Over 60 business, property owners & area residents attended the BID's Annual Meeting at the Bronx Library Center on Thursday, June 6th. There was a presentation on the past year's activities & accomplishments & goals & objectives for the future. Nominees were elected to the Board of Directors. & a budget for FY14 was reviewed & accepted by the membership.
This year's guest speaker was Professor Peter Johnson from Fordham University who gave a presentation on the benefits of social media & web promotions to businesses. The BID also acknowledged its 2013 supporters & sponsors with awards. Recipients included NYC Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, NYC Councilmember Joel Rivera, Affinity Health Plan, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Citibank, Con Edison & Healthplus-Amerigroup Real Solutions.
================================================================== FORDHAM FEVER FRIDAYS ARE BACK & BIGGER & BETTER!
The next Fordham Fever Friday will be Friday, July 5th from 11am-4pm at Muller Park & Plaza (corner of E. Fordham Road and Creston Road) with a 4th of July BBQ theme. Fordham Fever Fridays will continue every first Friday of the month through October.
The Fordham Road BID's first outdoor movie, "The Amazing Spider-Man," shown April 26th at Fordham Plaza, was a great success, drawing over 75 moviegoers despite the cool spring evening. Families relaxed on blankets and chairs while an enhanced police presence made sure everyone was safe.
The next outdoor movie at Fordham Plaza will be "Despicable Me" on June 28th at 8:30PM, followed by "Megamind" on July 27th at 8:30PM. The last movie on September 6th will be chosen through a social media vote on the BID's Facebook page. So bring a chair or a blanket and your friends and come out to Fordham Plaza for some family fun!
This movie series is made possible by the BID Challenge Grant through the New York City Department of Small Business Services.
Crowds enjoying "The Amazing Spider-Man"
BID Chair and staff with a representative of New York City's Department of Small Business Serivces
Despicable Me: Friday, June 28th at 8:30pm
In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout belonging to Gru, who delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters three orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.
Megamind:Saturday, July 27th at 8:30pm
After super-villain Megamind kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man, he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan, who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life.
Acclaimed children's author Britt Menzies, creator of the StinkyKids series, visited Fordham Road daycare 1199SEIU Child Care Corp April 19th. Menzies visited Pre-K classrooms, read from and signed her books, and visited with local parents. Menzies was a big hit with the children, teaching them to "always be a leader of good." Each child received copies of Menzies' books as part of the BID's Literacy Program in conjunction with NYC Councilman Joel Rivera to promote early childhood reading in Bronx children.
Clockwise from top Left: Menzies reads to daycare children; Menzies with BID director Wilma Alonso and daycare children; Menzies with BID staff and chair, and representative from office of Joel Rivera; Menzies with daycare children
Mark your calendar for the following upcoming events at the Fordham Road BID!
- Fordham Fever Fridays!
The next Fordham Fever Friday will be Friday, July 5th from 11am-4pm at Muller Park & Plaza (corner of E. Fordham Road and Creston Road). This event will be an Independence Day BBQ theme! Fordham Fever Fridays will continue every first Friday of the month through October.
- 9th Annual Sparkling the Heart of Fordham
The 9th Annual Sparkling the Heart of Fordham holiday event will take place on Friday, December 6th from 6-8PM at Bryan Park.
Citibank, one of the BID's partners, is excited to announce their Citi at Work program, a comprehensive financial services platform that enhances the employee benefits package offered by corporations. Companies and employees can choose from a wide range of savings and discounts on financial products and services, plus many financial education topics. The Citi at Work program consists of a dedicated Relationship Manager for your company, who aims to make your life easier, starting now. The program is offered at no cost to the company and it’s set up completely by a Citi at Work Relationship Manager. For more details, please click on the image below.
THE BID LAUNCHES A LITERACY PROGRAM AT ITS ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT!
The Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID) and NYC Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera are launching the Fordham Road Literacy Program, an initiative aimed at increasing reading among local youth in the Bronx. In the upcoming months, the program will donate nearly 4,000 books to local community centers and youth organizations focusing on the youngest readers in the area. Additionally, the BID will help these community organizations host a series of seasonal events to distribute the books. The program was launched at the BID's Eighth Annual "Sparkling the Heart of Fordham" holiday event where over 500 books were given away.
The Fordham Road BID was one of the recipients of the first ever BID Challenge Awards, given out November 27th, 2012 at the Roosevelt House in Manhattan.The Fordham Road BID was one of seven recipients of this year’s BID Challenge Awards, a competitive grant from the New York Department of Small Business Services that provides funding for the most innovative neighborhood improvement proposals in Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across New York City. The BID Challenge was designed to encourage the City’s 67 BIDs to strengthen their neighborhoods, attract jobs and bring investment through creative and innovative initiatives.
The Fordham Road BID received$26,000 to put on “Movies at the Plaza,” a series of outdoor movie nights at Fordham Plaza throughout the summer of 2013. A marketing campaign to promote the event will include banners along Fordham Road, extensive beautification in the area and a sanitation crew to keep the plaza clean before, during and after the events. Fordham Plaza is located at the entrance of the third largest shopping district in NYC with nearly 80,000 pedestrians passing through every day. This is part of a larger BID initiative to expand the BID's boundaries into Fordham Plaza and neighboring commercial properties.
BID staff receiving the BID Challege Award at the Roosevelt House in Manhattan, November 2012
The Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID) is turning Fordham Road pink in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness. We are partnering with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to raise funds for the upcoming RELAY FOR LIFE events. Last year the BID raised $2,000 for the cause, help us beat that amount!