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TD Bank to open in prime space on Madison Square Park

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In case you were hoping some great new restaurant (or something else interesting) might open up in that prime space across from Madison Square Park at 23rd and Broadway, we learn it will be a TD Bank. The space was previously held by Benvenuto Cafe (950 Broadway at 23rd Street).

With the outdoor seating in the street plaza area on Broadway right there, it would have been a great place for a new cafe or restaurant, but alas, it seems the building owner went for a secure tenant at what is likely a high lease price. (Nothing against TD Bank, which actually seems like a decent bank, but do we really need more bank branches in the neighborhood?)

TD Bank flatiron

 

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India Day Parade 2014 is today and route ends in Madison Square Park

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The India Day Parade for 2014 is today (Sunday August 17th) and it runs down Madison Avenue from 37th Street to Madison Square Park (23rd and Madison). The parade kicks off at noon and ends around 3pm, followed by cultural programs and a food court until 6pm on Madison Avenue between 24th-27th Street.

This year’s Grand Marshall is Vivek Ranadive, with Sunny Deol as the Bollywood Grand Marshall, and the Guest of Honor is actress and model Ravenna Tondon.

It is a free event and open to the public to attend the parade. More info at www.fianynjct.org/india-parade.

Here is the India Day Parade route:

(map via http://www.fianynjct.org)

(map via http://www.fianynjct.org)

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Last day of Summer Streets is today!

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summer streets 2014 mapIt’s the last day of Summer Streets 2014 from now until 1pm (Saturday 16th). The city shuts down 6.9 miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, so you can walk, run, bike or play without any cars. It’s awesome to be able to ride up to Central Park without fear of getting hit by a car or breathing in car exhaust. For the most part it runs of Park Avenue, and passes right by the Madison Square Park area on Park Avenue South.

They also have an interactive art exhibit in the Park Avenue Tunnel again. This one is called Dive by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen and will be an “immersive sound installation within the Park Avenue Tunnel using sounds recorded from shallow to deep underwater environments in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Canada, USA, Thailand, and most recently around the equator in the Caribbean and the Pacific. Ms. Winderen records sounds made by crustaceans, fish and mammals using sensitive hydrophones.”

We have one of the big official stops (the Midtown Rest Stop) right at 25th and Park where you can do the following:

Enjoy Whole Foods Market City Picnic, with free samples from Whole Foods, Applegate Farms, Daiya, Honest Tea, Steve’s Ice Cream, Organic Valley, Nature’s Path, Gardein, Chia Co., Sweet Leaf Tea and Morningstar Farms.
Rent a free bike courtesy of Bike and Roll
Rent rollerblades for free courtesy of Rollerblade
Bike helmet fittings from DOT Safety Education

Here is the one page guide to the event.

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Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse has closed on Park Avenue South

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vic anthony closedVic & Anthony’s Steakhouse recently closed their location at 233 Park Avenue South (between 18th and 19th Street) after a little over 2 years in business. They still have their locations in Houston, Atlantic City and Las Vegas, but could not make it work in this neighborhood, which already has other steakhouses including BLT Prime, Ben & Jack’s, and Les Halles, plus others that tried and failed (Primehouse New York, Parea Prime, Hurricane Steak & Sushi).

For this long time neighborhood resident, it seems difficult to crazy to try to successfully run a new steak-house or Italian restaurant at this point in the area, given all of the competition.

No word yet on what will go into that spot at 233 Park Avenue South.

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145 new job listings in the Flatiron, Nomad, and Madison Square Park neighborhoods

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End your summer with a new job! Here are 145 new job listings in the Flatiron, Nomad, and Madison Square Park neighborhoods of New York City:

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