Josef Szende, Atlantic Avenue BID
by Natasha Tyrrell
Jul 16, 2014 | 12388 views | 0 0 comments | 227 227 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Josef Szende took over as the inaugural director of Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District (AABID) back in April of 2012.

Szende, currently a Brooklyn resident, studied at Columbia University, and graduated with his masters in Urban Planning. Since then, he has been working hard with AABID to improve the business scene on Atlantic Avenue.

AABID currently represents over 300 local businesses in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, with a mission to help promote the avenue and attract residents and visitors while preserving its history and diversity.

“My job is always changing, always evolving, and there are always new issues,” Szende said.

Already this summer, AABID has been working on beautifying the avenue by planting liriope, which serves as a beautiful evergreen ground covering.

Later in the year, ABBID plans on installing tree guards to help reduce the mortality rates of the saplings. Meanwhile, a sanitation crew helps out with keeping litter under control and emptying the trash cans on the street.

AABID also recently took over Atlantic Avenue’s historic lights, and are now responsible for paying the electricity and keeping up with the maintenance.

Szende said he is excited about his newest project in redesigning a banner for Atlantic Avenue. He hopes for a more “unique look to standout in the banner media.”

On the advocacy end of the BID, Szende said he has worked hard to successfully overturn a parking restriction on Atlantic Avenue.

The “no standing zone” was a nuisance to both the residents and businesses causing excessive ticketing and towing, and its elimination freed up more than 100 parking spots.

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