Slope Business Group Files Application for 7th Avenue BID

The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce filed an application with the Department of Small Business Services to officially create a 16-block BID along 7th Avenue, from St. John’s Place to 16th Street. The BID will include around 300 businesses. The Brooklyn Eagle spoke with Tammy Shaw, Chair of the Steering Committee, who said that the creation of the BID is moving according to schedule. Currently they are in the outreach phase and have set up a website with more information. The process will likely take up to nine months, with a final approval by the City Council. Council Member Steve Levin has already expressed his support for the BID, stating in a letter to the Small Business Services Commissioner that the BID “would provide much needed services that create a cleaner environment for visitors and residents while providing a safe environment.” The chamber is asking for a $300,000 annual budget to be used for mainly for sanitation services. Rumblings about a possible BID on 7th Avenue started up at the beginning of this year.
Park Slope Chamber Moves Forward With Plans for 7th Ave. BID [Brooklyn Eagle]
A BID in the Works for 7th Avenue [Brownstoner]

3 Comment

  • BrooklynButler

    If I count the blocks highlighted in blue, I get 22. There must be more than 16 blocks between St. John’s Place and 16th Street.

    How does the size of this BID, geographically and business-wise compare with other BIDs in NYC? In Brooklyn?

  • It is shortsighted to exempt St. John’s to Flatbush. This is the gateway to 7th Avenue, and if it doesn’t get the services the BID provides (namely litter removal and street beautification) people will be less likely to venture down 7th Avenue to the BID’s other businesses. There are several businesses in these few blocks that could contribute to the BID, but not as many as on other stretches of 7th Avenue. It is a sound investment for the rest of the BID to “carry” services on these few highly-trafficked and important blocks.

  • It is strange that the BID would exclude the few blocks between Flatbush Avenue and St. John’s Place. They are the blocks that provide visitors to Park Slope with their first impression of the neighborhood’s main shopping street.

    Besides focusing on cleaner sidewalks and a safe environment, the members of the new BID ought to consider making Seventh Avenue a more attractive place to shop. The proliferation of oversize garish signs and unappealing storefronts suggest that most of the storeowners and their landlords don’t care about what the neighborhood looks like. One of the principal reasons why people move to and visit Park Slope is the appearance of its attractive side streets.

    Why can’t the merchants on Seventh Avenue make Park Slope’s principal commercial street a more inviting place to stroll and shop? Many of the merchants on Atlantic Avenue appear to recognize how attractive storefronts and signage can result in increased revenues. The members of the Seventh Avenue BID might want to do the same.