June 2017 Newsletter

New from the BID

10th Annual Taste of the Upper West Side Events

Our 10th Annual Taste of the Upper West Side events came off flawlessly this year, and despite unseasonably hot weather on Friday night, there was no rain, and Saturday was a gorgeous evening. Both nights were sold out, and everyone had a great time. An amazing array of restaurants participate each year, and this year, food abounded from over 40 different chefs each night. Alongside Daniel Boulud (Boulud Sud and Bar Boulud), were chocolatier Jacques Torres, Andy d'Amico of 5 Napkin Burger, Bobbie Lloyd of Magnolia Bakery, and chefs from 85 wonderful Upper West Side restaurants.

Additionally, we had several book signings at the event, which were free to the first 100 people who purchased tickets for various events. Frank Bruni, the New York Times Columnist and former food critic signed copies of his new book, as did hosts Alex Guarnaschelli, Adam Richman, and honoree April Bloomfield.

Next year's events will likely be the weekend before Memorial Day, but check our website in early 2018 for those details: Taste of the Upper West Side.

Columbus Avenue BID's 18th Annual Meeting

There are a few seats remaining for our 18th Annual Meeting breakfast on Wednesday, June 28 at 8 AM. City Comptroller Scott Stringer will be our keynote speaker, along with several other dignitaries and elected officials.

If you are interested in attending, and have not received an invitation, please send us an email at info@columbusavenuebid.org. Please remember that you must live or work in the district and be registered in order to vote at the meeting.

Meet Nicole

Columbus Avenue BID welcomes our newest member, Nicole Paynter, who joins us as the Assistant Director of Communications and Community Engagement. Nicole brings a passion for New York City, the urban environment, and the life of the city and its residents and a knowledge of historical and sustainable architecture to the Columbus Avenue BID. In this new role, she hopes to contribute to the vibrant future of Columbus Avenue. In the coming weeks, Nicole will be making her way up and down the Avenue to introduce herself and looks forward to working and advocating for and with all of you!

Neighborhood Happenings

TONIGHT: Public Hearing on the American Museum of Natural History Expansion

All are welcome to attend a public hearing tonight, Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 6 PM to discuss the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation project proposed by the American Museum of Natural History.

The hearing will be held at the American Museum of Natural History, LeFrak Theater, enter at Weston Pavilion entrance, Columbus Avenue and West 79th Street, New York, New York 10024. You can find more information and electronic copies of all relevant documents here.

Join New York City's largest celebration of live music!

Make Music New York is coming to Columbus Avenue! Join us to participate in this global celebration of music making and to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Come out on June 21 from 4 PM to 8 PM to enjoy live music in Theodore Roosevelt Park and along the Avenue (on the sidewalk in front of Theodore Roosevelt Park and the American Museum of Natural History).

At 6:30 PM, be sure to check out Mandolin Mass Appeal led by the New York Mandolin Orchestra. They will be playing a diverse program including ragtime, classical, Tin Pan Alley, tango, and blues. Look for them inside Theodore Roosevelt Park! More details and exact location can be found here.

You can find the entire schedule of Make Music events taking place throughout the city here!

Clean Energy Forum with Council Member Helen Rosenthal

Council Member Helen Rosenthal is hosting an environmental forum on Monday, June 26 at 7pm. At the forum, you will receive detailed and practical information about how Upper West Side residents and business owners can make the switch to renewable energy and lower our community's Greenhouse Gas emissions levels.

Please sign up in advance if you are interested in attending.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Seminar

If you have a shop or restaurant on Columbus Avenue, we strongly advise you to attend this talk by the experts on the ADA requirements. Restaurants and retailers continue to be sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is costly and unnecessary and can be avoided. Come hear the experts to learn if your establishment is compliant, how a business can defend against plaintiff, ADA lawsuits, and related damages, the costs involved to become compliant, and whether insurance is available to a business to help protect against the growing ADA litigation threat.

This event is sponsored by the NYC Hospitality Alliance. You can find more information and RSVP to the event by clicking HERE or on the "Register Now" button below.

Jump into Conversation at Book Culture on Columbus

Book Culture is located at 450 Columbus Avenue, between 81st and 82nd Streets

Summer Solstice Wine and Jewelry Night at KT Collection

Pop into KT Collection for a wine and jewelry night on Wednesday, June 21 from 5:30-8:00 PM.

KT Collection is located at 276 Columbus Avenue, corner of 73rd Street

City Spotlights

This Week: Free Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks!

The New York Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks are taking place throughout the city this week. All concerts are free and open to the public. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars! here.

June is LGBT Pride Month

Celebrate NYC Pride all month long by attending a variety of events throughout the city!

The NYC Pride March will take place on June 25 starting at noon. The march will begin at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and ends at Christopher and Greenwich Streets.

Borough President Gale Brewer invites you to join her at this year's Pride March! She will be joined by staff and volunteers from her office. If you would like to join, please RSVP by emailing Deron Hill at events@manhattanbp.nyc.gov.

Neighborhood Spotlight

Welcome to the Neighborhood: SPACIOUS Coworking Space at the Milling Room

We would like to welcome Spacious to Columbus Avenue! Spacious recently opened a new coworking space inside Columbus Avenue restaurant The Milling Room.

Spacious' innovative business model reimagines the traditional coworking workspace by transforming restaurants that are closed during the day into distinctive co-working spaces. By utilizing spaces that are otherwise vacant for much of the day, Spacious is able to provide an affordable alternative to traditional coworking spaces. Members of Spacious have unlimited access to the entire network of Spacious locations throughout New York City as well as access to exciting events such as "Who's Who Wednesdays" and "Founders Fridays".

The Milling Room's wonderfully high ceilings and ceiling-spanning skylight, coupled with the location's unrivalled access to nearby parks and fresh air, make Spacious at The Milling Room a true work oasis. On any given day, you will find novelists, designers, and film editors working side by side (and staying hydrated with complimentary coffee, tea, and water) at Spacious' northernmost location.

Spacious brings an innovative passion for bringing together people, ideas, and resources and we are more than excited to have them on the Avenue.

Spring Bear from Quality Florists

As always, Quality Florists and Nick Bazas are keeping our favorite neighborhood mascot in style!


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