BIDs, small business well-represented at ‘heroes’ parade

Randy Peers, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, with Deshaun Mars, the Chamber’s senior director of business recovery, during the Hometown Heroes Parade.
Photo courtesy of Randy Peers

Brooklyn Business Improvement Districts, Brooklyn small businesses and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce were well-represented at the Hometown Heroes parade in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Sunset Park Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District Executive Director David Estrada told the Eagle that BIDs were recognized as essential businesses because they provide sanitation services for their districts. They also distributed personal protective equipment, and they helped small businesses navigate all the complicated COVID rules during the pandemic.

“The Sunset Park BID stayed open all last year and doubled our trash and graffiti spending when the city cut back services, and we also sponsored 17 three-day weekends of the Open Streets program to help local…

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