If you notice people you haven’t seen before cleaning the Flatbush Nostrand Junction BID area, be sure to give them a big welcome — the new sanitation crew just began working this past Saturday, August 15.
The workers from the “Block by Block” program will be doing everything from painting over graffiti to power washing garbage cans and removing weeds in tree pits, Kenneth Mbonu, executive director of the Junction BID, told us.
There has long been a sanitation crew at the Junction, but the BID Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to hire the team from Block by Block — a company that works specifically with improvement districts — after a contract with The Doe Fund expired.
The individuals will be covering the entire BID corridor — Flatbush Avenue from Farragut Road to Avenue H and the side streets of Nostrand Avenue and Glenwood Road — and their services are paid for by the BID businesses.
A cleaner Junction makes a big difference, for both the business owners and the shoppers, Kenneth noted.
“The impact on the Junction is that there is a sense of cleanliness, people feel safer, and are prone to spend more time on the corridor shopping and supporting the local businesses,” Kenneth wrote to us.