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.
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?"
New York Light Designed by INABA to Illuminate Flatiron for the Holiday Season
In July, seven artists and architecture firms were invited by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute to submit proposals for this year’s Flatiron Public Plaza holiday installation. Today, the winning installation was announced - New York Light, designed by INABA, will illuminate the plaza.
Download the full press release here.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Discusses Civic Technology at BID’s Speaker Series
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer spoke about a variety of issues affecting New York City and the Flatiron District, including the technology and food industries, during today’s Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District Fall 2014 Speaker Series event.
Brewer discussed civic technology, calling for online data to be more accessible and used to develop innovative solutions to civic problems. She also touted the City’s new .nyc high-level domain and a new program in which her office will train paid interns from CUNY to use data and work with Community Boards on neighborhood issues.
“Civic technology is definitely something that’s part of your community here,” Brewer said. “In Flatiron you’re in the center of the technology sector. You’re also part of the civic technology movement by being part of the .nyc Founders Program. The Flatiron BID should be very proud.”
The Flatiron BID became part of the .nyc Founders Program, announced earlier this month, when it rolled out its new web address, www.FlatironDistrict.nyc, using the City’s new .nyc high-level domain. Brewer called on local businesses to reserve a .nyc domain in advance of the program’s public launch on October 8.
Brewer also addressed the City’s efforts to expand public WiFi access, which the Flatiron BID has facilitated by offering a free WiFi network in its Public Plazas.
“We are working hard to figure out how to have more connectivity that’s free and available for people and small businesses in the neighborhoods,” Brewer said. “It’s something that will be great for businesses and individuals, and for tourism too. It needs a much bigger approach. I’m really focused on it, and I know the BIDs are too.”
Other topics Brewer discussed included food and farming, community boards, and arts education.
Held at the TD Bank on 260 Park Avenue South, the event was part of the Flatiron BID’s periodic Speaker Series that draws representatives from local businesses, as well as residents.
Brewer is the 27th Manhattan Borough President, and previously served on the New York City Council for 12 years. In 2002 she became the founding chair of the City Council’s technology committee.
Download a pdf of the press release here.
SD26 Celebrates Five Years, Five Days
SD26 turns five next week! For five days, starting on Monday, September 15th until Friday, September 19th, SD26 will celebrate their anniversary “Five Years, Five Days.”
During these five days, guests are invited to stop by the bar from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for anniversary cocktail specials and bar bites! Spring44, Hangar One, Fever Tree, Ca 'del Bosco, Moretti, and Montenegro are partnering with SD26 to offer specialty anniversary cocktails paired with SD26 snacks. Don't forget to also try their anniversary cocktail Cinque Citrone with Cachaca Leblon, Citrius & FeverTree Ginger Beer.
As part of the celebration, there will be The Best of SD26 3-course prix fixe menu featuring highlights from the last five years for $45. An optional wine pairing of 2 glasses from Sommelier Eleonora Tirapelle for $30 or 3 glasses for $35 will also be offered. Sample menu items will include Baby Goat with Rosemary Potatoes & Braised Artichokes; Bufala Mozzarella, Golden Beets, Grilled Tropea Onion, Arugula Pesto; Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Chicken Livers & Crispy Sage; and more! The prix fixe promotion starts on September 15th and ends on October 15th.
SD26, 19 East 26th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenue, (212) 265-5959.
2014 Flatiron BID Community Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete our 2014 Community Survey. We want to hear your thoughts about the Flatiron neighborhood and the work that we do in the district.
As a thank you for participating, the BID will randomly select four respondents to receive a $75 gift certificate to a Flatiron District restaurant.
Click here to take the survey.
New Neighbor: Belgian Beer Café NoMad
The much anticipated opening of Belgian Beer Café NoMad (BBC NoMad), an authentic Belgian bar and restaurant, has finally arrived! On Thursday, August 28th, BBC NoMad celebrates their official grand opening. The 205 seat space spreads over two floors and was designed by Belgian-based Creneau International.
The Brussels-style Brasserie offers a large variety of old world and up-and-coming craft Belgian beers, both on draft and in bottles. The beer served will maintain the highest standards with respect to proper pouring rituals and the proper glassware with each brew being served in a specific glass that best promotes the flavor and notes of the beer. Bottled beers will be offered at three different temperatures: cellar, chambrée, and chilled.
There is an extensive menu of Belgian-inspired cuisine, spearheaded by Executive Chef Bill Peet. Menu items include salmon bacon quiche, steak tartare, and Belgian dining mainstay traditional Moules-Frites, mussels served with hand-cut Belgian fries.
An in-house beer sommelier curates beer pairings to enhance the dishes on the menu. As an example: the Witloof Salad, a traditional salad prepared with red and white Belgian endive (witloof), blue cheese, and candied walnuts, pairs well with a St. Feuillien Triple, a rich golden beer with subtle spice and citrus.
Hours are Monday and Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Belgian Beer Café NoMad, 220 Fifth Avenue, corner of 26th Street, 212-575-2337.
Photo by Oleg March
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