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.
Celebrate Flatiron Partnerships 2015 Event Recap
"One of the reasons we love this event so much is because we get a great crowd from the community," noted Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, to the more than 200 guests at last night's 10th annual Celebrate Flatiron Partnerships networking event at 230 FIFTH's iconic rooftop and penthouse lounge. "It's really a combination of people who have been here forever, before the BID was formed, and a lot of new neighbors."
As the group enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres, along with a chance to see spectacular city views from the 27th Street Flatiron location, Nicholas Athanail of The Stanford Condominium and BID Board Member also agreed that "the BID does an amazing job in this district, and certainly having such a great representation here means a lot to us!"
Flatiron District businesses in attendance included interior design global brand Porcelanosa, which debuted their NYC flagship showroom at 202 Fifth Avenue and 25th Street last month, and the newly reopened Mediterranean-style eatery Kat & Theo at 5 West 21st Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. "I've been overwhelmed by the support of the Flatiron BID," said Renee Typaldos of Kat & Theo, "and we thank you!"
Next month, the BID also plans more community outreach as it moves forward with the design process of the permanent reconstruction of the pedestrian plazas. "The first step will be a public workshop," said Brown of the announcement, "and we're going to invite all from the community to come and talk to us about what you'd like to see in terms of the design of the spaces, what's important for the neighborhood." And, she added, "That's going to kick off the largest capital project that the BID has ever done in the neighborhood!"
Click here to view photos from the event!
.NYC Celebrates 1 Year + "Collision List" Domain Names Released
One year ago New York City became the first city in the country to launch its own digital domain -- .nyc. Since then, tens of thousands of New Yorkers have made .nyc their home online - .nyc has become the largest and fastest growing city domain in the entire world. From artists to entrepreneurs, local business owners to bloggers, .nyc is the ultimate New York City address.
It is possible that you may have tried to register a .nyc domain name in the past and were told that the domain you wanted was not available due to a “name collision” block. On October 8th at 3:00 p.m., in celebration of the first anniversary of the .nyc domain, the 16,498 previously blocked .nyc “collision list” domain names will be made available for registration by New Yorkers on a first-come, first-serve basis. At the same time, an additional 89 .nyc domain names that were part of the early Landrush Domain Auctions – but were never allocated – will also become available.
Click here for important FAQs about the process.
September News Roundup
September not only brought cooler weather and the beginning of fall to the Flatiron District, but also exciting restaurant openings, major real estate transactions, and impressive growth from Flatiron-area startups. Below is a collection of notable news articles from the last month.
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Call for 2015 Holiday Programming Partners!
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership (BID) is thrilled to host the Fourth Annual, "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer" throughout the month of December in the Flatiron Public Plazas. These FREE, holiday-themed events highlight the wonderful shopping, dining and cultural attractions within the Flatiron District. The calendar of events will begin on Tuesday, December 1st and will continue through Wednesday, 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 email@example.com 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!"
Use 311 for Information on Pope Francis' Visit to New York City
For the past several weeks, one of the top queries to 311 has been requests for information on Pope Francis' visit to New York City. Pope Francis will be in New York City from Thursday, September 24 until Saturday, September 26.
Through 311, you can:
You can also report other things, such as quality of life issues, make a noise complaint, or request a street tree. It has never been easier to access 311 - call from a phone, via the website or download the 311 mobile app for your smartphone here.
Business Owners: Is Your Business Ready for the Switch from Magnetic Stripe to Chip Cards (EMV)?
On October 1st, the liability for certain types of fraudulent transactions shifts from banks to businesses that do not have the technology to process EVM/chip cards. What is an EMV chip card? EMV is a microchip technology which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, and is a safer form of payment for buyers and sellers alike, safeguarding against fraud and counterfeit.
Major credit card companies are migrating from magnetic stripe credit and debit to cards with EMV chips. The October 1st shift means that if a customer pays a business using a fraudulent EMV chip card and that business only processes cards with the magnetic stripe, then the business could be liable for the fraudulent charge. Businesses must upgrade to EMV-compatible terminals to be able to accept cards with EMV chips from customers.
For more information, click here.
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