December 2015 Newsletter

Holiday Lights Are up on Columbus Avenue

Take stroll down Columbus Avenue after dark to see the three-dimensional eight-foot snowflakes up and down Columbus Avenue.  The lights are a departure for us, after years of smaller snowflakes on the lamp posts. Let us know how you like them, and if you'd like to see them repeated again next year. And while you're strolling up or down Columbus, you won't be able to miss the fabulous holiday windows so many of our shops have created. The Avenue is truly alive with color and lights for the holiday season.

Columbus Avenue bet. 68th-82nd Street, and west down 72nd Street

Columbus Avenue BID Applauds the American Museum of Natural History's Expansion Plans

Last month, the American Museum of Natural History unveiled the conceptual design for the Museum's expansion, the new Gilder Center, designed by Studio Gang. We believe this dynamic design will be an important addition and asset for our District, and is a striking and impressive addition to the Museum. We invite you to read the New York Times' coverage of the Museum's expansion design here.

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

Discover Columbus! Save the Date

Friday, June 3rd & Saturday, June 4th, New Taste of the Upper West Side will be back with its 9th Annual events. This year, we have something new and very exciting. We are celebrating the wonderful retail shops we have on Columbus Avenue. The event will take place from noon to 6PM on Saturday, June 4th, and there will be all kinds of exciting activity on the Avenue, including the Transit Museum's antique double decker bus, which everyone can climb aboard. There will also be musicians, magicians, special things for kids, and several secrets we must save for now. However, shops will all be welcoming you with special sales, gifts, goodies to eat, and numerous other things. Please put this date on your calendar, so you're sure not to miss it.  No charge to attend. PS: if you happen to know street performers who would like to be part of this, please get in touch with us.

Discover Columbus!
Columbus Avenue (from W.67th St. – W.82nd St)
Saturday, June 4th, from noon-6PM
212 877-2678 for more info

Holiday Sales
Suite Stuff

Suite Stuff Pop-up shop is clearing out their holiday gifts to make room for a spectacular selection of hotel silver, as well as a very special collection of treasures they've curated from New York history. Be sure to visit over the Martin Luther King Day weekend (Jan. 16th -18th) for their closing sale. They'll have extended hours, special deals, refreshments, and long goodbyes. Closing January 20th.

Suite Stuff
228B Columbus Avenue (between W.70th & W.71st)

Royal Opticians

Now through January 31, 2016, come in and get $50.00 off your choice of a wide selection of frames!

Royal Opticians
453 Columbus Avenue (between W.81st & W.82nd)


Make sure to take advantage of the 20% off when you use code: KTCOLUMBUS, from December 26th-January 3rd

315 Columbus Avenue (between W.74th & W.75th)


Don't miss Babette's WINTER SALE – Up to 50% off select items now through December 31st. New collection in stores!

353 Columbus Avenue (between W.76th  & W.77th)


For Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, Isabella's is having a la carte specials. On New Year's Eve they'll be hosting their annual kids' party from 12pm-4pm, for the families that want to celebrate with their kids before midnight. Face-painting, balloons, apple cider toasts and more. Reservations accepted.
New Year's Day (Friday, January 1st) you can celebrate your first brunch of 2016 with an Ugly Holiday Sweater Brunch. Guests who come in sporting their favorite ugly holiday sweater will receive one complimentary brunch drink between 11:30am – 4:00pm. No reservations, and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

359 Columbus Avenue (between W.76th & W.77th)

Q Florist Elf

Q Florist recently updated the pedestrian mall near their shop to reflect the holiday season. The new installation features a gift-bearing elf and deer amongst pine trees and other wintry vegetation. Stop by to have a look and let Q Florist know that you appreciate their work to beautify Columbus Avenue. They have gorgeous flowers and plants, perfect for holiday gifts.

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

Holiday Fire Safety Tips from FDNY

The New York City Fire Department has prepared a guide with fire safety tips for the holiday season and winter. The guide includes advice for preventing accidents that involved a Christmas Tree or lit candles, both contributors to fires during this time of year, as well as general advice that applies year-round. You can find the guide here.

Happy Holidays from the Columbus Avenue BID

Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District
180 W.80th Street, Suite 210


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