Oct 4, 2016

Forgiving Fines: The NYC Amnesty Program

Mayor de Blasio and the City Council authorized a three-month program that allows participants to resolve violations they received from New York City’s Department of Sanitation, Buildings, Transportation, Fire Department, Landmarks, Parks, or other New York City agencies, and which are now in judgement. The program, run by the New York Department of Finance, began on September 12th, 2016, and will continue through December 12th, 2016. 

Any business or individual who is named on a violation judgment that has been adjudicated by the Environmental Control Board may participate. The program covers two types of violations: those that only require payment and those that require both payment and corrective action.

To receive amnesty, you must pay all of your violations that are in judgement on or before December 12th, 2016. This means the City of New York has taken the legal step of filing a public record of your liability in court for the entire amount due, plus additional interest. The program does not include Parking and Real Property violations.

You can help the City get the word out by distributing the Forgiveness Fines flyers and use #nycforgivingfines on social media.

For more information, visit nyc.gov/forgivingfines.

Sep 28, 2016

Off-Broadway Week Returns Through October 9th

If you missed this summer’s Broadway week, you still have another chance to get 2-for-1 tickets to see amazing singing, dancing, and acting. NYC Off-Broadway Week began earlier this week, and will run through October 9th. Tickets are now on sale through NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization for the five boroughs of New York City.

This fall, choose from 35 shows, such as Avenue Q, Gazillion Bubble Show, and Blue Man Group.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Image via Avenue Q.

Aug 23, 2016

Donate Goods through donateNYC

Did you know that every year New Yorkers throw out nearly six million tons of waste, including items that could be reused? Instead, you can donate goods to local nonprofit organizations. By donating and reusing goods instead of discarding them, New Yorkers can greatly reduce waste, conserve energy and resources, save money, and help provide jobs and human services for New Yorkers in need.

donateNYC is a program of the NYC Department of Sanitation that helps New Yorkers give goods, find goods, and do good, with tools that make it easy to donate or find used goods. It is an essential part of NYC’s 0X30 initiative, helping New Yorkers reach the goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. Residents can use donateNYC to give or find second-hand goods; businesses and nonprofits can exchange used goods; and local reuse organizations can join the donateNYC Partnership.

Local Flatiron donation locations include:

Housing Works, 157 East 23rd Street, between Third and Lexington Avenues, (347) 473-7400.

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts. Housing Works accepts antiques, art, clothing, CDs and DVDs, books, furniture, housewares, jewelry and accessories. Drop off hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. They also offer free furniture pickup

Room to Grow, 54 West 21st Street Suite 401, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 620-7800.

Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. They accept baby carries, baby-proofing items, bathtubs, bibs, blankets, high chairs, playpens, children's clothing (up to size 5t), shoes (up to size 13), and strollers. Call to schedule an appointment for donation drop off.

For more information on NYC Department of Sanitation's donation programs and to find other nonprofit organizations and donation locations, visit nyc.gov/donate.

Another alternative is:

Crossroads, 24 West 26th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (646) 398-7917.

At Crossroads, customers can sell their in-style, on-trend clothing and accessories for cash or trade credit on the spot, and help keep clothing out of landfill. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Aug 17, 2016

NYC Broadway Week Returns with 19 Shows

Tickets for NYC Broadway Week will go on sale on Thursday, August 18th at 10:30 a.m. Get your calendars ready to mark this exciting 2-for-1 ticket deal. 

This season, 19 musicals and plays are offered as part of NYC Broadway Week by NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism, and partnership agency for the City of New York. Shows include family-friendly musicals, such as Aladdin, Matilda the Musical, and The Lion King; all time favorite shows Wicked and Fidler on the Roof; as well as new shows Holiday Inn and Cirque du Soleil Paramour

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Bonus special: Ride Amtrak to NYC Broadway Week and get 30% off a companion ticket when buying one Amtrak ticket. This limited offer is valid through September 20th. Use code V312 for discount. For more information and to book, click here

Image credit Joan Marcus.

Jul 18, 2016

Businesses: Remember to "Shut the Front Door!"

As the temperatures begin to rise this summer, the BID wants to remind businesses to “Shut the Front Door!” According to New York City’s air conditioning law, it is illegal to leave store doors and windows open while air conditioning is running. Just by closing the door, the average business can save more than $1,000 on electric bills, noted Con Edison. You’ll also prevent unnecessary release of carbon dioxide and save approximately five barrels of oil.

Last summer, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs announced their campaign to encourage businesses to “Shut the Front Door!” The campaign helps to educate businesses on Local Law 92, which prohibits stores—regardless of size--from leaving doors or windows open while air conditioning is running. Chain stores—stores with five or more locations in New York City—must post a sign alerting people to contact 311 to report violations of the law on all exterior doors where people can see it.

Businesses can pledge to #BeCoolSaveFuel and print this page (in PDF) to post on your store door to show your customers you're proud to protect NYC's environment.

Learn more about the law and campaign here.

Image via New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

Jul 12, 2016

NYC Restaurant Week Returns This Summer with 19 Participating Flatiron District Restaurants

Reservations are now open for the summer edition of NYC Restaurant Week, taking place from July 25th to August 19th. NYC Restaurant Week is a semiannual promotion by NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization for the five boroughs of New York City.

Participating restaurants are offering three-course lunches for $29 and dinners for $42, not including beverages or gratuity. For a full list of participating restaurants and information on reservations, click here.

Bonus: American Express card holders receive $5 back when spend $35 or more at participating restaurants during summer Restaurant Week. Simply enroll your eligible American Express Card, spend $35 or more in a single transaction using your enrolled Card at participating restaurants from July 25th to August 19th, 2016, and get a $5 statement credit. For more information and to enroll, click here

See below for a list of participating Flatiron District restaurants:

A Voce Madison
41 Madison Avenue
(212) 545-8555
24 East 21st Street
(212) 473-3100
Black Barn
19 East 26th Street
(212) 265-5959
Blue Smoke Flatiron
116 East 27th Street
(212) 447-7733
Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room
6 West 24th Street
(212) 234-2373
Bread & Tulips
365 Park Avenue South
(212) 532-9100
The Clocktower at The New York EDITION Hotel
5 Madison Avenue
Entrance on 24th Street
(212) 413-4300
Dos Caminos Park Avenue
373 Park Avenue South
(212) 294-1000
Giorgio’s of Gramercy
27 East 21st Street
(212) 477-0007 
36 West 26th Street
(212) 206-7226
ilili Restaurant 
236 Fifth Avenue
(212) 683-2929 
27 West 24th Street
(212) 490-2100
La Pecora Bianca
1133 Broadway
(212) 498-9696
Obica Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina
928 Broadway
(212) 777-2754
Park Avenue Summer
360 Park Avenue South
(212) 951-7111
43 West 24th Street
(212) 929-1200
Sabbia at La Birreria
200 Fifth Avenue
(212) 837-8910
Sarabeth’s Park Avenue South
381 Park Avenue South
(212) 335-0093
Zero Otto Nove
15 West 21st Street
(212) 242-0899
Jun 22, 2016

Fourth of July Holiday Guide

Celebrating Independence Day in New York City is a one-of-a-kind experience, but you won’t want to wait until the last minute to make your Fourth of July plans! Whether you want to be dazzled by Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks or have a relaxing picnic in Madison Square Park, the Flatiron District has you covered with all of the information you need to have an unforgettable Fourth of July.

Where to Watch Fireworks

Macy’s 40th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks show will return to the East River this year. The show will begin at 9:25 p.m. and last for about 25 minutes. Fireworks will be set off from Brooklyn Bridge and four other barges between 23rd and 37th Streets.

If you’re looking to watch fireworks in the Flatiron District, then be sure to check out the Fourth of July BBQ and Fireworks events at the rooftop bar at 230 FIFTH. The event goes from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., with a $20 cover from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, please call the venue directly at (212) 725-4300.

Where to Experience a Beach in the City

Eataly’s seaside restaurant, SABBIA, features delicious Italian coastal fare like Island Creek Oysters, local swordfish, and Prosciutto Cotto, as well as an endless list of refreshing summer wine, cocktails, and beers. Daily hours and menu information can be found here.

Where to Have a Picnic

Escape the summer heat in the shade of the beautiful trees and horticulture at Madison Square Park. Bring your own picnic food, or treat yourself to all-American burgers, fries, and shakes at the original Shake Shack. While there be sure to check out Martin Puryear’s monumental “Big Bling” sculpture. The temporary outdoor work is free to the public, and part of the Mad. Sq. Art Program by our friends at the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

If you want to enjoy free WiFi while you dine, then be sure to check out the Flatiron Public Plazas at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue. ilili BOX, located in the North Public Plaza between 23rd and 24th Streets, serves a variety of Mediterranean inspired sandwiches and sides. On the South Public Plaza between 22nd and 23rd Streets, Flatiron Green Café offers a wide selection of wraps, paninis, salads, and fresh juices.

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with a patriotic dessert then treat yourself to an American Flag cupcake pack at Baked by Melissa, which has a Flatiron District location at 111 East 23rd Street.

Where to Shop Before Your Weekend Beach Getaway

For those escaping the NYC heat with a weekend at the beach or the pool, be sure to check out the wide range of women’s swimsuits at one of the many trendy Flatiron District boutiques. Some of our favorites include Athleta Flatiron at 126 Fifth Avenue, Club Monaco at 160 Fifth Avenue, and Sweaty Betty at 168 Fifth Avenue.

How to Get Around

Visit the MTA's website to help plan your transportation over the July 4th holiday weekend. Alternate-side parking rules and parking meter regulations will be suspended on July 4th. More information on holiday alternate-side parking suspensions can be found here; you may also call 311 for the up-to-the-minute status.

Image by Anthony Quintano, via Flickr


Jun 14, 2016

Free Business Courses and Workshops for Small Business Owners

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) provides direct assistance to help small businesses start, operate, and expand in New York City. To help small business owners compete and thrive, SBS offers free business courses and workshops. Topics range from the basics of how to develop a strong business plan and marketing strategy to more advanced courses on government contracting, computer-based bookkeeping, and e-commerce strategies.

To see a full schedule of upcoming classes and workshops, please visit the SBS Eventbrite page. Upcoming classes and workshops taking place online or at the NYC Business Solutions Lower Manhattan Center include the following:

  • 10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business, Thursday, June 16th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Business Financing Roadmap, Tuesday, June 21st, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Business Planning Basics, Wednesday, June 22nd, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Signing a Commercial Lease: What You Need to Know, Wednesday, June 29th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

In addition to free courses and workshops, SBS offers a variety of free services for small business owners, such as legal aid, financing assistance, and Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) certification at its Business Solutions Centers across the five boroughs. For more information on all of SBS’ services, click here.

Image via SBS

May 11, 2016

New Recycling Regulations Affecting NYC Businesses

Since 1992, all businesses in NYC have been required to separate recyclable materials from garbage. In early 2016, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) clarified the business recycling rules as part of the Mayor's "0x30" initiative to eliminate all landfill waste by the year 2030. Beginning in the summer of 2016, every NYC business will be required to comply with changes to these rules and ensure to their best ability that recyclable materials are properly handled by their private carter. Additionally, certain large entertainment- and hospitality-focused businesses will be required to separate food waste (called "organics") from garbage for on-site composting or off-site processing by their private carter. Businesses can save money and avoid fines by complying with the new rules.

  • Learn how to avoid fines, hire a private carter, and reduce environmental impact by visiting the ZeroWaste business resources page of the DSNY website.
  • Find out if your business is covered by the business organics rules.
  • Request a free educational site visit by emailing commercialprograms@dsny.nyc.gov. Be sure to include “Site Visit Request” in the subject.


2020 Archive

A Letter to Our Community

Black-Owned Businesses in Flatiron and NoMad

Flatiron Foodie: Taïm's S'rug (Yemenite Cilantro Hot Sauce)

Flatiron Plate Now Open

2020 Annual Meeting & Community Reception Postponed

April News Roundup

Broadway Open Streets Initiative

Gov. Cuomo Announces Guidelines for Reopening NY State

Join us to Feed Flatiron's First Responders

Volunteers Needed for NAC's "Story (Any) Time"

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Mother's Day Flatiron Gift Guide

Springtime in Flatiron

New York Business Leaders Unveil Economic Relief & Recovery Plan

Flatiron Foodies: Honeybrains' Honey Tahini Toast

March News Roundup

Shop Flatiron Retail Online

Rizzoli Bookstore Staff Picks

Flatiron Businesses Giving Back

Online Classes & Virtual Experiences

COVID-19 - Financial Resources for Businesses & Nonprofits

Flatiron Fundraising Efforts You Can Support

Essential Retailers Open to Support You

Flatiron Foodies: Om Juice Bar's Blue Lagoon Smoothie Bowl

Delivery & Pick-up Options in the Flatiron District

Historic Flatiron District Walking Tours Temporarily Cancelled

Support Local Businesses

Saint Patrick's Day Take Out/Delivery in Flatiron

New Neighbor: Sticky's Finger Joint

Support Women-Owned Businesses in Flatiron

February News Roundup

New Neighbor: Renaissance New York Chelsea

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & Updates

Get to Know: Center for Book Arts

New Neighbor: Verōnika

Where to Staycay in the Flatiron District

Flatiron Sponsorship Opportunities for 2020

Flatiron Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Flatiron Foodies: Il Fiorista's Elysian Fields Lamb Loin

January News Roundup

Valentine's Day Dining Guide in Flatiron

Where to Watch the Big Game

2019 Community Survey Snapshot

23 Days of Flatiron Cheer 2019 Recap

Flatiron News Roundup: Highlights from 2019

Flatiron Foodies: Sophie's Cuban Cuisine's Picadillo de Res

January Joiner: Get Fit in 2020

New Neighbor: LL Studio by Laughing Lotus