Please join the 78th Precinct, merchants and neighbors for an evening at Grand Army Plaza! I bet the new Commanding Officer, Captain Frank Digiacomo will be there!
PS-they are looking for event sponsors and volunteers.
North Flatbush Business Improvement District – Your Connection
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.”
Making the rounds on the blog-o-sphere (brokelyn.com, brownstoner.com, explorebk.com) this week is a great read about Flatbush Avenue, “It’s a very old route that started as a Native American path and became a road in Colonial times — even becoming the target of a strategic roadblock during the Revolutionary War.” But, more importantly, a great recap of some of our businesses and district resources are listed. We are so excited for the press and thank our friends over at ExploreBK.com for initiating this!
Take a peek and share with the interwebs! Click here to read.
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
The North Flatbush BID mourns the passing of Amin Awad the patriarch of the Haifa Deli & Grocery–263 Flatbush Avenue.
Mr. Awad ran the business and lived on Flatbush Avenue for more than 40 years. He was cleric and leader at the Al Farooq mosque on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill as well as a Chaplain at Rikers Island.
Described in a news account as “a squat, jolly-looking man in a well-cut suit and trench coat.”; Mr. Awad presided over the counter at Haifa Deli leading lively discussions of politics and current events. His welcoming grace and good humor were evident to all who came to the store.
In recent years, Mr. Awad’s many children and grandchildren have taken up the operation of the deli and maintained the store as a hub of neighborhood activity.
In honor of Franny’s celebrating 10 years on North Flatbush and 1 year in their newest space, we would like to present their menu for your admiration. Also, they will open an al fresco dining experience beginning May 5th. Be certain to check out Franny’s sibling busineses–Marco’s and Bklyn Larder. Franny and the gang reminisce on 10 years of business here.
april 17, 2014
mortadella di fegato
three meats 10
five meats 17
eight meats 20
wood-roasted green cerignola olives with oranges and fennel 8
bruschetta with garlic, monti olio nuovo and sea salt 3
crostini of wood-roasted pancetta with pickled turnips 10
crostino of ‘nduja, pickles and ricotta salata 10
pork cheek and beef tongue terrine 13
fried lemons with anchovies, olives and buffalo mozarella 14
borlotti beans with tratturello extra virgin olive oil 12
wood-roasted parsnips with salsa verde and horseradish 11
marinated kale with pancetta and pickled fennel 13
braised romaine with egg, bottarga and breadcrumbs 13
spring lettuces with radishes and red onion 14
sauteed squid with farro, celery, colatura and chilies 16
roasted pork sausage with spinach 16
pasta & polenta
chitarra cacio e pepe 16
mafalde braised guina hen and scallions 18
bucatini with guanciale, pea shoots and pinenuts 18
mezze maniche with spicy lamb sausage ragu 17
polenta with duck egg, roasted scallions and ramps 18
pizza & calzone
extra virgin olive oil and sea salt 9
tomato, garlic, oregano and tiburtini olio novello 16
tomato and buffalo mozzarella 17
tomato, buffalo mozzarella and sausage 18
tomato, buffalo mozzarella and meatballs 18
tomato, oregano, pepperoni and caciocavallo 19
tomato, anchovies, capers, olives, chilies and parmigiano reggiano 18
pancetta, onions and fontina 18
wood-roasted mushrooms crescenza 17
ricotta, buffalo mozzarella, basil, garlic and hot peppers 17
tomato, olives, tuna, onions, parsley and chilies 18
clams, chilies and parsley 18
calzone with prosciutto cotto, ricotta and pecorino romano 18