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.
Small Business Owners' Night
Small Business First is a multi-agency initiative aimed at reducing the burden of regulation on small businesses by making it easier for business owners to comply with the City’s rules and to interact with the City through increased education and support services, as well as improvements to the City’s regulatory environment.
The Department of Buildings welcomes small business owners to its "Small Business Owners' Night" every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in each of its borough offices. Staff from the Department of Buildings and the Department of Small Business Services will be available to provide information, answer questions, and link business owners to needed resources.
During the weekly Small Business Owners' Night, New Yorkers can obtain:
Manhattan Borough Office
New York, NY 10007
For additional information about Small Business Owners' Night, click here.
For more information about Small Business First, click here.
Flatiron Partnership Announces Expansion of Free Public WiFi Coverage along 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Avenue
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District today announced the completion of a wireless corridor 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 wireless corridor substantially expands the Flatiron Partnership’s existing WiFi network in its two Public Plazas at Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street. The Flatiron Partnership has offered free WiFi in the Flatiron Plazas since 2011.
The Flatiron Partnership has partnered with area property owners and commercial businesses to launch the WiFi corridor, including ABS Partners Real Estate, Adams & Co., Alan Tanksley, Inc., Argo Tea, Flatiron Green Café, ilili BOX, L&L Holding, Marimekko, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Pentagram, SL Green, Two Trees Management Co., and Walter & Samuels.
“The wireless corridor is an example of public/private partnership at its best, and further enhances the appeal of Flatiron as a destination in which to shop, dine and explore,” said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron Partnership. “This amenity is significant to anyone with a smartphone or tablet who works in, lives in, or visits the neighborhood, and illustrates our reputation as a hub of technology and innovation. We’re grateful to the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the property owners and commercial businesses in Flatiron who have made this possible.”
The Flatiron Partnership will recognize the contributions of participating property owners and commercial businesses by honoring them at its 9th annual meeting on Thursday, June 11th at 5:00 PM. Visit here to RSVP - 2015flatironbidannualmeeting.eventbrite.com
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) earmarked funding for the Flatiron Partnership and four other organizations to launch wireless corridors as part of the City’s Wireless Corridor Challenge to expand free WiFi coverage in commercial corridors throughout the city. The Flatiron Partnership, which received funding from NYCEDC and committed additional resources, worked with Sky Packets to implement the network.
In 2014, while the network was still in development, over 175,000 users logged on to the internet using Flatiron’s free WiFi. Since the beginning of April 2015, over 43,000 users have accessed the network, an average of approximately 3,000 per day. The Partnership anticipates that network usage will continue to rise this summer as more and more people spend time outdoors in the neighborhood.
Download the press release here.
Get Your City Information Through 311
Have you ever wondered about how anyone in New York City knows about side street parking or garbage pick-up? All of this information is accessible through 311, New York City’s primary source for government information and non-emergency services. 311 can also be used to report neighborhood conditions such as noise, potholes, or report the location of a homeless person who would benefit from City outreach services. New Yorkers can connect with 311 online, by text, phone, Skype, social media, or via 311 mobile app.
On 311's website and mobile app, you can view 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.
For information on a specific address, visit 311's Address Information. On this page, you can enter your Street Address and Borough, and click "search" to get neighborhood information. Information provided includes your police precinct, trash pick-up days, recycling pick-up days, and your local community board.
For more information, click here.
9th Annual Meeting of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID)
Join the BID as we recap another successful year of accomplishments and programs, review the FY16 budget, discuss what's ahead for the neighborhood, and elect board members.
Special Guest Speaker: Keats Myer, Executive Director, Madison Square Park Conservancy.
Keynote Speaker: Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism, and partnership organization for the City of New York.
The BID's Partnership Award will be given to property owners and commercial businesses who worked with the BID to launch an expanded WiFi corridor in the neighborhood. Honorees include ABS Partners Real Estate, Adams & Co., Alan Tanksley, Inc., Argo Tea, Flatiron Green Café, ilili BOX, L&L Holding, Marimekko, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Pentagram, SL Green, Two Trees Management Co., and Walter & Samuels.
Registration begins at 4:30 pm. The meeting will begin at 5:00 pm.
A networking reception with cocktails and light fare will follow.
This meeting is open to the public, but all attendees must register. Please RSVP and register by June 9, 2015. 2015flatironbidannualmeeting.eventbrite.com
NYC & Company: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Flatiron District
On May 6th, NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, published an insider guide to the Flatiron District. We couldn't be more thrilled to have our neighborhood highlighted!
They begin the feature by saying: "One hundred years ago, the Flatiron District was a major commercial and residential hub in the City. The Met Life Tower enjoyed a brief time as the the tallest building in the world; a flock of influential people called the neighborhood home; and large department stores drew big crowds of well-heeled patrons. While the neighborhood began to fade around the mid-20th century, the bones for its reemergence in the late 1980s and 1990s remained intact. Today, the cast-iron and beaux-arts architecture gives the neighborhood its historic charm and dovetails flawlessly with the new shops, restaurants and nightspots that keep sprouting up."
View the guide here.
Thanks, NYC & Company!
LEGO® Architecture Flatiron Building Set Now Available! + Giveaway
Just seven months after opening its flagship store across the street from the Flatiron Building, The LEGO Group has released a miniature version of their new neighbor. The LEGO® model of the Flatiron Building stands six inches tall and replicates the graceful curves and Beaux-Arts façade of the iconic skyscraper.
First announced last October, the kit can now be purchased in store at 200 Fifth Avenue or online. At 471 pieces, the set presents a fun challenge to builders of all ages, and is accompanied by a booklet that contains notes about the history of the building, originally constructed in 1902. It is the latest addition to the LEGO® Architecture series, which includes other New York City landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center.
The LEGO Group has graciously given the Flatiron /23rd Street Partnership sets of the Flatiron Building for a contest. Here’s how to enter:
Entries must be received by Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. One entry per Twitter handle. Open to US residents only.
Image: The LEGO Architecture Flatiron Building set, available May 1, is pictured in front of New York's iconic Flatiron Building on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in New York. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for LEGO Systems)
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