Summer 2013 Newsletter

  New to Columbus  
Corvo Bianco

One of the newest and most anticipated restaurants on our Avenue, Corvo Bianco, has just opened. Under the expert hand of executive chef Elizabeth Falkner (Top Chef judge and contestant, as well as hailing most recently from Brooklyn's Krescendo), they are serving Costal Italian cuisine.

Luis Gonzalez Rul, Upper West Side resident for five years, is the owner of Corvo Bianco. It's a unique and beautiful space, with a soaring, vaulted skylight running the length of the dining room, was designed and restored by architect Mauricio Zermen. The airy dining room, with its natural light and living plant wall is unique and stunning.

The space includes a large and extremely inviting bar area. Luis suggests you try Elizabeth's agnolotti rosso (goat cheese, baby beets, brown-butter balsamic sauce). Wine director Enrique Duran will be happy to guide you in your choice of the numerous wines, and you're in capable hands with Ward III mixologist Michael Neff. Luis loves the neighborhood, and is very grateful to his neighbors for putting up with all the construction noise. However, that's over now, and he looks forward to welcoming everyone. Make sure to tell him you're a neighbor!

446 Columbus Ave (between W.81st St & W.82nd St)
(212) 595-2624

OO Wonder

OO Wonder (the OO stands for Optimum Organic) recently opened on Columbus Avenue, providing scrumptious fresh cold-pressed juices and shots, Greek frozen yogurt in various flavors, and Wonder health blends in numerous varieties. Their small and colorful shop is packed with fresh fruits, veggies, herbs and spices to freshly whip up your personal blend. Try their Brainiac, energy drink, post workout mix, or perhaps something for your heart, eyes, or their Chariot of Fire for a healthy sex life! If you're lucky, you'll encounter a staff member outside with free samples of their yummy frozen yogurt.

265 Columbus Ave (between W.72nd St & W.73rd St)
(212) 874-0680

News and Events  
Columbus Avenue BID's Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting previewed the beautiful new Corvo Bianco restaurant (please see separate piece above). The keynote speaker was former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a Democratic candidate for Mayor in the upcoming election. As a result, this large space was filled to capacity, with many members of the press in attendance as well. In his first policy speech, Mr. Weiner advocated for a reduction in the use of fines as a revenue source, and a simpler system to get BIDs up and running in the City. He also suggested the formation of "mobile adjudication" units to allow people to more easily dispute City fines. Executive Director Barbara Adler gave the audience an overview of the BID's accomplishments over the last year, including the tremendous success of the 6th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side and the completion of Phase One of the Columbus Avenue Streetscape Project. Council Member Gale Brewer also spoke briefly.

Crain's New York - Weiner Sells Himself to Biz Crowd - Weiner Woos Local Business Owners at Columbus Avenue BID Breakfast

New York Daily News - Anthony Weiner Cites Daily News Investigation of Secret DCA Fines Quota in Pushing Small Biz Plan

Columbus Avenue Bike Lane Extension

The Columbus Avenue protected bike lane is being extended. In our area, this will affect the area from West 77th Street to West 68th Street. They are planning to begin marking out the bike lane as well as construction of the concrete pedestrian refuge islands next week. We hope to find out shortly where they intend to put the pedestrian refuges, and will let you know, of course. DOT will be giving every merchant and property a flyer, and I expect it will include a number to call if you have questions.

The lane is also being extended north from 96th Street to 110th Street, and South of West 68th Street to West 65th Street with a shared bicycle/vehicle lane.

New York City Department of Transportation flyer

The 6th Annual Whole Foods New Taste of the Upper West Side

Our 6th Annual Whole Foods Market New Taste of the Upper West Side has just concluded. Three thousand people attended the two main events over two nights, and everyone had a fantastic time. Several prominent publications and blogs wrote up their impressions of the event. Here is a brief sampling:

New Taste of the Upper West Side had three events from May 29, 2013 to June 1, 2013.

Columbus Avenue Streetscape Project Update

Work was finally completed on the streetscape project (west side of Columbus Avenue between W.76th- W.77th Street) and the block was transformed from a barren street with just a schoolyard fence to a destination place, and is now teeming with people. The project entailed 8 new undulating tree beds, new trees and plantings, in-ground solar lighting, a solar-operated trash compacting machine, expanded existing tree guards to double the original size, and Manhattan's first bioswale (a water-retention system during storms). Please read the story in the link below, and note the 'before' and 'after' photos.

Crain's New York - Columbus Avenue's Ugly Duckling Grows Up Green

Columbus Avenue Accessibility Project

In order to help both merchants and people with disabilities, the Columbus Avenue BID is creating unified signage to encourage shops and restaurants to make small changes to their entrances so that they're accessible to everyone. As the entire Columbus Avenue BID is located within an historic district, it's not always possible to make exterior changes that satisfy the ADA laws and conform with landmark laws. For shops and restaurants that have a portable ramp (available online from a variety of places) and can install a doorbell that's within reach of someone in a wheelchair, we will be giving our merchants a nice window sign, that will include a space for your shop phone number. We're hoping that the signs will provide an easily identifiable means of accessibility to those who require it, as well as putting an end to the costly lawsuits incurred by some merchants. We welcome any feedback regarding this.

  Spotlight on Local Business  

Casa Pomona & Pappardella

The Gupta family has owned and operated the Indian restaurant Mughlai since 1977 and the Italian restaurant Pappardella since 1983. These two restaurants, just across the street from one another on Columbus Avenue, have been very popular over the past several decades, and with their focus on great service and a personal family touch, it's no wonder they've thrived over the years. A few years ago, they passed the ownership of Pappardella to their son, Sid. As an Upper West Sider, Sid hopes to one day turn the restaurant over to his future kids the way his parents have done. A Pappardella signature dish, and a favorite of Robert de Niro, is pappardelle buttera With one of the prettiest outdoor cafes on the Avenue, you're sure to have a perfect time here.

Sid has recently expanded his restaurant group on the Upper West Side to include Casa Pomona, a Spanish restaurant, which is scheduled to open in early August. This full-service restaurant will serve tapas and small plates, catering to all age groups and party sizes. It will be a "vibrant, contemporary, urban industrial" take on a traditional Spanish restaurant.

316 Columbus Avenue (on the corner of W.75th St.)
(212) 595-7996

Casa Pomona (opening early August)
507 Columbus Avenue (between W.84th St. & W.85th St.)
(212) 362-3200


KTCollection Jewelry, which opened last year to great success, has a new line of costume earrings, with bold, bright colors and big designs perfect for summer. During the month of August, buy 2 pairs of any of their costume earrings and the third pair is free, with code KTCOOLDOWN. Be sure to also check their Facebook page for the dates of their monthly wine and cheese events!

315 Columbus Avenue (corner of W.75th St. and Columbus Avenue)
(212) 875-8700

Q Florist

Q Florist's summer installation on the south corner of 82nd Street in the pedestrian refuge is now on view. Thanks to Nick Bazos, owner of Q (formerly Quality) Florist, for his continued dedication and care of Columbus Avenue .

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

NYC Restaurant Week

New York City's Restaurant Week returns this summer from July 22nd to August 16th. During this period, numerous bargains abound in restaurants all over the city. A three-course prix fixe lunch is $25, while dinner is $38 from Monday to Friday. It's a great opportunity to visit some of the Upper West Side's best restaurants. Within the Columbus Avenue BID, Dovetail, Isabella's, and Ocean Grill are participating.

Dovetail (lunch only)
103 W.77th St (corner of W.77th & Columbus Ave.)
(212) 362-3800

359 Columbus Avenue (corner of W.77th & Columbus Ave.)
(212) 724-2100

Ocean Grill
384 Columbus Avenue (between W.78th & and W.79th Sts.)
(212) 579-2300

La Boite en Bois

Step inside La Boîte en Bois, and you will think you're in France. This quaint little restaurant, just off Columbus Avenue, has been in its location for 27 years, and is family owned and operated, with Chef Gino Barbuti at the helm. They offer a pre-theatre menu for those heading for Lincoln Center, and for the summer, they're serving up a special cold-poached salmon with dill sauce - a perfect summer meal in these scorching temperatures.

75 W.68th St (corner of W.68th & Columbus Avenue)
(212) 874-2705

Housing Works Thrift Shop

Housing Works is a not-for-profit organization striving to help heal a community of people affected by HIV/AIDS. They work to end homelessness and AIDS through their advocacy, services, and businesses. The Housing Works Thrift Shop has been on Columbus Avenue for several years, and is almost always full of Upper West Siders looking to find bargains. All sales support their noble efforts. It is in the process of undergoing a renovation, and plans to open soon with a new and reconditioned look.

306 Columbus Avenue (between W.74th St. & W.75th Sts.)
(212) 579-7566



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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