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.
Expansion of Free WiFi in Flatiron
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) has provided free WiFi on the Public Plazas at 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Avenue since 2011, and we are happy to announce the substantial expansion of WiFi coverage along 23rd Street from Sixth Avenue to Park Avenue South; along Fifth Avenue from 25th Street to 21st Street; along Broadway from 24th Street to 21st Street; and 21st Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway.
The expansion of the Flatiron network was made possible through funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, matched by resources from the Flatiron Partnership. To make the network functional, local property owners and businesses generously worked with the BID for the installation of WiFi equipment on private property. The BID would like to thank - ABS Partners Real Estate, Adams & Co., Alan Tanksley Inc., Argo Tea, Flatiron Green Café, ilili BOX, L&L Holding Company, Marimekko, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Pentagram, SL Green, Two Trees Management Co., and Walter & Samuels.
While work on the network was being done, the network was accessible to the public, and in 2014, over 175,000 users logged on. This summer, the BID will continue to work to strengthen the network to accommodate increased usage demands. The network is promoted by signage on the Public Plazas and a streetlamp banner campaign along 23rd Street.
To log on to the network, look for “#Flatiron Free WiFi” along 23rd Street and on the Public Plazas.
New York Times Magazine Cover Story
Last weekend, the North Flatiron Plaza was prominently featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine's special "Walking New York" issue. The massive image of a young man in mid-stride was by French artist JR, who was commissioned by The New York Times.
JR is known for his work in urban spaces where he pastes photographs on to pavements, building facades, and one time on billboards in Times Square. For his work in Flatiron, JR and his team arrived early in the morning hours to paste the larger than life photograph in sections. By mid-morning, the Flatiron Plaza was open to the public and the piece of work on the ground was unbeknownst to passersby.
JR then photographed the plaza from a helicopter, and at night fall, the image was washed away. The final photograph appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine on Sunday, April 26th.
Read more and watch the behind the scenes video about what went into the project here.
13th Precinct Community Council Meeting - New Schedule
The New York Police Department's 13th Precinct, which includes the Flatiron District, welcomes the public every month to its Community Council meetings where guest speakers may be heard on a variety of topics and where public-safety concerns may be discussed directly with the precinct's Commanding Officer and Community Affairs Officers.
The Community Council provides a forum for community members to work with local police officers to address safety and quality of life issues. This year, the 13th Precinct Community Council will meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month in May, June, September, October and November of 2015.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m. at 230 East 21st Street, between Second and Third Avenues.
2015 Meeting Dates:
Image of Captain Brendan Timoney, CO of the 13th Precinct.
April News Roundup
The month of April not only brought warmer weather and spring blooms, but also media attention highlighting individuals and businesses in the neighborhood. Below is a selection of stories and articles from the past month.
Image via Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal
Local Guide for Mother's Day 2015
Still figuring out how to show your appreciation for your mom? With less than two weeks until Mother's Day, we've put together a neighborhood guide - from where to take your mother to brunch, to where to buy flowers and more. Please contact the businesses directly for more information.
A Voce Madison offers a $54 pre-fixe menu for adults and $24 for children.
For Mother's Day brunch, Harding's is offering complimentary "Mom's the Word" sparkling cocktails for all the Moms.
ilili, "inspired Mediterranean cuisine in a contemporary setting," is serving Mother's Day brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Millesime invites you to indulge Mom this year with Punch Brunch or a 3-course pre-fixe from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for $79.00.
Give your Mamma an Italian-style celebration at Obicà with Mother's Day specials for brunch and dinner in additon to their a la carte menu. Obica is gifting a special take-home treat for Mom.
On Mother's Day from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Osteria del Principe serves up a 3-course pre-fixe menu with a complimentary glass of Prosecco or Mimosa for $45 per person (tax and tip not included).
Raymi offers a $38 pre-fixe menu with small plate, large plate, and dessert in addition to their a la carte menu.
Sarabeth's is offering specials for Mother's Day dinner.
Image via Osteria del Principe.
New Neighbor: Paris Baguette
Paris Baguette is now open on Park Avenue South in the Flatiron District. The first Paris Baguette store in the United States opened in 2005 in Los Angeles, and today the chain has expanded to 40 stores from coast to coast. The café and bakery specializes in cakes, pastries, bread, sandwiches, coffee, tea, smoothies, frappes, and more.
Paris Baguette in Flatiron provides a cozy experience to customers with their "trend-setting bakery and café" concept. The Flatiron District store features a wall of baked goods across from cozy seating area for you to enjoy your morning pastry or afternoon cup of coffee.
Paris Baguette's parent company, the SPC Group, has been in business for over 68 years and is a well established brand in South Korea. Their mission is to cater to the masses as a world-class company. Paris Baguette aims to "bring new levels of satisfaction to people who experience our brand as we continue to create new products, and implement innovative ideas in the future."
Hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Paris Baguette, 303 Park Avenue South, between 23rd and 24th Streets, (212) 677-0404.
Image via Paris Baguette.
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