Oct 3, 2018

Meet your Neighborhood Coordination Officers

Neighborhood Coordinating Officers (NCOs) serve as liaisons between the police and the community, and also as key crime-fighters and problem-solvers in their sector. They familiarize themselves with residents and their problems by attending community meetings with neighborhood leaders and clergy, visiting schools, following up on previous incidents, and using creative techniques and adaptive skills.

NCOs are adding a new dimension to the NYPD's crime-fighting capabilities. They function as adjuncts to the local detective squads, responding swiftly to breaking incidents and developing leads and evidence that might have been missed under the old patrol model. Most importantly, they feel a sense of belonging and responsibility that fosters a willingness to do whatever it takes to keep the neighborhood safe and secure.

The map above illustrates the four sectors of the 13th Precinct, which includes the Flatiron District. You are encouraged to get to know your NCOs and contact them as necessary for issues in your sector. 

Sector: A 
sector a 235x235

Police Officer Rodriguiz, Manuel 
Phone: 929-287-7661
Email: MANUEL.RODRIGUEZ1 [at] NYPD.ORG

Police Officer Rodriguiz, Peter
Phone: 929-215-0973
Email: PETER.RODRIGUEZ2 [at] NYPD.ORG

Sector: B
sector b 235x235  

Police Officer Gishard, Vinceta
Phone: 929-287-7140
Email: VINCETA.GISHARD [at] NYPD.ORG

Police Officer Knapp, Jonathan
Phone: 929-291-0773
Email: JONATHAN.KNAPP [at] NYPD.ORG

Sector: C
sector c 235 x 235

Police Officer Demery, Eric
Phone: 929-291-1150
Email: ERIC.DEMERY [at] NYPD.ORG

Police Officer Vera, Brittany
Phone:  929-332-6092
Email: BRITTANY.VERA [at] NYPD.ORG

Sector: D
sector d 235x235

Police Officer Arthur, Mayela
Phone: 917-769-5357
Email: MAYELA.ARTHUR [at] @NYPD.ORG

Police Officer Villota, Angela
Phone: 929-287-8857
Email: ANGELA.VILLOTA [at] NYPD.ORG

Sector: Housing 
sector housing 235x235

Police Officer Goulbourne, Jaja
Phone: 917-319-2914
Email: JAJA.GOULBOURNE [at] NYPD.ORG

Police Mangual, Jonathan
Phone: 917-741-7756
Email: JONATHAN.MANGUAL [at] NYPD.ORG

Sep 25, 2018

2018 Annual Community Survey

Do you have ideas on how to make the Flatiron District an even better place to live, work, and play? Please share them by completing our 2018 Community Survey. 
 
The Survey is an invaluable source of information for the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership as it helps us evaluate our work and better understand the public's priorities for the neighborhood.
 
As a thank you, we will randomly select four respondents who complete the survey to receive a $100 gift certificate to a Flatiron District restaurant.
Sep 25, 2018

Flatiron Foodies: Almond's Sticky Toffee Date Cake

Almond, located at 12 East 22nd Street, blends farm-to-table culture in a vibrant, comfortable atmosphere. Co-owner and Executive Chef Jason Weiner shares a dessert favorite, the Sticky Toffee Date Cake, for this month's Flatiron Foodies recipe.

Almond's Sticky Toffee Date Cake

Yields 20 small date cakes

Ingredients:

Date Cake

  • 12 ounces pitted dates
  • 1 TBL baking soda
  • 3/4 cups of water
  • 1/2 pound of butter (two sticks)
  • 3/5 cups of sugar (4.5 ounces)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2.75 cups of all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 TBL vanilla extract
  • 2.5 TBL baking powder (1.25 ounces)
  • 4 ounce aluminum foil cups (20 total)

Sauce

  • 3/4 pound of butter (three sticks)
  • 1.5 cups of light brown sugar (12 ounces)
  • 1.5 cups of cream
  • 1.5 TBL vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a food processor, pulse dates until they are small chunks.
  • Add the pulsed dates to a pot, add the water, and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, and cook until the dates are soft. 
  • If the mix appears to be too soupy, remove from heat, add the baking soda, and stir.
  • In a bowl, cream the butter with the sugar, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, and scrape the sides of the bowl after each adding each egg.
  • Add the flour to the bowl, and mix until incorporated. 
  • Add the warm date mixture, stir, and scrape the sides of the bowl, and add the baking powder.
  • Spray the foil cups and fill each a little over half way with the mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • While the cakes bake, combine all sauce ingredients in a saucepan, place over low-medium heat, and stir until combined.
  • Pour a generous amount of warm sauce on top of each cake, and let cool.
  • Serve with a scoop of crème fraîche ice cream

Pictured above: Almond's Sticky Toffee Date Cake (photo credit: Almond)

Sep 11, 2018

Flatiron Email Newsletter Giveaway

THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Check back for a list of winners! 

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership wants to ensure you receive our weekly Flatiron email newsletter, to keep up with neighborhood news, business openings, events, deals, city programs and district happenings.

The BID has teamed up with Flatiron businesses to giveaway some fantastic prizes for new subscribers in September. Prizes include golf lessons, home decor, cooking classes, 5 course meals, and fitness passes.

All new subscribers that sign up between now and the end of September 2018, you will be automatically entered to win one of the following prizes from district businesses:

Register here to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter and enter to win one of the prizes mentioned above! Already receive our weekly newsletter? Share the contest with a friend, partner, spouse, favorite co-worker, or neighbor... they just might share the prize!

Open to residents of the Tri-State Area ages 18 and older. Click here for official contest rules.

Sep 10, 2018

13th Precinct - Neighborhood Policing

The 13th Precinct Neighborhood Policing program will launch in the coming weeks and you are cordially invited to meet your Neighborhood Coordinating Officers (NCO) on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6 pm. The event will be held at 41 Madison Avenue, at the corner of 26th Street.

The cornerstone of today's NYPD is Neighborhood Policing, a comprehensive crime-fighting strategy built on improved communication and collaboration between local police officers and community residents. Neighborhood Policing greatly increases connectivity and engagement with the community.

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by September 17th by emailing Community Affairs P.O. John Considine (John.Considine@nypd.org) or Detective Vincent Arlotta (Vincent.Arlotta@nypd.org). You may also RSVP by calling the 13th Precinct at (212) 477-7427. Doors open at 6 pm with the meeting beginning at 7 pm.

Photo Credit: NYPD

Sep 5, 2018

Noir et Blanc Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Flatiron

Contemporary boutique Noir et Blanc celebrates 30 years in the Flatiron District next Thursday, September 13th. Founded in 1989 by stylist and model Deborah Koenigsberger, Noir Et Blanc on 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue has become a cultural staple by selling luxury European fashions and goods to a loyal clientele. The store’s French-inspired essence is about sophistication, class, French chic and timelessness.

Still owned and operated by Koenigsberger, Noir et Blanc blends sharp design and material consciousness in her hand-picked selections in response to today’s cultural influences…keeping it classic and on-trend at the same time. Shopping at Noir et Blanc is meant to feel like having a personal stylist of your very own. 
 
In addition to the boutique, in 1996 Koenigsberger formed Hearts of Golda foundation with a mission of re-imagining the lives of homeless women and children by giving them the tools and experience to live a brighter future. In 2010 Koenigsberger opened Thrifty HoG next door to Noir et Blanc, with all proceeds from the thrift store benefitting her Hearts of Gold Foundation.
 
The Women of Wall Street will be joining Koenigsberger next Thursday, September 13th to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Noir et Blanc in a private event at the store. For the opportunity to attend this or future Women of Wall Street events, contact the organization
Aug 13, 2018

Flatiron Summer Series Recap

The Flatiron Summer Series, free public programming -- for the community, by the community -- on the Flatiron Public Plazas, came to a close last week.

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership helped New Yorkers make the most of summer with eight fun-filled weeks of free events, which included "Tech Tuesdays" technology classes, fitness classes for "Wellness Wednesdays," and nostalgic games, activities, live entertainment, and treats on "Throwback Thursdays". Over the course of the summer, over 2,150 people attended the programs.

  • The program kicked-off with a Summer Solstice Sundial in partnership with the National Museum of Mathematics, on the Summer Solstice -  Thursday, June 21st - participants became a human sundial using the solstice sun and their bodies to tell the time.

  • On "Tech Tuesdays," classes focused on enhancing attendees' tech skills were taught by instructors from neighborhood businesses and institutions, including General Assembly, which has been a program partner since 2012.

  • In partnership with Athleta Flatiron, fitness enthusiasts enjoyed free yoga, zumba, kickboxing, and other sweat-inducing workouts on "Wellness Wednesdays". Each session was taught by instructors from local studios. Post-workout, participants quenched their thirst with free smoothies from Flatiron Green Cafe as well as goodies from Athleta Flatiron. 

  • Nostalgic games could be found on the North Plaza on "Throwback Thursdays" for some lunchtime fun. Local non-profit The Center for Book Arts and Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop joined us at noon to offer free book-making activities for kids. Wonder Photo Shop also provided Instax cameras allowing attendees to take home a memory of the series. In the evening, local musicians & improv troupes offered all-ages entertainment. And for three very special days, Eataly and Shake Shack provided sweet treats for our attendees to enjoy.

Thank you to our partners for a successful program this year! 

Interested in participating in Flatiron Summer Series next year? Email info (at) flatironbid (dot) org.
 
Jul 16, 2018

Flatiron Foodies: Sagaponack's Striped Bass with Coconut Curry

Named after a village in the Hamptons, Sagaponack NYC is located at 4 West 22nd Street and is a New American restaurant primarily serving fresh seafood. The restaurant takes pride in locally sourcing seafood, as well as New York craft beers, wines, and ciders. Sagaponack NYC shares their Striped Bass and Coconut Curry recipe for this month's Flatiron Foodies.

Striped Bass with Coconut Curry

Serves: 4

Fish

  • Four fillets of striped bass, 6-8 ounces each (keep the fish dry, especially the skin side)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra virgin oilve oil
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 TSP dried thyme

Instructions

  • Pat fillets dry with a paper towel, and season both sides with salt and pepper
  • Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat, add the olive oil when hot
  • Place fillets in the pan, skin side down, and press down gently for 20 seconds with a spatula
  • Lower heat to medium, let sizzle until fish is golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Cafefully flip fillets and add butter and thyme to pan
  • Tilt pan slightly to let the melted butter pool at one end; use a spoon to baste the fish
  • Continue basting until golden all over and cooked through, 45-90 seconds total

Green Pea Coconut Curry

  • 4 TBSP green curry paste
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 8 ounces coconut milk
  • 3 ounces chicken stock
  • 3 ounces fish stock
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Instructions

  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the curry paste, onion, garlic, and lime leaves
  • When the onions are translucent, add the conconut milk and stocks and bring to a boil
  • Reduce the heat to low, allow to simmer for 10 minutes
  • Remove the lime leaves and place the mixture into a blender
  • Carefully add the frozen peas and blend until smooth 

Forbidden Rice

  • 2 TBSP finely chopped shallots
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1 TBSP canola or soy bean oil
  • 2 TBSP sesame oil
  • 2 Cups washed forbidden rice
  • 4 Cups water

Instructions

  • In a medium sauce pot (with lid), heat to medium-low and add the canola or soy bean oil
  • Add the shallots, garlic, salt, and cook for a few seconds
  • Add the rice and sesame oil, stir to coat the rice
  • Add water, increase heat to bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer 15-20 minutes
  • Rice is ready once the water has boiled away

Plate the curry and forbidden rice, and top with the striped bass.

Pictured above: Sagaponack's Striped Bass with Coconut Curry (Photo Credit: Sagaponack NYC)

Jul 9, 2018

Use 311 to Dispatch Services for Those in Need + Other Resources

During the warmer months, residents and office workers in the neighborhood are likely to notice an increasing number of individuals in need of assistance throughout the district. If you observe someone who appears to be in need of assistance, there are a number of ways to help.  

First and foremost, you can call 311 to report homeless individuals in need of service -  ask to speak with a Homeless Outreach Specialist and a team will be dispatched to assist. In addition to contacting 311, individuals in need of assistance can also be reported to the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, which through a contract with Urban Pathways deploys a team of social workers to canvass the district.

Other useful information:

  • As an alternative to calling 311, you can also download the 311 app.
  • Manhattan Community Board 4 has a comprehensive list of shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens, permanent supportive housing sites, outreach/drop-in sites, and advocacy organizations. Click here for the list.
  • Volunteer or donate to a service organization or shelter such as: BRC, Breaking GroundUrban Pathways, Partnership for the Homeless, Coalition for the Homeless.
  • Volunteer for the HOPE Count: the HOPE Count is a survey to assess the number of homeless individuals living in New York City's public spaces - the survey increases public accountability and improves the programming designed for street homeless. Click here to learn more.
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2018 Archive

Flatiron Partnership and Van Alen Institute Announce Winning Holiday Installation Design: Happy

Executive Director Jennifer Brown to Bid Farewell After 12 Years of Service

Flatiron Fitness First-Timer

New Neighbor: Skewr Kabob Kitchen

Meet your Neighborhood Coordination Officers

September New Roundup

Before Disaster Strikes - November 14

2018 Annual Community Survey

Save the Date - Celebrate Flatiron Partnerships Returns October 23

Flatiron Where Then Meets Now: Hospitality Hotspot

Flatiron Foodies: Almond's Sticky Toffee Date Cake

2018 Business Assistance Forum Recap

Flatiron Email Newsletter Giveaway

13th Precinct - Neighborhood Policing

Noir et Blanc Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Flatiron

New Neighbor: PLAYDAY

Flatiron Public Plazas Celebrate 10th Anniversary

August News Roundup

New Neighbor: Le Café Coffee

Flatiron Foodies: Le Coq Rico's Baeckeoffe with Artichokes & Tomatoes

Flatiron Summer Series Recap

Flatiron - Open for Business

July News Roundup

Flatiron Foodies: Sagaponack's Striped Bass with Coconut Curry

Use 311 to Dispatch Services for Those in Need + Other Resources

NYC Restaurant Week - Summer 2018

New Neighbor: Sous Vide Kitchen

New Neighbor: Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria

June News Roundup

New Neighbor: Leonelli Taberna

2018 Fourth of July Holiday Guide

World Cup 2018 - Where to Watch in Flatiron

Flatiron Foodies: Maman's Banana Lavender Cornmeal Waffles

2018 Annual Meeting & Community Reception Recap

New Neighbor: Lovesac

Announcing the 2018 Flatiron Summer Series: June 19th – August 9th

Mark Your Calendars for This Year's Tech Tuesday Lineup (June 19th - August 7th)

Wellness Wednesdays on the Flatiron South Plaza This Summer (June 20th - August 8th)

2018 Summer Series Throwback Thursday Lineup

Father's Day in the Flatiron District

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Recap: Intersections Speaker Series with Councilmember Rivera

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