About Us

In 2005 a coalition of small business owners, merchants, property owners, and community stakeholders banded together to form an association to focus on enhancing the Fulton Street shopping district that runs through the two neighborhoods of Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. After struggling to succeed as an all-volunteer organization, the coalition explored the formation of a non-profit organization with a staff and budget to ensure the delivery of services for more than 400 small businesses and property owners as well as the broader community. In 2009 Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance was incorporated and began operations as one of 68 Business Improvement Districts in New York City.

With one full-time person, two part-time staff members and an annual operating budget of $300,000, FAB provides supplemental sanitation services; addresses public safety and quality-of-life issues; manages graffiti-removal efforts; installs holiday lighting and branded banners to create a sense of place and unity; advocates on behalf of its members with city agencies, elected officials and civic organizations, develops marketing events and public relations initiatives that bring awareness to Fulton Street and its diverse range of small businesses—while driving foot traffic to those businesses; and works on business attraction and retention to reduce vacancies and increase the vibrancy of the street life. FAB has also successfully initiated several streetscape improvement projects in the district to make the shopping experience more inviting and welcoming.


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