Feb 1, 2019

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Raise your hand if you've ever scrambled through a drugstore aisle last-minute to pick up a Valentine's Day gift...we've been there, too. Here's a list of Flatiron spots for gifts to grab on your way home that leave the impression of a thoughtful selection! Check out Flatiron's dining guide as well. 

Can't Go Wrong With Dessert 

Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, (212) 229-2560

Lady M, 1178 Broadway, corner of 28th Street, (212) 452-2222

Leonelli Focacceria, 7 East 27th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, (212) 451-9495

Maison Kayser, 921 Broadway, corner of 21st Street, (212) 979-1600

maman, 22 West 25th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (646) 838-0700

Patisserie Chanson, 20 West 23rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (929) 423-8880

Share a Nice Bottle of Wine 

Eataly Vino, 200 Fifth Avenue, entrance on 23rd Street, (212) 229-2560

Flatiron Wines and Spirits, 929 Broadway, 212-477-1315

Morton Williams Wine & Spirits, 270 Park Avenue South, between 21st and 22nd Streets, (212) 477-5490 

Keep it Classic with Flowers & a Card

Blooming Affairs, 925 Broadway, between 21st and 22nd Streets, (212) 262-0004

Flower You, 122 East 25th Street, between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue, (212) 477-1037

Papyrus, 655 Avenue of the Americas, between 20th and 21st Streets, (212) 355-1880

Papyrus, 940 Broadway, between 22nd and 23rd Streets, (212) 228-287

Park Avenue Floratique, 76 Madison, at 28th Street, (212) 447-6310

Surprise Someone With a Pampering (They Need It) 

Bellagio Nail & Spa, 10 East 23rd Street, between Broadway and Madison Avenue, (212) 505-6100

Dyanna Spa, 40 East 21st Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, (212) 995-2355

Heyday, 1130 Broadway, between 25th and 26th Streets, (646) 869-3601

Living Fresh Mens Spa, 44 West 22nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 366-9080

sundays Nail Studio, 51 East 25th Street, between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, (646) 998-5711

Silver Mirror Facial Bar20 West 22nd Street, between Fifth & Sixth Avenue, (212) 702-8742

WTHN, 20 West 22nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (646) 558-9846

Photo Credit: Eataly

Jan 31, 2019

Valentine's Day Restaurant Guide in Flatiron

Whether you’re sharing Valentine's Day with a special someone or friends and family, don’t miss out on celebratory, one-night-only menus and dishes from some of the best restaurants in Flatiron! Check out Flatiron's gift guide as well. 

Almond, 12 East 22nd Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, (212) 228-7557
Join Almond on Valentine's Day for a locally-sourced and super delicious Blood Orange Menu. A four-course menu will be available for $85 per guest. Almond's full a la carte menu will also be available.

BLACKBARN, 19 East 26th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, (212) 265-5959
BLACKBARN will tantalize the taste buds this Valentine’s Day with a menu laden with natural mood-enhancing ingredients. The three-course dinner will feature 13 aphrodisiacs curated by Chef John Doherty to arouse the senses.

Bread & Tulips, 365 Park Avenue South, between 26th and 27th Streets, (212) 532-9100
Sit down for a romantic meal at Bread & Tulips on Valentine's Day. Enjoy live jazz and a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $65 complete with a complimentary Prosecco toast. 

Bouley Test Kitchen31 West 21st Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (212) 255-5828
Chef David Bouley will be serving a special seven-course Valentine’s Day Chef's Tasting Lunch ($95 per person). Optional wine pairings and a white truffle menu will be available. 

Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, (212) 937-8910
Enjoy an entire weekend of Valentine’s Day specials at two Eataly restaurants. Eataly’s rooftop winter wonderland, SERRA ALPINA by Birreria, is taking Valentine’s Day to the next level with a four-course tasting menu dinner lit only by candles (plus: special dishes on February 15th and 16th like caviar and premium steak). At Manzo, enjoy four-course and six-course affairs highlighting simple but decadent ingredients. Elevate the romance with optional wine pairings. Tasting menus range from $85 for four-courses with optional $35 wine pairing to $120 for 6 six courses and $50 optional wine pairings. 

The Flatiron Room, 37 West 26th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, (212) 725-3860
Join the Flatiron Room on Valentine’s Day to enjoy a Whiskey & Chocolate pairing for the ultimate palate experience. Six signature cocktails, six whiskeys, and light appetizers provided. $125 per person.

Giorgio’s of Gramercy, 27 East 21st Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, (212) 477-0007
Order an exceptional meal from eclectic American restaurant Giorgio’s of Gramercy. Giorgio's seasonal menu and Valentine’s Day specials will be available. 

Harding’s, 32 East 21st Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 600-2105
Enjoy Harding’s handcrafted cocktails and cozy atmosphere while you dine on a special Valentine's Day dinner. 

ilili, 236 Fifth Avenue, between 27th and 28th Streets, (212) 683-2929
ilili is celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering a four-course prix fixe dinner that includes a complimentary glass of La Caravelle Brut Rosé for $125 per guest. Special menu items include day boat sea scallops, house-made semolina gnocchi, and molten chocolate cake with Arabian milk ice cream. ilili’s bar and lounge area will also offer a limited a la carte menu.

Leonelli Taberna, 7 East 27th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenue, (212) 451-9495
Join Leonelli Taberna for a relaxed Valentine's Day celebration. Leonelli will be serving their full a la carte menu, along with holiday specials such as "Raviolo con Uovo" - a heart-shaped ravioli filled with spinach, ricotta, and egg yolk, topped with brown butter, parm, and delicate shavings of black truffles. 

Junoon27 West 24th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (212) 490-2100
Celebrate Valentine's Day dinner at Junoon's Main Dining Room with a six-course tasting menu for $135 per guest and enjoy live piano music starting at 7:30 pm. Optional wine-pairing is available for $90. Junoon's Patiala Room will be featuring a two- and three-course prix fix menu for $69 and $79, respectively.

La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, corner of 26th Street, (212) 498-9696
La Pecora Bianca will be serving a special four-course dinner menu ($75 per person) for Valentine's Day! The menu is composed of unique items not regularly available, including items for two to share during each course.

Park Avenue Winter, 360 Park Avenue South, corner of 26th Street, (212) 951-7111
Park Avenue Winter serves only the best that each season has to offer. On Valentine’s Day, Park Avenue Winter will be offering its ever-changing seasonal menu.

Scampi, 30 West 18th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (212) 888-2171  
Scampi, a Southern Italian inspired restaurant, invites you to spend your Valentine's Day with their decadent three-course meal featuring specials like a Rib Eye For Two, various fish filets, and a selection of pasta dishes. $85 per guest. 

Tarrallucci e Vino, 44 East 28th Street, between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, (212) 779-1100
Celebrate San Valentino at Tarallucci e Vino! Enjoy a special four-course menu menu that includes a prosecco toast for $80 per guest, or dine a-la carte. 

Trattoria Italienne, 19 West 24th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (212) 600-5139
Featuring culinary traditions from France and Italy, Trattoria Italienne is offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $78 per guest along with their regular a la carte menu. A live acoustic performance by Garrett & Tamara will make for a special evening. 

Are you offering a Valentine's dinner special? Please email info@flatironbid.org

Photo by Park Avenue Winter


Jan 30, 2019

January News Roundup

2019 is off to an exciting start in the Flatiron District. New businesses have launched, WeWork and Zola unveiled game-changing retail concepts, and Flatiron beauty and wellness studios are thriving. Stay up-to-date on what's happening in the neighborhood with Flatiron News

  • Newly opened Seven Grams Caffe offers a buzz-worthy cookie that's been dubbed "New York's tastiest chocolate chip cookie" - a vegan cookie made with tahini and olive oil (via Daily News). wagamama, a British-Asian dining spot that made its NYC debut in Flatiron, will be opening a third location in Murray Hill in early February (via New York Post). Benno, the third and final outpost at the Evelyn Hotel by Chef Jonathan Benno, received a coveted three-star review from the New York Times. Critic Pete Wells stated, "Benno is not trying to be contemporary. It’s trying to be delicious. And it is, from start to finish, almost without exception" (via New York Times). Upscale steakhouse BLT Prime closed its doors after 13 years of service in the neighborhood (via Eater New York).

  • We Company, formerly known as WeWork, unveiled a retail cafe co-working venture in Flatiron this month at 902 Broadway. The outpost, called Made by We, is meant to serve as a reimagined community center. Made by We does not require a membership, so the space is open to the public with bookable workplace seats and meeting rooms. The retail section will sell products made by entrepreneurs and companies that partner with WeWork, and upscale Australian coffee chain Bluestone Lane will occupy the space as well (via Chain Storage Age and Bis Now). Popular online wedding registry Zola debuted a pop-up shop at 168 Fifth Avenue that has been referred to as "the Apple Store for weddings." Couples can take advantage of a wedding planning paradise under one roof (via Fast Company).   
  • The beauty & wellness sector in Flatiron is thriving. New acupuncture studio WTHN was featured in the New York Times with a glowing review and its founders described the studio as a "modern reimagining of acupuncture" (via New York Times). Beauty brands are experiencing great retail success and L'Occitane's Flagship store in Flatiron is an example of such. L'Occitane opened its first beauty lab at the 160 Fifth Avenue location with the lab meant to serve as a hashtag hit. "There’s a social media tie to retail, and we’ve seen it with other retailers from fitness to apparel” (via New York Post). 
  •  A proposed 1,009-foot condominium tower at 262 Fifth Avenue released its rendering for a tall, slender building that will tower over the NoMad section of the Flatiron District (via New York YIMBY). The developers behind 212 Fifth Avenue sold the building's retail space for $26.5 million to an international investor. Togas Textiles and DECIEM are the current ground floor retailers in the building (via The Real Deal). 
  • The 28th Street 6 line subway station opened this month after six months of renovations with striking floral mosaics complimenting the extensive technological and structural upgrades (via Untapped Cities). A new report that compiled listings from StreetEasy and data from Seamless found that Flatiron with the fifth-priciest area in New York City with a median rent of $4,500, and tied Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood as the fourth-healthiest neighborhood in the five boroughs (via Forbes). 

 Image by Made by We

Jan 29, 2019

Where to Watch the Big Game

It's GAME TIME. Whether you're pulling for New England or Los Angeles this Sunday, root for your team at one of these Flatiron spots. Please contact restaurants directly for more information.

230 FIFTH, 230 Fifth Avenue, corner of 27th Street, (212) 725-4300
Join 230 FIFTH for their annual party! Watch the game on large projector screens, while you enjoy a beer and wine open bar from 6 pm to 9 pm and all you can eat food platters of everyone's favorite game day snacks from 7 pm to 9 pm. Advance tickets are $45 per person and $50 at the door. Igloo Packages with private TVs are available for $100 per person.

40/40 Club, 6 West 25th Street, corner of Broadway, (212) 832-4040
Catch the biggest football game of the year at 40/40! Have your choice of a variety of table packages available for groups of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 20. Group packages start at $150 and include buckets of beer, food platters, and at least one bottle of liquor. The 40/40 Club is also taking reservations for VIP rooms.

Baked by Melissa111 East 23rd Street, between Park Avenue South and Lexington, (212) 842-0220
Grab a pack of football-themed mini-cupcakes in the spirit of Los Angeles and New England to add a sweet touch to the table of dips. These special edition cupcakes are available from January 24th through February 3rd. 

Flatiron Hall, 38 West 26th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (646) 790-3200
Enjoy the game with hand-crafted brews at rustic Flatiron Hall. Admission to the party includes a live viewing of the game on a massive projector screen and TVs, plus a beer open bar starting at 6 pm until game's end. Tickets are available for $40.

The Globe, 158 East 23rd Street, between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue, (212) 477-6161
Once a speakeasy, the "copper-faced" Globe Bar invites you to enjoy happy hour drink specials while you watch the game, as well as a 'Burger & Beer' special for $12.  

Grey Bar and Restaurant43 West 26th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, (212) 532-2643
Sit back with some elevated American pub food while you watch the game at this polished sports tavern packed with plenty of TVs. 

Hill Country Barbecue, 30 West 26th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, (212) 255-4544
Enjoy barbecue for the big game! Join Hill Country, or let them bring their delicious Texas BBQ to you with packages available for take-out, pick-up, or delivery. Choose from a variety of delicious sliders, chips & dips, and chili rubbed wings. Orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance.

John Doe Bar and Kitchen, 253 Fifth Avenue, between 28th and 29th Streets, (646) 882-4007
John Doe invites you to a party that is sure to add excitement to the game! John Doe will be offering free food to guests during halftime, along with food & drink specials throughout the day. Get in the game day spirit with a competition to win a free keg of beer.  

Slate, 54 West 21st Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 989-0096
With over 40 HDTVs, a 20-foot HD screen, $5 Bud Lights, and $6 drink deals, Slate is a great place for you and your friends to catch the big game. General Admission tickets are $5. Slate is also offering special VIP packages that include beer buckets, a bottle of liquor, and food platters. VIP packages range from $350 to $1,500.

The Storehouse, 69 West 23rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212)-243-8898
Cheer on your team while you enjoy comfort food, brews and the game on giant projectors at this Irish-style sports bar on two-levels of entertainment space. 

Society Billiards, 10 East 21st Street, between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, (212) 420-1000
Reserve a pool table or ping-pong table at Society Billards and have some active fun while you watch the game this year. Society Billiards features 27 HDTVs to view the game. 

Flatiron District Businesses: Do you have a promotion that we're missing? Email us at info (at) flatironbid.org

Image via Flatiron Hall

Jan 29, 2019

Car Free Earth Day Programming RFP

The fourth annual Car Free Earth Day opens 30 blocks of Broadway, from Times Square to Union Square, for people to explore on foot! This year's event will take place on Saturday, April 27th from 9 am to 3 pm and will include public programming at six rest stops:

  • Times Square: 42nd Street & Broadway
  • Garment District: 38th Street & Broadway
  • Herald Square: 34th Street & Broadway
  • City Zone: 26th Street & Broadway
  • Flatiron District: 23rd Street & Broadway
  • Union Square: 17th Street & Broadway

DOT Public Art & Event Programming seeks submissions from local nonprofit organizations, artists, and performers to activate Broadway with unique, family-friendly public art, performances, and activities as part of Car Free Earth Day 2019. Proposals are due by Friday, March 8th and preference will be given to proposals promoting activism and education surrounding climate change, sustainability, and other relevant topics.

Car Free Earth Day RFP

Car Free Earth Day Public Art Application

Car Free Earth Day Performance Application

Car Free Earth Day Activities Application 

Photo Credit: NYC DOT

Jan 22, 2019

28th Street 6 Train Station Re-opens!

After six months of station enhancements, the 28th Street 6 train station has reopened complete with vibrant floral mosaics breathing new life into the station. 

The station renovation also included significant structural upgrades including repaired platform steel and concrete, transformed station lighting, enhanced stairways, new railings and guardrails, cleaned tiled walls, and new platform floors and warning strips. Additionally, the station is now equipped with technological upgrades including digital wayfinding and customer information screens, countdown clocks, help point intercoms, and security cameras. 

The modern aesthetic is complemented by beautiful glass mosaic murals by Brooklyn-based artist Nancy Blum. Blum is well known for her public art commissions that can be seen in cities across the country including San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Blum's "Roaming Underfoot” flower murals grace the platform walls of the station to celebrate the beauty within the bustling Flatiron neighborhood, including its architectural gems and nearby Madison Square Park.

Blum intended for the station to act as an urban sanctuary that captured the magic of the park. The flower mosaics are based on Madison Square Park Conservancy's Perrenial Collection. The featured colorful flowers include red buds, magnolias, hellebores, witch hazel, daffodils, hydrangea, and camellia. This collection of flowers is suited for the changing climate conditions of the city. Blum's expressive drawings of the flowers were translated into mosaics by Miotto Mosaic Art Studios

Source: MTA Arts & Design







Jan 16, 2019

Flatiron Public Plazas & Worth Square Workshop

On Tuesday, February 12th, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, along with the Madison Square Park Conservancy, NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) invite you to a workshop on the permanent design of the Flatiron Public Plazas and Worth Square.
We want your input on the design proposal, including ways to enhance the public spaces and the bike and pedestrian connection and circulation in and around the site, which includes Broadway and Fifth Avenue from 21st Street to 26th Street.
The workshop, graciously hosted by Porcelanosa (202 Fifth Avenue), will be held from 6 pm to 9 pm in an open house-style drop-in format. 
Jan 15, 2019

Community Survey 2018 Results

Our annual community survey is an invaluable source of information that helps us evaluate our work and better understand the community’s priorities for the neighborhood. In an effort to gain valuable feedback, The Flatiron Partnership conducted our twelfth annual Community Survey from mid-September through early November. The survey generated 379 responses with 55% of respondents living or working in the Flatiron District.

We are happy to report that the Partnership’s work remains strong with 96.4% of survey respondent indicating that they approve or strongly approve of the overall job of the Partnership. This is our highest approval rating to date since first distributing the survey in 2007! In addition to our strong overall approval rating, the Partnership saw noticeable increases in the approval rating of our various programmatic areas.

The Clean Streets program received a 89.3% excellent or good rating, up from 85.6% in 2017.
75.9% of respondents thought the same of Public Safety, which increased from 69.4% in 2017.
The Public Improvements and Marketing programs received approval ratings of 79.1% and 82.3%, respectively.
Furthermore, 92.8% of respondents rated the impact of the Partnership’s work on strengthening the Flatiron District’s identity as excellent or good.

When asked how the permanent design can improve the Public Plazas, survey respondents indicated that increased seating and art (especially permanent), more shaded space, pedestrian/cyclist safety, and more greenery were their top priorities. Respondents favorite things about Flatiron include restaurant and dining, Madison Square Park, and Shopping. Lastly, when asked to describe Flatiron, the most popular descriptions were vibrant, fun, and trendy.  

To view the full Community Survey Summary report, click here.

Jan 15, 2019

Flatiron Plaza Food & Beverage Kiosk RFPs

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership (BID) is seeking proposals from qualified firms to manage and operate an outdoor food or beverage kiosk ("Kiosk") in the Flatiron North Public Plaza, located at 23rd Street, Broadway, and Fifth Avenue, and the Flatiron South Public Plaza, located on Broadway between 22nd and 23rd Streets, adjacent the famed Flatiron Building.

Created by the by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2008, the Flatiron Public Plazas have become town squares, where countless residents, employees in the neighborhood, and visitors from around the world converge each day. The BID has a concession license agreement with DOT for the operation, management, and maintenance of the Plazas which allows for the operation and management of subconcession(s).

It is the goal of the BID to draw customers to a successfully-branded food or beverage kiosk that is successful and enhances the atmosphere and experience of the Flatiron Public Plazas and this vibrant neighborhood.

A nonmandatory pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, January 24th at 10 am at the office of the Flatiron BID (27 West 24th Street, Suite 800B). The pre-bid conference will include a site visit to the Flatiron Public Plazas. Questions related to the RFPs should be submitted in writing to the BID no later than Friday, February 1st at 5 pm. All proposals are due by 5 pm on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Please click the links below to download a full copy of the RFPs. A hard copy can be requested by contacting Kurt Cavanaugh, Deputy Director, at the BID office at (212) 741-2323.

Flatiron North Public Plaza RFP

Flatiron South Public Plaza RFP