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Tonight  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/nyc_dot">@nyc_dot</a>crews continue to work to prep 23rd Street for SBS Bus Service #flatiron
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Tonight @nyc_dotcrews continue to work to prep 23rd Street for SBS Bus Service #flatiron
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Last week we snapped these fluffy clouds and gorgeous light over the #Flatiron Plazas. #latergram #nofilter #summerinflatiron #summerinthecity #nycskies
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Last week we snapped these fluffy clouds and gorgeous light over the #Flatiron Plazas. #latergram #nofilter #summerinflatiron #summerinthecity #nycskies
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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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111NYC Broadway Week Returns with 19 Shows

NYC Broadway Week Returns with 19 Shows

Tickets for NYC Broadway Week will go on sale on Thursday, August 18th at 10:30 a.m. Get your calendars ready to mark this exciting 2-for-1 ticket deal. 

This season, 19 musicals and plays are offered as part of NYC Broadway Week by NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism, and partnership agency for the City of New York. Shows include family-friendly musicals, such as Aladdin, Matilda the Musical, and The Lion King; all time favorite shows Wicked and Fidler on the Roof; as well as new shows Holiday Inn and Cirque du Soleil Paramour

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Bonus special: Ride Amtrak to NYC Broadway Week and get 30% off a companion ticket when buying one Amtrak ticket. This limited offer is valid through September 20th. Use code V312 for discount. For more information and to book, click here

Image credit Joan Marcus.

111BID Program Spotlight: Clean Team Summer Update

BID Program Spotlight: Clean Team Summer Update

The Flatiron BID’s Clean Team works tirelessly year round to keep the Flatiron District looking its best. Whether you’re strolling around the neighborhood or just hanging out on the Flatiron Public Plazas, you've no doubt noticed that even with the summer heat the team is working to make sure that you have a clean and comfortable experience.

During the summer months, pedestrian activity in the Flatiron District greatly increases as people look to enjoy the warmer weather or participate in one of the BID’s fun Summer Series events on the Public Plazas. To accomodate this increase in foot traffic, Clean Team staffing is expanded with additional workers and more service hours. From May 1st until October 31st, the Clean Team, including specialized maintenance workers, has a presence in the neighborhood from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekends.

Additionally, there is a member of the Clean Team dedicated to making sure that the Public Plazas are meticulously maintained for the enjoyment of all. In addition to monitoring the accumulation of trash, team members are responsible for the plaza furniture - putting it out each morning, keeping tables clean and clear each day, and securing the furniture at night.

The BID’s Clean Team is contracted through Streetplus (formerly Atlantic Maintenance), and overseen by the BID’s Director of Operations, Scott Kimmins. Learn more about the Flatiron BID’s Clean Team here

111Summer Streets Midtown Rest Stop in the Flatiron District

Summer Streets Midtown Rest Stop in the Flatiron District

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of the City's streets. For three consecutive Saturdays each August, nearly seven miles of NYC's streets are opened for people to play, run, walk, and bike. Two Summer Streets dates remain for 2016 - this Saturday, August 13th and the following Saturday, August 20th.

Summer Streets programming takes place from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., extending from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue. All activities are free of charge and designed for people of all ages and ability levels.

The Flatiron District is home to the Midtown Rest Stop - one of the major activity centers along the Summer Streets route. Located on East 26th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, the Midtown Rest Stop offers a wide range of free activities like bicycle educational demonstrations, bicycle rentals and repairs, and free food and drink samples.

The Midtown Rest Stop also offers a diverse spread of events like fitness classes, concerts, and dance performances. For a full list of activities and complete events schedule, click here.

Image via DOT flickr page

111Use 311 to Dispatch Services for Those in Need + Other Resources

Use 311 to Dispatch Services for Those in Need + Other Resources

During the warmer months, residents and office workers in the neighborhood are likely to notice an increasing number of individuals in need of assistance throughout the district. If you observe someone who appears to be in need of assistance, there are a number of ways to help.  

First and foremost, you can call 311 to report homeless individuals in need of service -  ask to speak with a Homeless Outreach Specialist and a team will be dispatched to assist.  In addition to contacting 311, individuals in need of assistance can also be reported to the Flatiron BID, which through a contract with Urban Pathways deploys a team of social workers to canvass the district.

Other useful information:

  • As an alternative to calling 311, you can also download the 311 app.
  • Manhattan Community Board 4 has a comprehensive list of shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens, permanent supportive housing sites, outreach/drop-in sites, and advocacy organizations. Click here for the list.
  • Volunteer or donate to a service organization or shelter such as: BRC, Common Ground\Breaking Ground, Urban Pathways, Partnership for the Homeless, Coalition for the Homeless.
  • Volunteer for the HOPE Count: the HOPE Count is a survey to assess the number of homeless individuals living in New York City's public spaces - the survey increases public accountability and improves the programming designed for street homeless. Click here to learn more.
111New Neighbor: Wonder Photo Shop

New Neighbor: Wonder Photo Shop

Fujifilm's Wonder Photo Shop, a creative space created to bring your images and your imagination together, opened its doors on Friday, July 29th. To celebrate the opening weekend, they gave away one Instax® mini to a lucky winner every hour that they were open.

"We are thrilled to have our new Wonder Photo Shop in the heart of the iconic Flatiron District, long-known as the “photography district” in New York City, and already feel welcomed by this extraordinary neighborhood, said Manny Almeida, Division President, Imaging Division, Fujifilm North America Corporation. "Our Wonder Photo Shop is designed to provide a comfortable, fun and completely unique space to bring about a “Photo Renaissance” - a rebirth of the enjoyment of photography - to everyone. Our goal is simple: to preserve the culture of photography with a range of DIY and scrapbooking products designed to inspire guests."

Wonder Photo Shop is part retail store, part print center, and part interactive workshop, which also includes a coffee station for shoppers to take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee while browsing the store. The store carries a wide variety of products, including custom photo books, wall decor, cameras, and Instax® polaroid cameras.

The shop also offers many creative outlets, including DIY workshops, where you can spark inspiration and learn new techniques from in-house experts and special guest creators; phone prints, where you can plug in your smartphone to a kiosk and print high quality photos; and a photo booth to snap photos with friends in front of fun background environments.

Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wonder Photo Shop, 176 Fifth Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd Streets, (929) 239-4262.

111New Neighbor: Latin Beet Kitchen

New Neighbor: Latin Beet Kitchen

Raymi Peruvian Kitchen’s front dining area has been carved out to make room for Latin Beet Kitchen, a new healthy, Latin inspired eatery serving breakfast and lunch on-the-go using only high quality organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO ingredients. “After operating Raymi for many years in the Flatiron District, we are thrilled to bring our new concept Latin Beet Kitchen to the neighborhood," gushed Roger Torres, who operates Raymi and Latin Beet Kitchen along with his brothers and co-chefs Jaime Torres and Felipe Torres. 

Latin Beet Kitchen is the morning and early afternoon counterpart of Raymi, which is the Torres family's dinner-only Peruvian kitchen and pisco bar. With extended business hours, the restaurant will now serve the ever-growing population in and around Flatiron. Roger Torres said, "we love that this neighborhood has the right mix of residents and businesses that allows us to reach that many more people.”

From 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., enjoy breakfast from Huevos Verdes Toast (with avocado, fried egg, asparagus, and red pepper) to La Lox Arepas (organic housemade white corn cakes with goat cheese and smoked salmon). For those in a rush, Latin Beet Kitchen offers on-the-go options, such as Green Berry Bowl, made with almond milk, spinach, spirulina, avocado, and peaches topped with housemade granola, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chia seeds, banana, and mixed berries.

Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Choose from one of the restaurant-made bowls, such as the signature lively and bold bowl - The Latin Beet, which includes sweet potatoes, yellow squash, purple cabbage slaw, crispy, quinoa, salsa criolla, and steak. You can also create your own bowl in just five easy steps: "choose a base, pick a protein, add warm vegetables, top it off, and sauce it up."

On weekends, swing by for brunch from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and enjoy the newly transformed space thanks to New York-based StudiosGo Architecture.

Latin Beet Kitchen, 41 West 24th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (212) 929-1200.

Image via Latin Beet Kitchen.