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CLOTH, along with local stakeholders (non-profits, merchants, residents), are in the exploratory phase of forming a Business Improvement District (BID) along Broadway between 155th Street & 178th Street, extending to 168th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam. A Business Improvement District (BID) is a geographical area where local stakeholders oversee and fund the maintenance, improvement, and promotion of their commercial district.


The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) oversees 75 BIDS throughout NYC; including one on 181st and in West Harlem on 125th Street. Additionally, there are several locations either in the formation or expansion phase.


Would you like to contribute to the conversation?  Please take a moment and complete our BID needs assessment:

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Thanks to the generous support of NYC Department of Small Business Services

Merienda Snack Bar:  2192 Amsterdam Ave

Merienda Snack Bar: 2192 Amsterdam Ave

“Merienda” owner Caridad Guance comes from humble beginnings. Back in the Dominican Republic her father is a small business owner, and she learned how to cook from her mother. Everyone loved Caridad’s meals, so the natural step was for her to sell her delicious food as a way to support her family. She began to cook in her apartment and sell to the community. When she finally opened her storefront restaurant Merienda Snack Bar at 2192 Amsterdam in 2020, it was in the midst of the pandemic. Like most small businesses, Merienda struggled. But the help she received from the community got her through.“They are the reason I am still here,” says Caridad, who credits local schools, police officers and firefighters among her loyal patrons who ate at her restaurant during her most trying time. It’s still a struggle, and she asks the community to continue with their support. La propietaria de “Merienda”, Caridad Guance, proviene de orígenes humildes. De vuelta en la República Dominicana, su padre es dueño de una pequeña empresa y ella aprendió a cocinar de su madre. A todos les encantaban las comidas de Caridad, por lo que el paso natural para ella fue vender su deliciosa comida como una forma de mantener a su familia. Empezó a cocinar en su apartamento ya vender a la comunidad. Cuando finalmente abrió su restaurante Merienda Snack Bar en 2192 Amsterdam en 2020, estaba en medio de la pandemia. Como la mayoría de las pequeñas empresas, Merienda tuvo problemas. Pero la ayuda que recibió de la comunidad la ayudó a salir adelante. “Ellos son la razón por la que todavía estoy aquí”, dice Caridad, quien acredita a las escuelas locales, los policías y los bomberos entre sus leales clientes que comieron en su restaurante durante su momento más difícil. Todavía es una lucha, y le pide a la comunidad que continúe con su apoyo. More about this source textSource text required for additional translation information Send feedback Side panels


As part of our Neighborhoods Now collaboration and district marketing campaign, we would like you to know the diverse, immigrant owned businesses that line our commercial corridors. Some have compelling stories, all of them deserve your attention.

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