August 2017 Newsletter

New from the BID

Columbus Avenue BID's 18th Annual Meeting

Our 18th Annual Meeting was held at Atlantic Grill for the very first time, and was packed with people. As a full breakfast was served, guests listened to a stunning array of speakers, which included Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Manhattan Parks Commissioner William Castro, Deputy Inspector and Commanding Officer of the 20th Police Precinct Levon Holley, and Chair of Community Board 7, Roberta Semer. Our Keynote Speaker was Comptroller of the City of New York, Scott Stringer. Barbara Adler, the Executive Director of the BID also spoke. As always, the meeting ended with a rousing rendition of the Columbus Avenue Song, sung by Linda Alexander. Since Linda and Barbara created the song in 2004, it has marked the beginning and end of every annual meeting.

Left: view of the crowd; Right: (from left to right) Columbus Avenue BID Executive Director Barbara Adler, Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Manhattan Parks Commissioner William Castro

Important Announcements

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: You can also sign up for a free training session and find more information and educational materials here.

Neighborhood Happenings

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

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.

Neighborhood Spotlight

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!

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