A NEWSLETTER OF THE KINGSBRIDGE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SideWalk Liability  |   Identity Theft  |   Store Front Tips  |   What Does Your Store Front Say?  |  Board of Directors

Good Eating!

  Congratulations to Cafeccino Bakery, El
Malecon Restaurant, KFC, Pioneer Chinese
Restaurant, Pluck U and Popeye’s Chicken &
Biscuits
for obtaining a perfect score of “0” in
the latest restaurant inspections.

Welcome New Retailers!

Beato Beauty & Barbershop, 5657
Broadway; Best Deal Pawn and Bronx Jewelry
& Antiques, 5562 Broadway; Cafeccino
Bakery
, 269 W 231; Hill International, 271A W
231; Hubriz Computers, 217A W 231; Kings
Palace
, 5605 Broadway; Parrilla Latina
Steakhouse
, 5668 Broadway; Unique Thrift
Store
, 220 W 234; and Uptown Sports
Complex
, 170 W 233.

 HOLIDAY LUNCHEON DECEMBER 17

Save the date for our Annual Holiday
Luncheon on Dec. 17 from 12-2 at Land & Sea
Restaurant
, 5535 Broadway. Meet your
neighbors, get the FREE 2009 calendars for
your customers and hear the latest
neighborhood news. There is no charge for BID
merchants or property owners.1
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CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Congratulations to Stop & Shop for reopening
in time for the Holiday Season.
W 230th St. Shopping Center. Public hearings
will begin the ULURP process, which will lead to
the construction of a shopping center across
from the Post Office.
Sycamore Court Apartments. Architect’s rendering.



SIDEWALK LIABILITY

  All property owners should read this article re-printed from
Finkelstein Newman Ferrara, Real Estate Litigation Atty’s
Sept. Newsletter

EPSOM WASN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR
INJURY

  In Vucetovic v. Epsom Downs, Inc., Dzafer Vucetovic was injured on property maintained by Epsom Downs, Inc. (Epsom).

The City of New York removed a tree in front of Epsom’s building, leaving a tree stump inside the cobblestone-lined tree well, which was installed prior to Epsom’s acquisition of the building.

While walking along the sidewalk, Vucetovic tripped on the cobblestone and injured himself. He later sued claiming a violation of New York City law, which “imposes tort liability on property owners who fail to maintain City-owned
sidewalks in a reasonable safe condition.”

After the New York County Supreme Court granted Epsom’s request to dismiss the case— on the ground that the tree well wasn’t a part of the sidewalk—both the Appellate Divisions, First Department, and, the New York State Court of Appeals later affirmed.

Since tree wells are “City-owned,” and local laws didn’t expressly transfer liability to private landowners, our state’s highest court wouldn’t allow Vucetovic case to survive.

WHAT IS THE BID IS DOING FOR KINGSBRIDGE?

   Resource Recovery Program: Will provide all kitchens using frying oil FREE storage barrels, FREE pick-up and tax write offs. Call 212-283-0986.
   Facade Project: If you have been in business for at least one year, you are eligible to receive up to $500 to improve the exterior of your store; windows, security, lighting, etc.
   Second-story Graffiti: We are planning welcome signage visible to subway riders on Broadway. More details when the work is near completion.
   Pedestrian Lighting: The BID is currently working with DOT to develop a plan to increase sidewalk lighting in the BID.
   More Trees: Many thanks to the Dept. of Forestry for the additional new trees planted in our shopping district. In just a few years, we will have the prettiest shopping district in the Bronx and the coolest in the hot summertime.
   Student Internships: Working with JFKSchool of Law & Finance: The BID is encouraging professional businesses to participate in this after-school work program. Wage costs are minimal and you help develop
students with office work skills.
   Holiday Calendars: FREE 2009 calendars to give away to your customers will be distributed to all BID businesses in December. They also will be available at the Holiday Luncheon.
   Assessment Increase: The NYC Council and Mayor Bloomberg have approved legislation to increase our assessment. This will allow the BID to maintain current programs and fund new initiatives.

Bus Shelter Ads

Holiday Lights




What Does Your Store Front Say?

   Top Ten Storefront Design Tips

1) Less is more.
2) Choose good materials.
3) Using a roll-down security system? Choose open-grid grill.
4) Know the workmen you’re hiring.
5) Proper maintenance will help your bottom line.
6) Keep in mind the fabric of your building and your neighborhood.
7) Complement your area’s distinctive character.
8) Make it easy to see INTO your store.
9) Inviting lighting.
10) Keep it simple!

Keep it simple; let the architectural elements of your building show.
Let merchandise speak for itself by leaving windows clear of signs.

Steps to Storefront Renewal

Too much visual clutter can confuse customers. Look at other establishments that have nice facades.

Signage…
Scale signs to the building and to the view of the pedestrian, the simpler design will get more attention.

Awnings…
define and embellish the commercial street.
They protect merchandise and pedestrians.
Retractable last longer. Awnings must be maintained and they may only have your name & address.

Lighting…
Warm lighting invites customers, it is a crime deterrent and the selective use of neon can be eye-catching. A licensed electrician should do all exterior lighting.

Color…
can differentiate your business from others on the street and is the most cost effective.
Single color: unified appearance makes you stand out. Two color or a distinctive color is unifying and eye-catching also. Three colors are the maximum to use.

Security…
Solid security gates close off the streetscape and is a magnet for graffiti. Open-grid gates create a 24-hour business; merchandise is always on display and allows visibility for both pedestrians and police.

Graffiti…
Sends the message that the area is not safe or you do not care and encourages more vandalism. The BID graffiti crew cleans Kingsbridge monthly; call us at 718-432-6935 to report graffiti.

This is a summary of an informational booklet provided by the Dept of Small Business Services.

Identity Theft

   Keep a watch out for people with cell phones standing near you in checkout lines. With the new camera phones, they can take a picture of your credit card, which gives them your name, number and expiration date.  Identity theft is one of the fastest growing scams today, and this is just one example of the many that are being used.  So…be aware of your surroundings.


CHECK OUR WEBSITE!

   The BID’s website is expanding to provide more information.  Each business is profiled with available data and photos.  If you would like to make changes to your store profile, please email us at kbroihier@kingsbridgebid.org.

HEALTH INSURANCE OPTIONS FOR NYC
SMALL BUSINESSES & WORKING
INDIVIDUALS
-go to www.nyc.gov/healthstat

KINGSBRIDGE BID BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Andrew Williams, Williams
Funeral Home; Vice-President: David Isaac,
Capital One Bank; Vice-President; Peter
Blier
, Martin & Kenneth Realty; Secretary,
Donald Spector, Cambridge Podiatry Center;
Treasurer: Gary L. Moore, Robert E. Hill R/E;
Eric Chen, Pan East Realty; Margaret
Donato
, Resident Representative; Robert M.
Johnson
, M.J. Martin & Son; Stuart Kerner,
Esposito & Kerner; Maria Anton-Khury,
Khury Tours & Travel; Maria Koumolous,
Land & Sea Restaurant; Greg Shea, T.K.
Management; Marion Tynan, Landscape
Properties; Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg,
Mayor NYC; Hon. William C. Thompson, Jr.,
NYC Comptroller; Hon. Adolfo Carrion, Jr.,
Bronx Borough President; Hon. G. Oliver
Koppell
, NYC Council. District Manager:
Katherine L. Broihier.