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Bed-Stuy Gateway BID

Participants

Community Partner: Bed-Stuy Gateway BID
Current Firms: Moody Nolan, Dash Marshall
Past Firms: ARO, Design Advocates, GrimshawJaklitsch/Gardner, W Architecture

2022 Project Scope

The Bed-Stuy Gateway BID team will build on Winter Wonderland, an open-air holiday market supporting local small businesses launched through Neighborhoods Now. After two successful pilot markets in 2020 and 2021, the BID hopes to build this event into a hallmark of holiday activities in Central Brooklyn that strengthens Bed-Stuy’s social cohesion.

2020-21 Goals and Outcomes

Small Business Support
In December 2020, the team collaborated to host an outdoor, socially- distanced, pop-up winter marketplace to usher in the holiday season and provide much-need visibility for Bed-Stuy’s local businesses. Located at Marcy Plaza, the family-friendly Winter Wonderland also included socially-distanced Santa photos, gift-wrapping station, and surprise performances. The team also provided small businesses with tailored design assistance, including safe reopening layout and plexiglass designs for a local barbershop.

Mediation Workshop
In March 2021, the team hosted a Tenant Landlord Mediation Clinic to support resolving leasing disputes brought on by COVID-19, led by Fried Frank and Alloy Development.

Rat Mitigation
In response to a rat problem affecting the neighborhood’s hygiene and business operations, the team put together a comprehensive set of mitigation recommendations. These rang from best practices for business owners to large-scale cleanup and renovation efforts of several vacant lots.

Ideas for Fulton Street
In order to accommodate a Black Lives Matter memorial that would allow Fulton Street to remain open, the team worked with Moody Nolan to propose a more sustainable memorial. The proposal extends the graphic language across Fulton, linking Restoration Plaza with Marcy Plaza, while using vertical surfaces on either side to project graphics visible along Fulton Street.

2020 Report