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1112019 Summer Streets - Save the Date(s)!

2019 Summer Streets - Save the Date(s)!

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of the City's streets. For three consecutive Saturdays (August 3rd, 10th, & 17th), nearly seven miles of Park Avenue/Park Avenue South is open for people to play, run, walk, and bike. 

Summer Streets programming takes place from 7 am to 1pm and extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. All activities are free of chargea and designed for people of all ages and abilities.

The Flatiron District is home to the Midtown Rest Stop - one of the major activity centers along the Summer Streets route. Located on East 25th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, the Midtown Rest Stop offers a diverse spread of events including fitness classes, concerts, and dance performances.

Check back soon for a full of list of activities and an events schedule.

Photo Credit: Toshi Sasaki/Getty Images

111Flatiron Ice Cream Round-Up

Flatiron Ice Cream Round-Up

To keep calm, cool, and collected during the upcoming heat and humidity, plan out the best spots in the Flatiron District to cool down. Whether it's a classic scoop of ice cream, frozen custard, gelato, decadent soft serve, or mochi ice cream, there's an ice cream variety for everyone in Flatiron this summer. 

by CHLOE, 60 West 22nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (347) 620-9622
NYC vegan staple, by CHLOE, offers an assortment of vegan and gluten-free dessert options from their "Chill" menu. Offering 4oz ice cream in unique flavors ranging from Kale Cookies + Creme to Birthday Cake and Strawberry Jam, by CHLOE ensures every New Yorker can enjoy ice cream during these summer months, regardless of dietary restrictions. 

Cha Cha Matcha, 1158 Broadway, between West 27th and 28th Avenues, (646) 895-9484
Cha Cha Matcha serves New York City matcha, the vibrant green powder milled from specially grown green tea leaves directly from Uji, Japan. When the city starts to heat-up, matcha soft serve is both frozen and caffeinated. You can also enjoy matcha soft serve swirled with various flavors, including the new vanilla soft serve packed with collagen that benefits skin and joint health. 

Photo Credit: Cha Cha Matcha

Chikarashi, 1158 Broadway, between West 27th and 28th Avenues, (212) 413-4300
One of Manhattan's most popular poke bowls spots, Chikarashi, is serving up an authentic dole whip. The dairy-free delicacy is delivered straight from Dole's Hawaiian plantation. For some added fun, treat yourself to dole whip inside a carved out miniature pineapple. 

Photo Credit: Chikarashi

Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, between West 23rd and West 24th Street, (212) 229-2560
Eataly prides itself on its ability to bring the best of Italy dining to your doorstep. When it comes to gelato, Eataly makes no exception. Explore the array of cups, cones, and take-home containers Eataly has to offer, then enjoy a stroll around the diverse marketplace.

Photo Credit: Eataly

ilili, 236 Fifth Avenue, between West 27th and West 28th Street, (212) 683-2929
ilili, the traditional Lebanese-Mediterranean cuisine staple is located just north of Madison Square Park. After enjoying the sun in the park or the Flatiron Public Plazas, step inside ilili to enjoy Strawberry and Chocolate ice cream; Blackberry, Raspberry, or Strawberry Sorbet; or a Selection of Ice Creams with 3 scoops of Arabian Milk, Pistachio, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Pink Peppercorn, or Cucumber. 

La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, between 25th and 26th Avenues, (212) 498-9696
La Pecora Bianca is an open and relaxing place to enjoy a frozen treat. When the temperature outside gets too high, the Gelato & Sorbetto's temperature is just right with a choice of stracciatella, milk chocolate, salted caramel, and Sicilian citrus flavors. 

Patisserie Chanson, 20 West 23rd Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (929) 423-8880
Patisserie Chanson embraces the dessert experience with seasonal macarons, hand-painted chocolate bonbons, and boozy gummy bears. Indulge your taste buds with their famous soft serves with impressive toppings. Chanson's newest soft serve flavor is Toasted Pearl Barley made with chocolate honeycomb and Maldon sea salt (pictured below). You can also enjoy their classic Black Sesame Kouign Amann Soft Serve with Yoghurt Pop Rocks.   

 Photo Credit: Patisserie Chanson

Quality Eats, 3 East 28th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, (212) 257-8882
Quality eats, quality drinks, and even quality ice cream! For $9 each on the Quality Eats' Sweets menu, a Birthday Cake Sundae is served with Vanilla Malt Ice Cream and Frosted Confetti Cake. 

ROLLN, 38 East 23rd Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue, (646) 869-0826
ROLLN, the fast-casual sustainable sushi roll joint, also offers a summer treat: Mochi Ice Cream. Enjoy mochi, the Japanese rice cake, filled with your choice of strawberry, matcha, Thai tea, passionfruit, or chocolate ice cream.


Photo Credit: ROLLN

Scampi, 30 West 18th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. (212) 888-2171
Get the best of both worlds at Scampi this summer. Not only does Scampi offer Happy Hour drink specials every night of the week, but they also serve a Strawberry Rhubarb Crostata and a Gelati E Sorbetti made in house daily. 

Shake Shack, southeast corner of Madison Square Park, near Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street, (212) 889-6600
Shake Shack's frozen custard is a summer essential. Spun freshly at Shake Shack, the frozen custard is dense, rich, and creamy. 

Photo Credit: Shake Shack

 Header Photo: Dole Whip by Chikarashi via delish

 

 

 

111A New Chapter for the Flatiron Building

A New Chapter for the Flatiron Building

When the Flatiron Building was completed in 1902, small businesses filled the 21 office floors in the building. In 1959, St. Martin's Publishing Company began purchasing other office spaces in the building when tenants moved out. By 2014, Macmillan Publishers, St. Martin's parent company, occupied all 21 office floors of the Flatiron Building, according to The New York Times. Since 2014, Macmillan has been the sole occupant of the Flatiron Building, and the publishing company's employees have considered the iconic New York City landmark a home. 

The Commercial Observer reported that after five years of sole occupancy in the Flatiron Building, Macmillan announced its decision to move down to the Financial District into a 261,000 square foot Larry Silverstein property at 120 Broadway. As the ever-evolving Flatiron District bids farewell to the company that has resided in the center of it all for decades, Macmillan CEO John Sargent reflects on the intertwined history of Macmillan and the Flatiron Building. 


Photo Credit: John Madere of Macmillan CEO, John Sargent 

In an interview with Publisher's Weekly, John Sargent recalls the afternoon Tom McCormack, CEO of St. Martin's Press, invited him to the Flatiron Building for lunch with excitement thinking to himself, "Now I can get inside the Flatiron Building.”

Sargent described the plaque on the west-side entrance of the Flatiron building, placed by the National Park Service in 1989 which reads, "Flatiron Building has been dedicated a National Historic Landmark. This building possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America." Sargent added that the second plaque below was placed there by the New York Community Trust declaring the building "one of the early buildings to employ a steel frame,” preceding the modern New York City skyscrapers. He added, "Some claim that the Flatiron was the tallest building in New York when it was built in 1902."

Today, the Flatiron District is an international tourist attraction. Rain or shine, large groups of individuals position themselves on the North Plaza to capture the perfect photo with the historic landmark. The Flatiron Building is no longer a contender for the largest building in New York City, but it serves as a reminder of the rich history of the city and its evolution over the decades. As tourists come and go and the type of businesspersons reflect the current Flatiron experience, the Flatiron Building has remained constant amidst the transformative New York City atmosphere for decades. 

John Sargent reminds fans of the Flatiron Building that its history is closely intertwined with Macmillan's history. Sargent recalled in his interview with Publisher's Weekly, "In the early years, we were tied closely to Macmillan in London. Harold Macmillan, who had returned from a stint as prime minister of the U.K. to once again head his family business, occasionally came to visit his American outpost. Employees at St. Martin's Press (two have been here for more than 50 years) recall forming a line from the elevator so that he could shake hands with the entire staff on his way in. There is history here."

Both the Flatiron Building's and Macmillan's historical pasts reflect the evolving book publishing industry. The New York Times reported, "For many in book publishing, the departure marks the end of an era when authors having meetings at the Flatiron was a rite of passage." Louise Penny, a best-selling crime writer reported to The New York Times, "My publishing life was born and raised in the Flatiron,” adding she even has a Flatiron charm on her keychain. The literary agent Christopher Schelling reported to The New York Times“Symbolically it means something.”

According to The Commercial Observer, Macmillan employees took to Twitter to express their feelings about moving out of the Flatiron Building. “Watching lots of longtime friends say goodbye to the Flatiron Building is pretty heartbreaking,” wrote Juliet Grames, an associate publisher at Soho Press.

It's the end of an era for the Flatiron Building. As technology booms in the Flatiron District and the quintessential publishing house of Macmillan vacate the building, the people of Macmillan Publishers will be remembered as the occupants who made the building a home. 

GFP Real Estate's Executive Director and Asset Manager of the Flatiron Building, Jane Gural-Senders, commented, "People want it, but who’s going to be the best? You want something that’s going to bring greatness.”

111NYC Summer Restaurant Week in Flatiron

NYC Summer Restaurant Week in Flatiron

Flatiron Foodies, get ready. New York City Restaurant Week returns on Monday, July 22nd, extending through Tuesday, August 16th. Diners get the opportunity to sample and experience some of the best in New York City cuisines. The highly anticipated NYC Restaurant Week will feature over 370 of the city's most sought after restaurants offering special prix-fixe meals, including a number of spots in the neighborhood. 

The Flatiron District is recognized as a major food destination in New York City with over 220 restaurants, bars, and casual dining establishments. 20 restaurants within the Flatiron District are preparing prix-fixe lunches and dinners for NYC Restaurant Week. To help you decide which restaurants you need to visit, consult this below guide to Summer Restaurant Week in Flatiron. 

Almond Restaurant, 12 East 22nd Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue, (212) 228-7557
Flatiron farm-to-table favorite, Almond, creates innovative recipes with seasonal fresh produce and locally attained sustainable seafood. For NYC Restaurant Week, Almond is featuring a Chilled Avocado Soup, Charred Eggplant Ricotta Ravioli, and a Pan Roasted Halibut.
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Photo Credit: BLACKBARN

BLACKBARN, 19 East 26th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, (212) 265-5959
Another farm-to-table favorite, BLACKBARN serves local, artisanal food in a modern barn setting. A James Beard Award recipient, BLACKBARN does not disappoint from brunch through dinner. 
Make a Reservation

BO's Kitchen & Bar Room, 12 East 22nd Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue, (212) 228-7557
The influence of New Orleans, Montauk, and New York flavor is recognizable in the new-American style tapas and dishes at BO's Kitchen & Bar, and their classic cocktails remain fresh by the season. This NYC Restaurant Week, BO's will be serving up Crispy Alligator, Canadian Salmon, and Fried Chicken, along with a choice of Gelato or Monkey Bread for dessert. 
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Photo Credit: Bread & Tulips

Bread & Tulips, 365 Park Avenue South, between East 26th and 27th Streets, (212) 532-9100
Inspired by the diversity of flavor throughout the Italian regions, Bread & Tulips is a cozy neighborhood restaurant with homemade pizza and pasta. For Restaurant Week, full lunch and dinner menus feature Steak Tagliata, Tuscan Kale Salad, Creste di Gallo con Salsiccia, and Long Island Duck Breast with Soave Classico, 2017, Italy, offered with dinner.
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Dos Caminos Park Avenue, 373 Park Avenue South, between East 26th and 27th Streets, (212) 294-1000
James Beard Foundation Award winner, Dos Caminos, was voted number 1 margarita in New York City. Dos Caminos will also be offering three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus of authentic Mexican cuisine, including a Sandia Salad, Tamal Dumplings, and Dos Enchiladas. 
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Photo Credit: HANJAN

HANJAN, 36 West 26th Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway, (212) 206-7226
Inspired by the 'joomak,' an old Korean tavern that offered weary travelers good food, good drinks, and a place to rest, Chef Hooni Kim replicate Korean street market-style cuisine. For Restaurant Week, the menu includes wild Japanese yellowtail sashimi, BBQ wagyu beef short rib, and fresh noodles. 
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Photo Credit: ilili 

ilili 236 Fifth Avenue, between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, (212) 683-2929
ilili is the premier institution of Lebanese food culture and hospitality values in NYC. Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Massoud expertly crafts a sophisticated blend of modern and traditional Lebanese cuisine drawing influences from the span of the Levant. 
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Junoon, 27 West 24th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (212) 490-2100
Michelin starred from 2012 to 2019, Junoon's menu covers all of the bases of Indian cooking, from tandoor to cast-iron and open-fire-pit cooking to stone-searing. For NYC Restaurant Week 2019, Junoon is offering extensive lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus including Pork Mudu Chili, Watermelon Chaat, Hara Kofta, and Kulfi Pops. 
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 Photo Credit: La Pecora Bianca

La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, between 26th Avenue and 25th Avenue, (212) 498-9696
La Pecora Bianca utilizes local produce, fish, meat, and grains to make pasta from scratch. Seasonal dishes along with fresh negronis and spritzes make this classic Italian spot an all-around experience. For Restaurant Week, make a reservation to try the Tuscano Salad, Graminga, and Chocolate Mousse. 
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Leonelli Taberna, 7 East 27th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, (212) 451-9495
Leonelli Taberna is the crossover between Italy and New York of the past. Through Chef Benno's travels, he has been able to latch onto the flavors of Italy, incorporating them into the American dining experience. For Restaurant Week, Tuscan Fried Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana will be served alongside a red or white wine pairing.  
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Photo Credit: Merakia

Merakia, 5 West 21st Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (212) 280-1950
Merakia is a Greek word used to describe something done with passion, creativity, and love; that's just what you find at Merakia in the Flatiron District. For NYC Restaurant Week, the Greek Meats House will be serving a three-course dinner featuring Feta Psiti, Lamb Chops, and Baklava for dessert. 
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Park Avenue Summer, 360 Park Avenue South, between East 25th and 26th Streets, (212) 951-7111
Swapping both decor and menus with the seasons, Park Avenue is an ever-changing experience. For NYC Restaurant Week, Park Avenue Summer is offering a two-course lunch and three-course dinner filled with fresh seafood, fruits, and vegetables perfect for the sunny season. 
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The Flatiron Room, 37 West 26th Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway, (212) 725-3860
The Flatiron Room, best known for its more than 400 varieties of whiskey, also delivers an array of perfectly simple dishes. This Restaurant Week, The Flatiron Room is serving Panko Crusted Portobello Fries, Chimichurri Steak Bites, and a Chocolate Oblivion for dessert.  
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 Photo Credit: Obica Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina

Obicà Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina, 928 Broadway, between 21st Street and 22nd Street, (212) 777-2754
Obica is known for its signature Mozzarella di Buffalo Campana DOP from Italy and fresh homemade pasta. Obica currently offers a summer menu with light and flavorful dishes.
Make a Reservation

Quality Eats, 3 East 28th Street, 928 Broadway, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, (212) 257-8882
Quality Eats has revolutionized the New York Steakhouse experience with off-cut steaks, creative cocktails, and tasty desserts. The NYC Restaurant menu includes Grilled Nueskes Bacon, the Quality Eats Burger, and a Charred Steak Salad. 
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 Photo Credit: Scarpetta

Scarpetta, 88 Madison Avenue, between East 28th and 29th Avenue, (212) 691-0555
Located at the James NoMad Hotel, Scarpetta's soulful take on Italian cuisine has a cult-following for a reason. For NYC Restaurant Week, Scarpetta is serving a creamy Polenta, Branzino, and Roasted Chicken in an elegant setting. 
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Tarallucci e Vino, 44 East 28th Street, between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, (212) 779-1100
With loft spaces, full-service caterings, morning pastries, and fresh pasta, Taralucci e Vino is the full Italian cuisine experience. For Restaurant Week, the prix-fixe menus include a local Burrata antipasto, ricotta, and spinach truffle ravioli, and Branzino. 
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 Photo Credit: Trattoria Italienne

Trattoria Italienne, 19 West 24th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, (212) 600-5139
Chef Jared Sippel derives his dining experience in Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Featured on the prix-fixe NYC Restaurant Week menu is Ratatouille, Grilled Ocean Trout, and Fettuccine. 
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Zero Otto Nove, 15 West 21st Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (212) 242-0899
Originally opened in the Italian hub of the Bronx, Zero Otto Nove now thrives in the Flatiron district. For Restaurant Week, some menu highlights include Branzino al Acqua Pazza, Insalata Caprino e Pera, and Brasato alla Peroni.
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 Header Photo Credit: Park Avenue Summer 

 

 

111NYC Pride March 2019

NYC Pride March 2019

An estimated four million people will gather for the NYC Pride March this Sunday, June 30th. Beginning here in Flatiron at 26th Street and Fifth Avenue, the route winds its way through Flatiron, Greenwich Village, and Chelsea for the Stonewall 50 celebration.
 
There will be various locations along the route for pedestrians to cross, including:
 
  • Fifth Avenue: 23rd Street, 21st Street, 17th Street, 14th Street
  • Sixth Avenue: 23rd Street & 14th Street
  • Seventh Avenue: 23rd Street, 21st Street, 17th Street, 14th Street
Crosstown vehicular traffic will be closed from 7 am through the late evening from 14th Street to 30th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue. Additionally, No Parking signs will be posted throughout the area.
 
Residents should allow for extra travel time, and are advised to carry identification or proof of address. Local businesses should schedule deliveries before June 30th, and are asked to advise employees who are scheduled to work on Sunday.
 
There will be no Historic Flatiron Walking Tour this week, but it returns on Sunday, July 7th with a special Independence-Day theme
 
 
111June News Roundup

June News Roundup

Summer has finally arrived, and June was a busy month for the Flatiron District, as media highlights include exciting dining awards, real estate developments, and neighborhood events. June kicked off the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership's Annual Summer Series programming consisting of Talk TuesdaysWellness Wednesdays, and Throwback Thursdays. Stay up to date with the latest Flatiron District News with our monthly roundup of notable highlights.

  • Cosme, a contemporary small-plate Mexican eatery in the Flatiron District, was named the best restaurant in the country by controversial World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (via New York Post). This month, Shake Shack in Madison Square Park was named one of the top five burger spots in New York City (via Hoodline). Flywheel, a boutique cycling studio first established in the Flatiron District in 2010, announced its partnership with Best Buy to expand the accessibility of its Flywheel Home Bike and joined Best Buy's commitment to helping consumers use technology to live better, healthier lives (via PR Newswire). 
  • The architecture firm GF55 Partners is moving from its Flatiron digs at 19 West 21st Street to 225 West 39th Street in the Garment District (via Commercial Observer). Earlier this year, Porcelanosa Group revealed plans to renovate and expand their existing flagship store at 202-204 Fifth Avenue. This month, Porcelanosa revealed their revised proposals to reduce street-surface views of the building's rooftop mechanicals as designed by CetraRuddy Architecture (via New York YIMBY).
  • Take a look inside Felicity House, a social club for women with autism featuring rooms and programming all designed with input from its more than 150 members. Members, who pay nothing for the club’s services, can bond with others over interests, or chat with people who share their experiences (via Vox). Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is closing on three apartments at 212 Fifth Avenue, scooping up a penthouse and two units that are right under it for approximately $80 million. The deal is reportedly the largest to ever close in New York City south of 42nd Street, and the second largest deal of the year (via Metro). The office component of the Flatiron Building has closed for an extensive renovation after the departure of publishing house Macmillan, its longtime sole tenant. The move has been expected for two years after Macmillan signaled its intent to take 261,000 square feet at 120 Broadway in the Financial District (via Commercial Observer). 
  • June also commemorates the month-long WorldPride celebration throughout New York City, and Flatiron businesses showed their support with deals to benefit a variety of LGBTQ+ organizations. On Monday, June 24, Tinder set-up a 30-foot "Pride Slide" on the Flatiron North Plaza in support of the Equality Act with donations to the Human Rights Campaign (via PIX 11). Around 1,500 people slid down the slide raising $15,000 (via Campaign Live). Snapchat launched Pride-themed lenses to transform landmarks, including the Flatiron Building (via USA TODAY). The WorldPride Parade, Sunday, June 30, will kick off at 26th Street and Fifth Avenue, so be sure to check out the full Flatiron Pride Roundup to support local organizations and businesses.

Photo Credit: Cosme