The Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit economic and community development organization serving Grand Street and its businesses from Union to Bushwick Avenues in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The mission of the Grand Street BID is to create a vibrant commercial district and improve the quality of life for the community. Its principal activities include supplemental sidewalk cleaning, graffiti removal, the promotion and marketing of local businesses and community activities in order to provide a clean, safe and inviting district, making it a great place to live, work and shop.
The Grand Street BID is one of the first business improvement districts formed in New York City. In 1985 community leaders along with property owners including Fred Moehring, one of the co-founding members, created the Grand Street Business Improvement District. The BID serves a very diverse and vibrant community that is still African American, Dominican, Italian, and Puerto Rican with an influx of younger urban professional as well as an artist community. The businesses on Grand Street are a charming mix of old and new, small and large, with eclectic eateries and bars as well as clothing boutiques, business and medical services and three supermarkets. This local renaissance has produced a robust retail mix of approximately 170 stores.