Wednesday, October 19, 2011

BID's efforts pay off for residents, businesses with street closure and block party

The energy and excitement captured by this video tell the story of Putnam Plaza, a segment of street in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn that was recently closed to traffic. Its new life as a public plaza was celebrated with a block party that had people, literally, dancing in the streets. Local cafes and convenience stores did a brisk business as well.

This event was a true community affair, led by the the Fulton Area Business Alliance (a Business Improvement District), which sponsored the plaza. Phil Kellog, a Coro Neighborhood Leadership alum, shared his project with us at our final session where every participant shared the story of a project that they had worked on throughout the course of the program. Phil managed all coordination with city agencies necessary to make this project a reality. The plaza is yet another reason why BID's are an excellent community investment. 

Here's a great feel good video by a local filmmaker that captures the excitement and makes ya wanna dance!

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