What is the Grand Central Partnership? Top^
The Grand Central Partnership (GCP) is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that manages the Grand Central Business Improvement District, a 70-block section of Midtown Manhattan. Founded in the mid-1980s, the organization provides supplemental public safety, sanitation, streetscape improvement, tourism, and business support services, as part of a multi-program effort to make the greater Grand Central neighborhood a continuously appealing place in which to work, live, and visit.
What are GCP’s borders? Top^
The Grand Central Business Improvement District has irregular borders, extending as far east as Second Avenue, as far west as Fifth Avenue, as far south as East 35th Street, and as far north as East 54th Street. To view a complete map of our district, click here.
How is GCP funded? Top^
Like all BIDs, GCP is funded through a special dedicated assessment on all non-exempt commercial properties within the district’s borders. Although the funds are collected and distributed by the City of New York, they are neither public nor property tax dollars.
How can I join the Grand Central Partnership? Top^
GCP is not a typical membership-based organization, and so there is no sign-up form or registration process. Instead, if you are a business or property owner located within the BID boundaries, then you are already a “member” and are able to take advantage of our range of services and programs.
For those interested in becoming more involved, please consider registering with our District Management Association, a volunteer organization that helps to set our programmatic priorities and elects our Board of Directors.
Where can I find more information about BIDs? Top^
For information about BIDs, visit the NYC Department of Small Business Services.
For information about BIDs and similar urban improvement organizations here in the United States and around the world, visit the International Downtown Association.
How is GCP affiliated with Grand Central Terminal? Top^
We are proud that Grand Central Terminal provides an iconic anchor for our neighborhood, and we work every day with the many shops and restaurants that together make this a world-class destination. However, GCP neither owns nor manages the facility. For more information, click here.
What kind of data do you collect about the neighborhood? Top^
GCP collects a range of data to help gauge the economic health of the Grand Central neighborhood. Visit our Reports & Downloads page to view our available data.
How can GCP help support or promote my business? Top^
• Assist with promoting your business’ products/services, special offers, deals and news to tourists via our Visitor Information program and to local workers via our weekly e-mail newsletter.
• Help identify and coordinate opportunities for your business to participate in local and city-wide cooperative marketing initiatives.
• Coordinate a range of sanitation, public safety, streetscape improvement and beautification services to complement your business’ appearance and operation.
• Provide guidance and direction on local regulatory issues such as signage, awning, facade, scaffold, and sanitation guidelines.
• Coordinate interaction with local governmental agencies including the New York Police Department, the MTA Metro-North Police Department, and the 311 government helpline.
• Introduce and explain programs such as small business loans, job training, tax credits, and employee benefits services offered by the NYC Department of Small Business Services and found at NYC.gov/sbs.