What We Do
The Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) provides a number of services to promote and improve the area. These programs include:
Sanitation services supplement services provided by the New York City Department of Sanitation.
Graffiti removal from buildings and public spaces in the district twice each month.
Up to two hours of free parking for shoppers and motor coaches.
Advertising is placed by the BID in various print and online media. The BID also subsidizes some cooperative ads for BID businesses.
Publicity outreach actively promotes the goods and services found in the district, and individual BID merchants to members of the press.
Special events produced and hosted by the LES BID are free and open to the public.
Promotional materials created by the LES BID include the Lower East Side Neighborhood guide, a gallery guide, and other marketing collateral to promote the Lower East Side.
The LES BID website, which can be accessed at www.lowereastsideny.com, provides a one-stop portal for all shopping, dining, nightlife and sighting information related to the Lower East Side, as well as resources and support for businesses.
Storefront, security and website matching grants provide matching grants to businesses to encourage them to improve their storefronts, install security cameras, and create and improve their websites.
Discounted parking for BID merchants, who may park their vehicles within our lot, are eligible for special monthly rates: $150 per car and $175 per van or $250 per truck.
Orchard Street Pedestrian Mall is sponsored by the Lower East Side BID, and closes the street year-round between Delancey and East Houston Streets on Sundays.
Tourism services provided by the Lower East Side BID include free walking tours and a Lower East Side Visitor’s Center, located at 54 Orchard Street (between Orchard and Allen Streets). The center, open to the public weekdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, has local and citywide tourism brochures.