The Results Are In: Montague Street BID 2012 Survey

Results are in from the Montague Street Business Improvement District‘s May 2012 Survey regarding local programs and services, asking the likes of: What business would you like to see on Montague Street? What do you shop for on Montague? What are the most important services? Nearly 450 folks responded to the online questionnaire, comprising Brooklyn Heights residents (79%), visitors (9%) and property owners (8%).

No overwhelming gasps to be had, but the results include:
* What do you shop for on Montague Street: dining and bars (84%), groceries (83%), apparel and accessories (62%). Among the top retail types desired: bookstores; Mexican, Middle Eastern, French & Greek restaurants; housewares; gift shops; and a fish & meat market.
* Specific retailers requested for Montague Street: Gap (hmm, guess respondents didn’t recognize there was a Montague Street Gap in the 1990s), Anthropologie, J.Crew.

How is the Montague Street BID doing? 76% strongly approve or approve; 23% had no opinion and a grumpy 1% gave it a thumbs down.
* Impact of clean streets program: 74% excellent or good, 16% not familiar with the program, 10% fair, <1% poor.
* Impact of Beautification & Streetscape Enhancements Program (landscaping, banners, tree maintenance, seasonal decorations): 84% excellent or good; 8% fair, 7% not familiar, <1% poor.
* Importance of BID Programs, ranked by “very important”: 95%, Clean Streets program, 80%, Beautification & Streetscape Enhancements; 71%, Retail Development; 27%, Marketing, Communications & Special Events programs.

The BID encompasses 78 to 200 Montague Street on the south side of the block, and 89 to 205 Montague Street on the north side of the block.

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  • Hicks on Hicks

    The survey does not bode well for the existing furniture retailers on Montague DWR and Sleepy’s and helps explain the recent demise of Jennifer Convertible.

    Also, I would have added bakery in Dumbo’s Almondine style. I guess I’m in the minority in finding the local bakeries (Pain Quotidien, L&H, Garden of Eden and Crumbs) as unsatisfactory.

  • yoohoo

    As for quality, Crumbs is certainly not laudable.

  • WillowNabe

    I ordered a chocolate chip cake at Lassen and Hennings for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit.
    I had a decent coconut cupcake at Crumbs. The pistachio cupcake was pretty good too but I agree that a real bakery is
    needed here in the Heights.

  • Andrew Porter

    What? No call for cell-phone or more real estate stores?

    I am utterly shocked.

  • lori

    Kind of a worthless survey, like most.