The Real Deal New York

BIDs do more than beautify

The city’s business improvement districts aim to enhance neighborhoods
with efforts from homeless outreach to encouraging development
By Claire Moses | February 19, 2015 10:30AM

From the February issue: There’s an often unseen force behind many of the changes in New York City’s neighborhoods over the last few decades. The city’s 70 Business Improvement Districts do more than plant flowers and hire people to sweep up litter: they’ve also played a big role in some of the more fundamental transformations of areas like Times Square, the Financial District and Downtown Brooklyn. [more]