The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District, formed in 2006, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the area's reputation as one of New York's most vital and exciting neighborhoods.
MTA Work at 23rd Street & PAS
If you take the 6-train to the Flatiron District, you have likely noticed construction at East 23rd Street and Park Avenue South.
The work is a part of the MTA's "Key Station Plan" to make 100 stations fully ADA accessible. Elevators are being installed on the N/E (uptown) and N/W (downtown) corners. The project is estimated to take 25 months.
Click here to download the MTA's presentation to Community Board 5.
Flatiron BID Issues RFP for Holiday Event Management Team
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District seeks proposals from qualified firms through this request for proposals (RFP) to develop and manage events and programming related to a large scale holiday season installation on the North Flatiron Public Plaza during the 2014 holiday season.
Click here to download the RFP.
New Neighbor: TD Bank
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, brings their community spirit to a new branch on 23rd Street and Lexington this week.
A Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for Friday, July 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be free gifts for the first 100 visitors. Other grand opening specials include new account bonus of a $25 TD Bank Visa® Gift Card when you open a new checking account with $250 or more, a bonus CD Rate, a mortgage discount, and the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.
TD Bank offers a free coin counting service, free pens, and even dog biscuits. This particular branch was constructed to achieve LEED® certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in order to reduce environmental impact.
TD Bank, 131 East 23rd Street at Lexington Avenue, 888-751-9000.
New Neighbor: Obicà Mozzarella Bar
On Monday July 21st, Obicà Mozzarella Bar had a soft opening for their New York City flagship restaurant in the Flatiron District. The grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, July 24th. The Flatiron location is company's 20th restaurant; it joins other locations in Italy, London, Tokyo, and Dubai.
The Mozzarella Bar features four types of Mozzarella: Bufala Classica (delicate), Bufala Affumicata (smoked), Burrata (creamy), and Burrata al Tartufo (with black truffle). The cheeses are made in the Italian region of Campania and are imported twice a week to guarantee the freshest product possible.
For $38, you can have "The Obicà Experience" - a set menu with the restaurant’s best offerings. Menu items are also available a la carte, including cured meats, salads, pizza, and pasta.
Obicà’s hours are Sunday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Thursday and Friday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Obicà Mozzarella Bar, 928 Broadway, between 22nd and 21st Streets, (212) 777-2754.
(Photo via Gothamist)
New Neighbor: J. Gumbo's
Last week, J. Gumbo’s removed their “coming soon” sign and opened their doors to welcome passersby with free samples and Mardi Gras beads. The location on West 23rd Street is the first New York City outpost for this fast-casual Cajun and Creole brand.
The menu features flavorful gumbo, Creole ratatouille, voodoo chicken, and of course, their world famous drunken chicken. Yes, there is beer in the drunken chicken (though all of alcohol has been cooked out during the simmering process)!
The “J” in J. Gumbo’s stands for “jockey” in honor of the founder who is a retired thoroughbred jockey. More fun facts about J. Gumbo’s Cajun and Creole Cooking Co. can be found on their website here.
On Friday, August 1st, J. Gumbo's will celebrate their official grand opening from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a jazz band and a number of in-store promotions.
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
J. Gumbo’s, 61 W 23rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 206-8501.
ilili Box Introduces Kids Menu
ilili Box, Chef Philippe Massoud's Eastern Mediterranean outdoor takeaway kiosk in the Flatiron Public Plaza, is launching its first kid's menu this Saturday, July 19th.
The new menu will offer lunch and dinner every weekend with selections for the entire family. The kid-friendly menu, inspired by ilili Box's more "grown up" Mediterranean fare, will have "Kids Box" meal for $6.43, which includes his/her choice of Mini Falafel Squares, Kafta Balls (a Mediterranean style meatball), or Chicken Nuggets; Phoenician Fries or Tater Tots; and a Chocolate Pudding. The kids' menu will also offer ilili’s signature creamy hommus paired with crunchy baby carrots.
Mom and dad can enjoy refined sandwiches like Duck Shawarma, Korean Falafel, and Manouche (a rolled flatbread sandwich with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, yogurt and mint), as well as wine and beer.
ilili Box can be found in the North Public Plaza between 23rd and 24th Streets along Broadway.
For more information, visit ililibox.com.
27 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
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