Showing 11 ideas for tag "publicspaces"
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Storefront Business Campaign

Curbside Waste Management trending idea

The sight and smell of trash and recycling piles is ubiquitous on NYC streetscapes. It not only creates a visual eyesore and attracts rodents, but it also poses a physical obstacle for pedestrians and sidewalk users. While sidewalk space was at a premium prior to the pandemic, high quality public realm is even more critical now for social distancing, safe movement and outdoor business operations. Businesses that rely... more »
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Storefront Business Campaign

What's the Trade Off?

Hottest real estate in NYC? Why, the curb right out front a business, of course! Because of our lack of alleyways, businesses must use their front doors to greet customers, accept deliveries, make deliveries, and more. Customers can arrive by foot, car, transit, bike, or mobility device, store goods arrive by truck or van, and businesses make deliveries by bike, car, van and foot. When businesses ask for more parking,... more »
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Storefront Business Campaign

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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Staying Essential

Once the Executive Order was issued for all non-essential businesses to close, over 80% of the 125th Street BID District was shut down. Those businesses that were essential were overwhelmed and some had difficulties keeping essential items on the shelf. Those businesses that were already doing business online continued to do so and the BID promoted their online presence. It brought to the forefront a thought that all... more »
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Crisis Communication trending idea

Once non-essential businesses were closed by Executive Order from the Governor, effective communication with members became problematic immediately. Maintaining and updating membership database is always challenging as the nature of business activities such as changes in personnel, opening and closing of new businesses, development and more brings constant turnovers. Now that door-to-door was also not possible, this forced... more »

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Granting emergency sidewalk cafe permits

A few businesses in Bed-Stuy want to open up their restaurants in a safe way. In order to do that, the best way is to allow for sidewalk cafes. However, these businesses are unable to acquire these permits because of rezoning that took place 10 years ago. Granting these sidewalk cafe permits would allow many restaurants to operate with safe measures. They were told they need letters of support from council members, but... more »
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Storefront Business Campaign

Enhance Placemaking Efforts with Tactical Urbanism Policy

In the wake of an economic collapse many of our commercial districts will be experiencing a wave of private disinvestment that threatens to downgrade our most vibrant places and make them appear to be shoddy, abandoned and/or forgotten. In order to attract to shoppers, and new businesses, BID's and CBO's will need increased capacity to create programming for unused space, safety improvements, art installations, and other... more »
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Storefront Business Campaign

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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Vacant Storefront Mitigation

The Central Business District and neighborhood commercial strips throughout NYC will see the number of vacant storefronts increase and remain empty for a long time.

NYC and private companies should partner to:

1. continue previously established efforts to inventory vacant storefronts and set benchmarks for actively managing retail vacancy city-wide.

2. promote local organizations and corporate sponsors to partner with... more »
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Reducing Sidewalk Crowding

With so much of the city's population stuck in their homes for most of the day, a recurring theme over the last month has been the lack of space to be outdoors to get fresh air, exercise, and maintain good mental health. This problem will only escalate as the weather warms and once non-essential businesses are allowed to begin reopening. BIDs and other neighborhood groups have been trying to address elements of this problem... more »
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Reopening Restaurants While Maintaining Social Distancing

There will be a significant time period prior to a vaccine/elimination of the virus when businesses are allowed to gradually reopen, but social distancing and other precautions must remain in place. This has the potential to be an insurmountable challenge for restaurants and other small businesses where financial stability was already unsteady even before the pandemic. Restaurants in particular must pack as many customers... more »