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Assessment Increase:
After 14 years without an assessment increase and faced with increases in our program and operating expenses, and the desire to add more services to attract additional customers and strengthen our existing businesses, we made the difficult decision to apply for an increase in the BID’s annual assessment from $314,520 to $386,000. This increase was approved by the City Council and went into effect in the summer of 2018. Back in July 2017, we began notifying members of this proposed change, requesting feedback, and letting people know about the Oct. 17, 2017 public hearing. No one likes a tax increase but we believe this increase is necessary to improve the success of the district for all of our properties and businesses. Thank you to everyone who called, stopped by our office, and emailed with your comments.

What this increase will fund:
Increase hours for the BID’s supplemental sanitation workers from six hours/day to seven hours/day (we’d been forced to reduce their hours when minimum wage increased) as well as continuation of our monthly overnight graffiti removal (except Jan. and Feb.). These daily cleaners work seven days/week, 361 days a year from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. including a one hour unpaid lunch break.
Increased fees for the BID’s security guards, also due to rising minimal wage. Our guards patrol the BID seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Create and run four holiday print ads.
Add “Gateway” holiday lighting at both ends of the BID to help mark Flatbush Ave. from Parkside Ave. to Cortelyou Rd. as a specific shopping district.
Manufacture new banners for the BID’s new lampposts to replace the old, unusable banners.
Obtain special event insurance for the annual street fair.

What the BID provides which will not cost anything additional:
Fighting for Flatbush Ave. businesses when they’re faced with unfair tickets, stepping in when there is unannounced or disruptive street construction and parking obstructions, and dealing with City agencies.
Installation of security cameras (funded through Borough President Eric Adams’ Operation Safe Shopper program), creation of a security camera guide (coming soon) to make it easier for businesses seeking to add cameras to their businesses and properties, and collaboration with the 70th Precinct to make BID’s businesses safer for owners, workers, and customers.
Free networking/cost sharing events in 2018/2019.
More social media marketing for the BID as a whole and assistance for businesses who have requested help increasing their online presence.
Planning and promotion of three Friday-to-Sunday sidewalk sales weekends and production of the annual street fair (which generates revenue and opportunities to publicize and bring shoppers to the BID).
Creation of a sponsored banner program.
Holiday events including Small Business Saturday, Thanksgiving luncheon, and visits from Santa.

Corner Properties: We’ve starting the process of updating the BID’s rules (our “District Plan”) to better serve our businesses, including changing the formula that determines the tax on our corner properties so it better reflects the services these properties receive. To be a part of this process, please contact Lauren at the BID (FlatbushAveBID1[at]gmail.com or 718-282-2500, x66351).

Small Business Saturday

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This Nov. 25, we want to share Small Business Saturday with you! It’s a holiday shopping tradition that celebrates small businesses like the ones in our BID. Also, on that day, we are bringing Santa and distributing “Shop Small” giveaways to shoppers from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outside the Citibank at 885 Flatbush Ave. (corner of Church Ave.). We’ve ordered additional freebies and store decorations for the BID’s businesses…contact us asap if you would like items dropped off at your business (while supplies last)!

So mark your calendar for Nov. 25 — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — and get ready to Shop Small in the Flatbush Ave. BID.

You can help get the word out and celebrate Small Business Saturday by using #shopsmall on Facebook and all your social networks.

Thank you for all your support, and see you Saturday, Nov. 25!

Sidewalk Sales Fri. Aug. 25th to Sun. Aug 27th

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At the three-day-long Sidewalk Sale event merchants of the Church Avenue BID and the Flatbush Avenue BID offer shoppers extreme savings and fabulous deals on fashion, home-wares, stationery, beauty supplies, electrical goods, food, and more! The sales event takes place along the sidewalks and inside participating businesses located on Church Avenue between Coney Island Avenue and Flatbush Avenue and on Flatbush Avenue between Parkside Avenue and Cortelyou Road. For information on how to participate as a vendor, please contact us at 718-282-2500, x79290 or FlatbushAveBID3@gmail.com.

​​Local merchants can download the permit to participate here.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Is This Sunday

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By Carly Miller
BKLYNR
June 15, 2017

Mark your calendars: This Sunday, June 18 is the annual Flatbush Avenue Street Fair, one of the neighborhood’s most anticipated and popular summer events. The event will run from 12pm to 6pm, on Flatbush Avenue stretching from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. (Rain or shine!)

The festival, organized by the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District, celebrates the people, culture, and businesses along the historic avenue with dancing, music, rides, carnival games, food, shopping, and more — with Caribbean flair. In the past, the festival has drawn 13,000 people to the neighborhood, so prepare for some serious fun — and serious crowds.

Here’s a glimpse of some festival highlights and their locations for Sunday, June 18:

· NYPD’s climbing wall in front of the Kings Theatre
· Steel pan band, stilt walker, and NYC magician “Rogue” who appeared on America’s Got Talent
· Drop in Zumba and BBT (Belly Butt Thighs) class from the new Crunch off Tilden
· Raffle to win tickets to that night’s concert of the Isley Bros. and the July Bring It! Live concert, 1-year membership to Crunch, gift certificates, and more.

Read the rest of the article at BKLYNR

Spring Sidewalk Sales!

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Enjoy the warm weather and do some shopping outdoors during our spring Sidewalk Sales weekend!

When: This weekend!
Fri. 4/7, Sat. 4/8, and Sun. 4/9 from 10am to 7pm

Where: Flatbush Ave. from Parkside Ave. to Cortelyou Rd.
and Church Ave. from Coney Island Ave. to Flatbush Ave.

Businesses up and down Flatbush Ave. and Church Ave. will be displaying goods on the sidewalk and offering discounts on overstock merchandise. Once you’re done walking around, be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of our great local restaurants.

Sidewalk Sales are a joint program of the Flatbush Ave. BID and the Church Ave. BID.

Local Businesses:

Download the Permit to display in your shop window Here!

Snow reminder for business owners:

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Reminder for business owners:

*Snow and ice must be removed within four hours after snow has stopped falling or by 11 a.m. if the snow has not stopped falling after 9 p.m. the previous evening.

*Snow should not be thrown into the street.

*If snow or ice becomes frozen so hard that it cannot be removed, sidewalk can be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or similar suitable material within the same time limits.

*All ground level commercial/business owners should clear snow/ice from their awnings as soon as the weather permits to prevent structural collapse. If you have a retractable awning or shade, please close these devices.

*One-story commercial property owners/lessees should clear snow/ice from their rooftops as soon as the weather permits to prevent possible collapse (a professional should perform this task).

Sanitation Request for Proposals

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The Flatbush Avenue BID and the Church Avenue BID, are both seeking proposals for supplemental sanitation services for their adjacent business districts in central Brooklyn.

The BID’s are jointly managed, but are separate legal entities. Each BID needs to receive an individual proposal. Bidders may submit proposals for one or both contracts.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday Feb. 3, 2017.

If you have any questions please Contact us at FlatbushaveBID1@gmail.com before 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017.

Download the RFP
File includes Proposed Sanitation Schedules and Budget Template.

2016 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

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You are invited to the Flatbush Ave. BID’s annual meeting and holiday party, hosted by Carver Bank and sponsored by MetroPlus Health Plan (with additional support from Kings Theatre and Orbit Furniture):

When: Tues. Dec. 13, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Carver Bank (833 Flatbush Ave. at Linden Blvd.)

What:Hear what’s new for Flatbush Avenue, review the FY16 Audit, and elect Directors.
Keynote speaker James Johnson-Piett, Principal/CEO of Urbane Development will speak about the upcoming project to convert the Flatbush Caton Market into the destination for all things Caribbean.

Free raffle items provided by Kings Theatre and Orbit Furniture.
Holiday party with delicious buffet dinner to follow!
RSVP required to flatbushavebid.eventbrite.com or call 718-282-2500, x79290.

All are invited to join us but to be eligible to vote, you must be registered by Dec. 1, 2016.
Register to vote with this form, or contact us at FlatbushAveBID3@gmail.com or 718-282-2500, x79290.

National Grid Street Work on Flatbush, Tilden, & Albemarle

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Over the next few weeks, National Grid will be doing street work (including adjacent intersections) to improve reliability of their gas system on the following streets (Reference # T101851422):

Tilden Ave. from Flatbush Ave. to Bedford Ave.
Flatbush Ave. from Tilden Ave. to Snyder Ave.
Albemarle Rd. from Flatbush Ave. to Bedford Ave.

What to expect during construction:
Typically, work performed by National Grid will begin with the installation of new gas pipe either in the street or sidewalk. The excavation required will be backfilled at the end of each day. Steel plates will be used to cover any excavations left open allow vehicular traffic, and provide access to driveways, steps, and walkways.

The entire work area will be kept clean and orderly, and attempts will be made to keep noise, dust, and debris to a minimum. All material required on site will be stored neatly in designated areas.

All or part of your gas service may have to be replaced. In order to complete this work, we must gain access to your home at the point where the service enters the building (basement, crawlspace, etc.). If this is the case, you will be contacted by a National Grid representative to make an appointment.

Restoration:
Some excavations may need to remain open until all gas services have been transferred, at which point the old main will be retired and the openings backfilled.

All street & sidewalk surfaces affected by the construction will be repaved to ensure a smooth surface. Temporary asphalt pavement will be used until all National Grid work is complete and permanent restoration can be performed.

Concrete openings should be restored within 21 days, with the exception of work done in mid-winter. Some delays may occur due to inclement weather or when the temperature is too cold to pour concrete.