Our BID covers a wide area, and seeks to interact and facilitate partnerships with all people of the community. We cooperate with other organizations including property owners, merchants, block associations, community gardens, schools, religious congregations, local social services, and city agencies. Our core services include: sanitation and maintenance, marketing and promotions, business and community development, beautification and public safety, and district representation.
SANITATION and MAINTENANCE
Sidewalk Sweep: In black and gold uniforms, our crew pushes yellow barrels and makes morning sidewalk sweeps of the District year-round from 6:30am to 10:30am. They also observe and report issues, an extra set of eyes on our streets. We provide trash bags to businesses willing to monitor and replace full corner trash cans. We also provide interested businesses with black plastic cans with our logo and our bags for use outside mid-block stores to relieve over-filled corner cans. In addition, we
• Remove posters and graffiti from public street furniture
• Remove hanging debris from trees, light poles and wires.
• Pick up litter from the tree pits
MARKETING and PROMOTIONS
Events Calendar: The monthly calendar lists local events and activities contributed by merchants, schools, the library, youth groups, religious congregations, and the parks. We print and distribute 10,000 calendars per month to merchants, various institutions, the area hostels, and doorman buildings in the neighborhood. The Events Calendar has become relied upon by the community for over 20 years.
Holiday Wish List: The Holiday Wish List offers a description of over 20 non-profit service organizations working in the area and provides contact information for the public as well as a chance for the agencies to request items that they need during the holiday season.
Website and Social Media: To promote development and economic vitality, the BID offers marketing services for our merchant’s business promotions and for neighborhood events.
BUSINESS and COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Bloomingdale Restaurants Association: We work with local restaurants between 96th and 110th Streets. Past events include Taste of Bloomingdale: Flavors of the World. Our website features some of the 100+ restaurants in this area. Learn more at www.bloomingdalerestaurants.nyc
Commercial Vacancy Listings: Our website lists available stores (with size, price, and contact information) for brokers or interested parties. We encourage businesses to draw people into the area and offer support to incoming merchants.
Historical Tours & Neighborhood History Group: The Manhattan Valley Historical Tour, sponsored by the BID and presented by Jim Mackin, has been very well received as we host events and tours in our district. Check out our events calendar for listings.
Bloomingdale Family Days Festivals: We organize and host Weekend Walks on Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues every summer and fall in partnership with Department of Transportation. The events feature music, performances, kid’s activities, local and citywide organizations, and Flavor of the World.
BEAUTIFICATION and PUBLIC SAFETY
Flower Planting: Every year we plant several thousand high quality flowering bulbs in enclosed tree pits on Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. We spread 10 cubic yards of compost acquired from the Department of Sanitation, as well as bags of bark chips and, after the holidays, evergreen branches.
Trees Care and Tree Guard Maintenance: Well-cared-for trees lining the avenues and streets are a source of community pride and attract pedestrians and shoppers. We now have more than 150 tree guards on Columbus and Amsterdam. Their design has garnered praise from those in the community as well as Parks Department staff and other community organizations. With property owner permission, we hope to fill in gaps in our tree covers with trees.
Holiday Lighting: Each year, the BID installs snowflake holiday lighting displays on light poles in November, which stay lit until the end of February. We encourage merchants and residents to add their own festive lighting to storefronts, windows and fire escapes.
Art Installations: See monthly events calendar for listings.
Graffiti Removal Program: We have painted over 250 gates a distinctive coppery-green patina with a dark green trim. The pale color reflects light and lessens dark spots while softening the industrial look of the metal gates. The project was expanded to include some masonry walls.
Neighborhood Security: We participate in regular meetings hosted by the Westside Crime Prevention Program, along with the 24th Precinct, Manhattan North Narcotics, and the District Attorney’s Office. These meetings provide an opportunity for property owners, merchants and residents to voice concerns and discuss specific problems.
We facilitate communication between city agencies and our various constituencies. We are in regular contact with the following agencies:
• Department of Sanitation
• Department of Parks and Recreation
• Department of Transportation
• The 24th Police Precinct
• Elected Officials