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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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111Where to Watch Fireworks on July 4th

Where to Watch Fireworks on July 4th

New York City's iconic Independence Day celebration returns on July 4th with the annual Macy's fireworks show. The show made its debut in 1976 to commemorate the nation's bicentennial. The display will return to the East River again this year. The fireworks will be set off from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges in the water below at 9:00 p.m. 

Public viewing sections for Manhattan will be the elevated portions from the FDR Drive from the following entry points: Pearl Street & Frankfort Street, Old Slip Upper Level, Broad Street Ground Level, Houston Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, and 42nd Street. Information about ADA/special needs viewing areas is available here

NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, suggests Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and along the east side of Lower Manhattan as the best viewing spots. TimeOut New York suggests Berry Park, Grand Ferry Park, and South Street Seaport, to name a few. 

The fireworks show starts at 9:00 p.m. Arrive early to grab a spot. Not a fan of crowds? Watch it in the comfort of your home on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit macys.com.

111Unlocking Potential: Empowering New York City's Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Unlocking Potential: Empowering New York City's Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Are you an immigrant business owner or entrepreneur? 

On June 11, SBS Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer announced the release of Unlocking Potential: Empowering New York City's Immigrant Entrepreneurs – a report highlighting the economic impact of immigrant entrepreneurs in New York City, and the steps this administration is taking to better serve diverse communities throughout our City.

The City of New York is offering free business education in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Haitian Creole, Arabic, and Bengali. You can take courses on topics such as business planning and operations, financing and accounting, and marketing. For more information, and to register for an upcoming free business course, visit www.nyc.gov/immigrantbusinesses.

111June News Roundup

June News Roundup

It’s almost the end of the month, which means it’s time for another installment of our Flatiron news roundup. Below is a summary of stories and events from the district from the month of June.

  • Eleven Madison Park retained its coveted spot on Restaurant Magazine’s list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. The dining destination was ranked number five, the highest place among all North American restaurants, and was lauded for its “playful and often interactive” dishes and “impeccable service” (via New York Business Journal). Congratulations to co-owners Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, and the entire hard-working staff of this Flatiron culinary gem!
  • Stanford University announced that the new Stanford in New York program will be housed on the 18th floor of 915 Broadway, on the corner of 21st Street. This upcoming September, twenty students with backgrounds in the arts, architecture, design and urban studies will fill the space, and it will serve as their home base as they explore the surrounding Flatiron District and beyond. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented Stanford in the negotiations for the seven-year lease (via Commercial Observer).
  • Over the weekend of June 13th and 14th, the area around Madison Square Park was transformed into a meat-lover’s paradise for the 13th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. More than 15 vendors from as far away as Tennessee grilled, baked, and smoked a wide variety of barbecue favorites. The event was also a showcase for musical talent, with six country and folk acts performing over the two days (via The New York Times and Gothamist). 
  • Two Flatiron businesses made the news this month with chilled coffee drinks designed to beat the summer heat. Brooklyn Roasting Company's 23rd Street location offers nitrogen cold brewed coffee, served out of a tap and infused with nitrogen bubbles which give the beverage a creamy consistency (via Fox). Over on Fifth Avenue, small batch roaster Toby's Estate now sells their popular cold-brew coffee in sealed 12-ounce bottles that are perfect for stocking up at home (via The New York Times).

 

Image via Franceso Tonelli for The New York Times

111Press Release: NYC & Company CEO Fred Dixon Keynotes Flatiron Partnership’s Annual Meeting

Press Release: NYC & Company CEO Fred Dixon Keynotes Flatiron Partnership’s Annual Meeting

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District held its 9th Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 11th, featuring a keynote address by NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon and an awards ceremony recognizing the support of property owners and businesses pivotal to the creation of the district’s enhanced wireless coverage.

More than 150 people attended the annual meeting, which was held at Grey Group and also featured remarks by Madison Square Park Conservancy Executive Director Keats Myer and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer.

Download the full press release here.

View photos here.

 

111Spend Father's Day in the Flatiron District

Spend Father's Day in the Flatiron District

Father's Day, Sunday, June 21st, is just around the corner. To help you plan something to celebrate the main man in your life, we've put together a neighborhood guide with suggestions and ideas. Always a good Sunday activity in the neighborhood? The BID's free, historic walking tour! For more information about the lists below, please contact the businesses directly.

Gift Ideas

Best Buy, 60 West 23rd Street, corner of Sixth Avenue, (212) 366-1373.

Best Buy has created a list of gadgets and fun electronics that would be a perfect gift for Dad. 

Dyanna Spa, 40 East 21st Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, (212) 995-2355

Treat your Dad to a relaxing massage or other spa services at Dyanna Spa with discounts up 30% off. 

Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, (212) 229-2560.

Eataly offers a wide range of gift ideas for Father's Day: from an espresso kit to "How to Eataly" Cookbook. 

Envelopper Inc., 45 West 21st Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 518-2302.

Shop gift cards, picture frames, and more at Envelopper Inc. for your Father's special day. 

L'atelier du Chocolat, 59 West 22nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 243-0033.

For your sweet-toothed Dad, look no further than chocolate bars and truffles from L'atelier du Chocolat by Master Chocolatier Eric Girerd.

L'Occitane, 170 Fifth Avenue, corner of 22nd Street, (212) 334-0830.

With Father’s Day just around the corner, treat your Dad to a wonderful gift of L’Occitane, straight from the heart of Provence. Choose from composed sets, or create your own gift and take advantage of the complimentary gift wrapping options available with every order.

Activities

MoMath, 11 East 26th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues, (212) 542-0566.

Spend the day at MoMath to celebrate Father's Day and explore their current exhibition and an array of activities suitable for the entire family. 

SPiN, 48 East 23rd Street, between Park Avenue South and Madison Avenue, (212) 982-8802.

Sunday, June 21st is "Bring Your Dad to Pong Day" at SPiN, a ping-pong social club. Bring your Dad, and you get a 1/2 hour of free ping-pong.

TheRUN, 24 West 25th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (646) 682-9076.

Bring the inspirational father in your life to RUN with you for FREE on Father's Day! Offer valid on any walk-in class only on Sunday, June 21st. Limited treadmill availability. Offer based on first come, first serve basis.

Flatiron District Historic Walking Tour, southwest corner of Madison Square Park, (212) 741-2323.

Take your Dad on this free 90 minutes walking tour of the Flatiron District! You will see some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. The walking tour takes place every Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m.

 

Restaurants

230 FIFTH, 230 Fifth Avenue, between 26th and 27th Streets, (212) 275-4300.

Enjoy Father's Day buffet brunch at 230 FIFTH. $29 for adults and $15 for children 12 years and younger. 

Raymi, 43 West 24th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 929-1200.

From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. enjoy Raymi's unique Peruvian brunch, and Dads will have the opportunity to learn how to make a classic ceviche. For Father's Day, Raymi offers a $32 per person pre-fixe menu or you can order a la carte! 

Sarabeth’s Park Avenue South, 381 Park Avenue South, corner of 27th Street, (212) 335-0093.

Sarabeth’s celebrates Father's Day with brunch and dinner specials in addition to their regular menu.

Flatiron District businesses: have a Father's Day special or deal that we are missing? Email us at info (at) flatironbid.org!

Image via Raymi.

111Flatiron Tech Tuesdays with General Assembly - Classes Announced!

Flatiron Tech Tuesdays with General Assembly - Classes Announced!

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the class line up for Flatiron's Tech Tuesdays. This year, in partnership with General Assembly, classes are held on Tuesdays in July at 6:30 p.m. on the South Public Plaza, on Broadway between 22nd and 23rd Streets.

Tuesday, July 7: Digital Marketing: Key Concepts & Metrics

This class is taught by Doug Moran.

The digital landscape is moving at a lightning fast pace. Every industry has been affected by the advances in digital, from retailers to brands and agencies.

This class covers the fundamentals of digital marketing, and introduces you to the key channels, concepts and metrics. Grasp online marketing basics, get your head around the technical jargon and determine how and where your business fits into the digital world. 

RSVP here. 

Tuesday, July 14: Like This: Creating Marketing Campaigns with Instagram, Pinterest & Vine

This class is taught by Noa Gafni.

Instagram, Pinterest, and Vine are well known as social media tools, but users have only scratched the surface of how these platforms can be utilized from a marketing perspective. In this class ideal for marketers and startup founders, you’ll explore all three platforms, gaining an understanding of their user bases, audience demographics, and strong content areas. You’ll go over examples of marketing campaigns on each platform and eventually develop your own specific marketing campaign.

RSVP here. 

Tuesday, July 21: How to ask for Money: Skills for Freelancers and Startups

This class is taught by Jenny Odegard.

This class will teach you how to ask for money - whether it is in the new business process, working with ongoing freelance clients, or pitching your startup to investors. You’ll learn some tricks and tools rooted in legal problem solving and communication to help you improve your negotiation skills and make it easier to close deals, get paid on time, run effective meetings, and much more.

RSVP here. 

Tuesday, July 28: Cold Outreach: How to Generate New Leads 

This class is taught by Sean Daly.

Cold outreach is the foundation of any sales experience - but it’s only the beginning. In this workshop, you’ll learn the tactics of generating new business leads. This is a great learning opportunity for startup founders seeking new clients, sales/business development reps looking to hone their skills, and even seasoned salespeople who want to learn more about prospecting. By the end of the workshop, you’ll walk away with a plan to execute a first-class cold outreach campaign.

RSVP here. 

 

To learn more about Flatiron Summer Series and for a full calendar of local events, visit www.FlatironDistrict.NYC/summerseries.