Organizers are aiming to create greater "retail diversity" in the areas along Fulton Street.
Barbara Adler describes the way the avenue has changed dramatically over the years.
Most members of the new business improvement district's board come from large development companies.
Sunnyside Shines is looking to bring more shopping options to the neighborhood's vacant storefronts.
The Roosevelt Avenue Community Alliance is hosting the directors of a film about gentrification.
The business owners say the plan will push them out of their Queens neighborhoods.
The improvement district would strengthen local businesses, according to the civic group proposing it.
Litter and trash bags on the block attract rats and other rodents, locals claim.
The Lower East Side Business Improvement District is asking artists to submit work for the project.
A vote on the BID could come as soon as next month but residents and businesses are still sparring.
Some merchants on Seventh Avenue want to form a BID to pay for street sweeping and other beautification.
Community Board 11 Chair wants to ramp up the process of creating a BID by the end of the year.
Merchants want to establish a BID that would pay for maintenance and upkeep along Seventh Avenue.
Local 1181 President Michael Cordiello said the city is unnecessarily prolonging the strike.
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership will host 23 days of holiday events beginning Dec. 1.
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