The Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) was established in 1992 as a nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to revitalizing the Orchard Street Shopping District by providing a variety of services to promote economic activity and improve the quality of life in the Lower East Side.
The LES BID area covers some other parts of the Lower East Side in addition to Orchard Street (from East Houston to Canal Street) Additional areas include Delancey Street from Allen to Suffolk Street; Grand Street from Forsyth to Ludlow Street; East Houston Street (south side) from Allen to Ludlow Street; and portions of Stanton, Rivington, Broome and Hester Streets.
Efforts are tailored toward assisting property owners and merchants who are in the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, and improving the overall quality of life in the community.
Services provided by the LES BID include:
-Beautification efforts including street cleaning, graffiti removal, tree plantings, and holiday decorative lighting installations; Economic development and business assistance in the form of storefront, security camera, and website development grants; and -Validated 2-hour free parking for shoppers, as well as discounted rates for merchants.