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The Church Avenue BID is searching for a new Program Manager for our Avenue NYC Commercial Revitalization grant (updated)

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The Commercial Revitalization Program Manager will help the Church Avenue BID and Flatbush Avenue BID develop,
design, and deliver commercial revitalization programs and services during the second half of the organization’s three-year
Avenue NYC Commercial Revitalization grant funded by the New York City Department of Small Businesses Services
(SBS). This grant ends on June 30, 2024 and while we cannot guarantee an offer of an ongoing job, it is likely that we will be
interested in continuing the position on a permanent basis. Although the Program Manager position is paid by the Church
Ave. BID, all aspects of this position will be designed to serve both BIDs.
Avenue NYC grants strengthen community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to carry out commercial revitalization
programs in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. The Program Manager will work in partnership with the
organization’s leadership to help develop and implement various commercial revitalization projects that will address the
needs identified by the Commercial District Needs Assessment that the BIDs and three other Flatbush nonprofits completed
earlier in 2022. The Program Manager will be part of a cohort of other Avenue NYC grant-funded program managers
dedicated to executing commercial revitalization programs in commercial districts across New York City.
The position is full-time and will report to the Executive Director. Work hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Hours can be modified on occasion when BID events and activities are held on evenings or weekends. In compliance with
federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
Learn more information about this position and the application requirements: Full job description and more information

Key to NYC

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Following is the guidance just released from the City about the proof of vaccination (called Key to NYC) that begins Tues. Aug. 17, 2021 for certain types of businesses. Enforcement will begin Sept. 13, 2021. Below are links to Frequently Asked Questions, the City’s Checklist for Businesses, and the flyer which you can print or create your own.

A few important highlights which address questions we’ve been hearing (more details are in the FAQ):

  • Children under age 12 (not yet eligible for vaccination) are able to enter all the listed establishments as long as they wear a face mask, except when eating or drinking, whenever they are unable to maintain six feet from other people.
  • If your business is covered by Key to NYC, you are required to:
    • post a sign notifying employees and patrons about the vaccination requirement. You can make your own sign (which must be at least 8.5″ x 11″ and at least 14-point font) or post the attached sign.
    • keep a written record of how you will verify proof of vaccination for employees and patrons. This must be on site and available for inspection.
  • People who refuse to show proof of vaccination can enter for a brief purpose, like picking up take-out food or paying a bill, as long as they wear a mask whenever they are unable to maintain six feet from other people.

Here is the guidance

Today, Mayor de Blasio released additional information about the recently launched “Key to NYC” program, which requires indoor entertainment, indoor dining, and indoor fitness establishments to check vaccination records of patrons, full- or part-time employees, interns, volunteers, and contractors with the following two exceptions:

  • individuals entering a covered establishment for a quick and limited purpose (using the restroom, placing or picking up an order or service, changing clothes in a locker room, or performing necessary repairs)
  • visiting performing artists or athletes (including any members of the team accompanying the performer or athlete), so long as the visiting performer/athlete is in the premises to perform/compete.

Establishments can accept the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record (including photograph or copy of the Vaccination Card), the NYC COVID Safe Pass, the New York State Excelsior Pass or an official immunization record from outside NYC or the United States as proof of vaccination.  Establishments will be required to maintain written records so that inspectors can review how they are implementing and enforcing this mandate.

In addition, establishments must post the attached sign (or a similar sign following specific design requirements) in a conspicuous place near the entrance(s) of the establishment.

The following business are required to check vaccination records under the Key to NYC program:

Indoor Entertainment:

  • Movie theaters
  • Live music
  • Concert venues
  • Museums & galleries
  • Aquariums and zoos
  • Professional sports arenas
  • Stadiums
  • Convention centers
  • Exhibition halls
  • Performing arts theaters
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Pool and billiard halls
  • Recreational game centers
  • Casinos
  • Adult entertainment

Indoor Dining

  • Restaurants
  • Catering halls
  • Event spaces
  • Hotel banquet rooms
  • Bars
  • Cabarets
  • Nightclubs
  • Cafeterias
  • Grocery stores with indoor dining
  • Bakeries
  • Coffee shops
  • Fast food / quick service with indoor dining

Indoor Fitness Establishments:

  • Gyms
  • Fitness centers
  • Fitness classes
  • Pools
  • Indoor studios
  • Dance studios
  • Sports classes

The “Key to NYC” program kicks off tomorrow and the City will begin assessing fines to establishments that fail to comply with the vaccination mandate on Sept. 13, 2021. Failure to comply will result in violations of not less than $1,000 per offense, and could result in fines of up to $5,000 per offense if the entity is found to repeatedly fail to check for vaccination within a 12 month period.





Sidewalk Sales Fri. Aug. 25th to Sun. Aug 27th

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At the three-day-long Sidewalk Sale event merchants of the Church Avenue BID and the Flatbush Avenue BID offer shoppers extreme savings and fabulous deals on fashion, home-wares, stationery, beauty supplies, electrical goods, food, and more! The sales event takes place along the sidewalks and inside participating businesses located on Church Avenue between Coney Island Avenue and Flatbush Avenue and on Flatbush Avenue between Parkside Avenue and Cortelyou Road. For information on how to participate as a vendor, please contact us at 718-282-2500, x79290 or [email protected].

​​Local merchants can download the permit to participate here.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Sat. July 9

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A Street Fair with Caribbean Flair: Music, Food, Rides Vendors and More!
Date and Time: Sat. July 9, 2016 from 12pm to 6pm
Location: Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Ave. to Cortelyou Rd.
Sponsored by: MetroPlus Health Plan and Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus

For more information visit our Street Fair event page.


Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run – Live at the Kings Theatre

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Attention BID businesses: There are a limited number of FREE tickets (two per business) available for businesses within the Flatbush Avenue BID who agree to hang a show poster in their window! The show’s staff will be visiting businesses throughout the BID, armed with posters and tickets. We recommend you also contact the BID at 718-282-2500, X79234 or [email protected] to make sure you get on this list.

The show is also offering a special $10 off all tickets (use offer code: PERRY), good from Oct. 19th through Nov. 8th. Get tickets at Kings Theatre Box Office (1027 Flatbush Avenue) or online at and or by phone at 800-745-3000.

RSVP to the Free Affinity Networking Event

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Date & Time: Thursday, October 29th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Orbit Furniture, 815 Flatbush Avenue (at the corner of Caton Ave.)

Businesses are invited to join us at this free event!

  • Lunch buffet provided
  • Learn how to use Yelp’s free and popular social media platform for your business’s success!
  • Affinity Presents: Improve productivity, Employee morale and retention, and your bottom line through health care
  • Free raffle by Orbit Furniture! Win a Power Recliner (must be present to win)
  • Get great pricing on select furniture – one day only!


Make Music New York – Sunday, June 21st

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Free Live Performances at this Sunday’s Make Music New York Event!

When: Sunday, June 21st from 1:30PM to 5:30PM
Where: Flatbush Caton Market (at the corner of Flatbush Avenue & Caton Avenue)

Sunday’s Lineup Includes:
1:30 – Major Damage Int’l Band (R&B, Reggae, Soca, Salsa & more)
2:30 – Open Mic
3:00 – 1st Panamanian Marching Band
3:30 – Amor “Pull-ya Pants Up” Lil Man (12 year old Social Concerns & Stop the Violence Rapper)
3:45 – Father’s Day Tributes
4:00 – King Fayah
4:15 – Major Damage Int’l Band (R & B, Reggae, Soca, Salsa & more)


2015 Flatbush Avenue Street Fair

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Join the merchants of the Flatbush Avenue BID for a day filled with rides, games, food, music, vendors, magic, dance, balloon art, and more at the annual Flatbush Avenue Street Fair!

When: Sunday, June 14 from 12PM-6PM
Where: Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Ave. to Cortelyou Rd.
Plan Your Trip: For the best way to bus, bike, walk, or drive to the Street Fair click HERE!

Come to the BID’s booth, located in front of Dunkin Donuts at 873 Flatbush Ave. (right off Church Ave.) for the schedule of events and to enter the free raffle! Drawings will happen at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, & 5:30 – enter for your chance to win incredible items from local Flatbush Avenue BID shops, including…


Attention Flatbush Avenue BID merchants: To reserve your free space you must register by June 5th. Download the registration form by clicking here. For a copy to be delivered to your door, please contact the BID at [email protected] or call 718-282-2500, x79290. Businesses outside the BID that are interested in having a booth should contact Meteor Productions at (718) 444-6028.

The 2015 street fair is sponsored by Affinity HealthPlan, HealthPlus Amerigroup, Fidelis Care of New York, and WellCare.