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.
Event Recap: Celebrate Flatiron Partnerships 2014
Despite an early evening downpour, more than 225 attendees gathered at 230 FIFTH's Penthouse on October 15th for the annual Celebrate Flatiron Partnerships networking event to honor the BID's efforts and members of one of New York City's most vibrant communities.
"I see a lot of familiar faces here, and it's also so refreshing to see so many new ones," noted CFP event co-chair Nicholas Athanail of The Stanford Condominium and BID Board member on the near record turnout that included area residents and business owners. "There's so much more excitement and interest in the neighborhood. We've arrived!"
Since 2006, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership has been involved in the community's "continuous enhancement and improvement," said Jennifer Brown, the BID's Executive Director, who also cited this year's relaunch of the Partnership's website and its selection as one of the first recipients of an .nyc domain. "We're having a really exciting year."
And while guests mingled and munched on hors d'oeuvres of beef sliders, vegetarian spring rolls, and mini pizzas, Laurie Burns of Rudin Management, and also a CFP event co-chair and BID Board member, took a moment to reflect on what the night meant to her. "The great thing for me," said Burns, "was putting so much work into this and being able to have a great event where people are having fun and that's what it's all about!"
Click here to see photos from the event.
OHNY Weekend Comes to the Flatiron District (& NYC)
This month Open House New York (OHNY), a non-profit that offers guided tours of the city’s most significant architectural landmarks, will host OHNY Weekend for the 12th consecutive year. The event, taking place the weekend of October 11-12, will feature tours of over 300 sites across the city. OHNY has their office in the Flatiron District at 1133 Broadway, and the neighborhood will be well represented by the upcoming event.
Free tours of the Grand Lodge of Masons at 71 West 23rd Street will be offered both days between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The 102-year-old building still serves as the headquarters for New York’s Freemasons, and is notable both for its incredible architectural detail and rich cultural history. Located on the third floor is the Grand Lodge Room, a stunning multistory, 1,200 person meeting gallery paneled in gold leaf and stained glass.
The Flatiron District is also home to a number of more contemporary sites featured in OHNY Weekend. Wander through the offices of the Incorporated Architecture & Design Studio, located at 9 East 19th Street, anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. Architects from the firm will be on hand to discuss the space and their work. Nearby, the renowned textile designer Lori Weitzner will offer tours of her own studio at 54 West 21st Street.
Also, as part of OHNY’S ongoing work for the Making It Here campaign, which advocates for local NYC manufacturing, factories and makerspaces throughout the city, the Visible Futures Lab will be opened to the public. The Visible Futures Lab is a workshop at the School of Visual Arts that is normally only available to students. Visit the lab to learn more about the city’s Maker Movement and see its collection of high tech tools. Visits to both Visible Futures Lab and Wetizner Design Studio require $5 advanced reservations, available here.
The Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership is also making a contribution to OHNY Weekend with the Historic Flatiron Walking Tour that will provide a broader look at the neighborhood. Participants will learn about the architectural and cultural history of the district during the 90 minute guided walk, $5 advanced reservations are required, register here.
In addition to OHNY weekend, the Historic Flatiron Walking tour is also offered for free every Sunday at 11 a.m.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The 9th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications, is on Saturday September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To drop off unused prescription drugs locally in Flatiron, visit the DEA's New York Division at the New York City Police Department's 13th Precinct (at 230 East 21st Street).
This twice annual event drew people to donate 780,158 pounds (390 tons) of pills on April 26th, 2014, a record number of donated drugs in four years since the program began in September 2010. The first Take-Back event was launched by DEA after President Barack Obama signed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the CSA to allow people, including residents of long term care facilities, to regularly, conveniently, and safely dispose of their CS medications by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.
Take-Back Days are presently needed because the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as originally written did not provide a way for patients, caregivers, and pet owners to dispose of controlled substance medications, such as painkillers, sedatives, and stimulants. People were flushing their old medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash.
This event is important because the non-medical use of controlled substance medications is at an all-time high, with 6.8 million Americans reporting having abused prescription drugs in 2012, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) released in 2013. That same study revealed more than 54 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
For more information, visit National Take-Back Initiative onlineor call 1-800-882-9539.
Download Your 311 Mobile App Today!
311, New York City's main source of government information and non-emergency services, now has a mobile app! Whether you're a resident, business owner, or visitor, help is just a click, text, or call away. You can easily make complaints and requests for NYC government services and track them on your device, get the latest citywide alerts, find where to vote, send feedback to 311, and visit 311 Online.
311's mission is to provide the public with quick, easy access to all New York City government services and information while maintaining the highest possible level of customer service. Once you report a complaint about an issue at a specific location to one City Agency for resolution, 311 immediately routes your complaint to one of that City agency for review and handling. You will get a confirmation email if you included your contact information. After 24 hours, you can check the list on the "My Complaints" screen to get an update on the City's response to your complaint.
With the 311 app, you can report or get help with the following:
Also on the mobile app is NYC Today, which gives you quick access to information on the City's most requested services: alternate side parking and meters, garbage and recycling collections, and public school status.
To download the app, click here.
Voice Your Ideas for Small Businesses - Regulatory Climate Improvement at Small Business First
Small Business First is a new initiative led by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the Mayor's Office of Operations in coordination with multiple City agencies to improve the regulatory climate for the business community in New York City.
The initiative builds upon previous reforms and seeks to make changes that will assist businesses by:
Mayor de Blasio has directed SBS and Operations to develop recommendations to achieve these goals by working with City agencies and soliciting feedback from the public.
Join this very important conversation on how the City can improve the regulatory climate for small businesses. Your ideas can influence how the City can make it easier for small businesses to start and grow. Tweet your idea using #SmallBizFirst or complete the submission form by clicking here.
Speaker Series Recap: Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
For Gale A. Brewer, passion for community is key in her role as Manhattan Borough President. "She is a fierce advocate of neighborhoods, local issues, and quality of life," said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director at the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, who welcomed Brewer to the BID's annual Fall Speaker Series for businesses, property owners, and residents on Tuesday, September 16th at TD Bank's 260 Park Avenue South location.
"There are so many things that you can do to bring people together to improve a neighborhood, and BIDs are a big part of this," noted Brewer, who took office in January. "I'm very impressed with what Flatiron - a technology center and culinary hub - has done, and I have nothing but positive accolades! I'm delighted and just in awe of the work done in the district."
Brewer, who earned a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was elected Manhattan's 27th Borough President after serving as Council Member for the 6th District's Upper West Side and north Clinton section since 2002. During her tenure, Brewer sponsored laws that included paid sick leave for hourly employees and online access to New York City publications.
Technology has been a longtime interest of Brewer. In 2002, she became the founding chair of the Council's Technology Committee. "I loved it," Brewer recalled. "And I was the first one to have a BlackBerry in City Hall." She has also been a supporter of the newly launched .nyc digital domain, which was recently adopted by the Flatiron BID.
As for life in politics, Brewer, who has also served as Deputy Public Advocate to Mark Green and as Chief of Staff to former Upper West Side Council Member Ruth Messinger, concluded "I've been doing this work a long time. The issues are the same. The question is how do you get more done?"
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