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.
NYC Homelessness Update
Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a comprehensive plan to help overhaul New York City’s services for the homeless. A centerpiece of his plan is the consolidation of the city’s two main social service agencies--the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS)--under the Department of Social Services (DSS). Steven Banks, the current head of HRA, will serve as the new Commissioner of Social Services.
Some of the reforms set out in the Mayor's homeless services plan have already started to take place with the launch of the first phase of HOME-STAT earlier this month. HOME-STAT (Homeless Outreach & Mobile Engagement Street Action Team) is a new program designed to conduct street outreach and connect homeless individuals with appropriate services.
To read the executive summary of the Mayor’s 90-day review of homeless service agencies and programs, click here.
BID Program Spotlight: Spring Cleaning in the Flatiron District
The Flatiron BID’s Clean Team is out in full force, making sure the neighborhood looks flawless for the warmer months ahead. They inaugurated the season with power-washing sidewalks and planters, touching up trash cans and tree pit guards, and repainting tables and chairs.
Beginning May 1st, the Clean Team's summer schedule goes into effect and expands the hours of service to 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Additionally, the roster of workers swells to accommodate increased foot-traffic in the Flatiron Public Plazas--the perfect place for warm-weather people-watching, lunch meetings and amateur photography.
The BID’s Clean Streets Team is contracted through Atlantic Maintenance, and overseen by the BID’s Director of Operations, Scott Kimmins. Learn more about the Flatiron BID’s Clean Team here.
RESCHEDULED TO A LATER DATE: 2nd Public Workshop: Flatiron Plazas & Worth Square
Join the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for the second public workshop to discuss the permanent redesign of the Flatiron Public Plazas and Worth Square.
Subject: Currently implemented with temporary materials, the Flatiron Plazas and Worth Square are slated to be redesigned to create permanent public spaces. Please join us and give your input about plaza design opportunities.
Celebrate Earth Day with CarFreeNYC on Friday, April 22nd
New York City will create three car-free zones on Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd as part of an initiative called CarFreeNYC led by City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez. Free activities will include parkour lessons, large-scale games and performances, and free bike-helmet fittings. Rodriguez is the City Council Transportation Committee Chair, and as part of this event, he seeks to highlight the impact on climate change of single-passenger car use.
- Athleta Flatiron
- exhale Flatiron
- The Jazz Gallery
- Metropolitan Room
- Origins Flatiron
- The Peoples Improv Theater
- TADA! Youth Theater
- and Uplift Studios.
Red Tape Commission
Did you know that every day almost a million New Yorkers go to work at more than 200,000 small businesses around the city? The goal of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer for these New Yorkers is to cut the figurative "red tape" in order to give all New Yorkers a fair chance to be successful.
In the Comptroller Stringer's 60 Ways to Cut Red Tape video, Comptroller Stringer explained that the process to starting a business in New York City has not been easy; many faced bureaucratic road blocks to opening their doors, and that’s why he formed the Red Tape Commission. The Commission is comprised of small business leaders, regulatory experts, and advocates from around the City who are dedicated to finding ways to help business owners cut through the red tape.
“The whole permit process is so convoluted,” said Deborah Koenigsberger, owner of Noir et Blanc and Thrifty HoG, located on West 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue in the Flatiron Business Improvement District. She adds that putting permit requirements online and laying out easy steps that merchants can understand would tremendously help small businesses. "The whole point of this is to stop us all from drowning in red tape."
The Red Tape Commission’s report entitled 60 Ways to Cut Red Tape and Help Small Businesses Grow includes the following best practices for city agencies:
Read more about the Red Tape Commission and watch the “Comptroller Stringer's 60 Ways to Cut Red Tape” video here.
Download the report here.
New Neighbor: The Smith NoMad
On Wednesday, March 30th, the highly anticipated The Smith NoMad opens to the public for dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Smith is a neighborhood brasserie, or a French style restaurant, known for their farm fresh, familiar and creative bistro dishes. The first location opened in 2007 in the heart of the East Village; their NoMad location is the fourth location.
The Smith NoMad is located in the NoMad area, the northwest corner of the Flatiron Business Improvement District. "It feels like you're in the center of it all," said Jeffrey Lefcourt, Managing Partner of The Smith and Corner Table Restaurants. "There is so much energy around Madison Square Park and in Flatiron."
During the pre-opening friends and family dinner, the BID sampled multiple dishes, including Yellowtail Crudo, the highly recommended Shishito Peppers, Braised Short Ribs, and Brick Pressed Chicken. We ended the night on a sweet note with Toasted Carrot Cake and Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. The menu includes a wide selection of oysters and shellfish from the Raw Bar, salads, and pasta. The Smith also offers daily specials, such as Crispy Pork Roast on Mondays and Paella on Saturdays.
The Smith's decor is easily recognizable with its tiled floors and walls, bistro chairs and booths, and globe lights suspended from the ceiling.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 30th dinner hours begin at 5:00 p.m. Lunch and brunch service begins on April 9th. And breakfast is coming soon!
The Smith NoMad, 1150 Broadway, corner of 27th Street, (212) 685-4500.
27 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
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