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Neighborhoods Now: Asian Americans for Equality and Think!Chinatown

Expanding the Chinatown Night Market through a redesign and new community outreach.
Manhattan

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Competition 2021

Inspired by New York's tapestry of cultures and people, Interwoven by Atelier Cho Thompson celebrates the joys of reconnecting in public space.
Manhattan

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation 2020

Who we are as a city is defined by how we interact in our public spaces. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of our public spaces and their role in creating connected, healthy, and resilient communities. Since its inception in 2014, the Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation has been a platform for the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute to bring people together and support inventive visions for an iconic urban plaza. This year’s installation, Point of Action by Studio Cooke John, offers the neighborhood continuity as we consider how public space can develop bonds and networks that help our city heal and thrive.
Manhattan

Neighborhoods Now: Cooper Square Committee

An office retrofit to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for staff and clients.
Manhattan

Neighborhoods Now: FABnyc

Strengthening sites for cultural activity and planning new sites and platforms.
Manhattan

Neighborhoods Now: Community League of the Heights

Conducting a needs assessment of businesses to help create a thriving and vibrant commercial corridor.
Manhattan

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation 2019

Ziggy is a kaleidoscopic beacon for the people of New York. On view November 18, 2019–January 1, 2020, Ziggy celebrated the holiday season with vibrant hues and playful gestures. Composed of painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord, this lightweight structure dynamically filtered its surroundings with shifting patterns, color, and light. Its winding form framed views of the Flatiron District’s many attractions and landmarks, while also serving as seating for locals and visitors seeking a moment of respite.
Manhattan

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation 2018

Happy is both a figure and a place. A series of softly shaped and richly colored screens drape down from an open frame to inscribe a more intimate collective space and provide an analog filter to see the city in a different light. In our otherwise bleak social and political context, this architectural installation aspires to carve a small yet more positive urban space: It seeks to offer a warm embrace during the cold winter months.
Manhattan

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation 2017

Flatiron Reflection, by architecture and design firm Future Expansion, opened to the public on Monday, November 20, on the North Flatiron Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, and remained on view through the holidays as part of the Partnership’s “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming.
Manhattan

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation 2016

For the third year, Van Alen Institute and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership called for proposals for the annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition. The winning proposal was installed during the 2016 holiday season. The project aimed to design and build a highly visible temporary landmark at the heart of the Flatiron District that is the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming.
Manhattan