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April News Roundup

April was another busy month in the Flatiron District with media attention highlighting neighborhood restaurants, Flatiron-based businesses, and city initiatives. Stay up to date with latest Flatiron District news with the BID’s monthly roundup of notable highlights.

  • It was quite the month for the team at iconic neighborhood restaurant Eleven Madison Park as they debuted their new fast-casual restaurant Made Nice at 8 West 28th Street (via Eater NY), and were also named the number one restaurant in the world by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants organization (via The New York Times). Upscale Mexican restaurant Cosme made its debut on the World’s 50 Best list, recognizing not only chef and founder Enrique Olvera, but also Daniela Soto-Innes, the chef de cuisine and one of the few female chefs on the list (via Eater NY).
  • In other restaurant news, Manzo, the meat-focused restaurant at Eataly, reopened in April after undergoing renovations. The revamped restaurant includes new menu items and increased seating (via The New York Times). April also saw the opening of several new restaurants in the district along 23rd Street, including BONMi, Fields Good Chicken, and Patisserie Chanson.
  • Flatiron-based software startup Yext made its trading debut on the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month. The company is now worth over $1 billion, marking one of the biggest public debuts ever for a New York City startup (via TechCrunch). Yext wasn’t the only Flatiron-based company to make headlines this month, as digital media company Bustle acquired online news platform Elite Daily. Bustle now owns three web properties — Bustle, Elite Daily, and the young-mom site Romper — and is changing the name of its parent company to Bustle Digital Group (via Business Insider).
  • Earlier this month, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced an exciting new proposal to transform a block of Broadway between 24th and 25th Street. The proposal would create Manhattan's first “shared street”, where pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists all share the road (via The New York Times).
  • As part of its CarFreeNYC initiative, the city opened Broadway between Times Square and Union Square only for those walking and biking on Earth Day, April 22nd. Car-free festivities included outdoor performances, walking tours, and free activities provided by a number of Flatiron businesses. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer all came out the Flatiron Public Plazas to mark the occasion (via New York Daily News).

Image of CarFreeNYC in the Flatiron District.

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