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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2005


APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2005 NEW YORK CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS NOW AVAILABLE

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh will host the 2005 New York City Neighborhood Achievement Awards at a reception at Gracie Mansion on July 11, 2005.  Each year, the Mayor gives the awards to organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in enhancing New York City neighborhoods by fostering small business activity and creating greater economic opportunity for an entire community.

The awards fall into five categories: Neighborhood Leadership, Neighborhood Development, Business Pioneer, Community Partnership and Placemaking (See attached application for descriptions). Nonprofit organizations, businesses, educational institutions, business improvement districts, local development corporations, merchants associations and other neighborhood associations are encouraged to apply and/or nominate other groups or individuals.

Last year, Mayor Bloomberg presented awards to 11 recipients including Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens; the Bridge Street Local Development Corporation in Brooklyn; the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; the West Brighton Local Development Corporation in Staten Island; The Point Community Development Corporation in the Bronx; the Alliance for Downtown New York in Lower Manhattan; The Queens Economic Development Corporation; the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation in Midtown Manhattan; Vento Trattoria in Manhattan; and the Muddy Cup Coffee House in Stapleton, Staten Island.

Applications are available online at www.nyc.gov/sbs, or by calling SBS at (212) 513-6300 to receive a copy via mail or email.

The deadline for submission is April 29, 2005 at 5:00 PM.

Download the 2005 Neighborhood Achievement Awards Application (147K PDF)



  Contact: Benjamin Branham (212) 513-6318