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North Flatbush Business Improvement District – Your Connection
We just want to take a moment to give a “shout-out” to one of North Flatbush BID’s restaurants. It’s great when businesses are able to make a difference for those that are deserving and we are incredibly proud to have Elberta a part of the North Flatbush Merchant Family! Make a reservation at the special Meal on Me table to support future families in receiving this amazing opportunity.
Way to go!!!
We are so lucky to be friends with the gang over at ExploreBK.com !
They have put together a special fitness promotion for our health/wellness businesses. All you need to do is subscribe to their website for updates and special offers and you will receive an invitation and password to participate in all the great offers.
Born out of our former (and beloved) Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Shop Brooklyn initiative, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Brooklyn-based technology company BlankSlate, today unveiled Explore Brooklyn (ExploreBK.com), the borough’s first official tourism website. The announcement was made at BKLYN DESIGNS, an annual exhibition of Brooklyn designers in DUMBO, sponsored by the Chamber.
The North Flatbush Business Improvement District was an early fan of Shop Brooklyn–participating in its programming from the onset. “We couldn’t be happier with the development of initiatives like ExploreBk.com,” said North Flatbus BID’s interim Executive Director, James Dean Ellis, “it’s platforms like this that will allow Brooklyn’s unique neighborhoods to gain additional exposure for our communities’ businesses. We welcome “explorers” to the district and invite them to spend some time meandering North Flatbush or before and after Barclays Center events.”
Each year Brooklyn lures millions of visitors. ExploreBK.com will be their one-stop-shop website to find the best places to eat, stay, shop and play.
“Brooklyn has everything a global city can offer- theaters, beaches, amusement parks, bars, restaurants, hotels, parks, beautiful architecture, and a great community of 2.6 million of the most diverse neighbors you will find anywhere,” said Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “ExploreBK is going to take all those great things that make us the coolest city in the world, and put them into a simple easy to use guide for residents and tourists to move beyond the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and really explore Brooklyn. Our partners at BlankSlate have done an incredible job taking this idea and helping to make it a reality.”
Based on a brand-new tourism solution developed by BlankSlate to premiere with the site, Explore Brooklyn is designed to help New Yorkers and visitors find the best of Brooklyn all in one place, while giving local businesses and attractions an easy-to-use tool to promote themselves in a seamless social environment. The site is optimized for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices, and includes Brooklyn-centered editorial content written by some of the best bloggers in Brooklyn, a robust events calendar, and visually striking neighborhood pages.
The central feature of the site, however, is a searchable directory of every business, restaurant, park, and point of interest in Brooklyn. This directory is populated by content from BlankSlate’s new local marketing solution, BlankSlate Pages. “Pages” dynamically gathers content about each business from Facebook, Google, Twitter, Foursquare, and many other sources around the web to create ready-made profiles that can then be customized by the business owner. Businesses and attractions on Explore Brooklyn can curate and showcase user reviews, maps, menus, photos, social network feeds, store hours, and more. Various marketing opportunities are also available to increase exposure.
“We see Pages as a way to unify the local experience for consumers, businesses, and destinations through mapping everything in their local world,” said Kael Goodman, CEO of BlankSlate. “Whereas traditional tourism content can be somewhat static, Pages gives businesses, restaurants, hotels, and local governments a way to keep their content up to date, and will give visitors to ExploreBK.com an informative, immersive Brooklyn experience like never before. We are excited to have ExploreBK as the inaugural site for BlankSlate Pages.”
Check out this great launch video: http://vimeo.com/94609167
Our sanitation crew at work during one of our many snowstorms
Through a yearly contract we hold with Atlantic Maintenance Corporation, a sanitation worker can be seen 7 days a week sweeping the avenue wearing a blue uniform with the BID Logo. He works hard to supply the district with supplemental sanitation services. He sweeps the District’s sidewalks and curbs, shovels snow and removes illegal posters from the Avenue’s street furniture, lines our trash receptacles, empties full trash cans, and places garbage on the curb for pickup by the NYC Department of Sanitation 350 days a year.. Businesses, property owners and residents should contact the BID though our administrative offices at: 718-783-1685 to report sanitation-related problems. The BID provides our merchants, property owners and residential tenants with a handy card that advises everyone of all the NYC Department of Sanitation rules and regulations. If you would like one, please feel free to stop by our offices located at 282 Flatbush Avenue.
The sidewalk sales allows retailers to bring their merchandise directly to the shopper, increasing their visibility in the district and giving them an opportunity to attract new customers. The merchants provided discounted merchandise and give- a- ways and the BID provided free activities during the day. Our merchants are given the the opportunity to buy into our Sponsor a Banner Program. 10% of our banners will display the merchants logo on all 30 of our decorative banners that adorn the district. The BID also provides the merchants with quarterly merchant meetings with keynote speakers who can explain options for the merchants in ways to advertise and promote their business. The BID also advertises quarterly in the local newspapers. The BID has many new intiatives in store for the 2009-2010 fiscal year to promote the avenue.
Facebook: The BID signed onto a social networking site in 2009 with the creation of a Facebook page. Through Facebook, the BID can reach a broad spectrum of interested individuals and much like the website, provide a clear line of communication and feedback from interested parties and stakeholders. If you are on Facebook and would like to be a Fan of our FaceBook page – click HERE
The BID is also on TWITTER. On Twitter, we provide our followers all the latest traffic updates of the day, and news and recent blogs about our district. If you are Twittering and would like to follow us, click HERE
BANNER AND HOLIDAY LIGHTING DECORATIONS
The BID installs streetlight banners featuring the North Flatbush Avenue logo . The BID hangs Holiday Snowflakes along the light poles from Atlantic Avenue to Plaza Street from Thanksgiving through the New Year. The holiday lighting gives Flatbush Avenue a festive feeling and a unique identity during the holiday shopping season. The banners are sponsored by local merchants and provide a long term source of advertising.
E-NEWS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
The North flatbush Avenue BID sends out a Monthly E-News Newsletter that is sent to neighborhood groups, residents and property owners. If you would like to be added to our mailing list and would like to receive our free E-News Newsletter, please sign up with your email address at the HOME page of this website. Its very easy. Our E-News Newsletter informs you of community news and information about the BID, we show merchant promotions and provide you with local community news. If you would like to see an archive of our monthly newsletters, please click HERE.
The BID is a resource for merchants who want to improve, expand or reposition their business.The BID hosts quarterly Free Merchant Workshops, a time when merchants have a chance to network and discuss issues facing their business. They can hear from city agencies on initiatives or programs which could effect their business. We also provide cost saving meetings for our merchants. We post this information on our website and hand out flyers to our merchants. The BID also makes referrals to city agencies such as NYC’s Department of Small Business Services and other agencies.
From unshoveled snowy streets to cracked sidewalks to major capital improvements, the BID works with stakeholders and government agencies regarding repairs and improvements that will make North Flatbush Avenue an even better place to shop, live and visit. Additionally, if a BID merchant or property owner is having an issue that requires government action, the BID administrative office can reach out to the appropriate agency. The BID maintains contact with all of its elected officials and with representatives of several state and city agencies.
In 2008, Council member David Yassky secured $200,000 for the BID’s new streetscape plan of our Triangle Parks that run from Plaza Street to Atlantic Avenue. In 2009, Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz awarded the BID $200,000 for the BID’s streetscape plan. and Councilwomen Letitia James awarded the BID $200,000 towards the renovation of our Carlton Avenue Triangle, which is part of our streetscape design plan. The BID is currently in the planning stages and has provided the community with a free public community forum for their input, ideas and comments which have been incorporated into the new design. The BID hired W- Architecture and Landscape Architecture LLC who has created a new plan for our district incorporating all of the attendees ideas and comments. The presentation of the new streetscape design plan was shown in a 40 minute slide show by Barbara Wilks, founder of W at our June 24th Annual Meeting. If you would like to view the renderings for this project, please click HERE.
The BID has recently secured $3million for our Capital Streetscape Project. We are currently going before the planning commission for review. We hope to start construction on our triangle parks in 2012. The small triangle parks at 8th, 7th and 6th Avenue will soon be transformed into public plazas, with planters, trees, tables and chairs. The BID is planning to use this space for local activities. To view a draft of this concept, please visit our website.
Useful Links to help your business:.
Brooklyn Business Library
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation
Business Outreach Center Network, Inc.
CAMBA Small Business Services
New York Business Development Corporation
NYC Business Solutions
NYC Department of Small Business Services
NYC Financial Network Action Consortium
New York State Small Business Information
New York Workforce One Centers
Small Business Resource Center at the New York Public Library
United States Small Business Administration
Women’s Venture Fund
How to Get to the North Flatbush Avenue area:
to Grand Army Plaza
to 7th Avenue
to Flatbush Avenue and 7th ave
Looking for something different to do or want to go shopping? North Flatbush Avenue has:
Transportation by subway: Take the 2/3 train to the Bergen Street stop or take the Q train to the Seventh Avenue stop. They both stop in the heart of the North Flatbush Avenue District.
Tranportation by Car: Take the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridges to Flatbush Avenue and drive straight up Flatbush Avenue. Our district starts at Atlantic Avenue through Plaza Street and Grand Army Plaza.
The NYC Transit Authority has subway and bus maps available on-line. http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/submap.htm
For more New York City sites to visit in and around our Borough, visit New York City and Company – New York City’s official tourism site. www.nycvisit.com
The MTA has complete Metro-North schedule and fare information information posted on its site. www.mta.com
The Long Island RailRoad information is available from the MTA on the web. www.mta.com
Dont forget to pick up one of the BID’s brand new Shopping and Services Guide – you can find one in any one of our stores along the avenue or call our office and we will be happy to give you one. They are FREE, give one to your friend.
During the month of December during a stroll up or down North Flatbush Avenue have you noticed that the avenue just got a little bit brighter? That could be because the North Flatbush Avenue BID and its Board of Directors have decided to change the look of their avenue with illuminated Snowflakes from New York Christmas Lights and Decorating Ltd. All 20 snowflakes were installed right after the Thanksgiving day holiday and will light up our avenue into the new year. The new snowflakes are just a few of the new projects that the North Flatbush Avenue BID is currently working on to beautify the district. Keep checking our website as we update you with more inniatives from the BID and some projects that you, as our neighbor , can get involved in too.
Our new snowflakes and holiday banners 2009!!
When was the was the last time you saw Santa in a Rickshaw riding up and down Flatbush Avenue?
Or, maybe…. When was your First time? It was probably on December 20, 2008 when the North Flatbush Avenue BID local merchants donated a driver, a Rickshaw and Santa Claus to ride up and down Flatbush Avenue from Plaza Street to Atlantic Avenue handing out candy canes to the children of the Park Slope/Prospect Heights area.
Then, like a Pied Piper, the children followed Santa along Flatbush Avenue to the warmth of the Avon Products store located at 229 Flatbush Avenue. Once inside, besides a beautifully decorated tree, the children had a chance to tell Santa what their christmas wishes were while sitting on his lap. The BID provided delicious hot chocolate and cookies for the children and their families.