April 2017 Newsletter

New from the BID

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

Have you gotten your tickets to the 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 the restaurants, hosts, live music, and dance floor on our website. We are happy to offer readers of our newsletter 20% off their ticket purchase through April 21st! Enter the code Friends17.

In other news, having employed The Doe Fund for the past 17 years for our cleaning detail on Columbus Avenue, we were shocked to learn they had lost funding and were no longer able to provide their services for our portion of the Avenue. We conducted a search of available companies offering similar work and selected Streetplus as our sanitation company. There are two men cleaning our streets, with staggered times, seven days a week. Below is Ali raking out the tree beds and removing litter on a recent day. If you see anything that is not as it should be, be sure to let us know. Likewise, if you see the Streetplus team doing a good job, please let them know. We're sure it will be much appreciated!

Neighborhood Happenings

Town Hall with City Comptroller Scott Stringer

Don't forget to RSVP to Scott Stringer's UWS Town Hall on April 6th!

Jump into conversation at Book Culture on Columbus

450 Columbus Avenue, between 81st and 82nd Streets

KT Collection invites you to a wine & jewelry night! Plus a special way to celebrate Earth Day

Join KT Collection for a wine and jewelry night on April 19th from 5:30-8:00pm and enjoy a special discount on Saturday the 22nd!

276 Columbus Avenue, corner of 73rd Street

Make Music Happen is coming to Columbus Avenue!

Join New York City's largest celebration of live music! Interested in performing or hosting live musical performances? Sign up at matchny.makemusicday.org

Youth Summer Resource & Job Fair

For the 4th year, Officer Nefta Richards of the 20th Precinct is organizing a Youth Summer Resource & Job Fair. If your organization is interested in having a summer intern or employee, RSVP to the Fair by emailing nefta.richards@nypd.org or by calling 917 376 5010. If you're unable to participate but are interested in donating promotional giveaways (pens, magnets, bags, etc.), Officer Richards also hopes to hear from you! The goal of the youth fair is to provide a forum for local youth, ages 15 and older, with potential professional opportunities and low cost summer recreational activities.

The Fair will be held on Monday, April 17th at 150 West 83rd Street from 1 to 3pm.

Women's History Center opening at the New-York Historical Society

On April 29th, the New-York Historical Society launches its Center for Women's History, a landmark initiative, museum and scholarship hub, and the country's first permanent, public exhibition and educational center dedicated to women's history. Learn more about this incredible initiative, which we are so excited to welcome to the UWS, here.

170 Central Park West


Commercial Recyling Enforcement Rules

Starting August 1st 2017, the enforcement period will begin for the new commercial recycling rules in New York City. All NYC businesses are required to comply and those found in noncompliance will be subject to violations. Businesses should consult with their private carters to determine a plan for collecting recyclables that fits their needs. For more information please visit nyc.gov/zerowastebusinesses.

Businesses are encouraged to attend one of the bi-weekly trainings or watching a webinar. If you are interested in hosting a training session in your community, please contact me them with potential dates as soon as possible at
Pedro Suarez, the Community Coordinator for Commercial Programs at 212 437 4617 or psuarez@dsny.nyc.gov.

City Spotlights

Funding Historic Restorations

The Historic Properties Fund offers low-interest loans and project management assistance to owners of historic residential, non-profit, religious, and commercial properties throughout the City - mostly in low- to moderate-income communities. 1982, the Historic Properties Fund has assisted over 240 buildings.  
Think your building could do with some restoration work? Learn more here!

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!


Neighborhood Spotlight

Celebrating Book Culture's 20th Anniversary

The Columbus Avenue BID would like to wish Book Culture a very, very happy 20th anniversary. Speaking with founder Chris Doeblin, Book Culture, initially founded as an academic intellectual hub has grown, from its flagship store on 112th to its most recent home on Columbus Avenue with a stop on Broadway in between (114th). Ever a success, Book Culture has evolved into a store synonymous with an incredible curation of titles and events, perfect for individuals, families, or friends to explore. We believe Book Culture, and institutions like it, are what make New York New York: the rich, welcoming, ever-evolving, socially dense, continuously adapting city that it is. The Columbus Avenue BID is beyond grateful to Book Culture for bringing its magic to our neighborhood and is looking forward to the Upper West Side iconic bookstore's next 20 years!

450 Columbus Avenue, between 81st and 82nd Streets


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