April 2016 Newsletter

Big Belly Solar-Powered Trash Compactors Now in Theodore Roosevelt Park

As you probably know, New Taste of the Upper West Side is more than just a celebration of Upper West Side dining, it's also our fundraiser for neighborhood projects, like our streetscape block, the Wellness in the Schools program, Citymeals-on-Wheels.  Over the past three years, we raised $84,000 from our Soirée in the Park events, which paid for the purchase of 19 Big Belly solar-powered trash compactors for Theodore Roosevelt Park.  This now becomes the first City park completely encircled by the compactors, as a way to eradicate the rat population that has taken up residency there. These compactors are pedal operated, making them easier and hands-free to use, and each will be wrapped, at a later date, in a unique scene of the park in full bloom, and some with dinosaurs and other Museum favorites roaming the park, in a nod to its location at the American Museum of Natural History.

Daffodils Bloom on Columbus Avenue

We planted 3,000 daffodil bulbs on Columbus Avenue last October, throughout our tree pits, pedestrian medians, and streetscape block. And now, after a dormant winter, the flowers have sprung up, announcing spring with their flashes of yellow. Along with the beautiful Callery pear trees in bloom right now. We hope you enjoy the daffodils as much as we do.

Dinosaurs Among Us, Now Open at the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History recently unveiled its latest exhibit, Dinosaurs Among Us. The exhibit examines how one group of dinosaurs evolved into the fascinating living creatures we call birds, highlighting the continuities between both. Topics the exhibit explores range from flight to feathers, nest to wishbones, and brains to lungs. Dinosaurs Among Us will be open through 2016; get all the details and purchase tickets at the exhibit website.

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


Important Event for all NYC Residents.
No charge to attend. 

Wednesday, June 15 - 6 pm. RSVP to prepared@argo.com


Our Doe Fund Team Paints Columbus Avenue

In addition to their regular duties emptying trash baskets, removing graffiti, and maintaining street furniture, our non-profit partner The Doe Fund recently took time to do some painting on Columbus Avenue. The whole crew was out to touch up streetlamps, electrical boxes, and tree guards with a fresh coat of paint for the new season. We are very grateful to them for their amazing work.

The Doe Fund

Literary Events at Book Culture

BBook Culture has a number of author events and readings scheduled for the Columbus Avenue location. All are free, and an opportunity to meet the author, hear a reading, a get a signed copy. For your information, they will also purchase your overflow collection of books, and have an amazing array of unique gift items in the store, as well as a very charming kid's section downstairs. See their full event calendar here.

Monday, April 11 - 7:00 pm
Poets Nancy Pearson and Gregory Mahrer will read from their Fordham Poets Out Loud-winning collections, The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone and A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent.

Thursday, April 14 - 7:00 pm
Playwright and author Larry Kramer will discuss his book, The American People Volume 1: Search for My Heart.

Monday, April 18 - 7:00 pm
Elaine Sexton
will read from and discuss her book of poetry, Prospect/Refuge.

Thursday, April 21 - 7:00 pm
David Helfand, former chair of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University, will discuss his latest, A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age.

Monday, April 25 - 7:00 pm
Poets Christopher Bakken, Lynn Emanuel, Martha Collins, and Sharon Dolin will read from their books of poetry, Eternity & Oranges, The Nerve of It, Admit One: An American Scrapbook, and Manual for Living.

Tuesday, April 26 - 7:00 pm
Poet Phillis Levin will read from her newest collection of poetry, Mr. Memory & Other Poems, before being joined by poet Connie Roberts for discussion.

Wednesday, April 27 - 7:00 pm
David Means will discuss his new book, Hystopia, with Christine Smallwood.

Book Culture
450 Columbus Avenue (between W.81 & W.82)


@Macaulay Author Series

Macaulay Honors College will continue its series of author readings and discussions. On April 27th Curtis Sittenfeld will discuss her latest novel, Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice, in an interview with New Yorker staff writer, Rebecca Mead. On May 4th Chris Cleave will read from his latest, Everyone Brave is Forgotten, before joining in conversation with author Darryl Pinckney. Events are free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

35 W.67 St. (between Columbus Ave. & Central Park West)


KT Collection

Wine & Jewelry event on Wednesday, April 13 - 5:30 pm. Also, celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22, with a 10% discount for bringing your own wrapping or boxes. 

KT Collection
315 Columbus Avenue (between W.74 & W.75)



Rituals will be launching two new collections of products: The Ritual of Sakura and a summer Limited Edition, the Ritual of Karma. Sakura symbolizing that beauty and life must be enjoyed. The collection blends the sweetness of Cherry Blossom with nourishing Organic Rice Milk to make each day feel like a new beginning. For our Summer Limited Edition collection According to ancient Hindu belief, living with good intent attracts positive karma. Say good words; think good thoughts; do good deeds and good will come your way. It features special ingredients of sweet Holy Lotus and refreshing Bergamot.

420 Columbus Avenue (between W.80 & W.81)


67 Wine

67 Wine will celebrate their 75th Anniversary with a grand tasting on Thursday, April 14 at 7 pm. The event will feature more than 80 different wines, representing a variety of countries, varieties, and prices. The event is free, but attendees must purchase a ticket for $25 here. The ticket price will be returned to attendees as a $25 gift card to use toward your favorite wines from the event.

67 Wine
179 Columbus Avenue (between W.67 & W.68)


Police Warn of ATM Fraud!

The new Captain and Commanding Officer of the 20th Pct, Levon Holley, has warned that more than half of the thefts on the Upper West Side this past month stemmed from stolen ATM information or credit cards. You can protect yourself when using an ATM in the following ways:

  • Before inserting your bank card, try tugging on card reader. If it is removable, inform authorities, and do not use.
  • Shield the keypad with your hands or another object when inputting your pin.

The removable skimming devices that are placed on top of card readers record all your information, easily allowing the scammer to make an identical copy of your bank card. Be on the alert as well for a camera, which might be positioned so as you tape your transaction.


The Association for a Better New York has partnered with the Partnership for New York City to launch the #PromoteTheVote campaign. #PromoteTheVote seeks to partner with employers to raise awareness of the importance of voter participation. Employers who wish to become a partner of the initiative can sign up here to access email templates and posters explaining the laws covering election voting ahead of the New York state primary on April 19. See www.promotethevote.nyc for full details, and don't forget to vote!

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