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Mayor Adams, D.A. Bragg launch transformative midtown community improvement coalition

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In a groundbreaking move to uplift the heart of Manhattan, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. have announced the inauguration of the Midtown Community Improvement Coalition.

This ambitious initiative, modeled after the successful 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) Interagency Hub, aims to enhance the quality of life and bolster public safety in Midtown Manhattan.

Bringing together over 20 city agencies, service providers, and community partners, the coalition will tackle a broad spectrum of pressing issues. From retail theft and substance use to mental health crises, beautification projects, and the crackdown on illegal scaffolding and unlicensed cannabis shops, the coalition is set to make a significant impact. Regular walkthroughs and direct engagement with local businesses and community members will be central to their approach, ensuring real-time identification and resolution of issues.

Mayor Adams emphasized the importance of this collaborative effort, stating, “With the launch of the Midtown Community Improvement Coalition, we are doubling down on our commitment to improving quality of life, protecting public safety, and beautifying these historic and beloved neighborhoods for working-class New Yorkers.”

District Attorney Bragg also highlighted the economic significance of Midtown Manhattan, home to iconic tourist attractions, commercial hubs, and critical transportation gateways. “This new coalition will enhance public safety and quality of life for everyone in the area,” he noted, referencing the proven success of similar inter-agency collaborations.

The coalition’s geographic focus spans from 34th Street to 45th Street, between 7th Avenue and 9th Avenue, and from 34th Street to 37th Street on 8th Avenue. Co-chaired by Tom Harris, Barbara Blair, and Brian Weber, the initiative builds on the ‘Community Link’ initiative launched by Mayor Adams in 2023, which has already addressed over 800 community complaints across the city.

Community leaders and agency representatives have expressed their optimism and support for the coalition. Tom Harris of the Times Square Alliance voiced confidence in the collaborative effort’s potential to balance the needs of all stakeholders, while Barbara Blair of the Garment District Alliance praised the coordinated approach to addressing complex public realm issues.

New York City Councilmember Erik Bottcher and NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell also lauded the initiative, recognizing it as a crucial step towards ensuring the well-being and vibrancy of Midtown Manhattan.

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