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Annual Meeting Recap: Celebrating 11 Years, and Looking Ahead

Nearly 200 people turned out to celebrate and look ahead at the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District’s 11th Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 8th.

The event featured a report by Executive Director Jennifer Brown on the accomplishments of the BID over the past year and remarks by New York City Council Member Corey Johnson, who called the neighborhood a “vibrant destination.”

“It’s really nice to have a BID that's both proactive and reactive,” Council Member Johnson said. “One of the great things about this BID, is that they are not solely reactive. They are always plotting and planning in a proactive way to look at some of the neighborhood trends and issues and things that are cropping up in the community to figure out a detailed plan on how to get ahead of a problem.”

The heart of the event was a panel discussion of the Flatiron Forward theme, as industry leaders surveyed the future of Flatiron, describing the diversity of sectors that continues to keep the district on the cutting-edge of change. Moderated by Jon Steinberg, Founder and CEO of Cheddar, the panel featured: Liz Simon, Vice President, Legal & External Affairs, General Assembly; Morris Levy, Co-Founder and CEO, The Yard; Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman, Retail Leasing, Marketing and Sales Division, Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Leanne Shear, Co-Founder and President, Uplift; and, Santiago Gomez, Managing Partner, Cosme.

“This neighborhood’s been the most embracing,” Ms. Consolo said. “When we move a new business here, I’ve never heard my retailers complain. The owners and landlords are very accessible and open. I find that when you are in the neighborhood showing space, going to a restaurant, going to exercise, it's a user friendly neighborhood, and you can’t say that about every place.”

At the meeting, the BID approved the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and elected members to its Board of Directors.The occasion also was an opportunity to thank engaged community partners. The BID presented its Partnership Award to Rizzoli Bookstore, and Chairman's Award to Jane Gural Senders, Executive Director of 230 Fifth Avenue New York MarketCenter™.

Additionally, outstanding Service Awards were presented to Jose Martinez, Pedro Nieto, and A. Bulfamante Landscaping; and, Greening the District Awards were given to 225 Fifth Avenue Condominium, Con Edison, Meringoff Properties, Rockrose Development Corp., Touro College/NYSCAS, Tiffany & Co., and The NoMad Hotel.

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