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; and 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.