Mar 19, 2019

Get to Know Scampi

Scampi, located on 18th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, is a Southern Italian restaurant with an emphasis on seafood. Just slightly south of Flatiron District boundaries, Scampi recently became a "Friend of the Flatiron," investing in the neighborhood as a member of the BID's marketing affiliate program.

"The Flatiron District is the heart of Manhattan.  Everything is right here. I like the proximity to the Union Square Market - we retrieve a lot of fresh produce from those guys. The convenience of being close to all train lines is important to me - we wanted to make sure that everyone can reach us easily," says Chef and Owner, PJ Calapa, the mastermind behind Scampi.

"The balance of residential and corporate is pretty outstanding and rare for a Manhattan neighborhood.  We wanted to work with Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership because they know how to take care of this neighborhood. This district sees a lot of foot traffic but they still manage to keep the streets clean and litter-resistant. The efforts that they go to to care for this district is truly admirable which is why we wanted to incorporate them in the Scampi Family."

Although the restaurant boasts both a great location and charming, warm atmosphere, after a meal at Scampi it becomes clear that the singular focus is the food. One bite of their Mafaldini "Scampi" Pasta (pictured above) and you understand how this dish became the restaurant's namesake. Long ribbons of Mafaldini are coated in a rich butter sauce and combined with gulf shrimp, parsley, garlic, lemon and bread crumbs. The end result is craveworthy. The Rib Eye Steak is another dish you'll be thinking about weeks after your meal. Topped with salsa verde, fennel, olives, the steak is served with crispy fingerling potatoes.

Seared steak on a blue pattered plate served next to a salad and covered with a green salsa verde.

This neighborhood gem serves lunch and dinner daily, and the new weekend brunch offering is sure to become a neighborhood favorite. In addition to the main dining room, they also have a private room which can accommodate up to 60 people. Scampi is perfect for an intimate dinner, an "in-and-out" business lunch, or even a quick drink at the bustling cocktail bar.

a white bowl holds a pile of red and golden beets on a bed of goat cheese

Scampi is open weekdays for lunch from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, and serves weekend brunch from 11 am -2:30 pm. Dinner starts at 5 pm each evening and ends at 9 pm Sunday through Wednesday. On Friday and Saturday, dinner service continues until 11 pm. 

Scampi, 30 West 18th Street, 212-888-2171

Feb 27, 2019

The École is Growing

The École (formerly École Internationale de New York), an independent Nursery-8th grade French-American school, recently began construction to expand their original location at 111 East 22nd Street that will include six new classrooms, several multi-use rooms in the basement, a large préau (covered recess area), and a welcoming lobby. Tthe main building will remain open during construction which should be completed by the end of 2019.

"We were looking for a bigger space for The École to make sure we can offer the best to our students, families, teachers, and staff. The expansion of our main building is an amazing opportunity, allowing us to grow without moving and to stay in the vibrant Flatiron District, close to our other building at 206 Fifth Avenue," said Philippe and Laurence Roux, The École benefactors. "We are looking long term, focusing on making the school better [by] maintaining and enhancing our unique dual [language] program, nurturing our community, and always caring."

The École has been steadily growing since its founding in 2009, with the addition of another building in the neighborhood in 2014. That building, 206 Fifth Avenue, currently houses the Maternelle (Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten) and two 1st grade classes. Now, during the decennial school year of The École, this new expansion will allow the school to double the square footage of its main building, offering a better experience for students, teachers, staff and parents. Although The École is growing, it is committed to remaining a small, community-minded school, with no more than two classes per grade and a maximum of 20 students per class.

About The École: The École is an independent, French-American bilingual school serving an international community of Maternelle-to-Middle School students in New York City’s Flatiron District. The École artfully blends the best of the French and American educational systems, gifting students with deep academic bi-literacy, whole-child skills and knowledge, and an optimistic, multi-cultural perspective. Founded in 2009 by current Head of School Yves Rivaud as École Internationale de New York (EINY), the school went through a complete re-branding in June of 2018 when it became The École.

Photo Credit: The École

Feb 19, 2019

March 4th: Public Plazas & Worth Square CB5 Presentation

Dozens of Flatiron neighbors braved the sleet and snow on February 12th for an open house-style workshop on the preliminary design of the permanent Flatiron Public Plazas and Worth Square, including enhancements to the public spaces and bike and pedestrian circulation in and around the site. The event was hosted by NYC DOT, NYC DDC, Madison Square Park Conservancy, and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership at Porcelanosa.
On Monday, March 4th, NYC DOT will present updated plans to Community Board 5 - meeting info below:
Joint Parks & Public Spaces/Transportation & Environment Committee Meeting
March 4 at 6 pm
Bryant Park Corporation
111 West 40th Street, Suite 2400
Rendering Credit: NYC DOT
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.


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


  • 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


  • 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


  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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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



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.


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.


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


  • 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


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!

caitlin burke - making drink

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