Free tech classes returning to Flatiron in June

Outdoor summer program also includes fitness classes and games

Attendees at a tech class held last summer on the Flatiron Plaza (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Attendees at a tech class held last summer on the Flatiron Plaza (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Public programming in the Flatiron Plazas will be back for the summer this June with free tech classes, fitness sessions, board games, crafting and other activities. The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) is launching the series with an event on the summer solstice, June 20, in partnership with the Museum of Mathematics, which is located on East 26th Street just north of Madison Square Park, and programming will officially begin the next day, running through August 11 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The kickoff event, held on the longest day of the year, will be a chance for the public to participate in some math-related fun. MoMath and the BID, with the help of willing volunteers, will construct a polyhedron comprised of 12 ten-pointed stars in the north public plaza. The angles on all the stars will correspond with the angle made by the sun at its highest peak at noon on the day of the solstice.

The BID has been partnering with General Assembly since 2012 to bring free tech classes to the neighborhood and this year, the Tech Tuesday classes will feature instructors from General Assembly as well as Baruch College Division of Continuing and Professional Studies, ThoughtMatter, Touro Graduate School of Technology and Yext. The tech classes will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the south public plaza.

Instructors from local fitness studios ChaiseFitness, Exhale Flatiron, Uplift Studios and Yoga Shanti will be offering free fitness classes on eight consecutive Wednesdays from June 22 to August 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., also on the south plaza for the BID’s “Wellness Wednesdays.”

The BID will be hosting “Throwback Thursdays” on the plazas to offer board games and activities during the day starting at 11 a.m. In addition to the table top games, there will also be a giant connect-4 and corn hole (bean bag toss) sets. There will also be staged performances at 6 p.m. every Thursday in partnership with local businesses.

For more information about the events, visit FlatironDistrict.nyc/summer2016.

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