush Avenue beginning with the Triangle Parks Commission, the North Flatbush Avenue Betterment Committee that ultimately gave rise to the North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District, also known as the “BID”.
Park Slope 5th Avenue BID Founded in January of 2009, the Park Slope 5th Avenue Business Improvement District represents a dynamic commercial and residential corridor whose borders stretch from Dean and 18th Street in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn.Launched by the Fifth Avenue Merchants Association and local property owners, the BID’s principal aim lies in promoting and maintaining this bustling commercial avenue—with a special emphasis on sanitation services, economic development programs, business assistance initiatives and community events. The 5th Avenue business improvement district is the third formed in Community Board 6 and is among the nearly 60 City BIDs under contract with the New York City Department of Small Business Services.Like other Business Improvement Districts in the City of New York, the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID represents a formal organization made up of property owners and commercial tenants who are dedicated to promoting business development and improving the area’s quality of life. We deliver supplemental services such as sanitation and maintenance, public safety and visitor services, marketing and promotional programs, capital improvements, and beautification for the area – all funded by a special assessment paid by property owners within the district.
Pitkin Avenue BID The site provides you with information about who we are, a database of Pitkin Avenue’s retail businesses, and information about programs & services. The site also highlights events on our streets and plaza. We hope you will visit often to see everything that we have planned in 2014.
Sunset Park BID The SPBID runs from 38th to 64th Street along 5th Avenue in Brooklyn and includes 384 properties.  Within those properties, we have over 500 mostly small Mom and Pop shops, offering almost any product or service you may need.Thanks for visiting and shopping in our district.  Please continue to patronize our stores and attending our events throughout the year.