Lights are up on Grand Street, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to the Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID). And this Saturday, they’re throwing a holiday party and everyone is invited.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the BID’s signs on Grand Street, but never really thought about what it meant. Well, turns out life can be tough in the city, and BIDs help make it a little easier for the neighborhood. The Grand Street BID formed in the 80s to help out small businesses between Union and Bushwick Avenues. Their goal, according to Executive Director Artineh Havan is to “improve the quality of life for the community” by keeping the areas clean, attracting new businesses, doing things like lobbying for new sidewalks, roads, lights and trees, which by the way can take YEARS.
Right now, one of the focuses is on bringing in affordable retail to replace GEM and Liberty Fabrics, In lieu, the group installed a pop-up for the holidays in the GEM space, which will be open and operating at this Saturday’s event. In addition, to help retain great businesses it attracts, the BID is also developing a program to help with web, e-commerce, social media marketing and advertising, and applying for funding to help maintain businesses facades.
Keeping the neighborhood safe, clean and growing doesn’t just happen on its own. We have to consciously make an effort for improvement and that is what the BID does. They also bring us a block party, restaurant week, pub crawl and holiday party every year. Now’s a chance to say thanks and show some support. The holiday party takes place Saturday from noon to four at the old GEM space.
Come out and explore the neighborhood. As Havan says, “It’s going to be great!” The free event will include:
· Holiday photo booth from Onmonomedia
· Pictures with Santa
· Arts and crafts
· A puppet performance by Playdate Puppets
· Local high school art display competition