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July News Roundup

July was a busy month in the Flatiron District. Aside from bright skies and high temperatures, the month of July also brought exciting new neighbors and a peek into office culture at one of the area’s hottest tech companies.

For the BID, it marked the launch of our expanded 2015 Summer Series, with Tech Tuesdays in partnership with General Assembly, Wellness Wednesdays in partnership with Athleta Flatiron and local fitness studios, and Throwback Thursday with free games including Giant Jenga, larger than life Connect-4 and Cornhole and the talented Peoples Improv Theater. Wellness Wednesdays and Throwback Thursdays continue through the end of August.

Below is our monthly roundup of notable highlights from the district:

  • The Barclays Accelerator Program, a 13-week intensive coaching program for financial technology startups, will be making its home in the historic Castro Building on 23rd Street (via New York Business Journal and Bitcoin). Once a former warehouse, this building will now be home to the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs who will develop their startups through Barclays’ immersive mentorship program in the heart of Silicon Alley (via Barclays).
  • Tumblr, the microblogging site whose headquarters are in the Flatiron District, recently underwent an office makeover that brings the quirk and creativity of Tumblr to life (via Business Insider). Art created by Tumblr's users decks the walls, and staff have access to a permanent GIF booth to complement office parties. Tumblr is an important part of a larger community of tech start-ups and companies that make their home in Silicon Alley, the tech destination of New York City, right here in the Flatiron District.
  • On July 27th, NYC bookworms celebrated the return of Rizzoli Bookstore during its grand re-opening in its new 5,000 square foot location at 1133 Broadway (via NY Daily News). The independent bookstore, which closed its iconic Midtown location on Fifth Avenue over one year ago, specializes in illustrated books on architecture, photography, and design. Customers will find touches of its former location at the new store, as the bookstore will continue to use its cherry wood bookcases and brass chandeliers (via Curbed NY). The BID is thrilled to welcome Rizzoli to the neighborhood; look for an official Flatiron welcome next week, along with a giveaway on social media!
  • Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron BID, was quoted in Crain’s New York regarding the City Council’s $1.25 million budget increase to fund business improvement districts and merchant associations across the city. This budget increase will allow council members to allot up to $24,500 to neighborhood improvement organizations in their respective districts, which will help support streetscape and public safety projects, as well as the essential services BIDs provide to support businesses and bring the community together.
  • In addition to the Flatiron BID’s weekly Summer Series, the Flatiron District has been buzzing with music thanks to Madison Square Park’s Mad. Sq. Music, a free weekly outdoor concert series showcasing New York City-based artists and nationally-touring acts. The full schedule of concerts is available on the Madison Square Park Conservancy's website.

Image of Tumblr via Business Insider.

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