BID Expansion

How is a BID expanded?

The BID expansion effort is a regulated process outlined by the City of New York.  The process consists of the planning, community outreach, and legislative phases.

In April 2020, the Flatiron BID Expansion Steering Committee submitted its BID expansion proposal and documented statements of support to the NYC Department of Small Business Services for its formal consideration and review. On November 30, 2020, the proposal entered the public review and legislative approval phase

On July 29, 2021, the City Council voted to approve the legislation that will expand the boundaries of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District as of January 2022. 

Phase 1: Planning - Completed in June 2019

  • Get approval from the existing BID Board to pursue an expansion.
  • A Steering Committee is formed, which is comprised of various stakeholders from the community – property owners, businesses, residents, and retailers.
  • Hold initial planning session and identify boundaries.
  • Develop a database of property owners and tenants in the expansion area.
  • Conduct a needs assessment survey that is approved by the Steering Committee.
  • Determine the services and first-year budget.
  • Establish the assessment formula for the expanded district.
  • Prepare for engagement and draft the amended District Plan.
  • A Finalized Statement of Support is approved by the Steering Committee and the City’s Small Business Services agency. 

Phase 2: Outreach - Completed April 2020

  • After finalizing the District Plan, the Steering Committee conducted outreach to both inform the public and build support for the BID.
  • Outreach consisted of official mailings to all stakeholders in the proposed expansion area, as well as a series of public meetings.
  • With strong support from the community, the Steering Committee decided to move forward, and the process then moved into the legislative process.

Phase 3: Legislative Authorization - Approved Summer 2021

  • Creating or expanding a BID requires approval from the City Council. The proposed District Plan was reviewed by a number of government agencies and local elected officials before going to the City Council for approval.
  • After reviewing the outreach and planning activities described in Phases 1 and 2, the City Council held public hearings. The BID expansion received support from committees of Community Board 4 and 5 in December 2020 and on January 20, 2021, received a public hearing at the City Planning Commission. City Planning submitted its recommendation for the expansion of this Business Improvement District to the City Council. The City Council Finance Committee reviewed the proposal and held a public hearing on the expansion plan on Thursday, May 27, 2021.  
  • Following those hearings, the Council voted on legislation to expand the BID. The Council approved the legislation on July 29, 2021.
  • Expanded BID services are now set to begin January 2022. 

Learn More

Learn more about the approved BID expansion.


Quick Stats


overall approval rating in 2019 Annual Survey


sanitation service hours provided in FY 2019


trash bags collected in FY19


graffiti removals in FY 2019


of 2018 survey respondents found the BID to be "safer" or "as safe as" most Manhattan neighborhoods


encounters with homeless individuals to offer services in FY19


social media followers across Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook


tree pits planted & maintained


hanging flower baskets


price per square foot for Commercial A+B Office Space in Q4 2019, compared to Manhattan average of $64.10


neighborhood branded trash cans


individuals provided temporary shelter or permanent housing in FY19


community events hosted in FY19