At the recent Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) annual meeting, Peter Andreasian, David Eshaghoff and Allen Honig were reelected as Class A board members, who are property owners in the defined Village of Great Neck Plaza BID. Scott Zimmerman was reelected as a Class B board member, a tenant in commercial property within the Great Neck Plaza BID. Board member terms are for two years.
Honig was one of the original Great Neck Plaza BID Class A board members when the BID was established in 1990. Honig, a second-generation owner of Poultry Mart—a Great Neck and Long Island landmark food establishment that opened in 1950—has always been involved with community activities, including supporting local charitable organizations and donating his time to business organizations like the BID that focus on keeping the downtown shopping district strong and vibrant.
“The downtown is the heart of our community. It is where you come to meet your friends, bring your family to shop or dine out, or to enjoy a Sunday over in the Grace Avenue Park (the Jonathan L. Ielpi Firefighters’ Park),” Honig said. “Great Neck has been good to Poultry Mart over the decades, and I believe it is my responsibility to give back to the community that has been so kind to my family and my employees. Serving on the BID board is one way I can do this. It gives me a chance to help organize and participate in events, such as our promenade summer nights, holiday promotions, street festival/autofest, this summer’s planned cultural day, Plaza Halloween and others designed to provide entertainment for our community as well as stimulate business for our merchants. I consider this an honor.”
Andreasian is a third-generation commercial property owner in Great Neck Plaza as well as the owner/broker of a successful residential real estate brokerage, Exit Realty Universal, with offices on Bond Street. With his sister Marguerite White, Andreasian manages several family-
owned retail properties on Middle Neck Road, Grace Avenue and Bond Street. Their roots in Great Neck go back to the1940s. Andreasian joined the family business full time in 1987 and was first elected to the BID board in the early ’90s.
“Back then, the local business district was evolving in front of our eyes and we’re fortunate that the BID was formed to help ensure the village evolved in sync with the downtown,” said Andreasian. “Serving on the BID board gives me an opportunity to have an impact on the programs and initiatives that are undertaken to help support the vibrancy of the business district. Maintaining a strong downtown, even in the face of economic challenges and changing demographics and shopping trends, has been one of the reasons Great Neck remains one of the most desirable communities on Long Island.”
Eshaghoff, founder and president of Escho Real Estate & Management, Inc., first joined the Great Neck Plaza BID Board in March 2013. His company owns commercial office space in the plaza as well as commercial property across Long Island and in Manhattan. Eshaghoff has always been an active member of the Great Neck community, serving on boards and committees of various charitable organizations. As a property owner of office space in the plaza, he has always been interested in seeing that the downtown remains an attraction and benefit to tenants of office buildings.
“The downtown is truly the life-blood of our community,” explained Eshaghoff. “A strong downtown is an attraction for businesses wanting to rent office space here. We need to keep the downtown moving forward; we need to advocate for zoning and local initiatives that make the downtown more livable and convenient for both residents and businesses, and we need to be creative in our marketing of the downtown to the office tenants that are here as well as to shoppers from our own and neighboring communities.”
Zimmerman, owner of Aura Salon and Style Lounge at 25 Cutter Mill Rd. in the plaza, has been a Class B board member since March 2014, and is also the president of the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce. When Zimmerman joined the BID board, he indicated that his main goal as a merchant in the village would be to get more merchants involved in the promotions and events planned by the Great Neck Plaza BID. His other goal was to see if there were opportunities for the BID and the chamber to work together, such as on the complementary campaigns both are running for Shop Local, Shop Smart. Another program Zimmerman has been championing for collaboration between the two organizations is a summer fashion show that would involve clothing boutiques, hair salons and other fashion-accessory stores from across the Great Neck peninsula.
“I believe in our downtown,” said Zimmerman. “I realize the past couple of years have been difficult for many of our merchants, but I do believe we are on an upswing and that we will see better times ahead. Part of making that happen is for the BID to keep putting forth programs that will attract not only Great Neck residents, but shoppers from our neighboring communities. That is why I wanted to join the BID board—to make a difference in what those programs and efforts are that will benefit all the merchants in the plaza.”
—Submitted by Great Neck Plaza BID