From the July 2011 Newsletter of the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership -


Five Years Later - Conditions Improve Dramatically

This Spring, the BID performed a survey of street-level conditions to gauge the impact of its Clean Streets program on the district. The survey was a follow up to the same survey done at the BID's outset in 2006.

Using a program called ComNET2Go, which was created by the Fund for the City of New York's Center on Government Performance; the BID went block by block to survey and record street-level conditions within the Flatiron District. The results were astonishing. The overall number of problems reported fell by 91.2% between 2006 and 2011. Observations of bills and/or stickers posted throughout the district plummeted 98.8%, while instances of litter on the streets and sidewalks dropped 97.9%. Graffiti/scratchiti on surfaces and problems with lampposts declined nearly 94%. The dramatic results highlight just how successful the Clean Streets program has been in improving the appearance and quality of life of the neighborhood.

Pre-BID Litter and Graffiti Assessment

Before the Clean Streets Program started, to establish and evaluate where problems might be most acute, the Partnership utilized a technology called ComNET (Computerized Neighborhood Environment Tracking). This comprehensive assessment allowed the Partnership to document exactly where graffiti, litter and conditions such as "ponding" were most prevalent.

In May 2011, the data was updated in order to compare conditions after five years of the BID's services. Click on the links below to see the improvements from 2006 to 2011:

2006 Graffiti Map ---- 2011 Graffiti Map
    • 93.8% decrease in graffiti from 2006 to 2011

2006 Bills/Stickers Map ---- 2011 Bills/Stickers Map
    • 98.8% decrease in bills/stickers from 2006 to 2011

2006 Litter Map ---- 2011 Litter map
    •  97.9% decrease in litter from 2006 to 2011