Review of our progress through Fiscal Year 2018:

 
       This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fifth Avenue BID and we are extremely proud of the progress we have made over these last two and a half decades!  From the start of this journey, we have tightly focused on our two major programs: security and sanitation.

       Since the district was established in 1993, our work with the New York City Police Department has contributed to a most dramatic drop in street crime as described in the Security section of this report.   

SECURITY

        When the Fifth Avenue BID plan was conceived twenty-six years ago, we had very visible signs of poor security practices within this district.  There were 3-Card-Monte frauds operating without interference; there were pick pocket teams so obviously working the area that one of the property owners produced a video showing their modus operandi; and there were illegal street peddlers selling counterfeit merchandise openly just outside the stores selling those legal products.  

       A walk down the Avenue today presents a vastly different atmosphere than the beginning of the 1990s: the 3-card-monte games are gone; the pick pocket teams have mostly dried up; and the sale of counterfeit merchandise has greatly diminished.

        This is not to say that there are no security issues within the district.  The relatively new problem of aggressive CD peddlers who intimidate pedestrians to “buy” their products, is an example of a current criminal activity that we must regularly monitor and address.  Here is one example of how we handle such an issue: A couple of Asian tourists approached one of our security officers and informed him that they had just been robbed by a couple of three CD peddlers near 53rd Street.  After taking a description and notifying our dispatcher our security officer spotted a Midtown North police car, flagged it down and they proceeded to the location of the robbery.  Our security officer spotted one of the robbers hiding behind a food vendor and assisted the police officers with the arrest.   

       This kind of cooperative enforcement became a deterrent when the word spreads among the street people; illegal CD peddling dropped sharply over the next few months.  

       The following chart of the seven major crimes tracked by the Federal Government is a snapshot of the progress made during the last years.

     FBI MAJOR CRIME INDEX

         5TH BID DISTRICT

               1993-2018

 

1993

2018

 

Felonious Assaults

 24

 5

 

Burglary

 15

 2

 

Grand Larceny

 712

 25

 

Auto Theft

 2

 0

 

Robery

 40

 1

 

Rape

 0

 0

 

Murder

  0 

  0 

Totals

 793

 33

 -95%

       In addition, we assisted over 230,000 visitors to our district and logged over 40,000 security man hours.

      
SANITATION  

       Our BID also provides a high level of supplemental sanitation services.   In FY18, we logged over 14,000 man-hours of Clean Team projects.  Most of this work centered around the daily routine of keeping the district clean and of free of overflowing trash from our receptacles.  For the year we stuffed more than 100,000 trash bags, removed dozens of graffiti tags and, working with our contractor, provided more than 572 supplemental truck runs beyond the Sanitation Department's normal pickups.

 

             Fiscal Year 2018
         Income and Expenses

 INCOME:  
Assessments
$3,207,000
Interest
        1,103
Total Income
$3,208,103


EXPENSES:

Sanitation
$   313,254
Security
  1,768,067
Holiday Trees
      38,680
Admin Payroll
     346,309
Rent
     276,497
Liability Insurance
       60,828
Audit Fee
       11,500
Benefits
     275,666
General Office Exp.
       45,895
Equipment & Supplies
       28,273      
Travel & Conferences
         6,633
Dues & Subscriptions
       10,188
Depreciation
         8,315
Total Expenses
$3,190,105
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