The Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID) is a designated commercial area in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Funded by a special tax paid by property owners within the District boundaries, the Montague Street BID provides services to enhance, improve and keep the neighborhood clean and safe.

Serving more than 100 businesses, the District includes all properties on the north side of Montague Street between Court Street and Hicks Street. On the south side, the District runs from 200 Montague Street in the east to 78 Montague Street in the west.

We’re committed to making Montague Street a great place to live, work, shop and do business.


The BID regularly acts as an advocate when potential projects or policy impact the District’s merchants or property owners. BID representatives regularly attend workshops, testify at Community Board and other government hearings, and meet with city agency officials to voice the concerns and needs of the business community.

When merchants have specific concerns, the BID provides one-on-one assistance to resolve the issue or directs them to the appropriate organization or agency that can help.

The BID advocates for a well-maintained streetscape by monitoring the condition of Montague’s street furniture, roadbed, sidewalks, and signage. We report all elements that are damaged or in need of replacement to the appropriate City agency.


Founded in 1998, the Montague Street Business Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Its Board of Directors, composed of property owners, commercial tenants, elected officials, and resident and community representatives, govern the BID.

Board of Directors

Class A Members:  Commercial Property Owners

Tony Bates
Representing 144 Montague Realty Corp.

Martha Ellman, Board Secretary
Representing Montague Realty Dev. Associates

Melissa Kelly
105 Montague Street

Greg Markman, Board President
Representing 84 Montague Realty LLC

Jessica Mastriano
Representing 145 Montague Street Realty Corp.

Stanley Maurer
Representing 119 Montague Street

Enrico Palazio, Jr.
Representing 102 Montague Street LLC

Juan G. Rivera
Representing 136 Montague Street

Christopher Thomas
Representing 129 Capulet, LLC

John Tucciarone, Board Treasurer
Representing Marca Associates

John Usdan
Representing Henmont LLC

Class B Members: Commercial Tenants

Margaret Zarzana-Vitale
Representing TD Bank

Estela Johannesen, Board Vice President
Representing James Weir Floral

Class C Members:  Residential Tenants

Rhea Cohen
152 Montague Street

Class D Members:  Public Officials

Lincoln Restler
New York City Council, 33rd District
(represented by TBD)

Brad Lander 
Comptroller of the City of New York

Antonio Reynoso 
Brooklyn Borough President
(represented by TBD)

Jonnel Doris 
NYC Dept. of Small Business Services, Representing the Mayor of the City of New York
(represented by Emily Edwards)

Class E Members:  Community Board & Not-for-Profit Representatives

Robert Perris
Representing Brooklyn Community Board 2

Lisa Smith
Representing the Brooklyn Heights Association



Photos: Gina Williams, Natalia Kossobokova