It is not too late to make your 2015 New Year’s Eve Plans. NY1 was on Bell Boulevard to highlight what local business owners are doing to create a personalized New Year’s Eve experience.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng coordinated a visit by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to Queens.
The two toured local small businesses on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, with the main stop at Bayside Milk Farm, a 38-year-old family-owned grocery market.
In her first visit to Queens, Contreras-Sweet was able to see borough businesses firsthand, and hear concerns of local small business owners.
Contreras-Sweet, who President Obama chose for the cabinet-level position earlier this year, became head of the SBA in April.
“I thank Administrator Contreras-Sweet for coming to Queens and for being a true advocate for small businesses,” said Meng. “Small businesses are the backbone of the Queens economy. Their success is critical to the prosperity of our region, and we must ensure that they have the tools they need to succeed. I’m thrilled that Administrator Contreras-Sweet was able to experience the vibrancy and success of our borough’s entrepreneurs, and I look forward to continuing to work with her to help make local small businesses the best that they can be.”
“Hearing from small business owners directly is so important to the work I do as head of the SBA,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Being able to visit communities across the country such as Bayside, where small businesses are an important part of the neighborhood character, let’s me see and hear firsthand how we can continue to grow entrepreneurship across the nation.”
“We thank Administrator Contreras-Sweet for visiting Bayside and touring our business,” said Pat Perulli and Patrick Perulli, the Co-Owners of Bayside Milk Farm. “We’re excited that she is seeing firsthand what’s going on with small businesses in Queens.”
“Thank you to Congresswoman Grace Meng for inviting SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet to Bayside Village,” said Lyle Sclair, Executive Director of the Bayside Village BID. “Bell Boulevard is home over 140 small businesses providing a wide range of services, and every business owner has a different set of needs. Administrator Contreras-Sweet’s visit is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the federal government the types of support needed in order to make ‘Main Street’ businesses compete in this difficult economy.”
The Bayside Village Business Improvement District announced its new beautification efforts through Graffiti Removal and the cleaning and painting of street furniture throughout the BID district. With over 14,000 cars, 4,000 LIRR commuters and the thousands of MTA Bus riders that travel Bell Boulevard every day, the boulevard has received its fair share of wear and tear over the year.
The Bayside Village BID will be performing these services using the BID’s supplemental sanitation service provider Atlantic Maintenance. The Graffiti removal and painting services will be provided once a month to all businesses and building in the BID at no additional charge to individual businesses.
On, August 7, 2013 Atlantic Maintenance conducted its first wave of graffiti removal along private buildings. 4 instances of Graffiti from private property were removed at Bell Bay Florist, Atlantic Bank, Empress Travel and Top Bagels.
Over the next week, Atlantic Maintenance will be out along Bell Boulevard, removing stickers, cleaning Graffiti and providing a fresh coat of paint to city owned items such as fire hydrants, bike racks, light poles, fire call boxes, etc, along Bell Boulevard and 41st Avenue. Like the graffiti removal, Atlantic Maintenance will maintain this work once a month.
Lyle Sclair, Executive Director, Bayside Village BID said, “These beautification efforts are another step the BID has undertaken in the past year to make Bell Boulevard welcoming to day time shoppers.” He continued, “We want to make people feel that Bell Boulevard is a place that you can come for the day and take a stroll. Many of the events that the BID’s events including Arts and Crafts Fairs, Sidewalk Sales and Weekend Walk and Halloween Festival are designed to highlight the diversity of Business with in the BID.“
“The Bayside Village BID is continuing the efforts that were begun by the Bayside Business Association,” said Dominick Bruccoleri, Chairman, Bayside Village BID. “This stretch of Bell Boulevard is the best stretch of Dining in all of Queens and we want the condition of the boulevard to match the high quality of businesses that call Bell Boulevard home.”
“Atlantic Maintenance serves over 50 BIDs across New York City, and we have found that these types of programs actively discourage Graffiti,” noted David Goldberg, Principal, Atlantic Maintenance. “Once a person sees that there efforts are going to be covered up quickly they will choose not to waste their time doing it again in that place.”
"I would like to thank Executive Director Lyle Sclair, and everyone at the Bayside Village BID for implementing this vital initiative. The graffiti removal and painting services program led by Atlantic Maintenance will help beautify Bell Boulevard and will have a positive impact, not only for our small business owners, but for our community as a whole."