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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. 

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111New Neighbor: Memo Shish Kebab

New Neighbor: Memo Shish Kebab

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is delighted to introduce Memo Shish Kebab to the Flatiron neighborhood. Expanding on his original location off King's Highway in Brooklyn, after 18 years owner Mehmet Avci decided it was time to bring Memo Shish Kebab to Manhattan. Feauring a "soul that encapsulates everything that is Turkish cuisine," Memo stays true to it's roots.

Family owned and hand built, the Turkish restaurant strays away from altering its menu to American trends, favoring consistency and authenticity over new menu items. Even with options that can be taken on-the-go, patrons can enjoy true Turkish flavors and understand why the buzz around Turkish food has become over the last decade.

"For the first ever extending branch of the Memo Shish Kebab restaurant, West 23rd and Sixth Avenue was perfect. With a location that is central to numerous densely populated spots in Manhattan, ranging from Flatiron, Chelsea, Union Square, Korea Town, and Kips Bay, it was imperative that the new branch was inviting to a diverse pool of consumers and was had character prior to our company moving there," said Loli Gjurra, Operations Director. "For anybody opening up a new business, population, demographic, and visibility are important, but for us, the new Memo Shish Kebab needed factors that could not be found in its original location in Brooklyn. The new branch needs to flourish in an on-the-go setting."

Memo Shish Kebab showcases the “Doner Kebab”, a famous Turkish street food, on both sandwiches and entrees. In addition to quick kebab and gyro sandwiches and platters, Memo also features more time-intensive entrees and specialty dishes, such as Sautés, Lahmahcun (nicknamed the “Turkish Pizza”), and Kunefe. With skillfully carved meats and vegetarian-friendly options, the menu proves itself broad enough to meet the needs and cravings of all its customers. For those who seek for tasty treats that stray away from savory and satisfy their sweet tooth, Memo Shish Kebab hand-makes fresh Turkish-oriented desserts ranging from puddings to cakes.

After 18 years, the Flatiron District is proud to be Memo's new home as it continues to expand and bring a little bit of Turkey into every New Yorkers diet. 

Memo Shish Kebab, 100 W 23rd Street, (212) 381-2115

11128th Street 6 Train Station Re-opens!

28th Street 6 Train Station Re-opens!

After six months of station enhancements, the 28th Street 6 Train Station has reopened with vibrant floral mosaics breathing new life into the station. 

The stations experienced significant structural upgrades including repaired platform steel and concrete, transformed station lighting, repaired stairways, new railings and guardrails, cleaned tiled walls, repaired platform floors, and new platform warning strips. Additionally, the station is equipped with technological upgrades including digital wayfinding and customer information screens, countdown clocks, help point intercoms, and security cameras. 

The modern aesthetic is complemented by beautiful glass mosaic murals by Brooklyn-based artist Nancy Blum. Blum is well known for her public art commissions that can be seen in cities across the United States, including San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Blum's "Roaming Underfoot” flower murals grace the platform walls of the 28th Street Station to celebrate the beauty within the bustling Flatiron neighborhood, including its architectural gems and nearby Madison Square Park.

Blum intended for the station to act as an urban sanctuary that captured the magic of the park, The flower mosaics are based on Madison Square Park Conservancy's Perrenial Collection. The featured colorful flowers include red buds, magnolias, hellebores, witch hazel, daffodils, hydrangea, and camellia. This collection of flowers is suited for the changing climate conditions of the city. Blum's expressive drawings of the flowers were translated into mosaics by Miotto Mosaic Art Studios

Source: MTA Arts & Design

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111Community Survey 2018 Results

Community Survey 2018 Results

Our annual community survey is an invaluable source of information that helps us evaluate our work and better understand the community’s priorities for the neighborhood. In an effort to gain valuable feedback, The Flatiron Partnership conducted our twelfth annual Community Survey from mid-September through early November. The survey generated 379 responses with 55% of respondents living or working in the Flatiron District.

We are happy to report that the Partnership’s work remains strong with 96.4% of survey respondent indicating that they approve or strongly approve of the overall job of the Partnership. This is our highest approval rating to date since first distributing the survey in 2007! In addition to our strong overall approval rating, the Partnership saw noticeable increases in the approval rating of our various programmatic areas.

The Clean Streets program received a 89.3% excellent or good rating, up from 85.6% in 2017.
75.9% of respondents thought the same of Public Safety, which increased from 69.4% in 2017.
The Public Improvements and Marketing programs received approval ratings of 79.1% and 82.3%, respectively.
Furthermore, 92.8% of respondents rated the impact of the Partnership’s work on strengthening the Flatiron District’s identity as excellent or good.

When asked how the permanent design can improve the Public Plazas, survey respondents indicated that increased seating and art (especially permanent), more shaded space, pedestrian/cyclist safety, and more greenery were their top priorities. Respondents favorite things about Flatiron include restaurant and dining, Madison Square Park, and Shopping. Lastly, when asked to describe Flatiron, the most popular descriptions were vibrant, fun, and trendy.  

To view the full Community Survey Summary report, click here.

111January Joiner: Get Fit in 2019

January Joiner: Get Fit in 2019

Start the new year with a new fitness routine. Flatiron's "Fit District" is the ideal destination to get your healthy New Year's resolutions on track. The new client deals below make it easier for you to start! 

bodē nyc, 182 Fifth Avenue, at 23rd Street, (212) 206-9400
New clients joining bodē nyc in January enjoy 21 days of unlimited access to classes, locations, and instructors for only $49. bodē's goal is to provide clients with a 360-degree fitness experience of yoga, core strengthening classes, and guided meditation. Only NYC area residents are eligible for the offer.

Brrrn, 107 West 20th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, (212) 352-3132
New clients enjoy two classes for the price of one ($34) at Brrrn - New York City's first cool temperature fitness studio. Have your pick of three different temperature classes: 45, 50, or 60 degrees. 

Chaise Fitness, 40 East 23rd Street, at Madison Avenue, (212) 432-6100
There’s no better introduction to Chaise Fitness’s patented fusion workout of ballet, Pilates, and strength than their Intro Offer Three Classes for $33.

Dharma Yoga Center, 61 West 23rd Street, 6th Floor, (212) 889-8160 
New clients can enjoy a 5-class trial offer. Dharma Yoga Center provides classes for all levels and strives to offer a meditative yoga experience. 

Equinox Gramercy, 315 Park Avenue South, at 24th Street, (212) 320-9870
Work out eight times in your first 30 days and earn back your $300 initiation fee. Offer ends January 31st.

exhale Flatiron, 19 West 21st Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (212) 279-4009
New guests receive their first two classes for the price of one, for $37! exhale is also offering an unlimited 30-day pass special for $260 (a $350 value). Enjoy barre, cardio, and yoga classes, at exhale, a studio that focuses on strength, balance, and well-being.

Flywheel Sports, 39 West 21st Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (212) 242-9433
Take advantage of an Intro offer at Flywheel Sports. All new clients enjoy their first class for free.

Inscape, 45 West 21st Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (646) 952-0706
Whether you are new to meditation or have been practicing for years, Inscape has a variety of discounted memberships being offered in January to help relieve any stress and anxiety coming into the new year. Specials include a two-week unlimited pass for $45 and a monthly unlimited membership for $100.

Mendez Boxing, 23 East 26th Street, at Madison Avenue, (212) 689-5255
First-time boxers receive their first group lesson free at Mendez Boxing, one of the city's premier boxing gyms.

Mile High Run Club24 West 25th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (212) 466-6472
Mile High Run Club provides unique treadmill fitness programs and group treadmill classes. Now is the perfect time to try out a class! First-timers can enjoy two classes for $40 (a $68 value). 

New York Health & Racquet Club, 60 West 23rd Street, at Sixth Avenue, (212) 989-2300 & 270 Park Avenue South, at 21st Street, (212) 245-6917
Clients who sign-up to join New York Health & Racquet Club in January will have initiation fees waived. Enjoy a variety of fitness options at NYCHRC, including saltwater pools, high-intensity interval training classes, yoga, barre, and pilates – whatever you prefer, your membership gives you full access. 

New York Sports Club, 113 East 23rd Street, between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue, (212) 982-4400
Join New York Sports Club for just $5 and receive membership for January and February for free. 

Y7 Studio, 25 West 23rd Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (646) 820-0781
New clients can enjoy a $45 three-class package that includes a yoga mat and skidless towel rentals. At Y7, students of all levels are welcome to participate in classes that are held in a candle-lit studio heated with infrared technology. 

 Photo Credit: Dharma Yoga Center 

111December News Roundup

December News Roundup

The close of 2018 spurred plenty of restaurant and business openings, and game-changing real estate developments are on the horizon. Stay up-to-date with the latest Flatiron District News with our monthly roundup of notable highlights.

  • A wave of new dining spots opened in the neighborhood this month. Popular Taiwanese fried chicken chain TKK Fried Chicken made its New York City debut with an outpost at 115 East 23rd Street in collaboration with Kung Fu Tea. To celebrate its grand opening, TKK Fried Chicken awarded the first 50 people when it opened December 1st to free combo meals once a month for a year (via Eater New York). Rolln, a new Japanese spot, opened its doors at 38 East 23rd Street. Rolln is a take-out sushi restaurant serving traditional sushi rolls along with creative options like the New York Hot Dog and the Cheeseburger roll (via hoodline).  A new bakery and cafe joint, Seven Grams Caffe, opened at 76 Madison Avenue. They specialize in Italian-style coffee and housemade pastries (via ABC 7). BLT Prime New York announced that its location at 111 East 22nd Street would close after its last dinner service on December 21st after 13 years in the neighborhood (via Eater New York)
  • Flexible office space provider Knotel significantly expanded its Flatiron footprint. Knotel inked leases at 27 West 23rd Street (51,000 square feet), 41 West 25th Street (21,736 square feet), and 10,912 square feet at 45 West 25th Street (via Commercial Real Estate Executive). Knotel has expanded its worldwide footprint in 2018 by 318% including 28 deals signed in Midtown South (via Forbes). SL Green Realty Corp recently outlined plans for the redevelopment of its office tower at One Madison Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 or 2021 to expand its rentable square footage with an additional 18 column-free floors (via Nasdaq). Facebook is in talks to lease the office space at SL Green's One Madison Avenue within the new 18-story tower (via Real Deal).
  • RFR Holdings finalized the sale of the office portion of 160 Fifth Avenue to the nonprofit Simons Foundation with the deal closing at a price of $180.75 million (via The Real Deal). Akelius Real Estate Management bought the longtime home of architecture and urban design nonprofit Van Alen Institute at 28 West 22nd Street for $31.5 million. Akelius will open its office in 2021 (via The Real Deal). Tribeca was once again named New York City's most expensive neighborhood while the Flatiron District, along with Little Italy and the Financial District, saw sharp declines in median sale prices (NY Curbed). 
  • The Flatiron Partnership's holiday art installation, Happy by Studio Cadena, was named by Art Net News as one of the "11 Things Not to Miss in New York's Art World" (via Art Net News). Native New Yorker Lin-Manuel Miranda joined Billy Eichner for an edition of "Billy on the Street" in the Flatiron District for a game of "is anybody happy" with passersby (via Gothamist). 

 Image via Seven Grams Caffe

111BID Assessment Increase Approved

BID Assessment Increase Approved

A public hearing was held by the New York City Council Finance Committee in mid-November that considered a local law which authorizes an increase in the annual amount to be expended in the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID). The assessment increase, along with that of 13 other New York City BIDs, was approved and became law on December 14th.

The Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget, approved by the BID’s Board of Directors in April, 2018, included a proposed assessment increase of roughly 4.5 cents, from 11 cents per commercial square foot to roughly 15.5 cents per commercial square foot, to be phased in over three fiscal years. The total assessment for FY19 was anticipated to be $2.75 million, which included a 2-cent increase over the fiscal year 2018 assessment of $2.2 million. This takes the assessment from roughly 11 cents per commercial square foot to roughly 13 cents per commercial square foot for the current fiscal year. Over the period of three years, the BID may phase in the total increase, taking the assessment budget up to $3.25 million by Fiscal Year 2021.

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership currently has one of the lowest assessment rates of all Manhattan BIDs. The assessment increase is only the second increase for the BID since its inception in 2006. While the BID continues to operate as efficiently as possible, rising operating expenses – specifically related to the mandated increases in minimum wage – coupled with expanded programming and public improvement projects, compelled the BID to seek the increase in order to maintain the high level of service which has proven to be so vital to the success of the Flatiron District. The BID realizes that any increase in billing is significant, but the board felt it was more important than ever to create a cleaner, safer, more beautiful and vibrant district in an effort to ensure the stability and growth of the BID in the years to come.