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Finally, we can eat outside! We’ve waited long enough. 🌞😎
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Grab a seat in the flatiron plazas to enjoy Mediterranean food from  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/ililibox">@ililibox</a>or local, organic food from  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/flatirongreen%21">@flatirongreen!</a>Stroll on over to  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/shakeshack">@shakeshack</a>in  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/madsqparknyc">@madsqparknyc</a>for fresh burgers and shakes.
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Food tastes better in the sun! 😋
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#DiscoverFlatiron #FlatironFoodies #JacketsOff
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Finally, we can eat outside! We’ve waited long enough. 🌞😎 . Grab a seat in the flatiron plazas to enjoy Mediterranean food from @ililiboxor local, organic food from @flatirongreen!Stroll on over to @shakeshackin @madsqparknycfor fresh burgers and shakes. . Food tastes better in the sun! 😋 . #DiscoverFlatiron #FlatironFoodies #JacketsOff
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Car Free Day is here! 30 Blocks + 0 Cars = Open Streets! 🤸🚴🏃💃
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Come join us in the Flatiron plazas until 3pm for #CarFreeEarthDay along Broadway between  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/unionsquareny">@unionsquareny</a>and  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/timessquarenyc%21">@timessquarenyc!</a>Swipe for more activites ➡
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Stop by the Flatiron Rest Stations at the 23rd Street Plazas and in between 25th and 26th Street for free rock climbing, rollerblading, performances, fitness, dancing, and eco-programming!

#DiscoverFlatiron #CarFreeNYC  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/CitiBike">@CitiBike</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/nyc_dot">@nyc_dot</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/garmentdistrictnyc">@garmentdistrictnyc</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/34thstnyc">@34thstnyc</a>
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Car Free Day is here! 30 Blocks + 0 Cars = Open Streets! 🤸🚴🏃💃 . Come join us in the Flatiron plazas until 3pm for #CarFreeEarthDay along Broadway between @unionsquarenyand @timessquarenyc!Swipe for more activites ➡ . Stop by the Flatiron Rest Stations at the 23rd Street Plazas and in between 25th and 26th Street for free rock climbing, rollerblading, performances, fitness, dancing, and eco-programming! #DiscoverFlatiron #CarFreeNYC @CitiBike @nyc_dot @garmentdistrictnyc @34thstnyc
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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. 

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111New Neighbor: PetSmart

New Neighbor: PetSmart

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is thrilled to announce our highly anticipated newest neighbor: PetSmart! The Flatiron District is packed with pets, so PetSmart makes for a great addition to the neighborhood. 

PetSmart's Flatiron District location is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, April 28th, kicking off with a celebration at 9 am for pets and pet lovers alike. All visitors during the grand opening will receive free giveaways like discount coupons, pet treat samples, T-Shirts, and pet toys while supplies last. The first 50 shoppers will receive mystery gift cards that range in value from $5 to $50.

“We’re excited to be a part of the Flatiron community," said store leader, Hamerton Joseph. "Like so many in the neighborhood, we love pets and look forward to meeting our new neighbors. We encourage the community to check out the store, and of course, pets are always welcome too!”

The Flatiron PetSmart location is nearly 16,000 square feet and offers over 10,000 pet products, accessories, and supplies. The modern space features a Pet Nutrition section that offers natural, minimally processed, grain-free, high-protein, and raw pet food products, including the paleo-inspired brand, Only Natural Pet, for which PetSmart is the exclusive national retailer. The Flatiron PetSmart also features a self-service dog wash station that is free for the first two weeks of opening, a full-service grooming salon with academy-trained, safety-certified stylists, and training and day camp services. You can find interactive small animal habitats within the store as well. 

The Adopt Spot at PetSmart facilitates the in-store adoption of pets so they may find long-lasting, happy homes. PetSmart is a leading advocate for ending pet homelessness helping over 7.9 million animals get adopted. The company's quarter-annual National Adoption Weekends helps over 30,000 pets find a home in a single weekend. Additionally, the Flatiron location will have a specialized cat adoption center that creates a unique space for cats to socialize.

PetSmart is open for you and your pets Monday through Saturday 9 am - 9 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 9 pm.  

PetSmart, 1107 Broadway, on the corner of 24th Street, (646) 949-1422

 

111NYC Department of Small Business Services FY17 BID Trends Report

NYC Department of Small Business Services FY17 BID Trends Report

By working with government partners and community stakeholders, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) like the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership help create vibrant, clean, and safe neighborhoods across New York City. Last week, NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop announced that the City’s 75 BIDs invested over $147 million in New York City neighborhoods during fiscal year (FY) 2017, boosting over 93,000 small businesses. 

The announcement is part of SBS’ annual FY17 Business Improvement District Trends Report. The report highlights the daily impact of BIDs in providing quality of life improvements and innovative solutions to modern challenges. During FY17, BIDs provided the following services in their districts:

  • Collected 4.0 million trash bags;
  • Removed over 108,000 instances of graffiti;
  • Held 4,719 public events for 12.1 million New Yorkers and visitors;
  • Maintained 127 public spaces; and
  • Sponsored 147 public art installations

To view the full report and learn more about the local impact of NYC BIDs, visit nyc.gov/site/sbs/neighborhoods/bids.

111Fun for Kids on 'Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day'

Fun for Kids on 'Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day'

The annual Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day is this Thursday, April 26th, which means we'll be seeing a lot of kiddos learning all about what Mom and Dad do at the office each and every day. 

The Flatiron District is full of kid-friendly activities and restaurants for you and your child to enjoy at lunch or after work this Thursday. Also included: a few reasons for you to bring them back to Flatiron on a more relaxed day off!


Neighborhood Fun on Take Your Child to Work Day:

The LEGO Store, 200 Fifth Avenue, (212) 255-3217

Inspire your child's creativity at the Lego Store! The experiential store has a large selection of models for different age groups and interests, including superheroes, princesses, and architecture, as well as a large wall of LEGO bricks for in-store play. 

National Museum of Mathematics, 11 East 26th Street, (212) 542-0566

Need an escape from the office mid-day? Stop by the National Museum of Mathematics to celebrate the influence of mathematics as your child learns about math with 30 interactive exhibits. Popular attractions include a Square-Wheeled Trike, a Robotic Basketball Shooter, digital painting, and 3-D doodling. The museum is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Madison Square Park, between Fifth Avenue & Madison Avenue, from 23rd Street to 26th Street, (212) 520-7600

Walk through scenic Madison Square Park as the spring plants bloom and enjoy some time at the Police Officer Moira Ann Smith Playground. After, swing by the original Shake Shack for their famous frozen custard.

Karma Kids, 25 West 23rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (646) 638-1444

This yoga studio for kids teaches a variety of yoga tools that promote strength, flexibility, confidence, and coordination through creative stretching, music and stories, and breathing and visualization techniques. No pre-registration or reservations required (see schedule and rates here). 

Flying Tiger, 930 Broadway, corner of 21st Street, (212) 777-1239

Flying Tiger has a wide selection of affordable, quirky trinkets and gifts that both kids and adults will love. 

Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, (212) 229-2560

This Italian marketplace is the destination for anyone craving something sweet. Stop by Eataly's Gelato counter, Il Gelato, for a wide variety of gelato and sorbet flavors and toppings. Eataly's cannoli bar, Cannoli di Eataly, is also nearby, and the Nutella Bar serves an assortment of crepes, waffles, gelato, and pastries covered in Nutella. 

Space Kiddets, 26 East 22nd Street, (212) 420-9878

Space Kiddets is a specialty clothing, shoes, accessories and toys store for infants through pre-teens. This charming boutique has a unique selection of toys and clothing, such as retro robots and action figures, a section dedicated to aspiring cowboys and cowgirls, and fun themed rain gear. Come by this one-stop-shop for a magical shopping experience that your children will love.   

Reasons to return on your day off:

NY Kids Club, 38 East 22nd Street, (917) 525-4559

NY Kids Club is a children's enrichment center with an open play space where kids can enjoy a 20-foot trampoline, a 20-foot rock wall, a rope swing, parallel and uneven bars, and rings. The Center offers a pre-kindergarten program, gymnastics workshops, musical classes, and science, engineering, math developmental classes. Please contact NY Kids Club Flatiron directly for package availability. 

TADA! Youth Theater, 15 West 28th Street, (212) 252-1619  

See a show at TADA! Youth Theater. TADA is a performing arts center that features shows produced by children and teens throughout the year. From April 28th through May 20th, the talented kids of TADA! will be putting on the original play Geniuses (tickets available here). TADA! offers summer camps, workshops, and musical theater classes for Spring, Fall, and Winter sessions.

apple seeds, 10 West 25th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (212) 792-7590

apple seeds is an all-in-one play space for children newborn to five years old. apple seeds has a large indoor playground with NYC-themed exhibits and offers over 100 interactive classes each week including music, cooking, art, sports, and dance. Playground packages are available and Class Schedules can be found here. Doodle Doo's at apple seeds is an attached children's hair salon and toy store with modern and classic toy options.

Flatiron Summer Series - Throwback Thursdays, Flatiron North Public Plaza starting June 21st

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership offers free summer programming, by the community and for the community, for eight consecutive weeks from June through August. "Throwback Thursdays" are especially kid-friendly, with free cornhole, board games, giant Connect 4, and coloring books. On select weeks, the Center for Book Arts provides free bookbinding and art projects. Throwback Thursdays 2018 kicks off on the summer solstice, June 21st. The National Museum of Mathematics will construct a sundial on the plaza where everyone can mark their shadow throughout the day, and Eataly will serve free gelato as a part of our Summer Scoops feature during a live performance beginning at 6 pm. 

Kid-friendly Flatiron Restaurants 

&pizza, 15 West 28th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue, (646) 968-4634

Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop, 174 Fifth Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd Streets, (212) 675-5096

Hill Country Chicken, 1123 Broadway, corner of 25th Street, (212) 257-6446

McDonald's, 26 East 23rd Street, (646) 682-9277 & 686 Sixth Avenue, (212) 604-0621

PN Wood Fired Pizza, 2 West 28th Street, (646) 964-4834

Schnippers, 23rd Street and Madison Avenue, (212) 233-1025

Shake ShackMadison Avenue & East 23rd Street (inside Madison Square Park), (212) 889-6600

TAPPO Thin Crust Pizza, 49 West 24th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 807-9200

 

 Photo Credit: LEGO Flatiron Store Flatiron District

 

111Flatiron Foodies: Flatiron Green Cafe's Avocado Toast

Flatiron Foodies: Flatiron Green Cafe's Avocado Toast

Flatiron Green Cafe, located on the Flatiron South Public Plaza, offers a wide variety of local and organic foods including baked goods, smoothies, hot drinks, paninis, wraps, and an assortment of creative Greek yogurt combinations. Developed with an eye toward healthy, delicious, and affordable fare, they keep it simple with a healthy breakfast or snack anyone can make, the ever-popular avocado toast.

Avocado Toast


Yields 1 serving


Ingredients:

  • 1 whole ripe avocado
  • 2 slices multigrain toast
  • Mesclun greens
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Fresh-squeezed lemon juice, to taste

 Preparation:

1. Toast the multigrain bread. 

2. Mash and spread the avocado on to the toast, and plate with the mesclun mix and cherry tomatoes.

3. Add red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to the toast; add salt and pepper to the salad.

4. Dress the toast and salad with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. 

5. Optional: great additions to this dish include poached eggs, smoked salmon, or feta cheese.

Pictured above: Avocado Toast with poached egg and mesclun salad

Pictured below: Benvenuto Cafe/Flatiron Green Cafe Chef Vasilios Mallas

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111Consulting Day for NYC's Nonprofit Community

Consulting Day for NYC's Nonprofit Community

On April 19th, The Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management (CNSM) presents Consulting Day for New York City's Nonprofit Community. This event is co-sponsored by Con Edison and Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs

Thursday, April 19, 2018

9:00 am - 3:15 pm

Baruch College, Newman Vertical Campus

Conference Center, 14th Floor

55 Lexington Avenue (at 24th Street)

This complimentary event is a great opportunity to:

  • Meet with a consultant and discuss the challenges facing your orgnization
  • Receive up to two appointments consisting of a 45-minute one-on-one session
  • Network with over 100 leading NYC nonprofit organizations 
  • Attend 1-2 workshops led by experts in the nonprofit sector

The cost of free and space is very limited. Appointments are required and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments and workshop registrations must be made in advance. 

For the full schedule, and to RSVP, click here.

RSVP Deadline: Wednesday, April 18

Call (646) 660-6743 or email nonprofit.workshops@baruch.cuny.edu 

111Flatiron District Grilled Cheese Guide

Flatiron District Grilled Cheese Guide

April is Grilled Cheese Month, and April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day! The Flatiron District is home to plenty of spots offering tasty takes on this classic comfort food staple.

Luke's Lobster, 5 West 25th Street, (646) 657-0747 

Luke's Lobster, which promises traceable and sustainable seafood, has brought back the Lobster Gruyere Grilled Cheese and Crab Gruyere Grilled Cheese to its seasonal menu through the end of May. Fresh lobster or crab meat is topped with a hefty layer of melted Gruyere between generously buttered toasted organic white bread plus Luke's secret seasoning. 

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Photo Credit: Luke's Lobster

Schnippers, 23 East 23rd Street at Madison Avenue, (212) 233-1025 

Serving up feel-good, old-fashioned American food, Schippers has three cheesy melt options: the Classic Grilled Four Cheese on sourdough bread with add-ons such as bacon and plum tomatoes, the Tuna Melt on sourdough with American cheese and tuna salad, and the Chicken Bacon Cheddar Melt made with applewood smoked bacon, white cheddar, baby arugula, plum tomatoes, and Schnipper sauce on ciabatta bread. 

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Photo Credit: Schnippers 

Maman22 West 25th Street, between Broadway & Sixth Avenue

Inspired by childhood memories in the kitchen, Maman's thoughfully curated menu features a grilled cheese with a French twist. The Croque Maman includes a thick layer of melted comté cheese topped with Parisian ham and béchamel sauce on homemade bread grilled to perfection. The sandwhich is served with a side of fresh mixed greens. 

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 Photo Credit: Victoria Morris  

Flatiron Hall, 38 West 26th Street, (646) 790-3200 

The Victorian style Flatiron Hall offers a modern twist on the cheesy sandwhich with its Grilled Aged Cheddar, Tomato, Avocado Melt. The dish includes balsamic onions and fresh avocado served on toasted rosemary pullman bread sprinkled with sea salt. Fresh cut Idaho fries accompany the sandwich, and a cup of soup or a small salad can be added to your meal for $2.

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Photo Credit: Spotluck

Bounce Sporting Club55 West 21st Street, (212) 675-8007

Bounce, the upscale sports bar and lounge, offers a Double Stuffed Grilled Cheese. This loaded sandwich is overflowing with farmstead white cheddar and Gruyere nestled between thick cut sourdough bread. The dish is served with housecut fries that can be substituted for sweet potato or truffle fries. 

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                                                                                                     Photo Credit: Bounce Sporting Club

Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop174 Fifth Avenue, between 22nd & 23rd Streets, (917) 765-9300

Famously raising the cholesterol of New Yorkers since 1929, the classic old-school lunch counter Eisenburg's Sandwhich Shop serves up the sought after Grilled Cheese accompanied by a side of house pickles. Add-ons include bacon, ham, or turkey. And, don't forget about their famous Tuna Melt!

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Melt Shop55 West 26th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (212) 447-6358 

Melt Shop uses artisanal ingredients, fresh-baked bread made daily, and high quality cheese and offers 10 varieties of grilled cheese, such as its Truffle Melt, Buffalo Chicken, and Maple Bacon. To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month, Melt Shop is serving a limited-edition sandwich the entire month at all locations. “The Big Pull” is Melt Shop’s cheesiest sandwich ever with 6 total slices of cheese – 2 American, 2 NY Cheddar, 1 Muenster & 1 Pepper Jack – on country white bread. 

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Photo Credit: Melt Shop

Header Photo Credit: Schnippers