November 2015 Newsletter

Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 28th

With the holiday shopping season soon to kick off, don’t lose sight of the small businesses that make Columbus Avenue a great place to shop. Small Business Saturday, held the day after Black Friday, is an excellent opportunity to get your holiday gift shopping done early and acquaint yourself with the small businesses that call Columbus Avenue home. Many stores will have special offers, sales, and special events to celebrate. Celebrate Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28th!


Holiday Pop-Up Shop Opens: Suite Stuff

Chock full of an amazing collection of vintage items from The Plaza, Tavern on the Green, and the like. Owner Jenny Strang has put together a very unique group of items you won’t find anywhere else. See those charming lampshades overhead? They were part of the decor at the original Tavern on the Green in Central Park, each one different and charming. This is a great place to do your holiday shopping, as everything is so unique. Suite Stuff will be there just until the middle of January, when Alskling returns from India with their new spring collection.

Suite Stuff
228B Columbus Ave.
New York, NY

The Secret World Inside You, Now Open at the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History recently opened a new exhibit, The Secret World Inside You. This extremely interesting exhibit we can all relate to, will take visitors on a tour of the human body, making stops at places where microbes thrive: your skin, mouth, and gastrointestinal tract, which is home to your body’s densest and most diverse microbial community. The exhibit features interactive activities, videos, and a live theater where a presenter will show visitors how scientists are navigating this exciting new field of research.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & W. 79th Street

New Exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York

Using images, artifacts, interactives, detailed models, and oral histories, the exhibition looks back at local innovations that were key to computer development, from vacuum tubes and punched cards to transistors. It highlights pioneering work after the 1964 Fair, such as the computer graphics revolution born in New York City a decade later. Long before Silicon Valley became synonymous with all things digital, New York was a hub for imagining, developing, and selling the technology that ultimately reshaped entertainment, commerce, and daily life. 

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West

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, November 18 – 7:00 pm
George Makari will discuss his new book, Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Man.

Thursday, November 19 – 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm
The Diverging Elements Theatre Company will perform Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Lisa Sweet.

Thursday, November 19 – 7:00 pm
Thomas Vinciguerra will discuss his new book, Cast of Characters, with New Yorker staff writer Mark Singer.

Tuesday, November 24 – 7:00 pm
Rick Moody will discuss his latest book, Hotels of North America.

Monday, November 30 – 7:00 pm
Rafil Kroll-Zaidi will discuss his book, Findings: An Illustrated Collection, with Hamilton Morris, regular contributor to Harper’s Magazine and science editor of VICE.

Book Culture
450 Columbus Avenue (between W.81 & W.82)
212 595-1962

Daffodil Bulbs Planted on Columbus Avenue

You may have noticed that our tree beds were prepared for winter. Under the new mulch, we recently planted 3,000 daffodil bulbs in the tree pits and pedestrian medians throughout the district. The daffodils will bloom in the spring, bringing flashes of color to the Columbus Avenue streetscape, announcing spring. We can’t wait.


Holiday Lights Are Up

Have you noticed? Our holiday lights recently went up on Columbus Avenue. The giant snowflakes beautifully illuminate the Avenue and are a reminder that the holiday season is just around the corner. Come see the snowflakes if you haven’t seen them yet. And our shops are already stocked for the holidays, so come start your shopping. Be sure to stop at one of our many restaurants or cafes for a bit to eat, too!


Thanksgiving Day Parade Street Closures

We anticipate a number of street closures will take place ahead of this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, though specific locations haven’t yet  been announced. We will share street closure information via social media as we learn more. Follow us on twitter to keep up to date.

A pilgrim balloon moves south on Central Park West in this photo from the 1946 parade. The New-York Historical Society and American Museum of Natural History are visible in the background.

Save the Date!

Our BID friend just to our south, the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, is planning their 16th annual Winter's Eve, coming up soon on Monday, November 30, 2015, 5:30 pm to 9 pm, rain or shine. Join legendary artists, up-and-coming musicians, dancers, street performers and more as the neighborhood welcomes the holiday season and lights up the Upper West Side with an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for everyone. Over 30 of Lincoln Square's finest restaurants and eateries will offer food tastings at nominal cost ($1-$4) at three separate outdoor locations from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Dozens of local stores and neighborhood institutions will host activities and holiday cheer throughout the evening. The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street. Get the full schedule and all the details at the Winter’s Eve website.


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