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Recap of the BID's 2016 Annual Meeting and Community Reception

To celebrate ten years of service to the neighborhood and review the accomplishments of the past fiscal year, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) held its 10th Annual Meeting and Community Reception at 200 Fifth Avenue in Grey Group's Town Hall on Tuesday, June 7th.

The event was attended by nearly 200 neighborhood stakeholders; also present were guest speakers Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS); Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; and Michael Slattery, Senior Vice President for Research at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).

“The neighborhood of today is a model of progress and growth, a desirable mixed use community, brimming with commercial activity, residents, visitors from around the world, cultural amenities, and promise,” said Jennifer Brown, the woman who has served as the BID’s Executive Director since its founding.

“This is the result of years of hard work, and many, many individuals,” she said, reflecting on the origins of the BID’s creation. “Our mission, in many ways, was simple: to provide a clean, safe and welcoming environment for those who work in, live in and visit the district, to beautify it, and to market and promote the diverse business and cultural attractions of the area.”

As head of SBS, the governmental agency that oversees BIDs, Commissioner Gregg Bishop noted how the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership has served as a model for Business Improvement Districts throughout New York City. SBS offers assistance to the approximately 220,000 small businesses across the city; Bishop noted, "The only way we can do this is through our support with business improvement districts like the Flatiron BID."

Ms. Brown and the Chair of the BID Board of Directors, Gregg Schenker, presented the BID’s Partnership Award to SBS, acknowledging the work of Commissioner Bishop and his predecessors, Maria Torres-Springer and Rob Walsh.

The BID presented its Chairman’s Award to Macmillan; Outstanding Service Award to the 13th Precinct Police Officer Jose Bueno; and Greening the District Awards to 225 Fifth Avenue Condominium, Con Edison, Meringoff Properties, The NoMad Hotel, Tiffany & Co., and Touro College/NYSCAS.

Michael Slattery headlined the program by describing how the Flatiron District is emblematic of the city’s transformation. "The BID's role is to be in the vanguard of changes that are going on in the neighborhood," said Slattery. "The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership has been exemplary in capitalizing on the neighborhood's strengths."

The meeting ended with a short video, which focused on the amazing neighborhood of today and all that it has to offer. Afterwards, attendees moved upstairs to the rooftop of 200 Fifth Avenue, and enjoyed mild early-summer weather while dining on delicious barbecue from Blue Smoke.

Image of 2016 Annual Meeting via Angelito Jusay Photography.



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