SPRING If there comes a little thaw, Still the air is chill and raw, Here and there a patch of snow, Dirtier than the ground below, Dribbles down

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Snowphoto march 8 2013

Brooklyn, March 18, 2013


If there comes a little thaw,
Still the air is chill and raw,
Here and there a patch of snow,
Dirtier than the ground below,
Dribbles down a marshy flood;
Ankle-deep you stick in mud In the meadows while you sing,
"This is Spring." - Christopher Pearse Cranch

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Chief and Commanders and member of the Community Council attended our luncheon at Woodland Restaurant.

North Flatbush BID hosted BID's Meeting and Luncheon with Small Business Services

6 Brooklyn BIDs and 6 Community Affairs Police Precincts

"The BID's meetings were started around 2002,or perhaps earlier," said, Leon Fonfa, Senior Development Manager of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.

These meetings are held to strengthen the relationship between the BIDs and NYPD, to share information and to give the BIDs, borough chiefs and precinct commanders a chance to interact on issues of concern to the BIDs.

There are practical accomplishments that come out of the meetings and the NYPD does follow up on issues presented.

Executive Director, Sharon Davidson, addressed the crowd with community concerns that are brought to her attention. It is important for the community to let us know what concerns you have regarding traffic, illegal parking, garbage, etc. so that we can address them to our Community Council in a timely manner.

Thank you to Gunay and the great folks of Woodland for hosting this event.

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We are Bringing Back our SILENT AUCTION


Our 27th Annual Meeting, yes we are 27 years old, the 7th oldest BID in NYC, is coming up in just a few short months. We hope you can join us!

Thursday, JUNE 6th, 7pm to 9pm. Venue to Be Determined, Invites will follow in May.

We are bringing back our popular SILENT AUCTION! our last acution in 2010, many of you bid on gift baskets from BklynLarder, Mei Chei Liquors, gift certificates from Hooti Couture, Pintchik Hardware, Brooklyn Boulders, 6 month membership to Crunch, 4G phones from TMobile, iPhone from Verizon and lunch at Juniors with Borough President Marty Markowitz, we hope to bring these items all back and more!

You wont want to miss out on this event! WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Special Keynote Speaker!


Bioswales are located on Dean and Fourth Avenue

Keeping you updated on our Capital Streetscape Project

Meetings with DEP and NYC Parks

In our effort in keeping our community updated on our Capital Streetscape Project, here is a brief overview from our latest meeting on Wed. March 13th at 10:30am at the Design Commission.

On Wednesday, March 13, Executive Director Sharon Davidson met with members from NYC DEP and NYC Parks Department, , NYC DOT and Parsons Design Team at the Design Commision on Long Island City.
Here is a brief overview:

Parsons is currently revising the design based on the comments received from DDC/DOT/BID. They will be incorporating our comments into a new design for viewing shortly.
DEP will be conducting subsurface bioswale overview of our area including soil testing. DEP has a set of standard bioswales they are looking to install on different streets in our area at the 4 triangles that are going to be transformed into public plazas. However, adequate soil permeable will be the deciding factor. storm water green streats at the new curbouts may be customizable.

For those not familiar with bioswales: rght-of-way bioswales–small patches of plants, trees, and rocks that help prevent flooding by absorbing rainwater, seen already at Dean Street and Fourth Avenue.

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Con Ed Energy Efficient Green Team at 67Burger



The BID's new Lunchtime Merchant Assistance meetings are a way to provide our small businesses on a wide range of business topics that can help you save money.
Our third merchant assistance meeting for 2013, Wed. March 26th, we invited the Con Ed Energy Efficiancy Green Team to lunch at 67Burger. Many of our small businesses came out and joined us and met the Green Team.

The Green Team discussed topics on how to lower your energy costs, Get free energy efficiency upgrades, Incentives,Customized energy efficiency recommendations provided at no cost and Quick energy-saving devices installed for free such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), low-flow aerators, high pressure rinse sprayers, and water heater thermostat setback.

If you are a small business in our area and would like to have a member of the Con Ed Green Team come out to your shop for a free energy savings survey, give us a call and we can help you. Or stop by our offices and complete a self stamped request card and drop it off in the mail or we will be happy to mail one to your business too. Con Ed Green Team can work with you to do the survey during off business hours so that there is no interruption of services to you.

Thank you to Ed Tretter and Daphne Ben-Ari of 67Burger for hosting our event and providing us with such great service and delicious food to everyone! Congratulations to Matt Counihan of Brooklyn Boulders for winning a $100 American Express gift card in our buisness card raffle.

Meet the new faces of the North Flatbush Avenue BID


Heather Hamilton and husband Todd Portnoff

Welcome Aboard!

Heather Hamilton

Heather Hamilton joins the North Faltbush Avenue BID board of directors as an interim Resident Class C board member.

Heather is an 8 yr resident of Park Slope, a fifth generation San Diegan. Heather made her way east against the tide in 1995 after completing her Theatrical Arts degree at UCLA. In 2008, Heather became the proud owner of Long’s Wines & Liquors in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and serves on the board of directors of the 5th Avenue Bay Ridge BID. Heather is married to Brooklynite, Todd Portnoff and the very proud mother of Caitlyn Portnoff, "age 8 going on 28".


Shawn Wickens

Shawn Wickens joins the North Flatbush Avenue BID as our IT specialist .

Shawn is a full time New Yorker by way of Cinncinati, Ohio. A graduate of Cleveland State University and undergraduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. Shawn has a Masters in Communication and BA in computer science and has an Information Technology certification.

Shawn is also a journalist, author of 2 books, the founder of The Bad Film Fest, a graduate of the Comedy Troupe Magnet Theatre and teaches comedy improv workshops. (one of the reasons he and I work so well together)

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public advocate, Bill DeBlasio


With Keynote Speaker: Bill DeBlasio, Public Advocate

Our next guest speaker series will be held in late April or early May. We will keep you informed as soon as a confirmed date becomes available to us.

Mr. DeBlasio will be speaking to our small businesses about his 5-point plan which includes a new fine-reduction program to reduce fines to small businesses, Eliminating outdated and abused regulations and much more.

You wont want to miss out on this great event. ! Keep checking our website and facebook pages for information as it becomes available to us. Thank you.



Get up, get out and VOTE!

What is Participatory Budgeting? Participatory budgeting is a democratic economic process in which you get to decide how to spend a portion of the city’s capital budget.

This year, residents of the 33rd District have proposed projects and will vote on how to spend $1 million in capital funds. From Greenpoint to Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights to Williamsburg, community members just like you have gathered at Neighborhood Assemblies learned about PBNYC, shared ideas, and developed their proposals all while getting to know each other. Winning projects will be funded by Councilman Stephen Levin.

Voting for Participatory Budgeting projects in Councilmember Steve Levin's 33rd District kicks off this Monday, April 1st, and runs every day through Sunday, April 7th. You can cast your vote Monday through Friday at Councilmember Levin's District Office, at 410 Atlantic Avenue, between Bond and Nevins Streets, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the Fifth Avenue Committee offices at 621 Degraw Street on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as several other locations throughout the 33rd District. Visit stephenlevin33.tumblr.com/pbnyc for a full list of locations and hours.



Brooklyn Summer HEAT (Help Employ Ambitious Teens) is the Borough President’s summer youth employment program, which encourages Brooklyn businesses to invest in our youth through employment. In the last few years, hundreds of teens between the ages of 16 and 18 have been hired through HEAT. This year, on the 11th anniversary of the program, Borough President Markowitz is calling on Brooklyn employers and students to Turn Up the HEAT! For more information CLICK HERE.


Positions are now available for security. For more information, go to www.barclayscenterjobs.com and find out qualifications and how to apply.


Many children from low-income Brooklyn families seldom get an opportunity to leave their urban environment. The Camp Brooklyn Fund was created to give these children an opportunity to attend sleep-away camp and have the experience of a lifetime! A live auction is going on right now for your chance to BID on tickets to see Rihanna at Barclays Center, vacation packges. and more . CLICK HERE for live auction


Last year, The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce was awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to facilitate dialogue between mayoral candidates and the business community. By hosting this forum, the Brooklyn chamber is taking one of the first steps necessary to ensure that business issues receive much needed attention from candidates.This event is expected to attract business owners from all five boroughs, and will give you an opportunity to hear how the candidates plan on addressing your needs in the next mayoral term. We encourage our small businesses to attend this meeting, for more information, please CLICK HERE. - April 23 8:30am to 11:00am
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street. You must register for this event.


Christine Quinn announces new bill for paid sick leave. Today marks a great victory for both workers and small business owners here in New York City. A new bill will provide sick leave for nearly a million New Yorkers while at the same time offering key protections for small businesses.

This bill will guarantee that all New Yorkers can take time to care for themselves and their families when they are ill, without fear of losing employment. And just as importantly, it will do so in the right way, at the right time, with the right protections for residents and small business owners.

A big thank you to Carlo Scissura President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and his amazing team for working so tirelessly on this bill. Our merchants and m om and pop shops should be aware that this bill in no way effects small businesses with less than 20 employees. Another great reason for you to join the Chamber. CLICK HERE to join.

To view Christine Quinn's speach CLICK HERE.


Make a clean sweep of your neighborhood by joining the Park Slope Civic Council at its annual spring beautification, recycling, and clean-up event! Saturday, April 20th 8am to 2pm rain or shine meet at The old Stone House between 3rd and 4th streets. For more information CLICK HERE.


This is Brooklyn's first Fancy Food-style trade show, supporting our food manufacturing businesses and creating a borough- wide community of food producers. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce welcomes vendor participation from all Brooklyn-based food manufacturers and businesses that are involved in packaging and distributing at least one made-in-Brooklyn product. The event will take place June 26 at 630 Flushing Avenue in South Williamsburg. For more information, visit www.brooklyneats.com



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Our new shopping and services guide will be showcased in many of our merchant stores in just a few days.

We hope you will stop by, pick one up and enjoy all that North Flatbush Avenue has to offer! Its small enough to fit into your purse or pocket and it provides you with a handy foldout locator map.

If you would like additional copies please feel free to let us know.

Thank you Tia Johnson of bigup.designs for your colorful banner designs that will highlight our guide covers.


A message from Executive Director, Sharon Davidson

Dear Friends of the North Flatbush Avenue BID!

It is that time of year, when i am in full swing as I gear up for our June 6th, 27th Annual Meeting and Networking Event. I envite all merchants, property owners, residents and friends to join us from 7pm to 9pm for drinks and hor d'oeurves and catch our brief presentation and special Keynote Speaker! I will have a venue confirmed very shortly.

We will show you some conceptual designs of our Capital Streetscape Project that we have been working on for over 5 years. We will present our new website design and show you how you can participate in our new online twitter feed feature so that you can promote your business. We will also have our Annual Report. and a business card raffle! and lastly, I am most excited about bringing back our Silent Auction! We will have a list of some items for biddidng as they come available.

On another note, I had the honor to be invited and to join the Steininger Family and the Daniel Hoan Foundation at Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on March 22nd for Brooklyns 40 under 40 Rising Stars Event for their son, Mr. Andrew Steininger.

Many of you know Andrew Steininger when he worked for Borough President Marty Markowtiz and now as VP Economic Development of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and many of you know him for his commitement to the North Flatbush Avenue BID and you may have had the chance to meet him at one of our events or speaker series.

40 under 40 Rising Star celebrates 40 of the borough’s young and upcoming entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and community leaders. I think we all agree that Andrew epitomizes everything that makes Brooklyn great. His positive attitude and for his deep compassion for a city he "immigrated" to, from Wisconsin. Congrats to Andrew Steininger !

For more information on the 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Brooklyn Event and how you can nominate someone for 2014, CLICK HERE.

To view a video of all the winners of the 40 under 40 Rising Star Event, CLICK HERE!

As I end off this message, i would like to remind our neighbors and shop owners that if you see a pothole, graffiti, overflowing garbage, or a damaged sign in our area, feel free to email me and I will act on it with my liaisons from the many city agencies I work closely with. I noticed graffiti on our new muni meters and I am working to have that removed. Some of our old meters will soon be turned into new bike racks for our area and i am working with NYC DOT to bring the bike sharing program to our area.

I encourage you to LIKE our Facebook page and Follow us on Twitter @nfbid, we are now on Instagram "nfbid".

See you on the Avenue!


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