He was joined by several community leaders, including Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) executive director Ted Renz and Community Board 5 chairman Vincent Arcuri, Jr.
Starting at Joe & John’s Pizzeria, Stringer later stopped by Tasty Diner, retail store Pants Pantry, and ended his visit at Rudy’s Bakery & Cafe.
The Myrtle Avenue BID has been in operation since 1988, and is home to 345 retail and service establishments.
“It’s important for him to come out and visit individual BIDs,” Renz said, “and talk to the merchants about what the common problems are and what problems are specific to them.”
One issue the Ridgewood thoroughfare is facing is storefront vacancies. Several chains, including Payless, have gone out of business.
“We’re working with the landlords we have relationships with to try and get a proper mix of tenants for the district,” he said.
Renz added that some businesses have been on the avenue for eight decades, while others are just starting out.
“We have a good mix of nationwide chains and mom-and-pop stores,” he said.