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August News Roundup

Although New York City may appear somewhat quiet during August as people set off to enjoy the last days of summer, August was an action-packed month for the Flatiron District. Media attention included restaurant and bar shoutouts, business expansion, and noteworthy real estate transactions. Stay up to date with the latest Flatiron District News with the BID’s monthly roundup of notable highlights.   

  • Several Flatiron businesses received notable shoutouts. The Flatiron District is a hot spot for Middle Eastern food as three of our local restaurants were featured as go-top dining favorites including, Lebanese-Armenian family-style restaurant, Almayass, where a new mezze lounge just opened, ilili, where the chef pays homage to classic Lebanese food with an appreciation for New York City fine dining, and Taim, vegetarian Israeli cuisine that is coming to the neighborhood later this year (via Grub Street). Some restaurants don’t let the weekend stop you from enjoying happy hour, such as Flatiron Hall offering craft beer specials and $2 sliders on Saturdays, and Hill Country Barbecue offering deals from 4 pm to 6 pm and 10 pm to closing on the weekends alongside live music (via City Guide NY). When you need a break from the New York City nightlife, The Little Beet Table serves several non-alcoholic drinks that are healthy and enjoyable, such as cucumber lemonade and beet soda, and SPiN, a ping-pong bar that serves up plenty of competitive fun (via Thrillist).

  • Eataly Flatiron debuted a fresh pasta bar, Il Pastaio di Eataly, serving quick homemade pasta dishes (via Haute Living). Flatiron's popular Italian restaurant, La Pecora Bianca is expanding with a third outpost in Bryant Park (via Eater New York). Chick-fil-A hosted a hiring day with plans to hire 500 employees to staff its New York City expansion, which includes a Flatiron location at 700 6th Avenue (via QSR Magazine). 

  • The EDITION Hotel brand has continued to expand, opening a new Shanghai EDITION hotel that complements the existing New York EDITION located in the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s Clocktower (via TimeOut). Flatiron-based coworking company, WeWork unveiled a new suite of services to come to its offices, including in-house brokerage services, leasing, and office management (via Commercial Observer). Meditation is developing into a popular wellness trend, such as Inscape, a Burning-Man inspired meditation studio with an attached boutique selling everything from calming oils to moon dust (via National Post). Nearby fitness studio, Body Conceptions, provides workouts with a pre- and post-natal trainer whose gentle style of working-out is claimed to help women get pregnant (via NY Post). 
  • MKDA, corporate interior design and architecture company, whose New York headquarters are in the Flatiron District, discussed the development of office design and its effect on the workplace (via Commercial Observer). A new hotel will be coming to the neighborhood at 250 Fifth Avenue, as the 23-story building is undergoing a hotel conversion to be completed by early 2020 (via New York YIMBY). The Simons Foundation is in contract to purchase the office portion of 160 Fifth Avenue from RFR Holding for $185 million (via NY Post). 

Photo Credit: MKDA of Flatiron Headquarters