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.
Programming Partners Wanted for "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer"
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership (BID) is thrilled to host the Third Annual, "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer" throughout the month of December. These FREE, holiday-themed events highlight the wonderful shopping, dining and cultural attractions within the Flatiron District. The calendar of events will begin on Monday, December 1st and will continue through Tuesday, December 23rd.
To help make these events a success, the BID is looking for local partners to get involved in the programming! Do you serve the best hot chocolate? Have an a cappella group that needs an audience? The BID would love to hear from you.
A sample of popular past programming components includes a prize wheel chock full of the best that the neighborhood has to offer, performances from local groups, holiday crafts and hot beverages and treats.
Reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to join forces with the BID this holiday season to celebrate the neighborhood as one of New York's premiere shopping and dining destinations with "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer!"
Flatiron Fares Well in Village Voice's 2014 "Best of NYC"
The Village Voice has released their 2014 "Best of NYC" issue, and while we were reminded that their picks are "completely subjective," we are pleased to share that the Flatiron District is well represented!
Category: Sports & Recreation
Category: Food & Drink
Category: Shopping & Services
Read the full "Best of NYC" list over on The Village Voice by clicking here.
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.
New Neighbor: LEGO
This weekend, celebrate the grand opening of LEGO in the Flatiron District! From Friday, October 10th through Monday, October 13th, you can help three LEGO Master Builders construct a 20-foot tall LEGO model of the Statue of Liberty completely out of LEGO bricks, and you'll even get a “certificate of achievement” for participating.
The LEGO Store is located at 200 Fifth Avenue, in the former International Toy Center. The interior is decorated with larger-than-life LEGO bricks, sculptures, toys, and LEGO-shaped ceiling lights. There is a dragon slithering along the top, greeting customers with a wide pink grin. The store features many iconic New York City elements, such as the Toy Center Clock and the arm of Statue Liberty. Lining the walls are a row of historic figurines built out of LEGO.
The store also features “Pick A Brick Wall” where customers can purchase individual LEGO bricks, elements, and minifigures. Don’t forget to check out the back room where there is an installation of the Flatiron Building and Flatiron Plazas, complete with blue umbrellas!
LEGO hosts regular events, such as Mini Model Build, where you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! To find out more about the store and its upcoming events, visit LEGO.com.
Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
LEGO, 200 Fifth Avenue, corner of Fifth Avenue and West 23rd Street, (212) 255-3217.
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.
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