About Us

What is a BID?

The Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District (BID) is among the more than 70 BIDs that serve 85,000 businesses and invests $134 million annually in New York City neighborhoods.

A business improvement district (BID) is a public-private partnership to stimulate economic development and improve the overall quality of life for merchants, residents, and patrons within a defined boundary.

Property owners and businesses pay an additional tax or fee to the City of New York to fund supplemental services such as marketing, street cleaning, public safety, and beautification of their commercial district. The BID, which operates under The Department of Small Business Services (SBS), provides these services in addition to those already provided by the municipality.

Our Mission

The Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, located in central Brooklyn, is one of Brooklyn’s most prominent commercial and cultural focal points. We represent a growing, eclectic community of entrepreneurs, nonprofit and arts organizations, families, artists, advocates who are proud to call Bedford-Stuyvesant – home. Since 2009, we have partnered with our neighbors and stakeholders to enrich our community through economic development while promoting our cultural diversity..

Through our wide array of programs and services, Bedford-Stuyvesant is thriving and has become a popular destination for all things Brooklyn.

Our History

For nearly 30 years property owners, merchants and residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, sought to form an organization specifically dedicated to address threats to business vitality and to build on local assets throughout Central Brooklyn’s primary commercial corridor.

Shaped by the passion and strength of the Fulton/Nostrand United Merchants Association, the technical assistance of Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and partnerships with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the NYC Department of Small Business Services, “Fulton FIRST” was formed — a local economic development initiative focused on the retail revitalization of Fulton Street.  The years that followed consisted of strategic planning and community organizing for the purpose of forming the Gateway.

On March 30, 2009 Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation establishing the Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District as the City’s 64th BID.


Click on the links below to download our reports.

2018 Annual Report

Audit: FY 2017 Financial Statement

Board of Directors

  • Joyce Turner Chairperson
  • Marcia Melendez First Vice Chair
  • Melissa Cohen First Vice Chair
  • Noah Katz Treasurer
  • Hardy Joe Long Chairperson Emeritus
  • Dale Charles Secretary
  • Henry Butler Representing Community Board 3
  • Inspector Timothy Skretch NYPD
  • Candice Julien Representing Brooklyn Borough Pres.
  • Sarissa Phillips-Singletary, Representing NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
  • Nickolas Perry Representing NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
  • Mahadya Mary, SBS Representing Mayor DiBlasio
  • Richard Flateau
  • Rosemary Lowery
  • Mustapha Ndanusa
  • Stanley Banks
  • Andrea Magnus-Thorpe
  • Stephanie Faulkner
  • Karen Valentine
  • Dr. Vera Daniels
  • Kadeisha Placide

Our Team


Lynette Battle Interim Executive Director
Mary Abdelmassih Admin


Anthony Saunders Director, Public Safety

We work in collaboration with amazing, business savvy organizations.