Feb 8, 2019

Build The Block - 13th Precinct

You're invited to Build The Block, a discussion of the public safety challenges in our neighborhood with the NCOs from the 13th Precinct (Sector C).

 
Tuesday, February 26
6:30 pm doors open, 7 pm meeting begins
The Rooftop
230 Fifth Avenue
 
Build the Block is committed to building mutual respect and stronger lines of communication between police officers and the communities they serve through neighborhood policing.
 
 

WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING?

Neighborhood Policing is a new direction of the NYPD to ensure police have real relationships and accountability in the neighborhoods where they work each day. Each neighborhood in the program is assigned a new type of police officer known as Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs).

These officers are hosting Build the Block safety meetings to jumpstart the dialogue between cops and community members to create real working relationships.

That’s where you come in – by attending these meetings and joining the conversation, you can help contribute to a safer, stronger New York.

Jan 22, 2019

Flatiron Foodies: wagamama's Chicken Teriyaki Donburi

The food at wagamama, located at 210 Fifth Avenue, is inspired by the flavors of Japan, and it's intended to soothe, nourish, sustain, and inspire. The inventive restaurant offers curry, donburi, teppanyaki, and ramen, along with salads, sides, and fresh pressed juices. Executive Chef Steven Mangleshot says, "Our Chicken Teriyaki Donburi dish is a favorite of mine because it's the ultimate comfort food with great flavors. There's the kick from the teriyaki to dress up the chicken, a bed of rice to grab every last drop, and then the crunch of the veggies to provide those different textures."

Chicken Teriyaki Donburi

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken thighs
  • 10.5 oz short grain rice
  • Pea shoots
  • Half carrot, grated or julienned
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 TBSP teriyaki sauce
  • 1.5 oz kimchee
  • half clove of garlic
  • Splash of vegetable oil
  • Splash of lime juice
  • 2 stalks chopped lemongrass
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Marinade the chicken thighs in the splash of vegetable oil, splash of lime juice, the half garlic clove, and fresh lemongrass for at least an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, then bake chicken thighs for 30 minutes.
  • While chicken thighs bake, cook the rice per package instructions.
  • Add cooked rice to bowls, and place the sliced chicken thighs on top, and drizzle with the teriyaki sauce. Top the chicken with the fresh pea shoots, carrots, and scallions.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds, and serve.

Pictured above: Mangleshot's Chicken Teriyaki Donburi (Photo Credit: wagamama)

Jan 8, 2019

Happy in Flatiron during the "23 Days of Cheer" 2018

On Saturday, December 1st, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) kicked off its annual holiday program, "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer" on the Flatiron North Public Plaza. The program is designed to enliven and activate the Flatiron Public Plazas for residents and visitors alike, while promoting the neighborhood as a shopping, dining, and cultural destination throughout the holiday season. 

Preview at the Flatiron Holiday Installation Launch Event

Prior to the official launch, the BID ushered in the holiday season on Monday, November 19th with the unveiling of Happy the winner of the fifth annual holiday art installation design competition. In addition to experiencing Happy by Studio Cadena for the first time, the event featured a performance by The Jazz GalleryShake Shack's hot chocolate, small bites by ilili BOX, and premium prize wheel prizes from neighborhood businesses. You can read the event recap here.

Live on the Flatiron Public Plaza

Every Friday & Saturday from December 1st through December 23rd, between noon and 4 pm, the BID invited New Yorkers to take a break from the holiday hustle and enjoy a free hot beverage from a local cafe, while spinning the Flatiron prize wheel for a gift from a local business. While out on the plaza folks could donate to our holiday food drive for the Food Bank For New York City. Performances by The People's Improv Theater (The PIT)  & The Ballroom Hub were scheduled on Fridays. Unfortunately the Ballroom Hub dancers were cancelled due to rain on December 21st. We look forward to having them out next year! On Saturdays shoppers picked up "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer" tote bags full of neighborhood discounts.

Over the course of the holiday program, our team handed out over 2,000 prizes from local businesses, over 2,100 free hot beverages, and 1,000 branded tote bags full of discounts from various neighborhood restaurants and retailers.  

Winter Wellness Wednesdays

The BID partnered with three local fitness studios to offer would-be gym-goers the opportunity to take a free fitness class each Wednesday. During the first three weeks of December, neighborhood studios offered 105 free class passes. 

Flatiron Foodies

Beginning the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in our "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer" email newsletter, notable Flatiron chefs shared their favorite holiday recipes each week. These recipes from Scarpetta, Leonelli Focacceria, Quality Eats, Maman & ilili are still available to try at your lesiure now that the holidays have come and gone. 

Holiday Flatiron History Walking Tours

Each Sunday at 11 am, the BID's professional tour guides led vistors on history-packed, holiday-themed walking tours. Our guides took attendees on a 90-minute journey through our vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks. 

Flatiron Holiday Party at Sony Square NYC 

600 people pre-registered to attend the Flatiron Holiday Gift Preview Party at Sony Square NYC on December 12th to celebrate the holidays and the release of Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse. This family-friendly event included a gift from Sony and a crostini and a custom mocktail by Merakia. Attendees were able to test out the latest technology and games to add to their holiday wish list including Rocky and Maddie, the new Sony Aibo Robotic Dogs. 

Winter Celebration on the Flatiron Public Plaza

The BID ushered in the official start of winter and celebrated the season of life with the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). From 4-8 pm on the Flatiron North Public Plaza, MoMath invited visitors to take an epic kaleidoscope selfie. Mirrors on all sides ensured no matter what your best angle was captured. Flatiron fave wagamama was serving delicious hot ramen to attendees while they took a spin on the Flatiron Prize Wheel. It was a fun and festive way to welcome the winter season. 

Food Drive for the Food Bank For New York City

With thousands of New Yorkers experiencing hunger and hardship, the BID partnered 17 companies to host a food drive at 21 locations throughout the Flatiron District through December 23rd to benefit the Food Bank For New York City. In addition to the donations collected by our office partners, the BID also collected non-perishable foods such as canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and hot and cold cereal at the Flatiron North Public Plaza during Live on the Plaza events. Cash donations were also collected online. 

Thank you to our Sponsors & Program Partners!

Presented by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, Happy and the accompanying programming "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer" is made possible with generous support from Presenting Sponsor Meringoff Properties, Supporting Sponsors 212 Fifth Avenue and Sony Square NYC.

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership also thanks local businesses who participated in "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer" through the donation of items for the Flatiron prize wheel, social media contests, and the 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer tote bags, hot beverages; performances; fitness classes; and other festive activities on the Flatiron North Public Plaza and around the neighborhood!

Thank you 10/10 Optics, Almond, Argo Tea, Athleta, Ballroom Hub, Baruch PAC, Benno, Blu Dot, Bode, Bouley At Home, Bouley Test Kitchen, CAVA, Center for Book Arts, Citi Bike, Cohen's Optical, Cosme, Dos Toros, Eataly, exhale spa, Fields Good Chicken, FujiFilm Wonder Photo Shop, Harding’s, Hill Country Chicken, ilili, ilili BOX, Karma Kids Yoga, Kohler Experience Center, Leonelli Taberna, Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria, L'Occitane, Made Nice, maman, Merakia, National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), New York Health & Racquet Club, Obica, Origins, PLAYDAY, Quality Eats, Scarpetta, Shake Shack, Sous Vide Kitchen, Sony Square NYC, sunday's nail salon, Tacombi, The Evelyn, The Freehand, The James Hotel, The Jazz Gallery, The Nomad Hotel, The People's Improv Theater, The Seville, Tiger Schulmann, Uplift Studios, wagamama, and Zuckers.

And special thanks to local businesses and offices for hosting a food drive for the Food Bank For New York City at their locations: A24 Films, Carnegie Fabrics, Coalition Flatiron & Chelsea, Estee Lauder, Flatiron Family Medical, General Assembly, Grey Group, Michael Alan Group, NYC Seminar and Conference Center, Regus, Select Office Suites, Sony, The Yard, ThoughtMatter, Van Alen Institute, & WeWork.

For updated information about upcoming Flatiron District programming, please subscribe to our weekly newsletter and follow us on TwitterInstagram & Facebook @FlatironNY.

Dec 18, 2018

Flatiron Foodies: ilili's Baked Kafta

For our final Flatiron Foodie recipe for the holiday season, ilili Restaurant  shares a hearty winter dish perfect for a crowd on a cold day. A mixture of beef and lamb give this dish depth while fresh herbs and spices add a familiar holiday feel. 

ilili's Baked Kafta makes a fantastic main dish for your dinner party, or can serve as a fantastic accompaniment for a robust holiday spread. 

Cheers to good eats this holiday season! 

ilili Restaurant's Baked Kafta


Serves:  6-8
Prep Time: 30-40 Mins
Cook Time: 45 Mins
Total Time: 1.5 Hours

Ingredients

  1. 20 oz  Ground Lean Beef
  2. 8 oz Ground Lamb Fat
  3. 1.5 tsp All Spice
  4. 3/4 tsp   Cinnamon
  5. 1 T. Kosher Salt
  6. 3/4 tsp Aleppo Pepper
  7. 1 c. Diced Onion
  8. 1/2 c. Finely Chopped Mint Leaves
  9. 1/2 c. Finely Chopped Parsley Leaves
  10. 2 ea  Large Potatoes
  11. 2 c. Large Dice Ripe Roma Tomatoes (skinless)
  12. 2 c. Large Roma Canned Tomatoes with Juices
  13. 2 c.  Sliced Onion
  14. 1/4 c. Sliced Garlic
  15. 1 T Kosher Salt
  16. 1/2 tsp All Spice
  17. 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  18. 1 c. Water
  19. 1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Potatoes:

  • Peel the potatoes (item 10), and par boil until half way cooked, about 5 mins, depending on size
  • Remove from heat, and allow to cool.
  • Slice your potatoes into ¼ inch thick slices, and reserve for later use.

Sauce:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 375 Degrees
  • Combine items 11-19
  • In a hot sauce pot, add Olive Oil and Garlic, and saute garlic until translucent, DO NOT brown. 
  • Add the Onions, and all the seasonings, and saute some more until onions are wilted.
  • Add tomatoes, and water, and bring to a boil, allow to simmer (low bubbles) for 12 minutes.
  • Reserve for later use.

Kafta Meat Patties:

  • Combine ingredients 1 through 9 in a mixing bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated, DO NOT overwork the meat.
  • Form the meat into equal size patties, like a burger, ideally no more than ½ an inch thick.
  • In a saute pan, add a little cooking oil, and sear the patties until brown on both sides, DO NOT cook all the way through.

Combining All:

  • Places your patties in a circular shape, in your round 10 inch baking pan, add the sauce from above, and then layer the potatoes, as if you were layering a gratin or tart.
  • Bruch the potatoes with oil, and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or less or more depending on your house oven.

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Pictured above: Baked Kafta. 
Pictured below: ilili chef and owner, Philippe Massoud

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Dec 14, 2018

Flatiron Holiday Celebration at Sony Square NYC Recap

On Wednesday, December 12th, 260 guests visted Sony Square NYC to ring in the season and celebrate the upcoming film Spider-Man into the Spiderverse. Attendees were treated to a trio of crostini and a mocktail from neighborhood restaurant Merakia.

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Sony Square NYC gave away Sony totes containing six collectable Spider-Man pins. Attendees were able to take the perfect Instagram photo of themselves as Spider-Man scaling a building, interact with Rocky the Aibo robot dog, play new releases from PlayStation, and explore the latest Sony technology.

The BID table featured a snowman full of candy and guests had a chance to win the snowman and his contents by guessing how many candies he contained. The total number of candies were 273, and the lucky winner, who has been notified via email, guessed 265. Attendees also took home with them a Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership banner bag, made from our upcycled neighborhood streetlamp banners.

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Sony Square NYC is a public space committed to showcasing innovations in products, music, movies and gaming. Entry is free! Visit the Spider-Man: into the Spiderverse exhibit now, and keep coming back free access for exclusive content, product launches, creative workshops, live performances and all things Sony.

Thanks to all who joined us! 

  

Dec 11, 2018

Flatiron Foodies: maman's Lavender Hot Chocolate

In honor of National Hot Cocoa Day this Thursday, December 13, we've got the perfect treat to make to celebrate. The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership's Holiday Flatiron Foodies recipe series, a part of the 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer, continues this week with maman's lucious lavender hot chocolate.

This simple and accessible recipe transforms your standard cocoa mix into a decadent treat by adding real lavender and paying strict attention to preparation technique. 

maman's Lavender Hot Chocolate

by Caitlin Burke

Serves:  1
Total Time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup hot cocoa mix (save extra cocoa for garnish)
  • 1 generous tbsp dried lavender
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp hot water

 

Directions:
1. Place the dry ingredients on the bottom of a saucepan.
2. While the dry ingredients are in the pan, put the hot water on top and whisk it together to form a sauce.
3. Add the milk.
4. Whisk together and slowly heat the mixture until it’s hot.
5. Before serving, strain out the dried lavender and sprinkle with cocoa powder for garnish.
6. Serve in your favorite mug and enjoy!

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Photo Credit: Above photo courtesy of maman. Hot Chocolate photo by Victoria-Morris.

Dec 4, 2018

F & M Trains Return to Flatiron

Flatiron straphangers, rejoice! The F and M trains are once again stopping at 23rd Street as MTA New York City Transit's Enhanced Station Initiative (ESI) wrapped up construction just after Thanksgiving.

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According to the MTA, the station closed on July 23rd to address "various states of disrepair that include crumbling concrete and deteriorated structural steel columns and beams, cracked or missing tiles, water leaks, and deficient lighting."

Over the past four months, station entrances were enhanced with digital signage providing real-time information, countdown clocks, new railings and guardrails, and brighter, more energy-efficient lighting. Turnstile areas were upgraded with glass barriers, security cameras, new information centers, and digital dashboards that display New York City subway maps and the full F/M line stops. Platforms were treated with new edge warning strips, new seating furniture and benches, USB charging stations, and new countdown clocks.

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In addition to the standard repairs and renovation work, the station now has 11 mosaic murals from artist William Wegman of his famous Weimaraners, Flo and Topper. Mayer of Munich, a German mosaic fabricator, spent nearly six months creating the pieces that seamlessly translated gray glass into the gray dogs. Mayer of Munich is the same company that produced the life-size human portrait mosaics at the 72nd Street Q train station. Wegman photographed Flo and Topper as a part of his “Stationary Figures” series – a project that has been two years in the making.

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(Photo Credit: 6sqft

The mosaics depict the dogs taking on human qualities and attributes as Flo and Topper can be seen wearing everyday clothes like flannels and raincoats, and staring down the tunnel as if they are anxiously waiting for the next subway. Wegman told MTA Arts & Design, “I wanted to create portraits of individual characters, people who you might see next to you on the platform. For these, I dressed the dogs in more or less ordinary clothes, nothing too fashionable.” Wegman and his dogs have lived in the Chelsea neighborhood for decades. The charming mosaics breathe a new-found sense of life to the 23rd Street station.   

Sources: Gothamist and 6sqft

Dec 4, 2018

Flatiron Foodies: Quality Eats' Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Today is the third installment of the "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer" Flatiron Foodies Holiday recipes. This week Quality Eats takes a traditional dessert and adds squash, leeks and gouda cheese to make a creative savory holiday side. 

Say goodbye to mom's tired old stuffing recipe (sorry mom!) and wow your dinner guests with this new take on holiday carbs.  

BUTTERNUT SQUASH BREAD PUDDING

Ingredients
12 cups brioche, cut into 1” cubes
2 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 “ chunks
1 cup leeks, cut into ½” squares,  washed well and drained
Salt, Sugar and Cayenne
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon thyme
3 large eggs
1 yolk
3 cups whole milk
3 cups heavy cream
½ cup Emmentaler, grated
½ cup Comte, grated
½ cup aged Gouda, grated

Method

Preheat oven to 350.

Spread brioche cubes onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool and then transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Heat a wide-bottomed pan over medium heat.  Add butter, squash and leeks and sweat.  Add thyme and season with salt, sugar, and cayenne.  Cook until squash is tender.  Pour leeks and squash over the toasted brioche cubes.

In another bowl, whisk eggs, yolk, milk, and cream together.  Season with salt and a little sugar.

Mix cheeses together and set aside ½ cup of the cheese mix.  Toss the remaining cup of mixed cheesess into bowl with brioche, squash and leeks and mix well to evenly distribute ingredients.  Pour bread mixture into a 9” x 13” baking pan.  Pour 2/3 of the custard mixture over the bread and gently press down to saturate all the pieces.  Pour the remaining 1/3 of the custard evenly over the bread and let stand for 15 minutes before baking. 

Bake for 1-1 ½ hours or until pudding is set.  Remove from oven and let rest about 10 minutes before serving.

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Photos Courtesy of Quality Eats

Nov 27, 2018

Flatiron Foodies: Leonelli Focacceria's Wedding Cookie

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership's Holiday Flatiron Foodies series, a part of the 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer, continues this week with the perfect holiday treat. For a thoughtful host gift, desert table offering, or potluck treat, Chef Lindsey Bittner at of the newly opened Leonelli Focacceria shares their delicious wedding cookie recipe.

Should you not have the time to bake yourself, pick up a tin of Leonelli's amazing cookies at the Focacceria e Pasticceria at the Evelyn Hotel on 27th Street. 

Leonelli Wedding Cookie

by  Chef Lindsey Bittner

Serves:  6
Preparation time: 1 hour and 20 min
Cooking time: 8 min per cookie sheet

Ingredients:

  • Powdered Sugar- 2/3 cup
  • Egg Yolks, Hard Boiled- 4 each
  • All Purpose Flour- 2 cups
  • Potato starch- 1 cup
  • Walnuts- 2 cups
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Walnut Oil- 2 ¼ tsp

Pass the hard-boiled egg yolks through a sieve, set aside. Toast the walnuts until fragrant, approximately 6-8 minutes. Once the walnuts are cool, rough chop into small pieces, set aside. Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer cream the butter and the powdered sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add the hard-boiled egg yolks, scrape well. Add the flour, potato starch, walnuts, and salt, followed by the walnut oil, mix until incorporated. Refrigerate the dough until firm, approximately 1 hour.

Scoop the dough using a medium sized cookie scoop. Place the cookies onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Using the palm of your hand slightly flatten each cookie so they are no longer domed.

Bake in at 325 degrees F until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown, approximately 8 minutes. Once the cookies are cool, dust with powdered sugar.

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Pictured: Chef Lindsey Bittner,  Photo Credit: Evan Sung

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