Merchants in Chinatown, NoHo and downtown Brooklyn are forming business improvement districts to help attract customers, raise property values and brighten their neighborhood’s economic future.

But Staten Island is practically a BID no man’s land, with only one of the city’s 64 such districts, Forest Avenue. And three recent attempts—on New Dorp Lane, on Bay Street, and in Great Kills — foundered, frustrating local businesses and community leaders.

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