"As the former President of the 5th Avenue Board of Trade, I am so very proud to see the Business Improvement District approved for this great avenue. We use to say "5th Avenue Alive", now, 5th Avenue is more alive than ever. Great things will happen on 5th Avenue. Our stores will flourish, our shoppers will be pleased, and our community will soar to new heights because of this great achievement and the institution of the Business Improvement District."
"I commend all the leaders of 5th Avenue, Jim Clark, Basil Capetanakis, Mike Long and others, who have dedicated themselves to bringing this project to light. Together, we have crowned 5th Avenue a jewel here in our neighborhood and will see it flourish soon!"
Basil Capetanakis raised the issue of the establishment of a B.I.D. At a Small Business town hall meeting hosted by Senator Marty Golden with Commissioner Robert Walsh over two years ago. The meeting was held at the Bay Ridge Manor.