Fall 2014 Newsletter

Book Culture Coming to Columbus Avenue

Photo of the Book Culture location at 112th Street & Broadway

Book Culture, the independent Bookstore from Morningside Heights, will open at 450 Columbus Avenue this fall. They’ve already had a few events in their new space, striving to meet the neighborhood, and we’re very happy to have a bookstore on Columbus Avenue again, after a long hiatus. Endicott Books was in this same location about fifteen years ago and is thought to have been the impetus for You’ve got Mail (the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks movie about a small independent bookstore that is forced to close when the Barnes & Noble giant opened on Broadway). That movie was filmed at Maya Schaper’s Cheese & Antiques, itself a quirky, and unique place that, alas, is no longer there.

We're rooting for Book Culture, and wish them every success on Columbus Avenue.

Community members leave messages about their new bookstore on post-it notes!

Book Culture
450 Columbus Avenue (bet. W.81st & W.82nd Sts.)
(212) 865-1588

Polarn O. Pyret

Polarn O. Pyret's pre-season outerwear is now available at their Columbus Avenue store. They are offering up to 25% off the entire outerwear line through the October 19th.



There will also be a sale at the end of October as part of Polarn's Essentials Sale, offering customers 25% off socks, underwear, and the Best Basics line, part of their signature red and white striped tops and bottoms.

Polarn O. Pyret also has "PO.P Up" sales once a month. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts or the Polarn O. Pyret website for specific dates and offer details.

Polarn O. Pyret
428 Columbus Avenue
(212) 201-1945

Wyatt Lily Backpack Giveaway

Rachel Uchitel, owner of Wyatt Lily, is giving away fifty backpacks, as part of her plan to donate One-hundred backpacks to local charities. Rachel has employed the help of the community regarding worthy charities for donation consideration, be it schools, religious organizations, or other institutions. The community responded, and a few weeks ago, Wyatt Lily announced that they would be donating the first set of fifty Rocket Pack backpacks by Babiators to Baby Buggy, a national non-profit that provides clothing, services and other essentials to needy families with children up to age fourteen. Wyatt Lily is still looking for suggestions from community members regarding donation for the next fifty backpacks.

Wyatt Lily will also be hosting an American Girl Doll Trunk Show on Saturday, October 11th. Click here to see the flyer with additional details.

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

Q Florist

Whether you need a floral arrangement for an upcoming event or just a bouquet of flowers to show a loved one that you care, Q Florist is the perfect destination for reliably fresh flowers, plants, and beautiful floral displays. This family owned and operated business has been a member of the Columbus Avenue community for over forty years. Nick Bazos, owner of Q florist, is an active member of the community, and each season Q Florist installs a seasonal display in the pedestrian mall flower bed near the Southeast corner of 82nd Street and Columbus Avenue. Last year's display is shown above, but kep an eye out for this year's extravaganza.

Q Florist
447 Columbus Avenue
(212) 787-4790

Meet the Commissioner:

Talking Small Business Relief with Julie Menin, Commissioner of Consumer Affairs

Please RSVP Here

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to Meet the Commissioner: Talking Small Business Relief with Julie Menin.

This event is designed to educate business owners and other key leaders on the two-dozen reforms that have been implemented by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to bring much-needed relief to thousands of New York City’s small businesses. These reforms reduce the number and cost of violations for small businesses, increase transparency and fairness, and expand business outreach and education.

The Agency expects a reduction of approximately $5 million in fines since last fiscal year, a goal of Mayor de Blasio’s. Meanwhile, owners can reinvest their hard-earned money back into their businesses, instead of paying onerous fines.

  • Discuss Key Points in the Small Business Relief Package including:
    • Reduced Number of Violations
    • Reduced Settlement Amounts
    • Opportunity to Cure Violations
    • Availability of Plain-Language Inspection Checklists
    • Language Access for Inspections
    • Increase Education and Outreach

Dept. of Consumer Affairs Commissioner,
Julie Menin


Coming Soon to Columbus Avenue
  • Joe Coffee, a NY based coffee shop, is moving into the space formerly occupied by Bomboloni between West 68th and West 69th Streets on Columbus Avenue.
  • Rain Created for Living is coming to the location where Footlights had been at 74th and Columbus. This new beauty store will sell a variety of products, including candles, soaps, oils, etc. all utilizing natural ingredients with African origins.
  • Parm, which is set to open at 235 Columbus Avenue this fall, is already the subject of tremendous buzz on the avenue. Jeff Zalaznick, Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, partners in Major Food Group are already at work readying their new location. Parm is an Italian-American hybrid with its own version of soul food. We're very excited about their arrival.
.NYC General Availability

If you would like to purchase a .NYC domain name, the General Availability phase is now on! Domains can be purchased on a first come, first serve basis at www.ownit.nyc.

Here at the Columbus Avenue BID we have already activated our .NYC domain. You can now go to columbusavenue.nyc or columbusavenuebid.nyc to access our website.

Read more about .NYC General Availability here.

273 Grand St.
(917) 512-9417

Macauly Author Series

The Macauly Author Series will be hosting three events this fall.

  • October 23rd: Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
  • November 6th: Kathryn Harrison, author of Joan of Arc: A life Transfigured>
  • December 10th: Jenny Nordberg, author of The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan & Suki Kim, author of Without You There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite

Macaulay Honors College
35 West 67th Street
(347) 460-4292

NYPD Crime Prevention Tips for Business Owners

Good Advice from the NYPD

    Physical Security:
  • Keep cash in store to a minimum. When making deposits, vary your route and travel with another person.
  • Keep the store well lit, and do not block windows with signs or displays. Be alert for last minute shoppers.
  • Consider installing a CCTV (closed circuit television) system. Position them at all exits/entrances and NEVER in direct sunlight.
  • It should be able to capture a person's image from head to knee and allow for full facial view.
  • Position monitor near front door in view of customers entering the store.
  • Stock shelves so that customers can see one another from one aisle to the other. Large displays allow hiding places for perpetrators intending to commit a crime.
  • Be aware of situations intended to distract the cashier from behind the counter.
  • Exterior lighting should cover the perimeter of your business and should be bright enough to aid the cameras in detecting clear images.
  • Interior lighting should be bright throughout the entire store.
  • Ensure roll up gates are locked in the upright position when the store is open for business, protected with covered shackles for securing closed businesses.
  • Padlocks should be locked in place at all times to prevent key duplication. Control of keys is important.
    Security Surveys:
  • The NYPD offers free security surveys. Contact your local Crime Prevention Officer to schedule one for your home or business.

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

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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