The Lark Street Neighborhood District Management Association, more commonly known as the Lark Street Business Improvement District, is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to build, sustain, and enhance a unique and prosperous living and business community for the residents, visitors, and merchants of the Lark Street Neighborhood of Albany, NY.
At the Lark Street BID we provide core neighborhood services focused on Neighborhood Safety, Street Maintenance, Neighborhood Marketing, and Special Events and Promotions.
Neighborhood Safety Program
One of the primary goals of the Lark Street BID is to improve Neighborhood Safety. The Neighborhood Safety Program coordinates services and public area improvements to provide additional safety measures to those who live, work, and visit this special part of the city.
The Lark Street BID funds and coordinates the Lark Street Walk n' Watch. Neighborhood Watch Programs are one of the most effective ways to deter crime. If you are interested in more information or volunteering to be a walker, please contact Meghan at 434-3861or firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighborhood Marketing Program
Successful marketing of the Lark Street Neighborhood is an effective way of ensuring the continued growth and vitality of the unique community that characterizes Lark Street. The Neighborhood Marketing Program is designed to promote the continued occupancy of existing businesses and enhance the image of the District as a whole.
The Lark Street BID regularly updates its website with news, events, and information from area merchants. If you have an article or event you would like to submit, please call (518) 434-3861 or email@example.com.
Special Events and Promotions Program
The Special Events coordinated by the Lark Street BID are enjoyed and coveted by the entire Capital Region and serve as major attractions to the neighborhood. Throughout the year our neighbors and visitors have several occasions to celebrate the dynamic Lark Street community in the heart of Albany.
The following annual events are presented by the Lark Street BID:
The annual fundraiser for the Lark Street BID. This annual event is held outside among the Formal Tulip Beds in Washington Park! Attendees enjoy fine champagnes, wine, and hor'd'oeuvres from Lark Street restaurants and a silent auction featuring items from Lark Street merchants and artists.
A Street-wide Art Show and Sale celebrating local artists and musicians.
Approximately 20,000 people
New York State's largest one day open air street festival featuring up & coming local, regional, and national musical acts.
Approximately 80,000 people
Shop, eat, and stroll Lark Street for last minute holiday shopping with fun activities for the whole family. The highlight of the day is the Santa Speedo Sprint where costumed runners sprint down Lark Street!
Street Maintenance and Beautification
Lark Street is a well traveled pedestrian commercial corridor. The Lark Street BID employs year-round maintenance staff to help control the sidewalk and street litter, autumn leaves and to clear crosswalks in the winter. In 2005, our maintenance staff clocked over 1,000 hours of service.
Every Spring the Lark Street BID and the City of Albany hang colorful baskets of flowers on the light poles and plant tulips in the sidewalk tree beds. These tulips are replaced with seasonal flowers for the summer months. The Lark Street BID works with the Central BID in the warmer months to keep all of the plants, flowers, and street trees adequately watered and healthy.