February 2017 Newsletter

New from the BID

Taste of the Upper West Side returns for its 10th Year!

Throughout the winter, the Columbus Avenue BID has been getting ready to welcome you to celebrate our 10th Annual Taste of the Upper West Side on May 19th and 20th. Join your friends, family, and neighbors to sample foods from over 90 of the best Upper West Side Chefs, alongside hosts Adam Richman, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Jesse Palmer; Special guest Frank Bruni; and Honorees April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman. Find additional details on our website! Readers of our newsletters enjoy a special 20% off discount with code FRIENDS17, through March 13th.

Meet our New Associate, Gabriella

The BID welcomed our newest member, Gabriella Romanos Abi Habib, who joins us as the Assistant Director of Communications and Community Engagement. Gabriella comes to us from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Beirut but grew up on the Upper West Side, learning math behind the cash registers of Columbus Avenue stores and playing soccer at public schools in the area. If you have yet to meet, Gabriella will be continuing to make her way up and down the Avenue in the coming weeks and looks forward to working and advocating for and with you!

Neighborhood Happenings

KT Collection invites you to fundraiser for New York Women


Join KT Collection and Julie Scelfo, journalist and author of The Women Who Made New York, for a night of wine, jewelry, and books! For one night only, proceeds from a raffle, jewelry and book sales will benefit NMIC's Domestic Violence Project. We can't imagine a better reason to explore KT's beautiful new space.

RSVP to info@ktcollection.com, $10 suggested donation.

276 Columbus Avenue, corner of 73rd Street

Jump into conversation at Book Culture on Columbus

450 Columbus Avenue, between 81st and 82nd Streets

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Designed by Design Republic Partners Architects, LLP

Corcoran Gallery had their official opening on February 22nd. The space created from the old Amber restaurant, on the corner of 70th and Columbus, is gorgeous, with a number of magnificent, large photos of the neighborhood. Our tour was given by licensed real estate broker Greg Kammerer, recipient of last year's salesperson of the year award, an Upper West Side resident for the 35 years, and at Corcoran for past 25 years. Corcoran specializes in the sale of co-ops, condos and townhouses and they encourage all to stop in for information on their listings, or for help finding your special place.

221 Columbus Avenue, corner of 70th Street

Note from Marisa Maack of Council Member Helen Rosenthal's Office regarding Dog Waste

We have heard from so many on the increased amount of dog waste on our streets. We now have laminated signs available in our office for posting on buildings informing people of the pooper-scooper law and fine. [Please see sign below.]

Signs can be posted on buildings only (with appropriate permission by their building owner/managing agent) to discourage this kind of action.

Let me know if you'd like one or some -we can arrange to drop it off for you or you can pick them up at our District Office.

563 Columbus Avenue, NYC 10024 212 873-0282 x200

City Spotlights

NYC Commission on Human Rights Forum, March 8th

Launch Women's History Month at the Our Rights, Our Identities, Our Communities Forum featuring, among others, Linda Sarsour, activist and co-organizer of the Women's March. RSVP to dsussman@cchr.nyc.gov by March 2nd.

Love your Local

Ready to support your favorite local businesses? The NYC Department of Small Business Services is launching Love Your Local, a project mapping independent, non-franchised businesses across the five boroughs. Submit your go-to's to the map -- all will be featured and twenty will be selected to receive expert advice and up to $90,000 in grants to keep their businesses strong! SBS will highlight your best businesses throughout the winter and spring – be sure to use the #LoveYourLocalNYC hashtag, we know we will!

Citywide Transit Plan

Help the Department of Transportation shape the future of public transportation. Share your two-cents, your needs and vision, what works for you and what doesn't, to contribute to a better, safer, more accessible and convenient transit service for us all. Take this survey and start today!

Accessible Shops

Age Friendly NYC, launched in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council, and the New York Academy of Medicine, just released its age-friendly business guide. The guide gives business owners insight into the older adult market and assists businesses in attracting older adult customers by providing practical no-cost and low-cost tips on how to reach and engage this growing market.


Did you know that, until February 16th, there was no law requiring NYC buildings to have their building numbers visibly posted at all pedestrian entrances? Complicating not only deliveries but emergency responses as well, the new legislation increases the original fine from $25 to $250, with incremental increases for each day beyond 30 days of the notice. 3 years ago, the Columbus Avenue BID surveyed buildings in our District and provided numbers to commercial spaces that requested them - if you didn't get around to putting your numbers up, please remember to do so or get your own to avoid a hefty fine.

Neighborhood Spotlight

Time for our seasonal bears! As always, we're grateful to Quality Florists and Nick Bazas for keeping our favorite mascot up to date!


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