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June News Roundup

Summer has finally arrived, and June was a busy month for the Flatiron District, as media highlights include exciting dining awards, real estate developments, and neighborhood events. June kicked off the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership's Annual Summer Series programming consisting of Talk TuesdaysWellness Wednesdays, and Throwback Thursdays. Stay up to date with the latest Flatiron District News with our monthly roundup of notable highlights.

  • Cosme, a contemporary small-plate Mexican eatery in the Flatiron District, was named the best restaurant in the country by controversial World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (via New York Post). This month, Shake Shack in Madison Square Park was named one of the top five burger spots in New York City (via Hoodline). Flywheel, a boutique cycling studio first established in the Flatiron District in 2010, announced its partnership with Best Buy to expand the accessibility of its Flywheel Home Bike and joined Best Buy's commitment to helping consumers use technology to live better, healthier lives (via PR Newswire). 
  • The architecture firm GF55 Partners is moving from its Flatiron digs at 19 West 21st Street to 225 West 39th Street in the Garment District (via Commercial Observer). Earlier this year, Porcelanosa Group revealed plans to renovate and expand their existing flagship store at 202-204 Fifth Avenue. This month, Porcelanosa revealed their revised proposals to reduce street-surface views of the building's rooftop mechanicals as designed by CetraRuddy Architecture (via New York YIMBY).
  • Take a look inside Felicity House, a social club for women with autism featuring rooms and programming all designed with input from its more than 150 members. Members, who pay nothing for the club’s services, can bond with others over interests, or chat with people who share their experiences (via Vox). Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is closing on three apartments at 212 Fifth Avenue, scooping up a penthouse and two units that are right under it for approximately $80 million. The deal is reportedly the largest to ever close in New York City south of 42nd Street, and the second largest deal of the year (via Metro). The office component of the Flatiron Building has closed for an extensive renovation after the departure of publishing house Macmillan, its longtime sole tenant. The move has been expected for two years after Macmillan signaled its intent to take 261,000 square feet at 120 Broadway in the Financial District (via Commercial Observer). 
  • June also commemorates the month-long WorldPride celebration throughout New York City, and Flatiron businesses showed their support with deals to benefit a variety of LGBTQ+ organizations. On Monday, June 24, Tinder set-up a 30-foot "Pride Slide" on the Flatiron North Plaza in support of the Equality Act with donations to the Human Rights Campaign (via PIX 11). Around 1,500 people slid down the slide raising $15,000 (via Campaign Live). Snapchat launched Pride-themed lenses to transform landmarks, including the Flatiron Building (via USA TODAY). The WorldPride Parade, Sunday, June 30, will kick off at 26th Street and Fifth Avenue, so be sure to check out the full Flatiron Pride Roundup to support local organizations and businesses.

Photo Credit: Cosme 

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