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Business Improvement Districts in other parts of the city
have proven to be very successful and it’s my opinion that
a BID would be equally successful for the Chinese
community. You can see what it’s done for Grand Central,
SoHo and other neighborhoods. It’s time for the Chinese
community to realize the importance of a BID and the
positive potential that it brings. We’ve existed without a
BID in Chinatown for many, many years, but how successful
have we been without a BID? The benefits of having a BID
outweigh the costs.
President, Chinese Chamber of Commerce
After witnessing the positive impact
the BIDs in Flushing and Sunset Park have made for their
residents and businesses, I am even more convinced that
now is the time for our community to have our own and
truly take charge of our future.
Green City Realty
I have marveled the cleanliness of other communities with
BID in downtown Manhattan. I strongly believe we can
accomplish the same cleanliness here in Chinatown if our
community supports the BID project.
Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291
My family has been doing business in Chinatown for at
least 60 years and clearly this community is an
under-appreciated resource. A BID offers Chinatown the
opportunity to raise its visibility, pool its resources,
and offer cleaner and safer streets to its residents and
businesses. By doing so will enhance the prosperity of its
businesses, the lifestyle of its residents, and the
positive experience of its visitors.
Chinatown’s businesses need to revitalize, be
self-help. People who live in Chinatown need to look and think further ahead toward the
future, and be less selfish.
We take from the
community and give back to the community.
Wonton Garden Restaurant
A Clean Chinatown
is an honor for all Chinese!
Food Import Corporation
BIDs are especially valuable in these challenging economic
We need more effective public-private partnerships that
develop new and innovative programs to support local
business and help them to stay afloat. BIDs have a proven
track record of success in a broad range of communities
across our city. I am certain that Gateway BID [New York
City's 64th BID] will work effectively and efficiently to
improve the quality of life for property owners, merchants
and residents in the Bed-Stuy area.
William C. Thompson
New York City Comptroller
"It's not prohibitive at all, it's peanuts. The figures I
saw were very minor, particularly when you divide it up
among so many people the benefits of the BIDs are
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