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The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID)

The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID) is a public-private partnership, 501(C) through which property and business owners have a direct impact on Historic Downtown Jersey City neighborhoods and their development.

HDSID works with local businesses, property owners and neighborhood associations in conjunction with the City government to promote the area, improve the services provided and undertake any and all activity to make Historic Downtown Jersey City a better place to live, work and visit.

HDSID Bylaws

A SID assessment is a fee that each property owner pays to support the operations of the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District. The sum of all the individual assessments comprises the total yearly assessment of the SID, and underwrites most, if not all, annual operating expenses. The fee is determined by square footage of first floor spaces on properties within the boundaries.

Benefits for HDSID Businesses 

  • Cleaner StreetsThe HDSID employs a Clean Team to sweep the streets, empty overflowing garbage cans, and salt curb cuts during inclement weather.
  • Safer Neighborhoods – Our Clean Team is the everyday eyes and ears on the street.
  • Discounted RatesHDSID Businesses receive a 50% discount on booth fees for the Farmers Market, the All About Downtown Street Fair, and the Holiday Market.
  • Grand Openings – Each year the HDSID welcomes new businesses to the area by holding Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies. We will schedule the event with City Hall, promote via social media, and provide pictures for the business owner.
  • Special Events – The HDSID helps organize special community event like Pictures with The Easter Bunny, Halloween on Newark Ave, Light it Blue for Autism.
  • Holiday Decor – The HDSID works to get business sponsorships for the Holiday lights on major thoroughfares within the district boundaries in addition to the Christmas tree and Menorah on The Pedestrian Mall and the Christmas Tree in Mercado Park.
  • Marketing Assistance – The HDSID maintains a variety of social media channels and produces a weekly blog Business owners can submit special events, stories, and sales at no cost

The Team

Rachel Sieg
Executive Director

Maria Pimenidis

Alyssa Dobles
Social Media Manager

Robert Earl Torrez
Cleaning Crew Team Member

Daniel Torrez
Cleaning Crew Team Member

Federico Garcia
Cleaning Crew Team Member

Robert Robinson
Cleaning Crew Team Member

Bernave Villa Rincon
Cleaning Crew Team Member

The Clean Team
The HDSID Clean Team operates seven days a week, including holidays. The Clean Team members maintain the cleaning of the downtown area, collect trash, and empty the trash receptacles. They also remove graffiti, and stickers on City property, manage the plants and flowers, set-up and assist in running the various HDSID events. The Clean Team is an integral part of the Historic Downtown and plays an important role as unofficial representatives of the HDSID. The team members are indispensable!
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Board of Trustees 

Steve Kalcanides

Jerry Blankman
Vice President

Nima Nili

Sherry Singh

Frank Fiore

Renee Gonzalez

Jeremy Tirpak
Alternate Trustee

Carmen Mendiola
Alternate Trustee

Daniel Rivera
Councilman at Large

Become an HDSID Sponsor in 2022!

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Thursday, December 1st 2022, 6PM
Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall

Join HDSID for the annual Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting Event! Gifts from Santa + Cookies + Hot Chocolate

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