August 2016 Newsletter

Now Open on Columbus Avenue

Several new shops have opened this summer. Here's a quick rundown of the latest openings on Columbus Avenue.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen

Scandinavian design kitchenware, toys, partyware, hobby items, personal care, and much more.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen
424 Columbus Avenue (between W.80 & W.81)


Guyer's is a restaurant and bar offering dishes inspired by owner Cindy Guyer's Southern upbringing and family recipes. The menu also includes cheese, charcuterie, and other small plates.

286 Columbus Avenue (between W.73 & W.74)


Joe offers designs inspired by the Southern California lifestyle and its casual, yet sophisticated way of life. The lifestyle brand includes a complete collection of ready to wear and accessories.


T2 Tea

With more than 200 teas in their “tea library,” as well as brewing and serving supplies available, T2 Tea has something to suit every tea drinker.

T2 Tea
188 Columbus Avenue (between W.68 & W.69)


Bluemercury offers a full array of cosmetics, skin care, makeup, perfume, hair, and bath and body goods.

184 Columbus Avenue (between W.68 & W.69)

KTcollection's New Address

Jewelry store KTcollection will move a hop, skip, and jump down Columbus Avenue to their new space at 276 Columbus Avenue this fall. Until then, visit them at 315 Columbus Avenue.

315 Columbus Avenue (between W.74 & W.75)
Moving to 276 Columbus Avenue (between W.72 & W.73)

Trunk Show at Eileen Fisher

This Friday and Saturday, August 19 & 20, Eileen Fisher will host a fall shoe trunk show at their Columbus Avenue store. The event will include an exclusive sneak peek of their fall shoe collection and an early opportunity to pre-order their beautiful new fall styles. Contact the store for further details.

Eileen Fisher
341 Columbus Avenue (between W.76 & W.77)

Literary Events at Book Culture

Book Culture has a busy events calendar through the remainder of August and September, with many author events and reading scheduled for their Columbus Avenue location. The events listed below are free and open to the public – see their full event calendar here.

Wednesday, August 24 – 7:00 pm
Professor Roxanne Varzi will read from and discuss her ethnographic novel Last Scene Underground: An Ethnographic Novel of Iran.

Thursday, August 25 – 7:00 pm
Novelist Imbolo Mbue will launce her first novel, Behold the Dreamers, and be joined in discussion by fellow author David Ebershoff.

Tuesday, August 30 – 7:00 pm
Author Ronna Wineberg will read from her new book of stories, Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life, before being joined in conversation by author Donna Baier Stein.

Wednesday, August 31 – 7:00 pm
Screenwriter and actress, M. Elizabeth Lee, will be on hand to celebrate her first novel, Love Her Madly.

Friday, September 2 – 5:00 pm
In a special story time event for children, David Neilsen will read from his new chapter book, Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom.

Tuesday, September 6 – 7:00 pm
Authors Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher will discuss and sign copies of their new book, Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power.

Wednesday, September 7 – 7:00 pm
Author Patty Dann will read from her latest, The Butterfly Hours: Transforming Memories Into Memoir.

Friday, September 9 – 4:30 pm
Lesley Ware will be on hand for a special New York Fashion Week event for her style sketchbook, My Fab Fashion Style File.

Monday, September 12 – 7:00 pm
Author and professional musician, Andrew Schulman, will play music and read from his new book, Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul.

Tuesday, September 20 – 7:00 pm
Kenneth D. Ackerman will read from his latest, Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution.

Wednesday, September 21 – 7:00 pm
Chuck Collins will read from his new book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.

Thursday, September 22 – 7:00 pm
Author Ruth Scurr will be joined in conversation about her biography of John Aubrey, John Aubrey, My Own Life, by fellow biographer and historian Amanda Foreman.

Monday, September 26 – 7:00 pm
Renowned sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild will read from and discuss her new book, Stranger in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.

Tuesday, September 27 – 7:00 pm
Elissa Altman will read from her memoir, Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw, and be joined in conversation by fellow author and memoirist Dani Schapiro.

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

Key Points from Council Member Rosenthal's Small Business Forum

Council Member Rosenthal recently co-hosted a small business forum with the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) that touched on a host of issues relevant to business owners on the Upper West Side and throughout the city. The Council Member has plans to hold additional forums in the fall, and asks that small business owners who would like to learn of these and other events contact her staff here.

Key takeaways from the most recent forum include:

  • A Compliance Advisor from SBS can do a free site visit of your business to help you identify and solve potential violations. Similarly, restaurants can request a free on-site consultation from an inspector from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In both cases, there are no violations or fines issued. 
  • All businesses in New York City are required to recycle metal, glass, plastic, beverage cartons, paper, cardboard, and construction waste. To learn more, visit
  • While residential tenants have protections under the law, commercial tenants' rights are almost completely determined by their lease. So while a residential landlord must provide heat by law, a commercial landlord doesn't have to if it's not in the lease. Commercial lease negotiation is an area where businesses should seek legal assistance.
  • If you're going to sign or renew a lease in 2017, know that there's a new regulation requiring all commercial buildings over 100 feet tall to have sprinklers in every room. That's a large expense, so be sure to iron out if you or your landlord will install the sprinklers before you sign your lease.

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