In celebration of Small Business Saturday, the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID hosted its annual ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch their 2022 Winter Wonderland Holiday Marketplace. Joining were U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, NY State Assemblywoman Stefani Zinerman, NYC Councilman Chi Osse, BID Chair Joyce Turner, BID Vice Chairperson Marcia Melendez and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce CEO Randy Peers.
“We are truly excited to join Neighborhoods Now and its team of experts in bringing to the Bedford-Stuyvesant community an evergreen tradition that will last a lifetime,” said Dale Charles, executive director, Bed-Stuy Gateway BID. “This couldn’t be possible without the guidance and generous support of Wells Fargo.”
The shop-small initiative gives local merchants an opportunity to increase foot traffic while offering crafters, creatives and small business owners a viable platform to showcase and sell their goods and services. Winter Wonderland is a collaboration with Neighborhoods Now, an initiative from the Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute to support local organizations leading their communities’ pandemic recovery. “We’re thrilled to help bring [Winter Wonderland] to life and grateful for Wells Fargo’s continued support of this exciting community gathering,” said Deborah Marton, executive director of the Van Alen Institute.
This year, the BID will share its platform with local community stakeholders. Programming will include Community Thursdays, dedicated to nonprofit organizations, and Caroling in the Plaza on Fridays featuring Yule-tide sing-alongs with local houses of worship. Additional family-friendly activities include pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music and much more.
“This holiday season, Wells Fargo is thrilled to continue our support of the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, the Van Alen Institute and the Urban Design Forum, and their efforts to provide opportunities for local entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Catherine Domenech, vice president, New York Community Relations at Wells Fargo. “Brooklyn is powered by small businesses, and we’re committed to helping them succeed financially.”
Supporting partners include Con Edison, TD Bank, Buro Happold, Dash Marshall, Moody Nolan, Fried Frank, Gretel, Block by Block, New York City Department of Transportation and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.
Seasonal activities will include an annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in Marcy Plaza’s Open Street. On Saturday, Dec. 3, Bike New York will lead a kids’ learn-to-ride program from 2–4 p.m. and a free kids’ bike giveaway for up to 30 young people. Citi-Bike will be on hand to demonstrate how to unlock and access the Citi-Bike.
Centrally located in Brooklyn, the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID has proudly stood as one of the borough’s most prominent commercial and cultural focal points. Since 2009, the agency has partnered with local neighbors and stakeholders to enrich its community through economic development while promoting its history of cultural diversity. Through a wide array of programs and services, the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID is committed to seeing the community thrive and blossom into the popular destination for all things Brooklyn.