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.
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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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Ring in 2015 in the Flatiron District
To welcome in 2015, look no further than the Flatiron District! Neighborhood businesses are offering a wide range of New Year’s Eve experiences, from lavish clubs to fine dining. Check out the list of events below, and for more information contact the restaurant or venue directly.
JayZ’s 40/40 Club New Year’s Eve Bash 2015 will be a party you won’t want to miss. Reservations are strongly recommended. General Entry is $80, and VIP Entry, which includes open bar access, is $127. Tables for parties ranging from 4 to 20 can be reserved for $160 per person, and the club has four private lounges for larger groups.
Lebanese-Armenian restaurant Almayass will offer a special menu New Year’s Eve that includes classic dishes like tabbouleh salad, bronzini, roasted duck, and baklava. The first seating costs $80 per person and begins at 5 p.m., while the second runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and costs $120 per person.
American bistro Almond hosts a four course meal featuring dishes such as cauliflower veloute with smoked oysters and truffle toast, red quinoa salad with blood orange avocado and a citrus vinaigrette, and butter poached lobster with leek cream, crispy saffron rice, and spicy shellfish broth. A champagne toast and DJed party follow the meal. Admission is $105 per person.
Celebrate at Bread & Tulips with a four course prix fixe dinner of Italian fare such as burrata with marinated tomatoes; duck breast served over mascarpone polenta; and chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake. Choose between the first seating at 6 p.m. for $65 per person or the second seating at 9 p.m. for $95 per person, which includes open bar access at their New Year’s Party.
Watch the ball drop at Dos Caminos as you enjoy a midnight toast and live DJ. The modern Mexican restaurant will also offer some special New Year’s Eve items in addition to their regular menu. After 8:30 p.m. only reservations will be seated.
The Flatiron Room, known for their huge whiskey selection and Prohibition era atmosphere, offers live jazz and a four course food menu for their New Years affair. Seating is at 10:00 p.m. and reservations are $165 per person. Whiskey pairings may be included as part of your reservation for an additional cost.
Harding’s serves a New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu featuring traditional American cuisine, along with a four hour open bar for $150 per person. Seatings are at 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Reservations are required.
Mediterranean staple ilili will have three seatings on New Year’s Eve, at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. The first seating ($55 per person) offers three courses plus labne and pita chips. The 7 pm seating ($75 per person) includes both hot and cold mezza. The 9 p.m. seating ($135 per person) includes a fish course and a champagne toast. Already have dinner plans? Go the next day for a New Year’s Day brunch featuring a $45 prix fixe menu and bottomless bubbles.
Spend New Year’s Eve enjoying Junoon’s special tasting menu, followed by champagne at midnight. Seating for the event begins at 8:30 p.m.
American whisky bar and restaurant Maysville offers a four course prix fix menu with options such as roasted squab with caramelized onion, poached halibut with smoked crab, apple and roasted squash, and guinea hen with foie gras, celery root, pears and Swiss chard. The first seating, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is $70 per person, and the second seating, beginning at 8:45 p.m., is $80 per person.
The Metropolitan Room hosts the self-described "Biggest Party Ever," featuring acclaimed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and for the price of admission, you recieve a dinner of Chicken Francese with roasted potatoes & vegetables, pastries, open bar bar access, and party favors. Tickets start at $150 per person, and prices will go up after December 15th.
For the second year in a row, Peruvian restaurant Raymi hosts an early dinner followed by a party that will last until 4:00 a.m. Seating for dinner is between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and guests may choose from a four course menu or order a la carte. General admission to the post-dinner party is $125 per person, and VIP admission is $175 per person.
Tony and Marisa May of SD26 have crafted a delicious multicourse meal for their New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. The contemporary Italian dinner runs from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, followed by a party and music from DJ Felix Cutillo. Food, wine, and party favors are included for $250 per person.
Toshi’s Penthouse, on the roof of the Flatiron Hotel, will host a New Year’s Eve Gala complete with a six hour open bar and two hours of passed hors d’oeurves. Early bird ticket buyers receive a discount, and an 8-person VIP table is available for $1000.
Belgian Beer Cafe celebrates the new year twice! Once at 6:00 p.m., when it becomes 2015 in Belgium, and again at midnight. The restaurant airs live New Year's festivities from Belgium and serves a variety of speical dishes for the night.
From 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., enjoy a selection of 15 different Italian dishes at La Birreria on the roof of Eataly. Tickets go for $225 per person and include an open bar and live DJ. Eataly also hosts a dine around on New Year's Eve. Seven courses are served with wine pairings at six different restaurants. There are four seatings beginning at 7:15 p.m., for $195 per person.
Traditional Korean restaurant Hanjan welcomes the new year with a dinner of off-the-menu dishes and a top shelf open bar. The dining experience is $120 per person and begins at 9:00 p.m.
Obica celebrates their first New Year's Eve in the Flatiron District with a dinner party and open bar reception in the restaurant's downstairs space. Seating for the five course dinner is at 8:30 p.m. and costs $135 per person, plus an additional $60 for wine pairings. The reception runs from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and features DJ Kenny Maneuver and a live stream from Times Square. Reservations are between $90 and $100 at the door.
Osteria del Principe offers a five course meal that includes a warm goat cheese, prosciutto, endive and pomegranate salad, truffled ham filled ravioli with porcini mushrooms, and seared Chilean seabass served on a fava bean puree with crispy prosciutto. The 7:00 p.m. dinner is $78 per person and comes with a complimentary glass of prosecco.
Tre Stelle hosts a four course New Year's Eve dinner featuring authentic Italian dishes such as burrata with prosciutto di parma and cherry tomatoes, porcini mushroom ravioli in walnut cream sauce and white truffle oil, and affogato al caffe. The meal is $86 per person and includes a glass of Prosecco.
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