Fall 2012 Newsletter

  New to Columbus  
El Mitote

The latest addition to the exciting food scene on Columbus Avenue, El Mitote is a restaurant with a tagline “Made like in Mexico,” inspired by the cuisine, flavors, and atmosphere of the central-west Mexican city of Guadalajara. Located in the former Rigoletto’s Pizza location, the space has seen a complete renovation. Painted in bright turquoise, it features unique touches such as lights made from canning jars and even a door hewn from a single giant piece of wood. The team of El Mitote hopes that the new restaurant awakens "mouthwatering tastes of Mexico and opens as a space for joyful gatherings."

El Mitote’s signature dishes are their tortas – Mexican sandwiches with fillings such as Chipotle Garlic Shrimp, Beer-braised Boneless Ribs, and Adobo Griddled Chicken. El Mitote also offers agua frescas (flavored coolers) in a variety of fruit flavors to accompany their tortas, in flavors such as limon (fresh lime and chia seed) and jamaica (Hibiscus blossom).

208 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.69th & W.70th St.)
(212) 874-2929


KTCollection features two different lines: the handmade jewelry of designer Katie Thompson, as well as a line of carefully-chosen costume jewelry. Her large collection of handmade pieces are made from sterling silver with 14-karat gold-filled chains, often inspired by her trips to other world cultures and foreign lands, such as India and Europe, and the edgy street style of our own New York City. Her costume jewelry collection is hand-picked, and she much enjoys the hunt of finding these interesting pieces. The handmade pieces are classic, but with a tweak to make them stand out, and she's caught the eye of many stars, such as Drew Barrymore, Giselle Bundchen, Tori Spelling and Amy Adams.

Katie Thompson is a veteran of the holiday fairs and flea markets, and we welcome her to her own flagship shop on Columbus Avenue.

315 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.74th & W.75th St.)
(212) 875-8700

Upcoming and Recent Events  
Reopening of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at the American Museum of Natural History

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial of the American Museum of Natural History will have its grand reopening on Saturday, October 27th. Located on the second floor just inside the Museum's main entrance on Central Park West, it is reopening after a three-year, $37.5 million restoration. The Memorial's grand rotunda and murals look more vibrant than ever after receiving their first thorough conservation treatment since the Memorial's opening in 1935. Depicting the life and heroics of President Roosevelt, the murals by themselves are a compelling depiction of the 26th president. The Memorial, which includes the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall shown in the photo above, was dedicated in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt had a lifelong relationship with the American Museum of Natural History. As a champion of environmental conservation, he often consulted with Museum scientists.

The Museum will have a day full of activities for all ages, including tours, workshops, leaf-rubbings, and diorama making.

Admission is free for members of the Museum or with regular admission tickets.

Saturday, October 27th, 2012, 12 noon

Central Park West at W.79th St.
(212) 769-5100
The New-York Historical Society's WWII & NYC Exhibition

World War II directly affected the lives of many New Yorkers. When the war broke out, New York was a heavily immigrant, cosmopolitan city, whose people had real stakes in the war. In June, 1942, the New-York Historical Society's two large first-floor galleries were converted into surgical dressing stations by the American Red Cross, and approximately 250 women worked in those galleries on a daily basis, preparing millions of surgical dressings over the course of the war. The New-York Historical Society's new exhibition, WWII & NYC, explores the full impact of the war on this metropolis, and how it played a critical role in the national war effort, forever changing the city. It explores the city's contribution to the war efforts, as well as the changes the conflict brought to the city. The exhibition features over three hundred objects and artifacts from the time period, including art, photographs and even a cyclotron (atom-smasher) used in the Manhattan Project.

The exhibit opens on October 5th and will continue through May, 2012.

October 5th, 2012 to May 2013

170 Central Park West (corner of W.76th St. & Central Park West)
(212) 873-3400

Open House at Farrow & Ball Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 6PM

Come for an evening of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and a presentation about wallpaper, paint and architecture on the Upper West Side! The presentation will feature Christine Klotz and Mark Brungo, AIA, and Ronnette Riley. This English firm, noted for their vintage, environmentally-friendly paint and wallpaper, offers a wide range of very interesting and subtle colors to enhance the decorative and architectural features of your home. This is a free event, with limited space available. Please RSVP by October 19th to Farrow & Ball at (212) 799-0900 or upperwestside@farrow-ball.com.

RSVP by October 19th
Tuesday, October 23rd from 6PM to 8PM

322 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.75th & W.76th St.)
(212) 799-0900

  Recent Events  
Nobel Monument Inscription Ceremony

On September 27th, during an outdoor ceremony in Theodore Roosevelt Park, the Ambassadors from Sweden and Norway, along with Parks Commissioner Veronica White and Council Member Brewer and many spectators, celebrated the 2011 recipients of the Nobel Prize. Nobel Prize winners Christopher A. Sims (Economic Sciences) and Bruce Beutler (Medicine) were there in person to participate in the unveiling of their names, which are now inscribed on the “living” Nobel monument, that sits on the Columbus Avenue side of the park.

Dedicated in 2003, the living Nobel Monument was given to New York City as a gift of the Swedish government. Each year, new American recipients of the Nobel prize are invited to a ceremony in Theodore Roosevelt Park, where the recently-inscribed names of that year’s laureates are unveiled. The monument honors the Nobel Prize's founder, Alfred Nobel, as well as all American recipients of the prize. In addition to the two laureates who attended in person this year, other American recipients were Thomas J. Sargent, (Economic Sciences); Saul Perlmutter, Adam G. Riess and Brian Schmidt (Physics); and Ralph Steinman (Medicine), who sadly passed away a few days before the prize winners were announced.

Columbus Avenue entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Park at W.79th Street.

  Spotlight on Local Business  

Shake Shack

Shake Shack, will be holding their annual "SHACKtoberfest" from October 12th-21st. For ten days, they’ll serve up a variety of special Oktoberfest-inspired menu items! SHACKtoberfest specials will include a Brat Burger, Currywurst Fries, German Chocolate Concrete, Apfelstrudel Shake, and other exciting custom creations.

366 Columbus Avenue (corner of W.77th St. & Columbus Avenue)
(646) 747-8770


Finally, there is a local organization to help children, parents, and couples cope with separation and divorce. FamilyKind is a new, Upper West Side not-for-profit organization that helps children, parents, and couples cope with separation and divorce. It is dedicated to assisting families through the difficulty of divorce and separation. Their aim is to help insulate children from the emotional trauma often accompanying familial separation. They offer practical tools and techniques through education and support services to adults, children, and teens with classes taught by the expertise of lawyers and mental health professional who have decades of experience in this field. FamilyKind is a Certified Provider for the New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program. In addition to offering classes right here on the Upper West Side, they can also be arranged for individual workplaces, schools, or religious institutions. Mediation services are available in English, Spanish, and French, and parent coordination services are available in English and Spanish. In addition, there is an affordable fee structure.

(646) 580-4735

Make Meaning

Make Meaning is a fantastic crafts place for kids of all ages. The place is oozing with creativity from the moment you step inside. There is an amazing array of choices of things to make, such as cake decorating, jewelry making, candle making, ceramics, paper stuff, and the like. With arts and crafts supplies for sale as well, you and your kids are going to love this place.

329 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.75th and W.76th St.)
(212) 362-0350


Bit'z Kids

Founded in 1998 in Kobe, Japan, Bit'z Kids has become the largest children's clothing company in Japan. With just two shops here in New York City, we are thrilled to have them on Columbus Avenue. Their clothing line is quite unique and very adorable, made of the highest quality clothing at very reasonable prices.

In addition to their line of clothing, you'll find their shop filled with other items. They also offer a play area to park your kids, so that you can take your time shopping and have fun picking out items. The store also has a restroom, offering a place to change a diaper or breast feed your baby, should the need arise. In other words, this shop strives to give parents and kids a relaxing time, while browsing and shopping in their shop.

410 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.79th & W.80th St.)
(212) 724-1415



Founded by Nathan Gindi, PhotoOp is a unique photography studio catering to children and families, as well as anyone else who'd like a great photo, including your pets. Their portraits are custom-styled the way you’d like to see them, and their photographers can shoot traditional "posed" portraits or more contemporary ones. The Columbus Avenue shop features a lot of different options for backgrounds, and they even have a stylish collection of ever-changing clothes and props and a collection of song playlists to accompany your shoot. However, if you care to bring your iPod for your own playlist, they have an iPod dock available for your use. PhotoOp strives to produce great photos while also offering a fun experience in the process.

442 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.81st & W.82nd St.)
(212) 362-1911



Created by David Ruggerio and Robert Ross, Lansky's seeks to capture the magic and charm of the Jewish delis at the turn of the 20th century. They feature deli meats, sandwiches, soups, and their own line of unique sodas and hot dogs. The interior has been richly decorated with stained glass from a 1920s South American synogogue and features an open kitchen for patrons to see their meals being prepared.

235 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.70th & W.71st St.)
(212) 787-0400

Quality Florist

With fall already here and Halloween on the way, Nick Bazos of Quality Florist has once again done an incredible job on the pedestrian mall (W.82nd Street & Columbus Avenue) that’s near his florist shop. The installation features corn husks and stalks, huge pumpkins, seasonal plants, as well as a very spooky creature, in celebration of the season.

447 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.81st & W.82nd St.)
(212) 787-4790



The Columbus Avenue BID
Phone: (212) 721-5048 or (212) 877-2678
Fax: (212) 721-4070

The Columbus Avenue BID is a
501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.


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