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.
An Update on Local Transportation Improvement Initiatives
Over the summer, New York City has been bustling with new construction to improve the public realm. See below for updates on two of the City's public improvement initiatives in the Flatiron District.
Construction for the M23 Select Bus Service began in July. Over the past few weeks, DOT’s crew has been restriping the roadway, painting bus lanes, and installing new regulatory signs. DOT will also be installing new wayfinding totems with real time passenger information. Separate crews will be along the corridor installing Transit’s fare machines. Implementation is estimated to begin in early fall.
For more information, click here.
DOT is upgrading the bike lane on Sixth Avenue from West 8th Street and West 33rd Street to a parking protected bike lane to improve safety for all road users. Pedestrian safety islands will shorten crossing distances, making it safer for pedestrain to cross Sixth Avenue. Mixing zones and turn lanes will improve safety at intersections with left turns while maintaining the existing number of moving lanes. Construction along Sixth Avenue began in July. A dedicated bike lane has been painted on Sixth Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets, and will continue to extend north to 33rd Street.
For more information, click here.
Donate Goods through donateNYC
Did you know that every year New Yorkers throw out nearly six million tons of waste, including items that could be reused? Instead, you can donate goods to local nonprofit organizations. By donating and reusing goods instead of discarding them, New Yorkers can greatly reduce waste, conserve energy and resources, save money, and help provide jobs and human services for New Yorkers in need.
donateNYC is a program of the NYC Department of Sanitation that helps New Yorkers give goods, find goods, and do good, with tools that make it easy to donate or find used goods. It is an essential part of NYC’s 0X30 initiative, helping New Yorkers reach the goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. Residents can use donateNYC to give or find second-hand goods; businesses and nonprofits can exchange used goods; and local reuse organizations can join the donateNYC Partnership.
Local Flatiron donation locations include:
Housing Works, 157 East 23rd Street, between Third and Lexington Avenues, (347) 473-7400.
Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts. Housing Works accepts antiques, art, clothing, CDs and DVDs, books, furniture, housewares, jewelry and accessories. Drop off hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. They also offer free furniture pickup.
Room to Grow, 54 West 21st Street Suite 401, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 620-7800.
Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. They accept baby carries, baby-proofing items, bathtubs, bibs, blankets, high chairs, playpens, children's clothing (up to size 5t), shoes (up to size 13), and strollers. Call to schedule an appointment for donation drop off.
For more information on NYC Department of Sanitation's donation programs and to find other nonprofit organizations and donation locations, visit nyc.gov/donate.
Another alternative is:
Crossroads, 24 West 26th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (646) 398-7917.
At Crossroads, customers can sell their in-style, on-trend clothing and accessories for cash or trade credit on the spot, and help keep clothing out of landfill. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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
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:
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