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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.

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See The Flatbush Ave Street Fair In Photos

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By Paul Stremple
BKLYNR
June 20, 2017


Performance by students at the Cynthia King Dance Studio. (Photo by Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

Even on a hot Sunday in Flatbush, the crowds came out in droves for the much-anticipated Flatbush Street Fair on June 18, organized by the Flatbush Ave Business Improvement District.

The event stretched from Woodruff Avenue down to the Kings Theatre, where a climbing wall for kids was staffed by the NYPD Community Affairs.

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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…

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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