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New York City Business Improvement Districts 

There are 76 BIDs operating in New York City. The New York City Department of Small Business Services offers a BID Directory for those interested to learn more about what a Business Improvement District looks like and how one operates. 

In 2023, through a grant from NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Alliance for Coney Island executed "demonstration projects"; initiatives that showed what a BID could do for Coney Island. Click HERE to read more.  

What have NYC BIDs been up to? 

DUMBO, Brooklyn: Every Thursday night from May through September, DUMBO locals and visitors can enjoy a free after-work concert, courtesy of the DUMBO BID. Over the years, the “Live at the Archway” series has showcased dance, music, theater, a pop-up art gallery, and more. 

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Park Slope, Brooklyn: The Park Slope 5th Avenue BID partnered with NY Presbyterian Hospital to offer a de-escalation training to business owners. The training covered how to deal with emotionally disturbed persons who might come into stores. Sixty businesses attended.

Little Italy, The Bronx:  After a year of hiatus due to the pandemic, the Belmont Avenue BID hosted its Ferragosto festival in September 2021. The festival celebrated the neighborhood’s offerings as a historic and cultural Little Italy. At least 5,000 attendees enjoyed products and services from local business, live entertainment, and other showcases of Italian culture. 

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Graham Avenue, Brooklyn:  The Graham Avenue BID launched “Get it @ Graham,” a new marketing and branding campaign aimed to promote the “Avenue of the Puerto Rico” as the most affordable shopping district in Williamsburg. New banners highlight unique offerings like music, food, fashion, and healthcare. The accompanying community eGift Card incentivizes customers to support participating merchants in the district.

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The Meatpacking District, Manhattan: The Meatpacking BID activated a vacant storefront with an interactive art and technology experience for school age children and their families. The BID partnered with the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the New York Hall of Science to produce ARTech. Programming included a ball pool, gif making station, indoor planetarium, interactive art installation and building blocks. The BID offered all activities for free.

Sunnyside, Queens: The Sunnyside Shines BID hosts the annual "Taste of Sunnyside," an open-air, door-to-door Restaurant Crawl showcasing the diverse flavors of Sunnyside, Queens with a wide variety of food, beer & wine offerings, and live entertainment.

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