The Atlantic Avenue BID was first proposed by the Atlantic Avenue BID Steering Committee in 2008, in the hopes of improving and promoting the ten-plus block stretch along Atlantic from the Atlantic Yards to the BQE.
While the area has a long held a tradition of stores featuring wonderful Lebanese, North African, and Middle Eastern markets and shops, the times are-a-changing as the fella says. Now the street houses a number of trendy boutiques and even a Barneys. One is more likely today to purchase a silly-looking urban vest for $450 in the area than a box of charcoal briquettes for their hookah.
Horror? Devastation? Progress? Who cares? It is what it is. Neighborhoods change. Life isn’t stagnant.
The new Atlantic Avenue BID will soon become a reality, with support from both Community Board 2 and 6. Committees from both boards voted unanimously in favor of the plan.
Brownstoner reports, “with an annual budget of $240,000 the BID will tackle marketing, sanitation, streetscape, and traffic and crime advocacy.”