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Executive Director

Phone: (718) ***-****  
Local Address:  Brooklyn , New York , United States
Brighton Beach

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Community Board 13
40 Total References
Web References
Community Board, 26 Dec 2007 [cached]
Yelena Makhnin
Brighton Beach Business Improvement District | Sheepshead Bay News Blog, 12 Sept 2012 [cached]
According to the release, three area business owners and a real estate broker met with the commissioner of New York City's Small Business Services, which oversees BIDs across the city, and told him that Brighton BID Executive Director Yelena Makhnin has allowed the organization to become stagnant, and demanded an investigation of her activities.
Cymbrowitz's office said that the businesses say Makhnin repeatedly rejected proposals to improve the district, including rejoining the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, increasing garbage pickups and the number of receptacles, removing illegal vendors from storefronts and producing brochures and other materials about Brighton Beach.
The release also noted, "Merchants believe Makhnin may be working on political campaigns on city time and want [Small Business Services Commissioner Robert] Walsh and the inspector general to investigate."
"It's only political," Makhnin told Sheepshead Bites. "He's using the commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services as the ax against Yelena Makhnin."
"Small business owners have to jump from one hoop to another to get everything they need from city agencies," said Brighton Beach BID's executive director, Yelena Makhnin, who organized the event.
Yelena Makhnin
The following Op-Ed is written by Yelena Makhnin, executive director of the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District, representing businesses on and around Brighton Beach. Makhnin wrote this piece after the fatal shooting on the boardwalk on Thursday, June 9. She believes that the NYPD leadership should have been more responsive to local safety concerns about beach overcrowding on hot holidays, providing the 60th Precinct with appropriate personnel. She also said that the reverberations around sensational shooting like this can create a false perception of the neighborhood, devastating local businesses long-term.
The show's characters do represent "a ..., 3 Sept 2011 [cached]
The show's characters do represent "a small portion of our community," acknowledges Yelena Makhnin, executive director of the Brighton Beach Busines s Improvement District.
But she says her neighborhood by the Brooklyn boardwalk is mostly "a very intelligent, very well educated, hardworking community.
Makhnin, of the business improvement district, agrees, saying she's "not offended" by the show. "It's not a documentary; it's a commercial TV project, with stereotyping," she says.
Unfortunately," she adds, "this is what the public buys.
Contact: Yelena Makhnin, ..., 25 Sept 2008 [cached]
Contact: Yelena Makhnin, Tel: 718 934-1908
Graham Avenue BID 80 Graham Avenue, 2ABrooklyn, New York 11206
Free Styling, 20 July 2005 [cached]
"Brighton can still look like a town in the 1950s," says Yelena Makhnin, the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District's executive director, who represents the neighborhood's 300-plus storefront merchants.
Yelena Makhnin disputes that notion."I hope that people from Manhattan see that what we have is unique, and worth the hour trip," she says.Stories of the Russian mob's influence over local life, as portrayed in movies and elsewhere in the media, are also greatly exaggerated, according to MC Timokha, a house singer and staple of the Brighton Beach nightclub scene."Maybe early on that was the case," he says, "but not now."
"In my literature, I never call Brighton Beach Little Odessa," Makhnin says."It's Little Russia now."
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