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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 21, 2008


NYC DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES LAUNCHES NYC CLEAN STREETS TO CREATE CLEANER STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND STOREFRONTS ON COMMERCIAL CORRIDORS IN ALL FIVE BOROUGHS

New $1.6 million, two-year program will create more vibrant neighborhoods and business districts while building the capacities of local organizations to continue such work

The New York City Department of Small Business Services today announced the launch of NYC Clean Streets, a program promised by the Mayor in a State of the City address which will dedicate $1.6 million in City funds over two years to organizations across all five boroughs to create cleaner streets, sidewalks and storefronts in underserved commercial corridors.

"Keeping our streets clean is vital to ensure a positive quality of life and strong business climate in neighborhoods across our City," said Robert Walsh, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services. "NYC Clean Streets will not only create more vibrant neighborhoods and commercial corridors across the five boroughs, but also build the capacities of local organizations to continue such work in the future."

For the first round of NYC Clean Streets, projects are now underway in the following neighborhoods:

Kingsbridge Road between Sedgwick Avenue and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The NYC Clean Streets project is being managed by the Mosholu Preservation Corporation, a not-for-profit support corporation of Montefiore Medical Center which promotes community, economic and real estate development in the northwest Bronx.

Tompkins Avenue between Putnam Avenue and Halsey Street in Brooklyn. The NYC Clean Streets project is being managed by the Bridge Street Development Corporation, which works to help residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant acquire appreciating assets including real estate, businesses, and education.

Washington Avenue from Atlantic Avenue to Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The NYC Clean Streets project is being managed by Heart of Brooklyn, a partnership of leading cultural institutions located near Grand Army Plaza in central Brooklyn which encourages tourism and learning by making its world-class collections and historic treasures more visible and accessible.

Ludlow, Essex, Rivington and Clinton Streets in Manhattan. The NYC Clean Streets project is being managed by The Lower East Side Business Improvement District, a non-profit economic development organization dedicated to revitalizing the Orchard Street Shopping District while preserving its unique and diverse character. The Lower East Side BID promotes local businesses, hosts events and provides community beautification services including sanitation, security, and graffiti removal.

14th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue B in Manhattan. The NYC Clean Streets project is being managed by The Union Square Partnership, a community-based, non-profit organization working to foster the best possible metropolitan neighborhood for its residents, businesses, property owners and employers. The Partnership is comprised of a Local Development Corporation and New York City's first Business Improvement District, which have served as catalysts behind Union Square’s transformation over the past twenty years.

30th Avenue corridor between Crescent and Steinway Streets in Queens. The NYC Clean Streets project is being managed by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, which works to promote neighborhood development in Astoria by assisting and advocating for Astoria business organizations, tenants, and owners of residential buildings.

Richmond Terrace and Bay Street from Wall Street to Victory Boulevard in Staten Island. The NYC Clean Streets project is being managed by The Downtown Staten Island Council, which works to enhance and drive the revitalization of the Downtown Staten Island Business District, including the Bay Street corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.

For the first round of the NYC Cleans Streets program, Wildcat Service Corporation, one of the first non-profit organizations to provide supplemental sanitation services in the City, has been engaged to clean all selected corridors as part of their transitional worker program.



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