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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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