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.
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.
Voice Your Ideas for Small Businesses - Regulatory Climate Improvement at Small Business First
Small Business First is a new initiative led by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the Mayor's Office of Operations in coordination with multiple City agencies to improve the regulatory climate for the business community in New York City.
The initiative builds upon previous reforms and seeks to make changes that will assist businesses by:
Mayor de Blasio has directed SBS and Operations to develop recommendations to achieve these goals by working with City agencies and soliciting feedback from the public.
Join this very important conversation on how the City can improve the regulatory climate for small businesses. Your ideas can influence how the City can make it easier for small businesses to start and grow. Tweet your idea using #SmallBizFirst or complete the submission form by clicking here.
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.
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