Seth Taylor
Feb 21, 2012 | 20982 views | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the new executive director for the 82nd Street Partnership in Jackson Heights, formerly the 82nd Street Business Improvement District (BID), Seth Taylor is dedicated to improving the streetscape of the area for shoppers and the services the organization provides to its members.

Originally from Connecticut, Taylor got his Bachelor's degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and his Master's in City Planning from Pratt Institute.

After moving to Brooklyn roughly 10 years ago, Taylor worked in several BID's around the city, including the 34th Street Partnership and Bryant Park Corporation, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Union Square Partnership.

He joined the 82nd Street team on January 9 of this year.

“In the first six weeks what I've been doing is looking at all the existing contracts and looking very closely at the budget to see how the budget has been invested,” Taylor said, “to try to find ways to improve that and reallocate some of the funds around so that we can make sure we're delivering the best possible services to our members.”

Although working with all of the competing interests that reside in a diverse community such as Jackson Heights is a challenge, Taylor said he is committed to getting merchants and other members of the partnership to participate more in the community.

This includes inviting them to attend workshops and to join its board of directors, he said.

One of the partnership's main projects is expanding its sanitation services in March to include sidewalk pressure-washing in addition to sweeping, graffiti removal, fixing broken street furniture, painting, and overall “freshening up of the streetscape element,” he said.

“Our mission is to support and strengthen the local business community and we do that by providing those services like sanitation, streetscape beautification, district marketing and advocacy,” Taylor said. “We're trying to, first and foremost, deliver better services to our members.”

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