The 82nd Street BID was initially proposed in 1990.

  • It covers 82nd Street from 37th Avenue to Baxter Avenue.
  • It includes more than 140 retail businesses.
  • Their annual budget is approximately $225,000.

Their mission:

“We work to support and strengthen 82nd Street’s position as one of New York City’s most vibrant commercial corridors. We achieve this through a range of economic development programs, including neighborhood marketing, placemaking, streetscape beautification, supplemental sanitation, and advocacy.”

District Map (Photo Cred: jhcoronabid.org)

In January 2012, the 82nd Street Business Improvement District (BID), under the direction of Commissioner Rob Walsh and Council Member Julissa Ferreras, implemented a 100 Day Plan to rebuild the organization and neighborhood.

“100 days ago we made a commitment to turn around the 82nd Street BID, and today I’m pleased to report that we are making progress on all fronts–the sidewalks are cleaner, graffiti is gone, and businesses are thriving,” -John Rapp, President of the 82nd Street Partnership

82nd St Bike Corral (Photo Cred: 82ndstreet.org)

As of 2012, in the unveiling of a new interactive website and logo, the BID is known as the 82nd Street Partnership.

Revamped Logo

Screen Shot 2013-05-15 at 8.46.16 PM

A screen shot of the 82nd Street Partnership website’s homepage

 

Future plans for the neighborhood include a district wide public art installation, and food and music festival to help build community and attract foot traffic to the neighborhood’s local businesses.

Seth Taylor, Executive Director of the 82nd Street Partnership, met with some of us. We learned that the most needed service for the partnership is business activism. Before the Partnership, it was sort of a non-functioning BID. The businesses really had nobody there to voice their problems, but the Partnership can play that role. One hypothetical example is if the subway is shut down for an extended period of time and businesses are losing business, no one would have been able to talk to the MTA about this problem. Now, however, the BID could be there to do it for them. Branding is also a large part of the Partnership. Events like Viva La Comida serve to brand the area as not only a place to get great food but also a center of diversity.

An advertisement for Viva La Comida found on the Partnership’s Facebook page

Seth joined the 82nd Street BID after working most recently as the director of economic development for the Union Square Partnership in Manhattan. He first began working in commercial revitalization and downtown management as a project manager for the 34th Street Partnership/Bryant Park Corporation and later served as business services manager for the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

A photo taken at Viva La Comida

Executive Director Seth Taylor, Councilperson Julissa Ferrera, and other community members at the Viva La Comida event (Photo Cred: queensbuzz.com)

For more on the 82nd Street Partnership, visit their website, like their Facebook page, and access their most recent annual report, located here.


 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.