North Flatbush Business Improvement District – Your Connection
It’s been just over a week since tragedy hit our neighborhood at 263-265 Flatbush. Our friend and NFBID board member suffered great loss with the death of his brother and the injuries and loss of home of other family members.
The support shown over this time has been tremendous and we appreciate all the inquiries we’ve received about how to help. Currently there is a GoFundMe campaign set up to support the Awad family through this difficult time. Here is the link if you are able to support: http://www.gofundme.com/klgfek.
As we move forward, we will be coordinating efforts to support the Nation family–the owners of Flatbush Hardware. As their livelihood has been destroyed they will continue to need the support of neighbors and our NFBID community.
Please stay tuned for details on supporting this longstanding North Flatbush business. If you are interested in working on this project or have ideas, please reach out to the NFBID office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Flatbush Avenue mourns the loss of Fran Trowbridge.
A message from the North Flatbush Business Improvement District President, Regina Cahill:
When I moved to Flatbush Avenue in the mid 70’s, one of the first people I met was Fran Trowbridge. Not only was she a welcoming and friendly face she was “pure Brooklyn”, a lifer and a resident of Flatbush Avenue since the early 50’s. She was part of the original moment, the Triangle Parks Committee, the group that shepharded North Flatbush Avenue through this slow renaissance of economic development and community improvements. Fran was a true advocate for Flatbush Avenue, a founding member of the Prospect Heights Association that established the Prospect Heights House Tour, and the local historian of the neighborhood. She could name all the past and present merchants as well as point out their successes and pitfalls, for Fran always spoke her mind.
Although Fran was never an official member of the board she provided guidance to the BID by always advocating for the long term “mom & pop” merchants that survived the tough times on Flatbush while welcoming the businesses catering to the new demographic.
It is with great sadness that we mark Fran’s passing and express our deepest condolences to her family.
Fran will be missed.
The North Flatbush BID is happy to, once again, support the Trick or Treat for UNICEF campaign. Visit local merchants to contribute loose change or grab a box to collect in your travels.
Participating North Flatbush Businesses include:
(please return collections by November 7th, or call BID office to make arrangements 718-783-1685)
call or email the BID office for updates: 718-783-1685; email@example.com
Food and Beverage businesses are encouraged to check out the Night Life Forum presented by Community Board 8’s SLA & Sidewalk Cafe Review Committee.
Come learn how to be a good business neighbor–see below for more information. Call the BID office if there are any questions–718-783-1685
Open to all. Feel free to share.
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.
At the North Flatbush Annual Meeting on June 19, 2014, hosted at HIIT BK by Eladia-264 Flatbush, the BID Board of Directors and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce recognized Board President Regina Cahill for her efforts in leading the organization in the 2013-2014 year. Much thanks and appreciation go to Regina for her work in steering the organization during a leadership transition and her dedication to the cause.
THANK YOU Regina!!!
left to right: Diane Allison, Board Member; Kai Feder, Brooklyn Borough President, Board Member; Michael Pintchik, Board Member; Eladia Causil-Rodriguez, Board Member; Kris Goddard, NYC SBS, Board Member; Michelle George, Community Board 8; Heather Hamilton, Board Member; Carlo A. Scissura, Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO; Regina Cahill, Board President; Matthew Pintchik, Board Member; Officer Jerry Galante, 78 precinct; James Dean Ellis, NFBID Executive Director; Alison Houtte, Board Member; Chris King, Board Member; Catherine Zinnel, Board Representative for Council member Brad Lander; Brian Cunningham, Representative for Council member Laurie Cumbo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2014
North Flatbush Business Improvement District and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Announce Agreement on Management of BID Operations
North Flatbush BID Board Brings Chamber Services, Business Assistance Services to the District
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the North Flatbush Business Improvement District (BID) today announced an agreement for the Chamber to manage BID’s operations. This is the first time a Chamber of Commerce will be directly managing one of New York City’s Business Improvement Districts. The Board made this decision after several months of the Chamber voluntarily staffing the BID’s offices and piloting its satellite Chamber service program. The formal announcement was made at the North Flatbush BID’s annual meeting. James Dean Ellis, the Chamber’s Manager for Neighborhood Economic Development Initiatives, will serve as the BID’s Executive Director.
As part of the agreement, the Chamber will offer its full range of business services, currently only available in Downtown Brooklyn, at the North Flatbush BID offices. The move recognizes that many businesses who need assistance have limited time to seek those services out. By embedding its programs in more locations around the borough, the Chamber hopes to make it easier for businesses to access capital, get job training, pro bono legal assistance, affordable health insurance and other services they need to help their business grow.
“For many years the North Flatbush Avenue BID has relied on its relationships with neighborhood groups, pooling energy and resources to provide direct services and experiences for the community,” said North Flatbush BID President Regina Cahill. “The Board views this agreement with the Chamber as a natural and modern progression of what the BID has always done; work well with others. We are excited about the boundless potential that this agreement provides and we look forward to the ever expanding possibilities on North Flatbush Avenue.”
“We look forward to working with all of the BID’s stakeholders to create a single cohesive business community that takes all of the newfound post-Barclays interest in Flatbush Avenue, and leverages it to benefit all of the district’s businesses and residents,” said Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “From NYC Business Solutions, to our Good Help, Healthworks, and Affordable Care Act Navigator programs, the full range of services the Chamber provides will be right here in the neighborhood where they can do the most good. I want to thank Regina Cahill, the entire North Flatbush BID Board of Directors, and the City’s Department of Small Business Services for giving us this opportunity.”
“I am very glad that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the North Flatbush Business Improvement District have reached this agreement to ensure effective management and beneficial services for the Flatbush Avenue business community and the neighborhood,” said Council Member Brad Lander (D-39). “I look forward to working in partnership with the Chamber and the BID to continue to support the development of businesses and amenities in this important commercial corridor.”
“The partnership between the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the North Flatbush Business Improvement District is a win for our community and borough by increasing access to resources that will benefit small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs while bolstering our local economy,” said Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo (D-35).
“Community Board No. 8 would like to welcome the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on its new endeavor to manage the North Flatbush Avenue BID. This effort will lead to an expansion of services offered by the Chamber of Commerce not only to the BID, but to other businesses borough-wide that may have a hard time accessing services at the Commerce’s Downtown Brooklyn offices,” said Community Board 8 District Manager Michelle George. “We welcome and congratulate James Ellis, who has accepted the role of the BID’s Executive Director and wish him great success in his new capacity.”
“This decision builds on the months we have already spent working with the board, familiarizing ourselves with the BID and its initiatives, and engaging with all of our stakeholders to have a more engaged community,” said incoming North Flatbush BID Executive Director and the Chamber’s Manager for Neighborhood Economic Development Initiatives, James Dean Ellis. “Now, with this agreement in place and our fleet of services on track, we are truly prepared for Flatbush’s renaissance.”