August 2014 Newsletter

  Featured on Columbus  
Theodore Roosevelt Park

Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History, is beautiful and serene. It's a wonderful place to get away without really going anywhere. How many of you, though, are familiar with one of the park's hidden gems? The Arthur Ross Terrace, like the rest of the park, is open to the public. Just take the stairs to your right when entering the park at 79th & Columbus Avenue (to the right of the glass entry to the Planetarium). This elevated terrace is a perfect place to enjoy your lunch and read a book or just close your eyes and listen to the sound of the cascading water, which comes from numerous spouts that pop up and disappear suddenly, delighting little kids, who are often wading in the water.

Columbus Avenue & W.79th St.
(Northwest corner of American Museum of Natural History)
(212) 769-5100

Columbus Avenue BID's Annual Meeting June 24th

From left, Barbara Adler, Andrew Rigie, Comm. Julie Menin, Borough President Gale Brewer

Julie Menin, Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, addressed a full house at Isabella's as the keynote speaker, on June 24th. She focused on the City's top priorities in her department and discussed the new NYC Paid Sick Leave law. She's determined to make sure that implementation and outreach are both accomplished. DCA is committed to the elimination of unnecessary and burdensome fines for small business owners and has opened the Office of Financial Empowerment. The office has already created 30 centers in an attempt to help manage debt for unbanked New Yorkers. Eight banking partners are signed onto this endeavor.

Other speakers at the annual meeting breakfast included Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, and Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, as well as BID president, Doug Griebel and Executive Director, Barbara Adler. Thanks to Isabella's for a superb breakfast, which was enjoyed by all.

Columbus Avenue BID
180 W.80th St. Suite 210 (bet. Columbus & Amsterdam Aves.)
(212) 877-2678

The NEW Columbus Avenue Map & Guide, 2014

The new Columbus Avenue maps are expected back from the printer this week, and we'll begin distributing them to all merchants on the Avenue who would like them. If you're an advertiser on the map, you'll be receiving a case of maps. You'll be interested to know that along with a map ad comes rotational banner ads at no additional cost on both of our websites, and these are now live. Please check the BID and New Taste websites to see the ads. If you'd like to consider an ad in the next edition, please let us know, and we'll give you all the information. Map ads are generally tax deductible, as we're a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

Columbus Avenue BID
180 W.80th St. Suite 210 (bet. Columbus & Amsterdam Aves.)
(212) 877-2678

New Taste of the Upper West Side

New Taste of the Upper West Side completed its seventh annual event weekend this past May 27th-31st, once again to sell-out crowds. Whether you attended any of the weekend events or you didn't make it this year, you may be interested to check out the photos from Soirée in the Park, Comfort Classics, and Best of the West, as well as the videos from each of the two main events, which can be seen by clicking here.

New Taste of the Upper West Side

Rollout of .nyc Domain

The "Landrush Phase" of the .nyc roll-out has finally begun, offering any business, organization, or resident with a physical address located within the five boroughs the ability to sign up. This phase will last for 60 days. If, by October 3rd, no one else has requested the same address, then it's yours. However, if the same name is requested by another New Yorker, there will be an auction to determine who will get the domain name. You can check .nyc's website for full details on this. Registration is imperative, however, and for a one-time registration and the first year of service, the cost will be approximately $40-$80. This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor before it's impossible to get the name you really want. You can find out more by visiting or sending an email to


Consumer Affairs Initiative to Reduce Burdens on Small Businesses

The Dept. of Consumer Affairs is now offering a Toolbox to help small businesses avoid penalties and fines. They've simplified the rules and compliance processes in order to reduce violations, cut the red tape, and provide more convenient ways to resolve violations. Please visit their website, Dept. of Consumer Affairs, for additional information and to learn more about Paid Sick Leave and other recent initiatives undertaken by the de Blasio administration.

Read the Mayor's announcement here.

Read the DCA's announcement and view a list of key reforms here.

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
(212) 639-9675

25 MPH Speed Limits All Along Broadway

The NYPD has begun enforcing the new 25 MPH speed limit on Broadway from Columbus Circle to 220th Street, as part of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero plan.

Making Upper Broadway an arterial slow zone is one piece of a combined strategy to improve traffic safety in Northern Manhattan, all of which supports Mayor de Blasio's safety plan. Click here to read the press release from the New York City Department of Transportation detailing the plan.

NYPD 20th Precinct
120 West 82nd St.
(bet. Columbus & Amst. Aves.)
Main Number: (212) 580-6411
Community Affairs:(212) 580 6427 (or 28)
NYPD 20th Precinct Website

  News and Events  

Blood Drive August 12th

The NYPD is having a blood drive on August 12th from noon to 6PM at the precinct to benefit a young girl named Heather. Take the time to come out to donate and help save a life.

NYPD 20th Precinct
120 West 82nd St.
(bet. Columbus & Amst. Aves.)
Main Number: (212) 580-6411
Community Affairs:(212) 580 6427 (or 28)
NYPD 20th Precinct Website

Wyatt Lily

Wyatt Lily, a high-end boutique for children's clothing, which opened in December of 2013, has become the go-to store for neighborhood parents. A native Upper West Sider herself, owner, Rachel Uchitel, was attracted to the Columbus Avenue location because it's a great neighborhood for kids and is a very family-oriented area. Wyatt Lily features many well-known lines, including Imoga for girls and Andy & Evan for boys, but also features its own line, Wyatt Lily NYC. The Wyatt Lily clothing line is anticipating the release of a new line this fall, which will feature boys' button-downs in a variety of great colors among other things.

The store has been well received by the neighborhood, as Rachel has really made an effort to build a relationship with neighborhood parents. The store plans to host a series of events this Fall, including book signings and readings as well as wine tasting events for parents.

290 Columbus Avenue
(between W.74th & W.73rd Sts.)
(212) 580-5459

Paid Sick Leave

Merchants should be aware that as of July 30th, employees are able to utilize paid sick leave, which began accruing as of April 1st, 2014. To view the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs informational sheet please click here. For more information please visit

Department of Consumer Affairs
(212) 639-9675

Fresh Produce for Seniors Program

A program started last year by then Council Member, Gale Brewer, will be continuing this fall under the leadership of now Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Helen Rosenthal. The program, which provides fresh, affordable, local produce to seniors, is partnering with GrowNYC, the Department of Aging and many Upper West Side senior centers to prepare and distribute the produce packages. The packages are delivered twice a month. The cost of each package is $8 for an assortment of fruits and vegetables that would normally cost around $18-$20. Seniors who are interested can sign up anytime at a participating senior center or through Goddard Riverside Community Center. The bi-monthly program will run through October. For more information or to sign up for the program, please contact Borough President Brewer's office or Council Member Rosenthal's office.

Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer:
1 Centre Street South, 19th Floor
(212) 669-8300

Council Member Helen Rosenthal:
563 Columbus Avenue at West 87 Street

NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant week is currently in full swing. Restaurant week, which runs from July 21st to August 15th, offers diners a three course, prix fixe meal at participating restaurants. The meals will cost $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner. This year, there are a number of restaurants located in the Columbus Avenue BID, including:

For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, click here.

Natural Gas Safety

Since the explosion in East Harlem in March, individuals have become increasingly concerned about gas leaks in their homes or businesses, and rightfully so. Con Edison recently released some tips to educate individuals on how to act if you suspect a gas leak.

If You Suspect a Gas Leak:

  • Leave your home immediately and take others with you. If outside, get well away from where you suspect the gas is leaking from.
  • If the smell isn't very strong, open windows before you leave.
  • Call ConEd or 911 once you're safely away from the smell.
  • Call ConEd even if the odor is faint.
  • Don't assume someone else has already made the call.
  • You can report leaks anonymously.


  • Do anything to create a spark that could cause an explosion, such as:
    • Light a match
    • Turn appliances or lights on or off (including flashlights)
    • Use a telephone or cell phone
    • Ring a doorbell
    • Start a car

Con Edison
1 (800) 752-6633



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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