FAQs About Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

What does your organization do?

Our mission to restore the “Main Street” of the Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Wallabout community to a bustling, economically vital neighborhood commercial corridor that provides entrepreneurial, cultural, recreational, and employment opportunities for all those who live, work, study or have an interest in the area. To revitalize Myrtle Avenue, our partnership provides programs in commercial revitalization, business attraction & retention, facade improvement, historic preservation, cultural events production, marketing and local tourism initiatives, technical assistance, environmental stewardship, community food security, and urban planning and advocacy for the neighborhood and its small businesses. We also manages Myrtle Avenue’s Business Improvement District (BID), which provides supplementary sanitation, graffiti removal, marketing, and beautification services. These programs aim to attract shoppers and new businesses to Myrtle, to improve the built environment and the infrastructure along the avenue, to protect and maintain historic properties, and to improve overall quality of life for the neighborhood’s shoppers, merchants, and residents. We address our mission through a variety of programs that serve the community on and near Myrtle Avenue. Click on the following to find out about the local work we do:

What is a BID?

A business improvement district (BID) is a defined area where properties pay an additional tax (or levy) in order to fund projects within the district’s boundaries. The BID is often funded primarily through the levy but can also draw on other public and private funding streams. BIDs provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area. The services provided by BIDs are supplemental to those already provided by the municipality. To find more about BIDs reach out to the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

What area does the BID Cover?

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn BID includes the properties on Myrtle Avenue between the Flatbush Extension and Classon Avenue.

What services does your BID provide?

How do I become a “member” of your BID?

Businesses and properties located with the Myrtle BID boundaries are members of the BID. We recognize that the services that our Partnership provides are valuable, so we are currently looking to create service packages for our local business owners that are outside, but close to our district boundaries. Stay tuned.

How can I be included in your Home Grown Locally Owned Shopping Guide and your Business Directory?

At this time we can only include Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn BID member businesses in our Shopping Guide & Business Directory. We are currently looking for a way to address this for other local business owners that are in close proximity to our district. Stay tuned.

What is an LDC?

A Local Development Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to economic development efforts in particular area.LDCs are exempt from many of the constitutional and statutory provisions that guide the operations and financial transactions conducted by local governments. For example, LDCs are not subject to public procurement laws that require certain contracts to be bid competitively, and the debt that these entities issue, even if for the benefit of a local government, is not subject to the limits on debt established for most municipalities in the New York State Constitution. The use of LDCs and similar organizations to finance local government operations and projects increases the risk of waste, fraud, or abuse of taxpayer dollars or assets.

Can you help me open a business?

If you are interested in opening a business but are new to the process, we highly recommend that you connect with several organizations prior to getting started. Click here to find out about organizations that offer technical assistance and learn how to start your business.

If you are an existing business owner, we can certainly help you find a commercial space within our district. To find out about opening a business on Myrtle Avenue please click here (link to prospective business owner). To find out about the services that we provide to business owners within our district click here.

Where do I get grants?

We offer grants for capital storefront improvements to properties within the BID district. Please click here to find out more information. We also offer small grants to support community-led, public events that take place on or near Myrtle Avenue throughout Community Builders Mini-Grant Program. Please click here to learn more this mini-grant program and to download an application.

We do not offer any other types of grants at this time. If you are interested in finding about general grant opportunities in New York, we recommend look into the Foundation Center.