New Air-Conditioning Law Update
Effective immediately, restaurants are allowed to keep their doors and windows open when the air-conditioning is turned on without being fined by the city.
As you may recall, the City recently passed a law prohibiting restaurants without sidewalk cafes from keeping their French doors and windows open. This was a major problem because these open-air features, which provide a semi al fresco dining experience for guests, are essential for many restaurants. They are not an incidental feature as they are to other big box stores that may blow cool air onto the streets to attract customers inside on hot summer days, which the law sought to prohibit for environmental reasons. Fortunately, the law has been amended and restaurants are allowed to keep their doors and windows open when the air-conditioning is turned on without being fined by the city.
Updates to Commercial Recycling Regulations Now in Effect
All businesses in NYC are now required to recycle metal, glass, plastic, beverage cartons, paper and cardboard. Additionally, certain businesses are also required to comply with the new business organics rules and recycle food waste. To learn more and find out which businesses fall under which requirements, please visit: nyc.gov/zerowastebusinesses. You can also sign up for a free training session and find more information and educational materials here.
Experience the Solar Eclipse at AMNH
On the afternoon of August 21, the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, completely blocking out the Sun for about 3 minutes in a swath of North America stretching from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. While New York is not in this “path of totality,” we will be able to see the Moon cover about 75% of the Sun.
Experience NASA’s live broadcast of the Total Solar Eclipse and learn more about this rare celestial event at the American Museum of Natural History on August 21, noon to 4pm. Find all of the details here!
Current Exhibitions at the New York Historical Society
There are several exciting exhibitions currently on view at the New York Historical Society. Escape the summer heat and explore these great shows:
The New York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
Jump into Conversation at Book Culture on Columbus
- Koi: A Modern Folktale by Margery Gray Harnick, Matt Harnick, and Sheldon Harnick, Tuesday, August 8 at 7pm
- Queer Book Club reads Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Sunday, August 13 at 5pm
- Themes in Literature Book Club reads Severo Sarduy's Cobra, Monday, August 14 at 7pm
- The Book of Emma Reyes with Daniel Alarcón, Tuesday, August 15 at 7pm
- Harper's Magazine presents an evening with Senator Bernie Sanders, Monday, August 28 from 7-8pm
- Storytime with Bianca Diaz, illustrator of The One Day House, Saturday, September 9 at 11am
Book Culture is located at 450 Columbus Avenue, between 81st and 82nd Streets
Central Park Conservancy Film Festival
This year, the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival is celebrating New York with a lineup of movies filmed in New York! Check out free outdoor screenings in Marcus Garvey Park and Central Park throughout the week of August 21. You can find the exciting lineup and all of the details here.
Did You Know?
There is a wonderful Greenmarket on Columbus Avenue every Sunday! The 79th Street Greenmarket, which stretches from 77th Street to 81st Street on Columbus Avenue, is open year-round on Sundays from 9am to 5pm. At the market, you will find the freshest local farm products such as grass fed beef, fresh fish and duck, eggs, honey, fresh flowers, and a large variety of fruits and vegetables.
Visit the 79th Street Greenmarket website to find the entire list of farmers attending the market and learn more about GrowNYC’s Clothing Collection and GrowNYC’s Food Scrap Composting programs, which are at the market every week as well!
Summer Bear from Quality Florists
As always, Quality Florists and Nick Bazas are keeping our favorite neighborhood mascot in style!