Streetscape improvements planned for 86th Street

Now that the water main work along 86th Street is history, one local merchant group is looking to the future.

The 86th Street Business Improvement District has allotted $100,000 for new street furniture along the thoroughfare, between Fourth and Seventh avenues, according to John Logue, the BID’s president.

Starting this spring, the BID will be installing a panoply of items along the shopping strip, Logue told members of Community Board 10’s Traffic & Transportation Committee, gathered at the board office, 8119 Fifth Avenue, for their January meeting.

With $70,000 in hand, said Logue, the BID has committed to purchasing 32 bike racks, 30 benches, 11 planters and 11 garbage cans, out of 44 new ones the BID plans to acquire.

“By spring, the street should have a completely different look again,” Logue averred.

Many of the trash cans will be situated in the mid-block areas, Logue said. This is because the city will not pick up from or supply mid-block trash cans, which yet are necessary on the heavily-utilized thoroughfare. BID maintenance workers will empty the cans and bring the contents to the corners for pickup by city garbage trucks, Logue said.

The planters could well reflect the efforts of several segments of the community. The BID is working with the Narrows Botanical Garden to determine what is planted in them, Logue said. In addition, he told his listeners that the BID would be reaching out to the Guild for Exceptional Children and South Beach Psychiatric, which in the past had approached the BID, “To do a maintenance project, but we didn’t have any planters then.”

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