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Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Annual Meeting Recap

With abundant sun and above seasonal temperatures, Thursday, June 11th, proved to be the perfect day to commemorate a successful year! To celebrate the accomplishments of the past fiscal year, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) held its 9th Annual Meeting at Grey Group's Town Hall at 200 Fifth Avenue, and an outdoor rooftop reception followed the business of the meeting.

This year's gathering, which was open to the public and had over 160 attendees, included guest speakers Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Keats Myer, Executive Director, Madison Square Park Conservancy; and keynote speaker Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism, and partnership agency for the City of New York. 

The presentation also included the BID's review of its FY16 budget, election of Board Members, and acknowledgements of the exceptional efforts by individuals who contributed in making the Flatiron District one of New York City's most vibrant neighborhoods.

"Never has the trajectory of the area been more apparent than right now, as we see new businesses opening, new tenants moving in, and major projects—both commercial and residential—coming to fruition in all corners of the district," noted Jennifer Brown, the BID's Executive Director.

"I want to give Jennifer and her team and all of you great credit for being such a tech leader in terms of a BID," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "You really should be very proud, because the whole rest of the city is really trying to figure out how to do what you and other BIDs are doing, which is free WiFi for people on plazas and in their neighborhood, so that they can do their business and be part of what I would say every other great city in the world has."

As head of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Myer observed that during her nearly two years in the neighborhood that "one of the things I have found out about this community is I feel like I have moved to a small town. There's an enormous sense of camaraderie and care."

For many, Flatiron is a go-to destination for visitors and residents alike. "Tourism is a very important economic engine for our City," explained Dixon of NYC & Company. "In 2014, it was an incredible year for tourism for New York City. In was in fact, record-breaking in every way. The City welcomed 56.4 million visitors, which was an all-time high. That number is equal to the entire population of Italy! It also had an economic impact of $61.3 billion, and helped sustain 360,000 jobs. A number of those jobs are increasingly right here in the Flatiron District."

Following the speakers' remarks, Brown, along with Gregg Schenker, the Chairman of the BID's Board of Directors, delivered this year's awards, including Outstanding Service to Michel Melendez, Assistant Supervisor of the BID's Public Safety Team, and BID Clean Team Member Momar Diagne. Con Edison, Meringoff Properties, The NoMad Hotel, and Tiffany & Co. were recipients of the Greening of the District Award, and the Chairman's Award was given to Farrell Virga, President and CEO of Meringoff Properties and Vice Chairman of the BID Board of Directors, for his exemplary service and dedication to the BID as a Board Member. 

The Partnership Award was bestowed upon the BID’s Wireless Corridor Partners, the property owners and commercial businesses, who, along with the BID, launched expanded WiFi in the district. Honorees included ABS Partners Real Estate, Adams & Co., Alan Tanksley, Inc., Argo Tea, Flatiron Green Cafe, ilili BOX, L&L Holding, Marimekko, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Pentagram, SL Green, Two Trees Management Co., and Walter & Samuels.  

At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees moved to the rooftop of 200 Fifth Avenue, and enjoyed the backdrop of a stunning sunset over Flatiron while sipping cocktails and dining on appetizers from ilili Restaurant, one the neighborhood’s most distinguished dining destinations. 

Added Brown about the Partnership's ongoing achievements, "As we near the end of our 9th year of operation, I'd like to thank the BID Staff and the hardworking men and women of our Clean Streets, Public Safety, and Homeless Outreach Teams who make it all happen."

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