Park Slope: Support Open Streets Restaurants On 5th Avenue

$31,340

Raised

Donations

$25,000

Goal

GREAT NEWS! WE'VE MET OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL FROM OUR COMMUNITY! THANK YOU! UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE RECEIVED FAR FEWER CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS THAN WE HAD ANTICIPATED, SO OUR CAMPAIGN IS STILL ONGOING. IF YOU CAN, PLEASE GIVE! THE MONEY WILL GO DIRECTLY TO RUNNING OPEN STREETS IN 2021.


The Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

www.parkslopefifthavenuebid.com


Outdoors on #theother5th 2021

 

In 2020, the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID  jumped at the chance to participate in the Open Streets: Restaurants program every Saturday from July to December to work to save our small businesses on 5th Ave. The program came with a permit to close 19 blocks, some barricades and signs but the other costs were FUNDED by us (the City did not provide any operating funds to help us). These costs include staff, more barricades, signage and insurance.

 

To support our small businesses in 2021 we want to extend this program from March through December in ways that benefit everyone; business owners, non-profits and the community. We want to fill the streets with outdoor seating for restaurants and shopping opportunities, and also manage a schedule of fitness classes, bands, demonstrations and performances when all these programs are finally permitted. 

 

What’s the catch?


We need your help to raise $25,000 for 2021! 

 

The BID has an assessment but after paying for our cleaning crew, salaries, Christmas Lights, Christmas Tree, Menorah, merchants support, marketing and Insurance we don’t have enough funds to pay all the staff we need to ensure the program runs smoothly for 9 months out of the year. Plus, we have lost two of our fundraising events that normally help us pay for programs (street fair and A Taste of Fifth).


In 2020 we were able to keep those costs down because Mark and Joanna (the only BID staff) worked every Saturday for 13 hours a day for 6 months and Erika, our Board President, volunteered every Saturday. However, this isn’t a long-term solution to make the program a success. 

 

2021 funds will be used to: 

 

* pay staff from 11am - 10pm

* purchase additional barricades and signs as needed

* add Sunday closures from July-September (if we raise enough money)

* begin programming Open Streets as rules allow

 

We want to continue to provide safe, car free blocks for all to enjoy. Can you help us?


The Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

www.parkslopefifthavenuebid.com

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We are a 501(c)(3) EIN 26-3926626 organization. All contributions are tax deductible. No good or services will be provided in exchange for contributing.

Donor Wall63

Laura Hansen | $150

Thank you for making the neighborhood's open streets a great success! No small feat and you do it beautifully.

Anonymous

Thank you for helping me create and produce the 1st Annual 5th Ave Art Stroll. Hopefully we do it again. ๐Ÿ•บ

Madeleine Rumely

Keep this up! LOVE everything you're doing to promote small business and make Brooklyn a better place to live.

Cristina | $1,000

Let's get Sunday open streets in June, too! Love this initiative so much. Thank you for all the hard work!

Yashmin

Callie

Open street are just what we need. right now. Thank you!

Anonymous

Raised from selling kids arts on 5th Ave. Thank you!

Erica

Being able to dance and celebrate the Biden/Harris victory in the middle of 5th avenue was the best gift of 2020!!!!!

Leigh Wallace

Robin Barton | $50

Thanks for your dedication

Raja

Justin Krebs | $50

You are opening the streets for all of usโ€”it's incredible work. Hope we all can do our share to help.

Eric McClure | $100

Thank you Mark, Joanna, Erica, and all the merchants for your incredible work!

Rich Fagan

Lauri Schindler | $500

Only too happy to make this donation and help make Open Streets on 5th Avenue a sustainable program. Mark and Joanna, you are ROCKSTARS!

Julie | $50

Bringing liveliness back to nyc streets!

maureen wipf | $500

we love the other 5th and the work of its BID. Thanks!

Dan Lazin | $100

You have done a stellar job of supporting this community. Itโ€™s times like these that make clear how valuable your work is. Thank you!

Chari

Thank you for literally giving our community a breath of fresh air during this time!

Fiona

Love 5th Ave ๐Ÿ’œ

Richard | $10

Jill Benson | $50

Thank you, BID!!!๐Ÿ’•

Carol Wang | $100

Thanks for organizing this! We are really looking forward to open streets.

Rell Lafargue | $10

Tyler Taba | $10

Doug Gordon

Thank you for keeping this going! It's been such a gift to our family to be able to stroll peacefully in the neighborhood. I hope you keep it going long into the future!

Gary | $50

Thank you!

Rich Miller | $100

Michael | $50

Tom

Streets for people!