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.
2015 Business Assistance Forum Event Recap
On March 25th, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Baruch College hosted a free business assistance forum, “Stay A Step Ahead / What You Need To Grow.” The event's keynote address was given by New York City Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, who praised today's forum for providing support that's vital to the city's business owners.
"These are the types of events that not only highlight areas of small business but also provide valuable actionable advice to help you strengthen your business," said Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. "We need to ensure as we support business growth we are also unlocking potential of all New Yorkers and in particular those who are in vulnerable communities."
The event began with an informal networking breakfast, where guests mingled and had the opportunity to collect information from resource tables - Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, NYC Business Solutions, NYC Business Acceleration, US Small Business Administration and Baruch College's Division of Conintuning and Professional Studies Program.
“The BID’s Business Assistance Forums are terrific platforms for local small business owners to network and learn about the latest tools and tactics that will help them achieve their goals,” said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership BID. “We are grateful to Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, Baruch College, General Assembly and NYC Business Solutions for providing their support and expertise.”
Immediately following the Commissioner’s remarks, attendees chose one of four workshops in which to participate: Business Growth Leadership: We Know What. Now How?; 10 Internet User Statistics Every Small Business Should Know About; Alternative Funding Options: Crowdfunding and Peer-to-Peer Lending Platforms; and Public Speaking and the 3 C's: Confidence, Creativity, & Comedy.
In their workshop, Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula, co-creative directors of Lively Productions, co-creators and producers of blogologues.com, talked about "Public Speaking and the Three C's: Confidence, Creativity & Comedy, and said "we find it so fascinating that you'll warm up before some kind of sport but people don’t think that they need to warm up for their everyday lives."
In his workshop, Ricardo Devallon, Senior Finance Account Manager of NYC Business Solutions, Lower Manhattan Center, addressed the "5 Cs" of Collateral, Cash Flow, Capital Injection, Management Capacity, and Credit Character. He also talked about five types of crowdfunding mechanisms, explaining that: "Crowdfunding is a new and emerging way of funding ideas or projects by receiving funds form individuals through an online campaign that utilizes social networks."
Outdoor Dining Season Returns! Spring Hours at ilili Box & Flatiron Green Cafe
As the weather warms up, the Flatiron Public Plazas once again become a dining destination for everyone working, living, and visiting the Flatiron District. You can bring your own meal, get takeaway from a nearby restaurant, or visit one of the two food kiosks on the plazas: Flatiron Green Cafe and ilili Box.
ilili Box, located on the North Public Plaza between 23rd and 24th Streets along Broadway, recently opened their "doors" for the outdoor dining season on Monday, March 23rd. To celebrate their first week, ilili has teamed up with Postmates to offer a $10 Lunch Special until Friday, March 27th. This includes your choice of sandwich and side, plus a green lemonade.
Spring hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ilili Box, Flatiron Public Plaza North, (646) 771-4090.
Flatiron Green Cafe, located on the South Public Plaza between 22nd and 23rd Streets, is operated by the team behind Benvenuto and serves hot and iced beverages, breakfast items and sweets, along with soups, salads, wraps, and panini sandwiches.
Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.
Flatiron Green Cafe, Flatiron Public Plaza South, (917) 504-6209.
BID Program Spotlight: Social Services
The BID’s Social Services program provides important assistance to individuals who live without shelter in the Flatiron District. Through a contract with Urban Pathways, a nonprofit human services agency with 40 years of homeless outreach experience, the program dispatches an Outreach Team into the district five times a week, for a total of 35 hours. Throughout each week, team shift hours vary to cover different times of day, including overnights, to assess neighborhood needs at all hours.
Urban Pathways records all interactions with clients and produces daily and monthly reports that create a comprehensive picture of homelessness in the district. This data helps identify trends based on location, time of year, or time of day - information critical for developing an effective response.
Sheriece McKenzie, Jamaar Winborne, and Hilton Douglas make up the core of the Flatiron BID's Outreach Team. The team’s goal is to refer clients to more permanent housing solutions and help them find treatment if they have mental or physical illnesses. If a client is resistant to assistance, the team continues to communicate the client’s options and build a relationship in the hope that he or she will eventually accept placement in a shelter.
Recently, the team referred two brothers to a temporary housing facility where they will stay until a long-term placement opens up; these clients had been living without a permanent home for many years. This is just one success story of many in the district, and the BID thanks the entire Urban Pathways team for the opportunities that they give to the neighborhood’s homeless to get off the streets and into a stable living situation.
Image of Sheriece McKenzie and Jamaar Winborne, two members of the Flatiron BID's Outreach Team.
Prince George-Norwich Meadows Farm Summer 2015 CSA
Sign-ups are open for the Prince George-Norwich Meadows Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Summer 2015 season. CSA programs are mutually beneficial partnerships between local farms and community members. The CSA brings fresh, organic, affordable produce to their members while supporting local, sustainable farming practices in New York State.
There are 22 distributions during the Summer CSA season, offering a variety of summer vegetables. You can also opt to add on additional products such as fruits, cheese, eggs, meat, honey, and granola. Pick-ups are every Thursday from June to November at Common Ground's The Prince George Building at 14 East 28th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues.
The Vegetable Share is $395 for 22 weeks (that's under $18/week!). Take advantage of the early bird discount ($355) by signing up and submitting a deposit by April 15th, 2015. Membership is also open to low-income and EBT members. Visit the Summer Share Options & Prices page for more details.
To sign up, visit the Member Sign-up page here.
The first 50 people to sign up and purchase their share(s) will receive a complimentary Prince George-Norwich Meadows Farm CSA grocery tote bag!
Digital.NYC Five-Borough Tour: #Flatiron
On Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30 p.m., join us for the Digital.NYC Five-Borough Tour: #Flatiron to hear from a diverse selection of panelists from NYC's tech ecosystem discuss skill development, finding a job, and sourcing talent.
The Digital.NYC partnership will also outline NYC's best tech and startup resources, including today's most effective ways to access startup capital and tap into NYC's burgeoning tech and startup scene.
Digital.NYC is the official online hub of the New York City startup and technology ecosystem, bringing together every company, startup, investor, event, job, class, blog, video, workspace, accelerator, incubator, resource and organization in the five boroughs. It is the result of a unique public/private partnership between the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, IBM, Gust, and over a dozen leading NYC-based technology and media companies.
New Neighbor: Dee Daa Restaurant
Dee Daa, a fast-casual Thai restaurant, recently opened their third New York City location in the Flatiron District. If the restaurant's name sounds cheerful, it is because "deedaa" is the Thai word for joyful. The restaurant's concept embodies Thailand's love for food, bringing the joy and soul from Thailand to New York.
The food at Dee Daa is made fresh to order. You pick your main dish, and they assemble it right then and there in the open kitchen. Noodle options include Paad Thai and Drunken Noodles, while rice dishes range from Green Curry to Roasted Chili Jam Stirfry, both served with Thai Jasmine Rice. You can also opt for an oil-free meal with their Infused Rice. Vegetarain and gluten free options are also available upon request.
The restaurant aims "to put a little joy back in your lunch break," and on Thursdays, Dee Daa offers a $10 menu that includes a main, a side, and a drink.
Hours are Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dee Daa Restaurant, 668 Sixth Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets.
27 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
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