August 2011 Newsletter

  New to the Avenue  

Originally from Munich, OSKA is opening its second U.S. location on Columbus Avenue later this month. Right at home alongside Eileen Fisher and Babette (all three had formerly been within two blocks in SoHo), OSKA sells women’s clothing that combines a sense of casual elegance and free spirited cosmopolitanism with the highest quality materials and design. Taking a quick break from the frenzy of opening a new store, the new manager said, “We had been looking to move up here for a while, and when we saw this space it was perfect. Columbus offers the opportunity to be competitive as a small brand that you don’t get in other areas in New York.”
311 Columbus Ave.


After five years in SoHo, fashion designer Babette Pinsky has packed up her shop on Greene St. and reopened her elegant women’s boutique in a breezy new space at 353 Columbus Avenue. Babette designs clothing for sophisticated working women who travel and want clothing that transitions as seamlessly from day to evening as it does from New York to Los Angeles. “With so many of our clients living uptown, the move to Columbus Avenue was a logical transition,” the store manager explained. “After being opened for one week, we’ve already seen a great increase in new neighborhood clients, appreciative of our unique designs, easy care and specialty textiles that we offer.”
353 Columbus Ave.
(212) 780-0930


Making its New York debut Today (Aug. 10th), Athleta offers high performance clothing for women training for a marathon to those taking a casual hike. In addition to clothes and gear, they will offer in-store fitness lectures, yoga, and Zumba classes. Athleta looks to connect like-minded women to reach their fitness goals and is working with local organizations like the Urban Girls Squad to host a Central Park running club.

216 Columbus Ave.
212 787-5602


With their comfortable and sleek modern clothing finding so much success on Columbus, Theory is expanding into a larger second location at 201 Columbus Avenue (at 69th St.,) slated to open on August 18th, one block from their old shop located at 230 Columbus Avenue.
201 Columbus Ave.
(212) 362-3676

Seasonal Offerings
Nancy's Wines

Offering a great selection of wines from small, family-owned vineyards for 20 years, every bottle from Nancy’s Wines is unique. In addition to fabulous wines, every Thursday from 7-8:30PM, Nancy’s hosts wine classes taught by Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Jeremy Kaplan. Buy a $35 wine voucher and take the class for free. Plus, watch this fall for Nancy’s 20th Anniversary celebration.
313 Columbus Ave.
(212) 877-4040


Who says you can’t teach an old dog a new brand? The former Canine Club is now called Spot. With a bold new orange sign, the shop joins three other NY Spot locations and continues to provide top-notch doggie daycare, grooming, treats and accessories.

452A Columbus Ave.
(212) 787-PETS

Bicycle Renaissance

Get out and ride! Bicycle Renaissance offers bikes in every price range, components, and accessories. Come in for a tune up and grab a free NYC bike map or learn about great rides coming up in the NY area. You can also fill up your tires with free use of bike pumps outside.

430 Columbus Ave.
(212) 724-2350

  Businesses in the Community  

Quality Florists

It is always nice to have a neighborhood flower shop on your block, especially one that grows their flowers up and down the entire block. Nick Bazas and his father have brought beautiful fresh flowers and plants to the Upper West Side for over than 43 years, when his father first opened shop on Columbus Avenue. After that many years in one place, Columbus Avenue has truly become a home to the Bazas’. When Community Board 7 recently reached out to community members to help plant flowers in our new pedestrian islands that divide the bike lane from car traffic, Quality Florists jumped in and transformed this little plot of soil into a tropical oasis of flowers and ferns. Now Nick is working with his neighbors at Ellen’s Couture, Rose Wine & Liquors, Maxilla & Mandible, and Schweitzer’s Linen to put uniform planters along the front of their stores to create a two-sided floral promenade from 81st to 82nd Streets.

West Side Brew

When you think a “dive bar,” your mental image probably does not include a lot of artisinal craft beers and a crowd of home brew-masters swapping stories, though that is exactly what you’ll find if you walk into Dive 75 on the right evening. Far from its name, Dive 75 is warm and comfortable with stacks of board games and a mouthwatering list of international and domestic microbrews. Recently the Dive Bars have also become a center for an emerging home-brewer’s community on the Upper West Side. The Dives carry their own custom brewed Dive Bar Unfiltered Amber Ale, and have started a monthly gathering where aspiring brewers come to taste each other’s latest batches of beer, share new ideas and trade tips. “It started as a contest between a few brewers who were already coming into the bar,” the owner, Lee Seinfeld tells us. Ben’s Brew, the winning beer, won a spot on tap at Dive 75 for several months and is now on the road to being bottled for distribution.

As we sat down together over a tasting flight of Belgian style beers that Lee has brought in from a small producer in California, he tells us he often discovers the new beers he serves from the recommendations of his clientele. “I try to run a community-oriented bar”, Lee tells me, “Good quality beer has become very popular recently and this is only the beginning.”

Business Services

Energy Savings for Small Businesses

The Con Edison Green Team is partnering with the Columbus Avenue BID in a new initiative to help small businesses save money while conserving energy. ConEd is offering free on-site energy efficiency surveys to identify where your business could save substantially with more energy-efficient lighting. ConEd will help with free energy saving upgrades and will cover 70% of the upfront costs to put in more efficient lights. It’s time to get rid of out-dated neon light fixtures and start saving real money. In one popular establishment out of our area, lighting upgrades are expected to save the owner $15,012 in annual energy costs. In the next few weeks we will be conducting a walk-through of businesses to discuss the program with merchants. If you think that you would like the schedule a lighting survey, please contact us at


Keeping the Street Green

The Columbus Avenue BID works hard to keep our streets beautiful and full of life. During these particularly hot summer months we can use your help to keep the flowers blooming in all of our tree pits. We recently planted 100 new flowering plants and ivy to fill out many of our beds. These are watered five times a week. If your business could also help by watering the tree bed(s) in front of your shop on a daily basis when you hose down your sidewalk, it will make all the difference in keeping Columbus looking cared-for and full of color.


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