Competing interests for city funding leave manufacturing districts with fewer resources.
The plan to form a Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District, has hit a snag after a group of local business owners and residents have voiced opposition to the plan, but organizers of the BID say they will take as much time is needed to drum up local support and form the BID.
In Brooklyn neighborhoods populated by young artists without cable, bars that aired Breaking Bad bumped up their revenues, while those who didn’t saw a big dip in revenues.
What originally attracted people to Brooklyn – cheaper rents than Manhattan and cultural amenities – are now pulling people across the river to Queens, especially as neighborhoods throughout the borough continue to improve.
The horse-drawn carriage industry, comprised of about 300 drivers and more than 200 horses, is harshly criticized by animal rights groups who say the horses are mistreated, don’t belong in city traffic, and could successfully be replaced with electric cars. But the drivers say they are animal lovers who work with very healthy horses, the industry wouldn’t survive if electric cars took over, and tourism could suffer.
Declining city funds and the growing number of non-industrial businesses in and around industrial business zones (IBZ’s) are at odds with the program’s original purpose.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing at the end of the month to discuss expanding Park Slope’s historic district, but not everyone is pleased to see the community locked in the past.