BID-ing on Fulton Street

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Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will get a little brighter, a little cleaner, and a little safer this winter, say supporters of a Fulton Street business improvement district, which passed an early hurdle this week.

The proposed Fulton Street BID sailed through Community Board 2’s Land Use committee meeting on Monday night, with members unanimously voting 10-0 to send the plan to the City Planning Commission.

It’s unlikely that the agency, or the City Council or the mayor will object to the BID, which will stretch 21 blocks from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue. Business owners inside such districts agree to an average additional tax of $1,017 annually that is put aside to supplement city services such as sanitation, security, marketing, and holiday lighting.

All four are priorities in the area, said Deborah Howard, who is on the BID steering committee and is also the executive director of the Pratt Area Community Council. The key, she said, is to create ways to stimulate business and enhance the overall neighborhood.

“[The BID] is really important for marketing,” Howard said. “It’s creating an identity, it’s having a Web site, it’s enhancing the foot traffic on the street.”

Howard said the BID’s proposed $300,000 budget allocates 43 percent to the four main services.

Property owner and longtime resident Sandy Nager said Fulton Street said he didn’t mind the additional tax.

“There are multiple services that are going to be provided,” Nager said. “I don’t think you can expect that the city can provide all things to all people, and I don’t think you can get something for nothing.”

Updated 5:06 pm, July 9, 2018
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Blair Sorrel from Upper West Side says:
WHY URBAN METAL ISN'T PRECIOUS -Blair Sorrel, Founder, www.StreetZaps. com

Of course, you want a worry-free walk year-round, so adopt this simple strategy:


Take just a few seconds to survey the immediate surroundings and make your trajectory toward a non-conductive surface, ie., plastic, wood, cardboard, rather than risking any metal or electrical fixture. The lowly, free-standing garbage bag, is you and your dog's best friend, most of the time, unless it's snowed and salted. Consider the safer, hardware-free RopeNGo leash and harness to help shield against a possible zapping and for greater peace of mind.


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Any of these fixtures might be dangerous, so again, choose non-conductive where and when possible. (link to home page fixtures listed below and/or the visuals page):

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– Street & Traffic Lights can leak if damaged internally, even if the compartment is fully closed and the light is not illuminated

– While wooden blocks anchor Scaffolding or Sidewalk Sheds, be aware that sloppy wiring by a contractor and/or the use of lighting equipment which is NOT WATER-PROOFED or even suitable for outdoor usage, may still shock a passerby.

– ATM Vestibules

– Decorative Lighting

– Dog Booties may increase
the risk of a shock

Electrical Boxes

– Fire Hydrants

– Fire Police Call Boxes

– Manhole Covers

– Muni Meters

– Phone Booths

– Service Boxes

– Street Light Boxes

– Traffic Boxes

– Work Areas

After all, why chance it when there's a choice?


Tampered equipment can become pernicious so please map (Report Form) damaged fixtures and known hot spots to admonish other pedestrians and alert the utility and transportation department.
Dec. 31, 2009, 2:26 pm

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