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Authors Announced for the 2016 Intersections Speaker Series

Intersections is a BID series focused on information, ideas, and our community. The series is produced by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership; this edition focuses on Flatiron-centric books and is being presented in collaboration with Rizzoli Bookstore.

The free events take place in July on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at Rizzoli Bookstore at 1133 Broadway (between West 25th and West 26th streets). They are part of the BID’s robust roster of summer programming, which features free outdoor tech courses, wellness activities, and games and performances on its Public Plazas.

The series is part of the BID’s year-round community programming titled Intersections: a BID Series Focused on Information, Ideas, and Our Community, The summer speaker series is free, although RSVPs are strongly recommended.

Wednesday, July 13, 12:30 PM: Michael Bierut, Author (How To)


Protégé of design legend Massimo Vignelli and partner in the Flatiron-based office of the international design firm Pentagram, Michael Bierut has had one of the most varied and successful careers of any living graphic designer, serving a broad spectrum of diverse clients that includes academic research labs, professional football teams, and U.S. presidential candidates.

How To is the first monograph, design manual, and manifesto by Bierut, one of the world’s most renowned graphic designers; it’s a career retrospective that showcases more than 35 of his most noteworthy projects for clients such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yale School of Architecture, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York Jets, and The New York Times, and reflects eclectic enthusiasm and accessibility that has been the hallmark of his career.

Wednesday, July 27, 12:30 PM: Dino Borri, Head Buyer, Eataly (How to Eataly)


Dino Borri currently serves as Eataly USA’s Purchasing Director. He was born and raised in Bra, a small town in the Italian region of Piemonte, and got his start in the food industry in 2000, when Slow Food hired him to organize and coordinate all their gastronomic events. In 2008, Dino started collaborating with Eataly Turin, where he soon became the person in charge of opening new Eatalian stores all around the world. He lived in Japan for one year, where he curated the opening of all the Eataly locations in Japan. In 2010, Dino moved to America to launch the first US location in New York City’s Flatiron District. Living and breathing high quality food and Mediterranean lifestyle, Dino is now concentrating on developing key partnerships and relationships with like-minded Italian brands abroad.

In How to Eataly, Eataly’s team of experts, including Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, covers everything one needs to know about Italian food, starting from the ground up. Readers learn how to assemble an antipasto platter, how to eat breakfast like an Italian, and how to use pantry flavor boosters like capers and anchovies. How to Eataly tells readers what to look for in the market, and then offers 100 recipes for contemporary classics. In addition, the book features simple ideas for what to do with staples, from olive oil to mozzarella.

Wednesday, August 3, 12:30 PM: Janette Sadik-Khan, Author (Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution)


Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. She served as New York City’s transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, overseeing historic changes to the city’s streets—closing Broadway to cars in Times Square, building nearly 400 miles of bike lanes and creating more than 60 plazas citywide. Her plaza-construction boom included more than 30,000 square feet of new plazas in the heart of this neighborhood, now known as the Flatiron Public Plazas. A founding principal with Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities. She chairs the National Association of Transportation Officials, implementing new, people-focused street design standards, which have been adopted in 40 cities across the continent. She lives in New York City.

In Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, which she wrote with Seth Solomonow, she demonstrates how to rewrite the underlying “source code” of a street, with pointers on how to add protected bike paths, improve crosswalk space, and provide visual cues to reduce speeding. Streetfight pulls back the curtain on the battles Sadik-Khan won to make her approach work.


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