An innovative weekend walk combined with a sidewalk sale and special demonstrations in September are in the planning stages by the Bayside Business Improvement District.
These and other Bayside BID developments were outlined in an interview Tuesday with Lyle Sclair, executive director of the group. The BID area covers the boulevard from 35th Avenue to Northern Boulevard.
Sclair explained that the city no longer gives out permits for street fairs, fearing that outside vendors take away from local businesses. Now, he said, the Department of Transportation sponsors “weekend walks” in neighborhoods for area merchants only.
In Bayside, the weekend walk and second annual sidewalk sale will be held Sept. 27 through 29 from noon to 5 p.m. The city will close off 39th to 41st avenues to traffic for the event.
“The merchants are very interested in this event,” Sclair said. “There will be three staging areas for entertainment and demonstrations.”
Although still in the planning stages, Sclair expects the event will include a fashion show and cooking demonstrations. “For example, a local pizza shop owner could show how to make a pizza,” he said.
On the job for over a year, the director indicated the BID has moved its office to 213-33 39 Ave., suite 310 and is readying a mobile-ready website. To access the site now go to Baysidevillage.net.
His office is working with the city to remove graffiti once a month in the business district. “It’s not bad now, but we don’t want it to increase,” he said.
Sclair noted that two new businesses have recently opened along the strip, a Thai restaurant and a yoga center. A French bistro and possibly a clothing store will be opening in the future.
“I’d like to see businesses open that create foot traffic,” the director said, “such as toy stores and clothing stores; something daytime people would utilize.”
Parking is always an issue, he noted, and his office is looking for solutions to make it more convenient for motorists. There is one municipal lot near the Long Island Rail Road, but that is mostly occupied all day by commuters. “There is no turnover for other potential users,” he added.
He is hoping to make BID-sponsored events “bigger and better” than last year. They will include a holiday festival at the end of October and holiday street lighting in December.