BROOKLYN DA GONZALEZ MEETS WITH BIDS
In an effort to address growing community safety concerns and support local economic growth, three of North Brooklyn’s BIDs (FAB Fulton, North Flatbush, and Myrtle Avenue) invited Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to meet with business owners, property owners, and community partners. It was a small crowd at Brooklyn Music School, but several local business owners were able to chat with DA Gonzalez one-on-one about their individual issues and concerns.
We hope the meeting was just the start of ongoing, solution-oriented conversations that bolster our thriving business improvement districts where merchants and shoppers alike feel safe.
SAVE THE DATE:
FAB FULTON BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The next quarterly FAB Board of Directors meeting is set for Thu., April 28, 10-11:30 am. BID members (businesses, property owners, and residents) are invited. If there are action items to vote on, only BID Board Directors are eligible to vote, but all can attend to listen and ask questions or share updates after the voting. You can RSVP here; meeting access details will be sent closer to the date.
Did you know there is a FREE, smart tool for you and residents, landlords, or neighboring businesses to resolve issues and get to a lasting conclusion?
MEND NYC helps New Yorkers address issues in their neighborhood through mediation and conflict resolution services provided by the City. Mediation is constructive communication between people in conflict facilitated by an impartial third-party professional, a Mediator. Many types of conflict can benefit from mediation if both parties are willing to enter a discussion with a mediator. Learn more here, and begin the process to discover if your case is MENDable.
NYC DOT SURVEYS
The first Saturday of April was a chilly but sunny one, and we spent a good deal of the day speaking to neighbors of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill about the proposed plaza project at what is now the top of Gates Triangle. The intersection of Gates and Vanderbilt Avenues was the site of a fatal accident last summer, and, working with concerned residents, NYC DOT came up with a plan to study the neighborhood traffic and pedestrian flow, and also create a public plaza that would prevent the one-way vehicular traffic on Gates Avenue between Vanderbilt and Fulton Street.
Saturday’s community workshop is part of the early phase of the project; NYC DOT is still collecting feedback from residents, businesses, and neighbors. If you’d like to complete the survey, you can access it here.
Also, the NYC DOT merchants survey is also still open; if your business is in Clinton Hill and you have not yet submitted feedback, please complete the short survey now, found here. Your responses will help better understand where safety improvements could be made for pedestrians, merchants, and cyclists.
Last month, Mayor Eric Adams announced that the City of New York lifted Key to NYC vaccination requirements for customers of indoor dining, indoor entertainment, and indoor recreation businesses.
What does this mean for businesses?
- No need to check customers’ proof of vaccination for indoor activities, unless you want to.
- Businesses are allowed to impose their own vaccine or mask requirements, subject to the same guidance that existed before.
- Your employees still need to be vaccinated, with the same rules that were in place before.
- New employees must still provide proof of vaccination or request a reasonable accommodation.
The New York City Health Department (DOHMH) has a new Tobacco Action Kit for businesses with updated information about tobacco and related product laws in New York City and New York State.
The kit contains informational handouts, posters, and signs. All current tobacco and e-cigarette retailers will be mailed a copy of the kit. Handouts for retailers are currently available in several languages, including English, Spanish, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, and more, all on the NYC tobacco laws webpage.
RAT ACADEMY VIRTUAL SCHEDULE
Rats only need one ounce of food each day. Don’t make your garbage their food! Join any of the free online Rat Academy training sessions from NYC Health to learn about safe and effective methods for preventing rats. See the entire schedule here, and share the information with your fellow neighbors!
ABOUT FAB FULTON
The Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB FULTON) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and collaborates with small businesses and property owners along Fulton Street in Brooklyn’s neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill to maintain a safe, clean, and welcoming community while securing resources and partnerships for initiatives that enhance and promote the district.
This post contains links to the articles and information referenced in our latest FAB BIZ BLAST email communication. You can subscribe to future newsletters; sign up here for the FAB FULTON BIZ BLAST to get the latest information and resources for FAB FULTON Businesses!