Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

This site is proudly run by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. The Partnership is comprised of two entities, the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project LDC (MARP) and the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Business Improvement District (BID), working together to assist the small businesses located along the Avenue and improve the quality of life of the surrounding neighborhoods. Our primary focus is to promote the district. We inform the general public of all that our member businesses and area offers. The Partnership oversees the economic development efforts of Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Wallabout, Brooklyn.

View the organization’s 2017 Annual Report here.

The Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project Local Development Corporation (MARP), often referred to as MARP, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, local development corporation incorporated in January 1999 and founded with the mission to restore the “Main Street” of the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill 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.

MARP Board of Directors

Dr. Thomas F. Schutte (Chair) – Pratt Institute
P. Ann Daniels (Vice-Chair) – Willoughby Walk Co-ops
Dr. Georgianna Glose (Secretary) – Fort Greene SNAP
Michael Banach (Treasurer) – St. Joseph’s College
Rashida Abuwala – Redlich Horwitz Foundation
John Dew – Clinton Hill Co-ops
Raffaele DiMaggio – TD Bank
Gary Hattem – Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation (retired)
Mike Massiah – Port Authority of NY & NJ
Jed Marcus – Marcus Attorneys
Dr. K. Aletha Maybank – NYC Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene
Brian Robinson – Gnarly Vines
Sudha Seetharaman – Trilok Fusion Arts
Lawrence Whiteside — Construction/Codes Consultants

MARP Advisory Board

Seth Edwards – JP Morgan Chase (retired)

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn BID was signed into law by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in November 2004 and incorporated in March 2005. The BID encompasses those properties fronting Myrtle Avenue from Flatbush Avenue Extension to Classon Avenue (map available here), and provides supplementary sanitation, graffiti removal, and promotional services to the district.

Copies of the BID’s past annual audited financial statements can be viewed here: 201620152014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

BID Board of Directors

Dr. Thomas F. Schutte (Chair) – Class A, representing Pratt Institute
John Dew (Vice-Chair) – Class A, representing Clinton Hill Co-ops
Larry Esposito (Treasurer) – Class A
Kevin Shirley (Secretary) – Class A, representing Apple Savings Bank
Doug Bowen 
– Class A
Dale Charles – Class A, representing IMPACCT Brooklyn
Gurvan Duncan
 – Class A
Tony Guzman – Class A
Larry Hoy – Class A
Mutale Kanyata – Class A
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye –Class A, representing New York City Housing Authority
Michael Weiss – Class A, representing Red Apple Group
Tamara Browne – Class B, Blick Art Materials
Elissa Olin – Class B, Greene in Brooklyn
Amanda Neville – Class B, Tipsy Wine & Spirits
Gerry Rooney 
– Class B, Putnam’s Pub & Cooker
Carol Thomas – Class B, Just Because Hair Salon
Samantha Johnson – Class C, Resident
Carol-Ann Church – Class E, Community Board 2
Commissioner Gregg Bishop, NYC Department of Small Business Services
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo