Citi hails New York City neighborhoods

Citi co-sponsors New York City Neighborhood Achievement Awards which celebrate initiatives that foster economic opportunity

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel and Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh presented the 2011 New York City Neighborhood Achievement Awards to 14 recipients from all five boroughs in July.

Established in 2002, the awards honor organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in enhancing New York City neighborhoods by fostering economic opportunity. Citi co-sponsors the awards with Con Edison.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Steel and Commissioner Walsh presented the recipients with their awards in a ceremony at Gracie Mansion. "New York City is home to the world's most vibrant, diverse and interesting neighborhoods, and in every one of them there are people taking steps to make them even better places to live, work and visit," said Mayor Bloomberg. "The annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards gives us a chance to recognize and thank some of them."

Deputy Mayor Steel added: "Revitalizing commercial corridors in all five boroughs has been at the heart of New York City's economic development strategy under Mayor Bloomberg's leadership. The awards recognize extraordinary New Yorkers who have contributed to the growth and development of New York's economy by bringing jobs, investment and new energy to neighborhoods across the city."

Commissioner Walsh said: "We have winners from across this city's 300 unique neighborhoods and each of them has worked tirelessly to build up their communities, create jobs and provide opportunities for their fellow New Yorkers."