Bob Zuckerman Steps Down as Head of Lower East Side BID

This afternoon, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District announced a change in leadership.  Bob Zuckerman is moving on after four years as executive director.

Reinvigorating Orchard Street Commerce: A Proposal

A proposal to stage street fairs on Orchard's pedestrian mall is in the works.

Orchard Street’s Sunday pedestrian mall was created to accommodate shoppers back when it was a livelier retail destination, but these days, business owners regularly complain that a lack of traffic–both foot and vehicular–hinders their success.

This spring, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District is planning to try a new tack: a Sunday street fair. Tentatively titled The Orchard Street Marketplace, the fair will run between Houston and Delancey. It will include vendors along Orchard as well as some from outside. There will also be cultural programming and entertainment. The exact date has not been set, but the BID’s Bob Zuckerman tells us they are aiming for the end of May, right before Memorial Day.

EMM Group’s Plans for 199 Bowery Approved: Bakery, Asian/Fusion, Jazz

The team behind Abe & Arthur's, SL and other successful ventures persuaded Community Board 3 to support their liquor license for the enormous space that formerly housed mega-club BLVD/Crash Mansion.

Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, dubbed “The New Kings of New York Nightlife” by Forbes, frequent hosts to celebrities and all-around restaurant-industry “it” guys, had a hot date last night.

For the better part of an hour, the stylishly outfitted, articulate partners hovered at the edge of a folding table full of decider-types in a fluourescent-lit meeting room on East 5th Street. They listed their accomplishments and made their case that they should be entrusted with a full bar permit for a new venture at 199 Bowery, the former home of mega-club/neighborhood nightmare BLVD/Crash Mansion.

It worked.

A Year of Transition for the Lower East Side BID

LES BID President Mark Miller, former executive director Roberto Ragone. Photos courtesy: LES BID.

Earlier this week, the LES Business Improvement District held its annual meeting at Mason Dixon on Essex Street. The organization’s leaders looked back on what was really a transitional year — and looked forward to a busy 2011. They honored former executive director Roberto Ragone, who has gone on to run a BID in the Bronx. 

Scenes From the L.E.S. BID’s Grand Opening

L.E.S. BID Executive Director, Bob Zuckerman, Board President Mark Miller and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (and councilmember Margaret Chin in background)

The LES Business Improvement District officially unveiled their new headquarters (and Visitor Center) at 54 Orchard Street on Tuesday night. They celebrated the long-awaited new space with a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from numerous elected officials who were on hand.

Bob Zuckerman: Checking in With the BID’s New Boss

In the past five months, Bob Zuckerman has definitely been making his presence known on the Lower East Side. The new executive director of the Business Improvement District has become a familiar face at community board meetings, as well as up and down Orchard Street.  In a recent interview at the BID’s new headquarters at 54 Orchard, Zuckerman talked about what he’s been up to — and what his big priorities will be when the summer winds down in a couple of weeks.

More Than 10,000 Visit Hester Street Fair

Photo by Pietro Filardo

So much for starting slow. The Hester Street Fair was a hit from the moment it began at 10 o’clock this morning. A ton of media exposure during the past month and a gorgeous day obviously did the trick. There were plenty of neighborhood folks turning out – but also lots of people who seldom (if ever) venture below Delancey, on the Lower/Lower East Side. On its first day, more than 10-thousand passed through the Hester Street Fair’s brand new ornamental gate to visit 60 diverse vendors. Click through to see photos from day 1.

More on the Business Improvement District’s New Leader

Yesterday we posted a brief item about the appointment of Bob Zuckerman as the new executive director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District. In a phone conversation yesterday afternoon, Zuckerman told me he’s thrilled to be taking on a new challenge in such a “dynamic area.” He stressed his background as both an advocate of small business as well as for the broader community.