David Brause, chairman of the LIC BID, boasted of the group’s work with the Department of Transportation (DOT) over the last year via the Walk NYC Program, new signage throughout the district, and new print maps recently produced and planned for distribution.
“Helping LIC’s employees, residents and hotel guests get around and navigate this neighborhood can be a little challenging at times, with a bunch of repetitive street numbers, but this will help you figure it out,” Brause said of the new maps.
In addition to their continued effort of expanding the BID boundaries, Brause added that they are also working with GOWEX and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to bring in free Wi-Fi throughout the neighborhood in the coming year.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer joined the annual meeting to congratulate the BID on their last year in cultural programs like LIC Springs!, and promised his continued support.
“We are very pleased by funding to the BID and supportive of the expansion,” Van Bramer said.
Maria Torres-Springer, the recently appointed commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), was invited as the keynote speaker.
“I see LIC as a crucial partner,” Torres-Springer said. “I think we have an extraordinary opportunity to work together to strengthen the neighborhoods.”