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Pop-up Shops As A Solution to Storefront Vacancies

In the past 5 years or so, there has been an explosion of agencies and real estate firms that specialize in pop-up shops and short term retail. They range from simple listings sites to full creative agencies that work with brands, designers, artists, etc to create engaging experiences. The human facing side of deciding how a community wants space to be used and what types of experiences they want to create will be the... more »

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Technology Training Utilizing YouTube

In order to address the concerns of businesses with limited technology and social media skills, YouTube could be utilized for training purposes. While it wouldn't be as personalized, it is free to access and already available. Perhaps a one pager could be created with links to the most helpful/relevant/easy videos and their associated topics.

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Local Currency & Incentives

The challenge is to deliver a technology platform that manages and regulates a local currency which can be used in a specific neighborhoods or city-wide in NYC. A platform available for local businesses to quickly profile and promote themselves, their products/services, and where locals can earn money easily in order to make part payment, as an incentive, for spending in local businesses.

This technology platform already... more »

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Get Your Business Online

Many businesses have had to quickly adapt to the new post-covid environment, including getting our businesses online, validating new local suppliers and managing cashflow. In the past businesses relied on foot traffic and supplies that came from far and wide. Covid has demonstrated that there is a real value in the local community, both in terms of customers and suppliers.

 

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Crisis Communication

For the past four years, Live XYZ has collected and maintained a database of storefront businesses across NYC, and how they have changed over time. We can provide organizations a full snapshot of the data we have collected in their neighborhoods, which can be used for communication and outreach to local businesses. The file will include: Contact information, including name, address, hours, telephone, email address, and... more »

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Managing Crowding Public Spaces

Balancing the needs of people to walk around districts in a safe way with the need for stores to get deliveries and for car traffic (which is, unfortunately, about to see an increase) to flow freely is going to be tricky. Some districts serve local populations that walk to stores and some rely on, or have to live alongside, heavy car traffic. Partnering with a curb management platform like https://www.coord.com/ or https://www.curbflow.com/... more »

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New Food App Pilot Launch

This app is as easy as being logged into facebook or instagram. You do not need to be tech savvy in order to be a part of this app and also do not need expensive gadgets that are at times difficult to use and are a cost the restaurant owner. All you need is a tablet or a phone to receive orders on the app for your restaurant. We are looking to charge a flat fee to set it up for all restaurants in NYC. We are looking at... more »

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Technology Access in the Midst of a Crisis trending idea

As the crisis began to unfold and an emergency order was issued, there was growing difficulty to communicate with many small businesses which did not have sufficient technology access like websites, Facebook pages or even business email addresses. As with many BIDs, having up to date communication list are difficult to maintain however, during this pandemic it has made it very difficult to relay up to minute details of... more »

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Emergency Loosening of Outdoor Sales Restrictions for Retail

We need emergency loosening of Restricted Streets regs and street usage rules to allow outdoor sales not just restaurants but for brick and mortar retail as well. This is expansion of/inspired by kbenedetto's https://nyc.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Granting-emergency-sidewalk-cafe-permits/249586-47866. The proposal to waive cafe permit fees is a start and this would expand that to help areas like Church Ave. and Flatbush Ave.... more »

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Lights of Hope

Let's not allow 2020 to be "The Year Holiday Lights Went Dark."

For smaller civic organizations and Business Improvement Districts, avenue holiday lights are a significant part of their annual budget and a hallmark of their most highly visible annual "placemaking."

After social distancing requirements lift and businesses start to re-open, annual signs of community life will be more important than ever - especially since... more »

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Public Safety Updates

A lot of businesses and BIDs have been reporting a spike in graffiti,vandalism and other safety concerns over the past several weeks. The Chamber recently brought on a deputy inspector to answer questions (digitally) with the Brooklyn BIDs and it was a very productive session. It seemed also there is limited use of Zoom and similar technologies within the police department but the feedback we got from the two officers... more »

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Connecting cultural organizations & artists to managers of public space

COVID has wreaked havoc on so many sectors of society but in particular, it has hit the arts community extremely hard. Theaters and cultural spaces will be the last to reopen and because all events have had to be cancelled, artists have lost much of their livelihoods. A recent report by SMU DataArts prepared for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, specifies that arts nonprofits in New York have lost a half... more »

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Emergency Texting

Given that the major hurdle for communication is the wide range of digital know-how and comfort with tech found across business owners in a BID it probably makes sense to work through the least complicated channel and speak to people where there already are. Not everyone is comfortable with emails, but just about everyone texts. Using a messaging bot like https://covid19.citibot.io/offer/#features basic information can... more »

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Boosting neighbourhood businesses using a local currency and incentive scheme

Even before the arrival of COVID-19, local neighbourhood businesses, like our mama & papa stores, were trying to keep their heads above water, struggling to survive the impossible competition from global online corporations.

No longer spending our hard-earned wages and salaries locally, our money is transferred out of our neighbourhoods and city, often out of the US. Money that should stay local by buying local, could,... more »

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Stoplight System to Indicate Overcrowding

Giving people the information they need to feel comfortable using stores and public space is absolutely essential, but an online reservation system does risk locking out people with limited computer skills. I'm thinking some sort of stoplight system (red = full, green = safe) on storefronts or light poles could let people see from a distance if a store or a block is getting too crowded.

Linking those lights to a dashboard... more »

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