Columbus Updates: October, 2015

Q Florist

Q Florist has installed a Halloween arrangement in the pedestrian mall near their shop. The installation features spooky ghouls shrouded in seasonal vegetation, large pumpkins, and ears of corn. Stop by for a look and let Q Florist know that you appreciate their work to beautify Columbus Avenue.

Q Florist
447 Columbus Avenue (between W.81st & W.82nd)

Book Culture

Book Culture has a number of author events and readings scheduled for their Columbus Avenue location. See their full event calendar here.

Wednesday, October 28 – 7:00 pm
Jeffrey Lyons will discuss his book, What a Time it Was!: Leonard Lyons and the Golden Age of New York Nightlife.

Saturday, October 31 – 11:00 am
Children's author Renée Khatami will read a selection of Halloween themed children's books best suited for toddlers as part of a Halloween themed storytime.

Monday, November 2 – 7:00 pm
Author David Black will be on hand for a book talk and signing of his new book, Fast Shuffle.

Wednesday, November 4 – 7:00 pm
Playwright David Auburn will discuss his new play, Lost Lake, with writer and actress Halley Feiffer.

Tuesday, November 10 – 7:00 pm
Author James Holland will stop by for a discussion of his latest work, The War in the West, Volume 1: The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941.

Book Culture
450 Columbus Avenue
212 595-1962

American Museum of Natural History
Halloween Celebration

The American Museum of Natural History will hold a Halloween Celebration on Saturday, October 31st from 2-5 pm. The event will feature trick-or-treating in the Museum's iconic halls, arts and crafts, roaming characters, the spectacular magic of Robert Austin, and a number of other attractions. Additional information and a link to purchase tickets ($14 for non-members, $12 for members) can be found here.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street

New-York Historical Society Halloween Bash and New Exhibit, Superheroes in Gotham

The New-York Historical Society recently opened a new exhibit, Superheroes in Gotham. The exhibit tells the story of the birth of comic book superheroes in New York City; the leap of comic book superheroes from the page into radio, television, and film; the role of fandom, including the yearly mega event known as New York Comic Con; and the ways in which comic book superheroes, created in the late 1930s through 1960s, have inspired and influenced the work of contemporary comic book artists, cartoonists, and painters in New York City.

Also, the New-York Historical Society will host a Halloween party on Friday, October 30th from 5-7 pm. The event, the Superheroes/Supernatural Halloween Bash, will feature a test of strength against a real-life strongman, trick-or-treat bag crafting, a "graveyard goop" dessert, and a number of other attractions. Additional information and a link to purchase tickets ($12 for non-members, $10 for members) can be found here.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West

Street Closures for the New York City Marathon and NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K

Multiple street closures and parking restrictions will occur due to the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K and New York City Marathon, being held Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st respectively. Changes are listed below:

There will be no parking on the following dates/times and locations:

Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Central Park West between West 64th and West 67th streets (west side only)

Friday, October 30 – Saturday, October 31
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central Park West from 73rd Street to 75th Street (east side of street), Friday only
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Central Park West between West 62nd and West 64th streets (west side only)

Saturday, October 31 – Sunday, November 1
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Central Park West between West 74th and West 77th streets (east side only)

Sunday, November 1
12:01 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. West 61st Street to West 69th Street; West 71st Street to West 72nd Street between Central Park West and Broadway/Columbus Avenue (both sides of the street)

  • Please be advised that Broadway northbound will be closed completely to traffic from Columbus Circle to West 65th Street on Sunday by the NYPD from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., due to concerns about pedestrian overcrowding in the streets
  • 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Central Park West between West 59th Street and West 77th Street from Central Park West to Broadway/Columbus Avenue
  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Central Park West between West 77th Street and West 86th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue
  • 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: West 65th Street/West 66th Street & West 79th Street Transverses
  • Crosstown traffic will be detoured around the park, south to West 57th Street or north to West 142nd Street
  • The 86th Street Transverse will be open all day

New Sodium Warning Rule

Starting December 1, 2015, chain restaurants (15 or more locations nationwide) must post warning labels next to menu items that contain high levels of sodium. The icon must be placed directly on the menu, menu board or item tag next to any food item that has 2,300 mg of sodium or more. More info can be found in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene compliance guide, available here.


Angeline and Her Tattooed Man: A Concert of Comical Songs from Operettas by Victor Herbert

On Wednesday and Thursday, November 18th and 19th, the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! will present Angeline and Her Tattooed Man: A Concert of Comical Songs by Victor Herbert. The family-friendly musical concert will celebrate the marvelous music and humorous lyrics that made Victor Herbert "the master of American melody." The performances will be held at Christ & Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church (120 W.69th St. between Columbus Avenue and Broadway), with additional information and tickets available at here.

The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE!
120 W.69th Street (between Columbus Avenue & Broadway)


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Fax:(212) 721-4070

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