September 2011 Newsletter

  New to Columbus  

Originally from Munich, OSKA opened its second U.S. location on Columbus Avenue. 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 Ave. 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

Café Tallulah

The Upper West Side deserves its own grown up cocktail lounge. After years lying dormant, next March the brown paper will come off the windows on the corner of W.71st St. and Columbus Ave. to reveal a mature relaxed café where adults can enjoy great drinks, French bistro fare, and the sounds of Billie Holiday. Greg Hunt, the former owner of Amsterdam Billiards and a West Side neighbor, promises to make this place fantastic.
240 Columbus Avenue

Farrow & Ball

Redecorating this fall? Farrow & Ball is opening with a wide array of elegantly handcrafted wallpapers and paints made in the traditional style they've used for nearly a century. Farrow & Ball uses the highest quality natural pigments, without fillers, to achieve an unmatched purity and depth of color, and offers a historic color palate matching their unique English heritage.
322 Columbus Ave.


With their comfortable and sleek modern women's clothing finding so much success on Columbus, Theory has expanded into a much larger location at 201 Columbus Avenue, one block from their old shop located at 230 Columbus Avenue.

201 Columbus Ave.
(212) 362-3676

Helmut Lang

A sharp new Helmut Lang is taking over Theory's old space with a line of edgy fashion-forward feminine looks that NY Magazine calls a “uniform for power brokers in creative industries”. Their minimalist women's clothing combines a feeling of 90's rock and contemporary chic.
230 Columbus Ave.
(212) 877 3450

Vive La Crepe

Authentic Parisian crepes are on their way to Columbus. This fall grab an omelet crepe for brunch, or a decadent ice cream crepe for desert as well as all the classics.
189 Columbus Ave.
(212) 362-3676


Making its New York debut, 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 to host a Central Park running club.

216 Columbus Ave.
212 787-5602

Polarn O. Pyret

Cute and tough, Polarn makes quality cloths that let kids be kids. Scandinavia's fastest growing children's clothing company, Polarn O. Pyret designs clothing for all occasions for infants and children up to 11 as well as stylish maternity-wear. Their signature stripes are equally adorable on infants, kids, and moms-to-be, and warm Sweedish design makes their stores an inviting space for parents and children alike.
428 Columbus Ave.

Remembering 9/11

In honor of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, the New-York Historical Society is opening its doors for a free “Remembering 9/11” exhibition, featuring photos from professional and amateur photographers, letters to police and firefighters, and hand-made memorials that were placed around the city. The exhibit will run from now through April 1st. On November 11th the rest of the museum will be opening, revealing a major renovation bringing more light, improved facilities,and a world-class restaurant from Starr Restaurants into the museum.
170 Central Park West
(212) 873-3400

  Spotlight on Local Business  

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 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.
477 Columbus Ave.
(212) 787-4790

West Side Brew

When you think of 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.”
101 West 75th St.
(212) 362- 7518

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


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

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 Columbus Green

The Columbus Avenue BID works hard to keep our streets beautiful and full of life. We  planted new flowering plants and ivy this summer and the recent rains have our tree pits bursting with life. We water our plants regularly. 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 help keep Columbus looking cared-for and full of color.


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