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

New Neighbor: Memo Shish Kebab

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is delighted to introduce Memo Shish Kebab to the Flatiron neighborhood. After 18 years operating his original location on King's Highway in Brooklyn, owner Mehmet Avci decided it was time to bring Memo Shisk Kebab to Manhattan. Feauring a "soul that encapsulates everything that is Turkish cuisine," Memo Shish Kebab prides itself in staying true to its roots.

Family owned and hand built, the Turkish restaurant avoids altering its menu to follow American trends, favoring consistency and authenticity over new menu items. Even with options that can be taken on-the-go, patrons can enjoy true Turkish flavors and will understand the buzz around Turkish food that has become so prevalant over the last decade.

"For the first extended branch of the Memo Shish Kebab restaurant, West 23rd and Sixth Avenue was perfect. With a location that is central to numerous densely populated spots in Manhattan, ranging from Flatiron, Chelsea, Union Square, Koreatown, and Kips Bay, it was imperative that the new branch was inviting to a diverse pool of consumers," said Loli Gjurra, Operations Director. "For anybody opening up a new business, population, demographics, and visibility are important, but for us, the new Memo Shish Kebab needed factors that could not be found in its original location in Brooklyn. The new branch needs to flourish in an on-the-go setting."

Memo Shish Kebab showcases the “Doner Kebab”, a famous Turkish street food, in both sandwiches and entrees. In addition to quick kebab and gyro sandwiches and platters, Memo also features more time-intensive entrees and specialty dishes, such as Sautés, Lahmahcun (nicknamed the “Turkish Pizza”), and Kunefe. With skillfully carved meats and vegetarian-friendly options, the menu proves itself broad enough to meet the needs and cravings of all customers. For those seeking tasty treats that satisfy their sweet tooth, Memo Shish Kebab hand-makes fresh Turkish-oriented desserts ranging from puddings to cakes.

After 18 years, the Flatiron District is proud to be Memo's new home as it continues to expand and bring a little bit of Turkey into every New Yorker's diet. 

Memo Shish Kebab, 100 West 23rd Street, (212) 381-2115

Photo Credit: Memo Shish Kebab

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

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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 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

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.

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