The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District, formed in 2006, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the area's reputation as one of New York's most vital and exciting neighborhoods.
Record-Setting Year for 311
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that “311 connected with more New Yorkers than ever in 2014.” There were over 28 million customer contacts in 2014, surpassing the previous record set in 2011 by 16%.
311 is New York City’s primary source for government information and to request non-emergency services. With 311, you can look up a wide range of information including the IDNYC Municipal ID Card, how to pay a parking ticket, make property tax inquiries or learn about paid sick leave. You can also make a complaint about quality of life issues, report noise from a neighbor, and more.
311 aims to provide the public with quick, easy access to all New York City government services and information. New Yorkers can connect with 311 online, by text, phone, Skype, social media, or via 311 Mobile App. The agency works continuously to make government services more accessible to non-English speakers, with 311 Online available in more than 50 languages.
It is important to use 311 as a way to improve City government through accurate, consistent measurement and analysis of service delivery Citywide. Sharing data supports transparency and accountability. In adherence to Local Law 47 of 2005, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) issues monthly reports to the City Council, the Public Advocate, Community Boards, and the public about data collected by 311.
For more information, click here.
2014 Flatiron BID Community Survey Results
For the eighth consecutive year, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership (BID) conducted a Community Survey to gather feedback about the district and the BID’s services from local stakeholders. Between September 10th and November 7th, 346 people responded to the survey that was available on the BID’s website. Of these respondents, 273 either lived or worked in the BID.
The community survey provides valuable feedback on the BID’s performance, as well as informing the BID staff about new initiatives or programs that the public would like to see. When asked about the overall job the BID is doing, 93.3% of respondents approved or strongly approved. 89.8% of respondents thought the Clean Streets program was good or excellent and 85.7% thought the same of the Public Improvement program. Marketing and Public Safety received an 84.4% and 71.3% approval rating, respectively.
To view the full survey report, click here.
Get Your Free IDNYC Today
IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures the peace of mind and access to City services that come from having recognized identification. IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, young people, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.
IDNYC cardholders can access services and programs offered by the City as well as by businesses. IDNYC helps to enhance public safety, by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with the NYPD. It also helps New Yorkers gain access to all City buildings that provide services to the public and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services. IDNYC also provides a dynamic benefits to cardholders, including a free one-year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.
There are 12 Enrollment Centers across all five boroughs where you can apply for your IDNYC card. There also will be two Pop-up Enrollment Centers that will rotate locations throughout the city. To find locations near you, click here.
For more information, visit nyc.gov/IDNYC.
New Neighbor: Dos Toros
The Flatiron District welcomes Dos Toros, a fast-casual Mexican joint located at Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street. Dos Toros was founded by two brothers Leo and Oliver Kremer from the San Francisco Bay Area who grew up eating at their favorite taqueria.
According to their website, "Our focus on food is obsessive. We've spent countless hours perfecting our recipes. We source high quality ingredients, because fresh and local tastes better. And we promise that the artisan who puts it all together, in front of your eyes, shares our passion for excellence. The menu is short and sweet, so you can spend more time eating and less time trying to figure out what to order. And don't be afraid to make substitutions -- we know that just because we flip out over guacamole doesn't mean you do too. But try the guacamole."
The Flatiron District location is the sixth establishment by Dos Toros. According to the team, "A big reason we're so excited about this location is that we feel like we're right at the crossroads of 23rd and Park which is such a major artery, but by being on Park instead of being on 23rd, it's a little more cozy. The coolest companies in the city are headquartered in this district, from tech startups to media to fashion. Lastly, we love being near Madison Square Park, because we think that eating a burrito on a park bench is one of life's great pleasures."
The menu features burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and salads, with one of four protein options: carnitas (braised pork), pollo asado (grilled chicken), carne asada (grilled steak), or basic (rice and beans). Dos Toros is also serves Mexican beers and offers catering from this location.
Hours are Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Dos Toros, 295 Park Avenue South, between 22nd and 23rd Street, (347) 946-6225.
De Blasio Administration Bans Single-Use Styrofoam Products in New York City Beginning July 1, 2015
On Thursday, January 8th, the de Blasio Administration announced that as of July 1, 2015, food service establishments, stores and manufacturers may not possess, sell, or offer for use single service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” in New York City.
After consultation with corporations, including Dart Container Corporation, non-profits, vendors and other stakeholders, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), has determined that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban. DSNY also determined that there currently is no market for post-consumer EPS collected in a curbside metal, glass, and plastic recycling program. As a result of the ban, manufacturers and stores may not sell or offer single-use foam items such as cups, plates, trays, or clamshell containers in the City. The sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” is also banned.
“These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City. We have better options, better alternatives, and if more cities across the country follow our lead and institute similar bans, those alternatives will soon become more plentiful and will cost less,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “By removing nearly 30,000 tons of Expanded Polystyrene waste from our landfills, streets and waterways, today’s announcement is a major step towards our goal of a greener, greater New York City.”
Read the full press release here.
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2-for-1 Broadway Tickets During Broadway Week
This month, NYC & Co. brings Broadway Week back with a 2-for-1 Ticket Offer for fan favorite plays and musicals! Tickets go on sale Friday, January 9th at 10:30 a.m. and are available for performances from January 20th through February 5th.
There are 22 plays and musicals to choose from, including Best Musical Tony Awards winners: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (2014), Kinky Boots (2013), and Once (2012); as well If/Then, which takes place in Madison Square Park.
Along with the 2-for-1 Ticket Offer, there is availability to upgrade your seats. Many of the upgraded seats are located in sections with higher-priced tickets.
To see a full list of available shows during Broadway Week, visit nycgo.com/broadwayweek.
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