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On Tuesday, June 7, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) celebrated partnerships, promise to keep getting better and progress thus far since its inception ten years ago.
A non-profit organization created in 2006, continues to maintain a safe and clean environment by spearheading area improvement projects to increase the area’s reputation.
The neighborhood was renovated to accommodate and has become a hub that currently hosts advertising, media and information, technology, and aims to make it a destination for world-class dining, retail shopping – while welcoming vibrant residential life as well.
Prior to the reception, during the event, there was a meeting held at the Grey Group with the twin Plazas in the foreground. Close to 200 people – including small business to major business owners and residents attended the meeting to celebrate the neighborhood transformations since 2006.
Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer and New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop both attended and shared their highlights during the annual meeting.
Commissioner Bishop said the following “BIDS are advocates for the neighborhoods and the businesses in them,” crediting the Flatiron BID with being a “strong partner and economic advocate.” SBS supports 220,000 businesses across the city, he said, noting, “The only way we can do this is through our support with business improvement districts like the Flatiron BID.”
The BID Board of Directors and Ms. Jennifer Brown, the BID’s Executive Director, Chair Gregg Schenker presented Commissioner Bishop, and his predecessors: Maria Torres- Springer and Rob Walsh the BID’s Partnership Award to the New York City Department of Small Business Services, acknowledging their work and role within the organization.
Additional awards granted during the meeting were the Chairman’s Award to Macmillan; Outstanding Service Award to 3th Precinct Police Officer Jose Bueno and lastly the District Awards went to 225 Fifth Avenue Condominium, Con Edison, Meringoff Properties, The NoMad Hotel, Tiffany & Co., and Touro College/NYSCAS.
The 2017 Fiscal Year Budget was approved during the meeting – followed by nominations and elected new directors, L and L Holding, Kew Management, and The Estée Lauder Companies were recognized.
Lastly, Senior V.P., for Research at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Mike Slattery gave a brief presentation and the meeting ended with a video highlighting the past and current status of the Flatiron neighborhood. After all business affairs were completed, it was time meet on the rooftop to cheer it up over drinks and delicious food provided by Blue Smoke Restaurant.
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