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Flatiron Hot! News | October 20, 2017

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Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership BID Kicks Off Permanent Makeover of the Flatiron Public Plazas with Community Workshop

Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership BID Kicks Off Permanent Makeover of the Flatiron Public Plazas with Community Workshop
Tod Shapiro

Reported by the Flatiron Hot! News Editorial Staff

All of us in Flatiron have come to appreciate the terrific use of the Public Plazas for all kinds of public events, promotions, or just plain contemplation in our busy neighborhood, as part of the process of making the Public Plazas, formerly dull and prosaic traffic islands, into vibrant, interactive parts of our cityscape. The Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership, the pace-setting BID responsible for the operation of the Plazas with the help of other city agencies and entities (the Madison Square Park Conservancy, for one), is also working hard on a PERMANENT plan for the redevelopment of the space, which has been making do with more temporary seating, plantings, and amenities.

The Object of our Affection! The Flatiron Plazas!

The Object of our Affection! The Flatiron Plazas!

So, starting with this session, the BID is sponsoring a series of Workshops where residents, city planners, and urban planners can brainstorm to make the coming permanent design as cooperative and multi-faceted as possible. The Workshop was set up with tables and schematic maps of the Plazas.  Attendees – and that includes the general public as well as the experts – were free to sit down and give their input on the coming redesign. A quick tour of the room showed our citizenry hard at work, with magic markers and pithy comments scribbled all over the larger-than-life plans and maps.  It was truly a remarkable display of democracy and civic participation to do our neighborhood proud. We look forward to the results of this, and forthcoming meetings, and are excited to see what the future has in store for our Plazas! For those who couldn’t make it but want to get a sense of the action, check out this Flatiron Hot! News quick video clip.