Winter 2012 Newsletter

  New to Columbus  
Palais des Thés

We feel very fortunate to have the first U.S. Palais des Thés shop on our Columbus Avenue. They already have opened their tea boutiques in several other countries in the world, including France, Japan, Israel, Ireland, Norway and Slovenia. In addition to the unique blend of teas the shop sells, they also carry tea essentials, such as teapots, cups and the like. There are over eighty blends of teas on sale here, including their special holiday tea-filled canisters, pictured above.

194 Columbus Ave. (between W.68th & W.69th St.)
(646) 664-1902


LeSportsac has just opened their first Upper West Side location, featuring a huge array of their great, lightweight bags, totes, backpacks and other accessories for children, men, and women. Luggage sets for travelers are available as well. The vast collection on sale here includes items in solid colors and classic plaids, as well as whimsical designs, geometric patterns, ruffles, and even crystals. If you are looking for great design and tired of carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder, look no further than LeSportsac!

248 Columbus Ave (between W.71st & W.72nd St.)
(212) 724-0763

Café Tallulah

The long awaited Café Tallulah is opening this month, and we are thrilled. The two floor space will house a large restaurant on the main floor, with a gorgeous bar below. Initially, Café Tallulah will be open for dinner only, but then plans to open for lunch as well, and stay open until 2AM, catching the Lincoln Center and movie crowd later in the evening. The space has been totally transformed from what it was several years ago, and is now really beautiful, with a large bar both upstairs and downstairs, with several lounging areas below. Owner Greg Hunt chose to restore the exterior murals that were sculpted in 1971 when the space was Victor's Cuban restaurant, and was recently featured in the New York Times as a work of art that “certainly captures the spirit of the Upper West Side 40 years ago.” Chef Roxanne Spruance describes her cooking as “classic bistro with a modern twist,” and cocktails by the mixologist Dushan Zaric, of Employees Only.

240 Columbus Avenue (corner of W.71st St.)
(917) 693-2870

Upcoming Events  
World’s Greatest Toy and Train Collection Exhibition at the New-York Historical Society

Magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels—all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress, are on view this holiday season at the New-York Historical Society, in the first museum exhibition of selections from the renowned Jerni Collection. The vintage European and American toys, chosen from a collection that is widely acknowledged as the world's best, welcomes holiday visitors to the 77th Street entrance of New-York Historical and the institution’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum.

Assembled over a period of some fifty years by U.S. collectors Jerry and Nina Greene and numbering some 35,000 items, the Jerni Collection spans the years from approximately 1850 to 1940 and contains a comprehensive representation of the work of every major manufacturer, including the German firms of Märklin, Bing, Ernst Plank, Carette and Rock & Graner that set the standard for the Golden Age of European toy manufacturing.

The exhibition runs from November 23, 2012 to January 6, 2013.

November 23, 2012 - January 6, 2013

170 Central Park West (corner of W.76th St. & Central Park West)
(212) 873-3400
The American Museum of Natural History's Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture Exhibition

The American Museum of Natural History’s latest exhibition explores the history of food production, the commercial processes of trade and transport, and the varieties of cuisine past and present. With engaging exhibits including hydroponic vertical gardens and even an Aztec Market, Our Global Kitchen promises to educate attendees on the central role food has played in human culture and history. The American Museum of Natural History has also partnered with Whole Foods Market to present a working kitchen open to visitors featuring daily tastings and cooking demonstrations of a wide variety of foods and beverages. The theme of the kitchen is seasonal and changes every two weeks.

Tickets for Our Global Kitchen may be purchased online at the Museum’s website or in person. The exhibition will last until August 11, 2013.

November 17, 2012 - August 11, 2013

Central Park West at W.79th St.

(212) 769-5100
Carla Hall in the @Macaulay Author Series

Carla Hall, co-host on ABC's “The Chew” and author of “Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You” is the featured speaker for the next installment of Macaulay Honors College’s @Macaulay Author Series. With over a hundred takes on classic comfort food recipes, including dishes as diverse as deviled eggs, chicken pot pie, and gumbo, there’s something for everyone in “Cooking with Love”. Chef Mario Batali praised the book, saying “Carla knocks it out of the park with her first book, all about love, tradition, family, flavor and style, and flavor again.”

Copies of Carla’s book will be for sale at the event, with a book-signing and reception following afterwards. Reservations for the event can be made at their website below.

Monday, December 10, 7PM – 9PM

35 W.67th St.
(212) 729-2910
Ensuring Equal Access

The Columbus Avenue BID would like to notify shopkeepers in our neighborhood about resources available regarding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ensuring equal accessibility to shops. Both the federal government and the New York City Commission on Human Rights have extensive online resources to assist property and business owners with compliance.

In addition, we recommend that merchants put up a sign notifying patrons that your business is ramp-accessible, and that no dogs except service dogs are allowed. Having the signage on your shops, presuming there is a barrier preventing a wheelchair to enter, will help protect you. Please visit the links below for comprehensive information on local laws, including the New York City Commission on Human Rights’ publication “Equal Access: It's The Law.”

New York City Commission on Human Rights
New York City Commission on Human Rights – Equal Access: It's the Law

Safety Tips for Small Businesses

The New York Police Department has some tips for small businesses in order to help keep the holiday season a safe one. Furthermore, the NYPD offers free security surveys to determine the current security level of your business and provide recommendations and suggestions to improve safety. Contact your local Crime Prevention Officer to schedule one for your business.

  • Keep cash in store to a minimum. When making deposits, vary your route and travel with another person.

  • Keep the store well lit, and do not block windows with signs or displays. Be alert for last minute shoppers.

  • Stock shelves so that customers can see one another from one aisle to the other. Large displays allow hiding places for perpetrators intending to commit a crime.

  • Be aware of situations intended to distract the cashier from behind the counter.

  • Interior lighting should be bright throughout the entire store.

New York Police Department, 20th Precinct
120 W.82nd Street
(212) 580-6411
Precinct 20 Website

  Spotlight on Local Business  


KTCollection is offering a great Christmas special: Get a free pair of studs when you spend $125, an $18 value. In addition, there will be a little gift for you when you are shopping for others. Their shop is also festively decorated with icicle lights for the holidays.

315 Columbus Avenue (on the corner of W.75th St.)
(212) 253-2571

Magnolia Bakery

Available in stores on December 17, Magnolia Bakery's Christmas Cupcakes are a great treat for the holidays. Their Christmas cupcakes come in vanilla and chocolate flavors with vanilla buttercream and festive Christmas decorations.

200 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.69th & W.70th St.)
(212) 362-1911

Columbus 72

Columbus 72 will have tables and the private lounge available for their New Year's Eve Party at 10PM on December 31st, New Year's Eve. With two rooms and two DJ's playing pop, house, reggae, salsa, merengue, and more, it promises to be a fabulous night.

246 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.71st & W.72nd St.)
(212) 769-1492

Duane Reade

Duane Reade is promoting a holiday toy drive for Toys for Tot's, now through December 15, 2012. Consider making a child's smile brighter by donating a new and unwrapped toy for the holiday.

325 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.75th & W.76th St.)
(212) 580-2017

Olde Good Things

Olde Good Things, is a very unique shop, carrying a large array of antique and reclaimed items, many one of a kind. They are having a good will sale, and almost everything in the shop currently on sale. This is a perfect place to shop for those on your gift list who are hard to find something for, or to purchase a reclaimed wood table, large wall mirror, or Statue of Liberty replica.

450 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.81st & W.82nd St.)
(212) 362-8025

La Boite en Bois

La Boite en Bois will celebrate the release of the movie "Les Miserables" with a special menu beginning on Wednesday, December 26th. Dishes include the Castle on a Cloud Crepe, I Dreamed a Dream Duck, and One Day More Mushroom Ravioli. Come by to celebrate the release of Victor Hugo's momentous novel in film!

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

Casa Pomona

Casa Pomona, which just opened, showcases rich, heartfelt seasonal cooking with a focus on simple, yet robust flavors, inspired by all regions of Spain. They are featuring small dishes such as patas bravas & octopus, or larger plates of paella. The restaurant offers an array of dining options, ranging from formal to casual get-togethers. The seating in the front of the restaurant is comprised of high and low communal tables, making for a casual & energetic setting, while the dining room overlooking the bar has banquette seating, showing off the stunning mural created by Spanish artist Eduardo Anievas Cortines. In the warmer months, they will have outdoor seating.

507 Columbus Ave (between W.84th & W.85th St.)
(212) 362-3200

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