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Flushing shoppers can now earn certain rewards simply for shopping local.

The Flushing Business Improvement District (BID) announced the launch of a new parking discount and consumer reward program to encourage customers to shop in the neighborhood during the downtown Flushing sidewalk widening project being conducted by the Department of Transportation. The program is the second phase of a two-part revitalization program by the BID.

In the first phase, the BID created and unveiled a free coupon book with deals and freebies for 85 total businesses along the bustling Main Street corridor. Now, for shopping at any of the businesses in the coupon book, shoppers can take advantage of some additional deals.

Active Monday through Friday, customers who spend $25 or more at any of the 85 businesses will be rewarded with a $3 parking discount coupon. Customers who spend $50 or more will have the choice of a parking discount coupon or a free drinking tumbler or umbrella.

All rewards can be redeemed with proof of purchase at these two locations between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

  • Kiosk in front of Flushing Library (41-17 Main St.)
  • Sheraton Hotel, 6th floor (135-20 39th Ave.)

The offer will run until June 30. Rewards will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To see a list of participating vendors, click here.

The program was funded by a $1.55 million Neighborhood 360° grant recently awarded by the NYC Department of Small Business Services. The program was created to identify, develop and launch commercial revitalization projects in partnership with local stakeholders, like the Flushing BID.

“Reconstruction is a time of renewal and transition,” said Dian Yu, executive director of the BID. “We’re all excited for the renewed roads and much-needed infrastructure upgrades in downtown Flushing, but it also presents challenges for many of our local businesses. Flushing BID is committed to making the process of transition a smoother one. Flushing BID is proud to be the bridge between local businesses and the government.”

“Strong neighborhoods are the backbone of our city, and the $1.55 million in investments to Flushing is going a long way towards revitalizing key commercial corridors,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “By working with the Flushing BID, we are responding to local needs to support small business growth and build more vibrant neighborhoods for all New Yorkers.”

For more information, contact the Flushing BID at 718-888-1805.

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