Flatiron Plaza Food & Beverage Kiosk RFPs

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The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership (BID) is seeking proposals from qualified firms to manage and operate an outdoor food or beverage kiosk (“Kiosk”) in the Flatiron North Public Plaza, located at 23rd Street, Broadway, and Fifth Avenue, and the Flatiron South Public Plaza, located on Broadway between 22nd and 23rd Streets, adjacent the famed Flatiron Building.

Created by the by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2008, the Flatiron Public Plazas have become town squares, where countless residents, employees in the neighborhood, and visitors from around the world converge each day. The BID has a concession license agreement with DOT for the operation, management, and maintenance of the Plazas which allows for the operation and management of subconcession(s).

It is the goal of the BID to draw customers to a successfully-branded food or beverage kiosk that is successful and enhances the atmosphere and experience of the Flatiron Public Plazas and this vibrant neighborhood.

A nonmandatory pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, January 24th at 10 am at the office of the Flatiron BID (27 West 24th Street, Suite 800B). The pre-bid conference will include a site visit to the Flatiron Public Plazas. Questions related to the RFPs should be submitted in writing to the BID no later than Friday, February 1st at 5 pm. All proposals are due by 5 pm on Friday, February 22, 2019.

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Dark Chocolate Oreos Are a New Permanent Flavor Hitting Shelves Soon

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“Oreo‘s newest flavor isn’t as crazy as their usual offerings—and even more surprising, it’s here to stay.

The beloved cookie company announced on Wednesday that Dark Chocolate Oreos will become a permanent flavor hitting shelves next year. The brand decided to announce the news timed to the upcoming winter solstice, the day with the shortest period of daylight (so the darkest day of the year), on Dec. 21 even though the cookies won’t hit stands until Jan. 2.

The new treats come with a dark chocolate creme—”made with real cocoa” as touted on the packaging—sandwiched between their classic chocolate wafers.”

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NYC Holiday Pop-Ups Bars Opening This Season

Frozen Peppermint Slide at Industry Kitchen

Industry Kitchen

The South Street Seaport restaurant will channel a winter chalet and features special dishes like a “gingernut pizza,” made with ginger crust, eggnog frosting, spicy pecans, candy canes, and sprinkles. Drinks include a large format frozen cocktail made with Baileys, candy canes, peppermint bark, and pretzel rods. The spiked hot chocolate has Nutella. Now open at 70 South St.

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NYC Department of Parks and Recreation: RFP For Union Square Snack Bar

The NYC parks department has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the development, operation and maintenance of a snack bar at Union Square, due August 17th. Details of the RFP are below:

Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development, operation and maintenance of a snack bar at Union Square, Manhattan

All proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be submitted no later than August 17, 2016 at 3:00pm.  There will be a recommended proposer meeting on August 3, 2016 at 11:00am.  We will be meeting at the proposed concession site, which is located at 15th Street and Union Square East, in Union Square Park, Manhattan.  If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended meeting.
Hard copies of the RFP can be obtained, at no cost, commencing on July 15, 2016 through August 17, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.
The RFP is also available for download, commencing on July 15, 2016 through August 17, 2016, on Parks’ website.  To download the RFP, visit our Business Opportunities page and click on the “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” link. Once you have logged in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFP’s description.
For more information or to request to receive a copy of the RFP by mail, prospective proposers may contact the Revenue Division’s Senior Compliance Officer, Jeremy Holmes, at (212) 360-3455 or at jeremy.holmes@parks.nyc.gov.
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8/31: RFP for a Restaurant and Banquet Facility

The NYC Parks Department has issued a request for proposals for a restaurant and banquet hall at 201-10 Cross Island Parkway, Queens. For full details of the RFP, see below:

In accordance with Section 1-13 of the Concession Rules of the City of New York, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (“Parks”) is issuing, as of the date of this notice, a significant Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the operation, renovation, and maintenance of a restaurant and banquet facility at 201-10 Cross Island Parkway, Queens.

There will be a recommended site visit on July 27, 2016 at noon.  We will be meeting at 201-10 Cross Island Parkway, Bayside NY 11360, off the Cross Island Parkway between 201stand 202nd Streets in Queens.  If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended site visit.  All proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be submitted no later than August 31, 2016  at 3:00 p.m.

Hard copies of the RFP can be obtained, at no cost, commencing on July 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.

The RFP is also available for download, commencing on June 30, 2016 through August 31, 2016, on Parks’ website.  To download the RFP, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities, click on the link for “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” and, after logging in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFP’s description.

For more information or to request to receive a copy of the RFP by mail, prospective proposers may contact Alexander Han, Director of Concessions, at (212) 360-3452 or at Alexander.Han@parks.nyc.gov.

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Start-Up Spacious has a Vision for New York Restaurants

As more and more businesses (particularly in the tech start-up sphere) forego traditional offices, the demand for alternative working spaces will continue to increase. The new start-up Spacious seeks to capitalize on that, by turning dinner-only restaurants into co-working space during the day. Spacious owner Preston Pesek sees it as a way to “reclaim the city for creative professionals.”

A Spacious membership costs $95 per month, and includes unlimited access to their available workspaces, as well as WiFi, coffee, water, and conference rooms. Currently their only actual space is Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar, so Spacious is offering a 20% sign-on discount for members who join now. Eventually they hope to add more options throughout the city, and possibly include lunch in the offer as well.

The benefit to the restaurant (besides exposure) is a profit-sharing agreement, but in some cases the exposure might be enough to justify the risk. According to a  DBGB manager, the partnership has already brought more dinner traffic to the restaurant from Spacious members who see the space during the day and invite back larger crowds at night.

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6/17: Request for Proposals due for Snack Bar in Columbus Park

The NYC Parks Department has issued the following request for proposals (RFP) for a snack bar in Columbus park, due Friday June 17th.

In accordance with Section 1-13 of the Concession Rules of the City of New York, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (“Parks”) is issuing, as of the date of this notice, a significant Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the renovation, operation, and maintenance of a snack bar at Columbus Park, Brooklyn.

All proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be submitted no later than Friday, June 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM. There will be a recommended site visit on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM.  We will be meeting in front of the snack bar on Joralemon Street, between Court Street and Adams Street, Brooklyn.  If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended site visit.

Hard copies of the RFP can be obtained, at no cost, commencing on May 6, 2016 through June 17, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.

The RFP is also available for download, commencing on May 6, 2016 through June 17, 2016, on Parks’ website.  To download the RFP, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities, click on the link for “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” and, after logging in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFP’s description.

For more information or to request to receive a copy of the RFP by mail, prospective proposers may contact Zoe Piccolo, Project Manager, at (212) 360-3495 or at zoe.piccolo@parks.nyc.gov.

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