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About the BID
about bid

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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1112-for-1 Broadway Tickets During Broadway Week

2-for-1 Broadway Tickets During Broadway Week

Bummed that NYC Restaurant Week is over? Look to NYC & Co.'s latest production: Broadway Week! 2-for-1 tickets went on sale Monday, and are available for performances from September 1st through September 14th.This means that you get 50% off each ticket with a minimum of two tickets purchased!

There are 21 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 as fan favorites, such as Wicked and Mamma Mia.

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.

111September Courses at the NYC Business Solutions Center

September Courses at the NYC Business Solutions Center

NYC Business Solutions is a set of free services offered by the Department of Small Business Services to help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City. Whether you're an entrepreneur, running a small business or a large corporation, NYC Business Solutions can work for you - for free.

Upcoming courses for the month of September include:

  • Business Financial Management – Get the essential understanding of your company’s financial statements, how to create them, and what to do if you plan to hire a bookkeeper or a CPA.
  • Accessing Financing – Get an insider’s look on a lender’s underwriting process: what they look for, what are your options, and what resources are available to you as a small business owner to access capital and expand your business.
  • Intro to ProjectionsFinancial projections are a key tool used by business owners to predict future performance of a business, calculate profitability, and understand how different business levers can impact the bottom line.
  • Small Business Digital Toolkit: Social Media FundamentalsThis course will teach you how to develop and manage an effective online strategy using web technologies and social media.
111New Neighbor: EXKi

New Neighbor: EXKi

EXKi, a restaurant “providing exquisite recipes focusing on seasonal vegetables in an environment of respect for people and nature,” brings their European approach to quick and casual dining to the Flatiron District. The name of the restaurant is a play on the French word “exquis,” which means “exquisite.”

The concept was formed during a 1999 reunion of three former Belgian classmates: Fréderic Rouvez, Nicolas Steisel, and Arnaud de Meeus. These world travelers shared a passion for high-quality fresh food, but many times were forced to sacrifice freshness and quality to enjoy a quick meal. Their idea was simple: create a quick-casual restaurant using only fresh and natural ingredients.

In 2001, the first EXKi restaurant opened in Brussels. The restaurant’s immediate success led to the opening of additional restaurants in Brussels, Antwerp, Paris, Milan, and Luxembourg. Today, there are 78 EXKi restaurants around the world, including the first New York City restaurant located on Park Avenue South.

In EXKi’s upscale atmosphere with the convenience and transparency of a quick and casual restaurant, you can find an array of options on their menu, such as Just 3 Guys home baked baguettes with tomato, mozzarella, olive tapenade, and basil; Vermont Yard ciabatta with Vermont goat cheese, edamame hummus, organic mesclun, baby spinach, and honey; Fig-Essentials salad with penne, domestic prosciutto, figs, artichoke, zucchini, baby arugula, and mozzarella; and daily creations of savory tarts.

Hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

EXKi, 257 Park Avenue South, between 20th and 21st Streets, (929) 236-3954.

111BID Program Spotlight:

BID Program Spotlight: "Guardians of Flatiron," the BID's Public Safety Team

With Guardians of the Galaxy atop the movie box office this summer, it seems appropriate to bring some well-deserved attention to those who help keep us safe in the Flatiron District, otherwise known as the BID’s Public Safety Team.

Sergio Gonzalez, the lead supervisor of the team, says, “My wife calls me a superhero because if someone is in trouble in Flatiron, I try to help them out.”  Donning a stately security uniform, the officers not only address a range of quality-of-life issues, but they also lend a hand to anyone who needs it.  For instance, every day Sergio helps people who are blind, or can’t move quickly, get safely across one of the many busy streets in the area, adding, “The uniform helps!”  While the officers have no special powers, these small instances of providing personalized assistance to those in need add up to make a safer and more cohesive community.

The team is comprised of seven Public Safety Officers (PSOs) that work every day of the week, year-round.  Sergio instructs them to be alert and proactive as they patrol the Flatiron District, and to look for people who may be experiencing a problem even before they ask.   There are a high number of tourists who visit the Flatiron District every day, and getting lost is commonplace.  A primary role of the Public Safety Officers is to serve as ambassadors, and give people directions to subways, bus stops, and even Madison Square Garden which, to the surprise of many, is not next to Madison Square Park! When asked about his favorite part of the job, Alexander George, a four-year veteran of the team, said, “I like helping the tourists – I don’t like seeing people lost.”  Seconds after saying this, two tourists approached and asked him to take their picture in front of the Flatiron Building, to which he amicably replied, “Of course!” 

Not every situation is as simple as giving directions or snapping a photo.  Michael Black, who has been a Public Safety Officer since 2009, spoke to some of the more serious incidents of the past year.  He recounts with pride the way the team responded to an automobile accident near 23rd Street and 5th Avenue, and the effort to help the driver of the van exit before the vehicle burst into flames, an incident in which Wilson Jimenez of the Sanitation Team also played an integral role.  Additionally, Michael recently responded to a situation where a man suffered a seizure near the Flatiron Building, and he was able to successfully keep the situation calm until medical personnel arrived.  

The Public Safety Officers are trained to respond to emergencies, but thankfully that’s not a part of the daily routine.  Each day the team interacts with store and building managers, and addresses a range of quality-of-life issues.  They survey street conditions, report garbage accumulation, note graffiti and illegal flyer placements, and submit various other violations to 311.  Much of this information is then communicated to the BID’s Sanitation Team, or the appropriate city agency, so the condition can be expediently fixed.  The team also addresses issues such as panhandling, cyclists riding on sidewalks, and smoking in the Public Plazas.

Hopefully next time you’re out, you’ll notice the good work being done by the Public Safety Officers.  They’re not saving the world, but they are guarding the Flatiron District, and making it a better place to live, work and visit! The Public Safety Team is contracted through ABM Security Services, and overseen by the BID’s Director of Operations, Scott Kimmins. 

Read more about the BID's Public Safety Program here.

111NYPD's Operation Safe Cycle

NYPD's Operation Safe Cycle

The New York City Police Department has announced Operation Safe Cycle, a two-week bicycle safety enforcement initiative. The operation begins Wednesday, August 13, 2014 and concludes Tuesday, August 26, 2014. 

Bicycling in New York City can be a fantastic experience, but safety should always be a cyclist's priority. The NYPD wants to help ensure the well-being of cyclists and the security of their bicycles.

The initiative will target the following hazardous violations that create a danger for pedestrians and bicyclists: failure to stop at a red light, disobey a traffic signal or sign, riding the wrong direction against traffic, riding on the sidewalk, and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. An additional focus will be given to motorists who obstruct bicycle lanes, which creates a hazardous condition for bicyclists.

As per the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, bicyclists are granted all of the rights and are subject to all the duties of a motor-vehicle operator. Furthermore, the New York City Traffic Rules are also applicable to bicycles.

For more information on NYPD's Operation Safe Cycle, click here

111.nyc Launch - Landrush Phase Underway

.nyc Launch - Landrush Phase Underway

New York City now has its own generic top-level domain (gTLDs) - .nyc!

With the historic launch of .nyc, the City of New York has become the first city in the country with a top-level domain, creating new opportunities to support local businesses, organizations and residents, and establishing an unprecedented level of geographic authority to the digital sphere.

Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio kicked off the Landrush Phase of the .nyc domain Launch, which is scheduled to run between August 4 and October 3, 2014. The Landrush is hands down the best chance you will ever have to apply for a .nyc web address before the .nyc domain becomes available to the general public in mid-October. 

How Landrush works from Ownit.nyc:

  • If you're the only one who requests a particular .nyc web address, then at the end of the Landrush period you will Own It. Simple as that.
  • If two or more New Yorkers request the same domain name as you, then at the end of Landrush a simple online auction will be held to determine who gets the domain name (— kind of like an Ebay auction).

VIP TIP: Want to avoid having other people to bid on the same .nyc domain name(s) as you, and potentially driving up the price? Then keep your desired .nyc on the low — save your tweets and Facebook posts about a specific domain name until after you’ve already scored it!

To search for and request your .nyc domain during Landrush, and to learn more, please visit Ownit.nyc.