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City says BIDs help improve neighborhoods

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SBS report cites $134.7 million investments made by businesses
By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
March 20, 2017




Business improvement districts (BIDs) do more than improve the bottom line for storeowners, according to the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), which has issued an eye-opening report detailing the ways in which BIDs invest in their communities to make the neighborhoods better for residents and shopkeepers alike.

The city’s BIDs invested a total of $134.7 million in their communities during Fiscal Year 2016, SBS officials said. The information is contained in a report called the SBS FY16 Business Improvement Districts Trends. Renee Giordano, executive director of the Sunset Park BID, said she wasn’t surprised by the findings in the report.

“Our members don’t see themselves as being plopped into a community. We feel that we are part of the community. There is a closeness there,” Giordano told the Brooklyn Eagle…

Read the rest of the article at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Read the SBS FY16 BID Trends Report at the NYC Department of Small Business Services

Development Boom Brings Hundreds Of Families & More Crowding To Flatbush/Ditmas/Kensington

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Published on Bklynr by Sarah Crean – February 1, 2017

It’s impossible not to be aware of development happening across Brooklyn — the vanished buildings, boarded-up construction sites, truck traffic and sleek towers that seem to come out of nowhere.

We decided to take a bird’s eye view of the development happening in a cluster of neighborhoods below Prospect Park, and tally up the projects we have written about over the last couple years.

We found that — at a minimum — there were 35 projects in various stages of development in the area including Central Flatbush, Ditmas Park, Kensington, and Midwood, creating more than 1,400 new apartments.

Some of the new buildings are being constructed on empty lots, while many others are replacing single-family homes dating to the early part of the 20th century. Random commercial structures like warehouses, small retail buildings, gas stations and auto body shops are also being demolished.

In a nutshell — we are witnessing a physical transformation of this part of South Brooklyn, which has important socio-economic and urban planning implications. See the rest of the story on Bklynr.

Flatbush Avenue BID Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon (Brooklyn Eagle)

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Coverage of the Sat. Nov. 19, 2016 Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Flatbush Reformed Church, as covered by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2016/11/21/flatbush-avenue-bid-hosts-annual-thanksgiving-luncheon