Friday Five: Hartford 101

We want you to know more about the organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of our Capital City. So, we’ve decided to make one Friday Five each month an email primer of who’s doing what where in downtown Hartford. For our first edition of Hartford 101, we asked Chip McCabe, Marketing Director of the Hartford Business Improvement District and, to tell about five things the HBID works on. Here’s what he had to say:

  1. Marketing Speak Alert: is the main marketing site for the city’s entertainment, cultural, dining, shopping, and recreational assets. It’s true though. If you like to do stuff, eat stuff, go to stuff, listen to stuff, buy stuff, or hang around other people who like all that stuff, then you should probably bookmark We don’t say “Hartford Has It” for nothing, and It can be found at
  2. Bicycle Roadside Assistance: This past year the Hartford Business Improvement District launched a free bicycle roadside assistance program – the first of its kind in the U.S. HBID Security Ambassadors were trained to perform light maintenance work through BiCi Co., a program of the Center for Latino Progress. HBID Ambassadors are able to fix a flat, inflate a tire, replace a tube, reattach a slipped chain, or tighten up loose bolts. Services are available Monday – Saturday from 6 am – 11 pm, and Sunday from 6 am – 8 pm by calling (860) 331-4646.
  3. Pratt Street Patio: In 2017, the HBID worked with the City of Hartford, property owners, tenants and merchants to execute the first Pratt Street Patio. This program, which saw the street closed to vehicular traffic Monday – Thursday from 11 am – 2 pm, and Fridayfrom 11 am – 8 pm, was the first of its kind in Hartford. The HBID also helped program entertainment on the street through free lunchtime concerts and two amazing Salsa Social nights. The Pratt Street Patio will be returning in 2018 beginning May 29. The HBID will again be presenting free lunchtime concerts on Thursday afternoons through the end of September, and one Friday evening Salsa Social per month in June, July, August, and September. Stay tuned to for more information as it’s announced.
  4. Audio Feed on Constitution Plaza: Every Wednesday afternoon in June, July, and August, Constitution Plaza comes alive with free music. The HBID’s annual Audio Feed series takes places by the Plaza fountain and features a wide array of local and regional talent. Tables, chairs, and umbrellas are also provided for your listening and lunch-eating pleasure. The Audio Feed series returns on Wednesday, June 6. Check for the complete musical line-up once its announced.
  5. Beautification: Did you know that HBID Ambassadors cleaned up close to 150,000 lbs. of litter from Hartford streets last year? Did you know that HBID Ambassadors removed 1,200 graffiti tags last year? Did you know that HBID Ambassadors cleared snow from close to 1,200 curb cuts and 170 bus shelters? Well now you do, and that’s just some of the services that HBID Ambassadors offer on a daily basis. The HBID is also responsible for the Hartford Has It banners that adorn over 250 downtown light poles, the 120 flower planters seen in the Downtown and Asylum Hill areas, and for the gorgeous snowflake lights that were up along Ford and Jewell Streets during Winterfest.

Thanks, Chip!