For Neighborhood Businesses

The East 86th Street Association has worked with local businesses since 2004 to provide a welcome environment for business. We’ve created dialogues between business and local officials to address beautification, safety, security, and sanitation concerns. We also work to promote local businesses within the community.

Currently we are working on a Streetscape Plan. To date, historic Bishop’s Crook lampposts have been installed all along 86th Street. We continue to work with the Department of Transportation to realize our vision for the corridor, which includes new benches, tree guards, bike racks, and plantings. 

The Association fosters not only relationships within the community but between the community and local government. Collaborating with our partners in law enforcement, we ensure that the East 80’s continue to be a safe and welcoming place. Our volunteers are the eyes and ears of the community, reporting undesired activity, connecting those in need with services, and identifying security, sanitation, and crowding issues.

Recently, we commissioned a safety study of the busy subway areas which have helped the local precinct plan their patrols effectively.  If you would like a crime prevention audit for your business, we can assist you.

We also offer publications on Snow Removal and Signage Regulations. We are happy to provide consultations on signage to help businesses avoid costly errors. For information on Sanitation Guidelines, click here. 

The East 86th Street Neighborhood Network, a group of local businesses and institutions, has been meeting to discuss common concerns and goals. To be effective, we need the participation of all of our businesses and institutions. Please join us. We also have a number of sponsorship opportunities available, which result in improved visibility for business as well as benefitting the neighborhood.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life along the East 86th Street corridor by: conducting research, education and advocacy projects which focus on quality of life issues; coordinating and involving residents, merchants, real estate owners, civic organizations, cultural institutions and other concerned citizens to foster community pride, civic participation and responsibility.