July 2016 Newsletter

The 9th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side

Once again, the New Taste of the Upper West Side weekend was a smashing success. This year's festivities were held June 3rd and 4th, with Friday's Summer in the City: Surf & Turf hosted by Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli, and presented by Glenwood. Saturday's Best of the West was hosted by NBC's Sara Gore, and presented by 221 West 77th Street, with a VIP reception by 21 West End. With great music and fantastic food from 90 restaurants, the events once again brought people together for two fun and delicious nights out.

Beyond being a great party, New Taste of the Upper West Side is also our annual fundraiser. We dedicate all event proceeds to neighborhood beautification and improvement, with donations going to Wellness in the Schools, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Theodore Roosevelt Park, and a continuation of streetscape improvements up and down Columbus Avenue.

We've posted a video of some of the weekend's highlights here. Hope to see you next year for the 10th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side!

New Taste of the Upper West Side

Columbus Avenue BID Annual Meeting

On June 21st, the Columbus Avenue BID held its 16th Annual Meeting over breakfast at Isabella's for a capacity audience. Many of the City's elected officials were there to speak, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Small Business Services Commissioner Greg Bishop, and keynote speaker Comptroller Scott Stringer. He spoke about his Red Tape Commission's findings and recommendations. Commanding Officer of the 20th Precinct, Levon Holley, addressed the audience, as did Chair of community Board 7, Elizabeth Caputo.

It was wonderful to see and hear from so many supporters of Columbus Avenue and the Upper West Side. The meeting adjourned with a live rendition of The Columbus Avenue Song, which you can listen to here, sung by Linda Alexander who wrote the music and lyrics with Barbara Adler in 2004.

Photo: Harriet Spear Studio

Columbus Avenue BID
180 W.80th St., Suite 210 (between Columbus & Amsterdam Aves.)


Big Belly Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

The 19 Big Belly solar-powered trash compactors that donated to Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History, have already had a major impact on the Park's rat population. At a recent meeting, we were told by the Parks Department that the number of active rat burrows has been reduced from 140 to under 30 and counting down, meaning the compactors have been highly effective in combating the park's rat population. We hope to bring the number down to zero shortly. With no food to eat, thanks to the closed Big Belly's, the rats will die off or move elsewhere.

Up next for the solar-powered trash compactors is the design and installation of custom exterior wrappings that will feature scenes from the park augmented by dinosaurs and other favorites from the Museum.


American Museum of Natural History Conserves Two Notable Trees 

The American Museum of Natural History, in design and planning stages for its new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation, just announced that it will be able to conserve two notable trees, an English elm and a Pin oak, both located in Theodore Roosevelt Park. This reduces the number of trees removed due to construction from nine to seven. Several analyses were used to determine that the trees, which were fought for by community groups, could be saved after all. The design of the new Gilder Center and surrounding parkland will now incorporate these two twees, as well as many new trees they will be planting.

Photo: American Museum of Natural History

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


Literary Events at Book Culture

Book Culture will again have a busy events calendar this summer, with a number of author events and readings scheduled for their Columbus Avenue location. The events listed below are free and open to the public – see their full event calendar here.

Wednesday, July 6 – 7:00 pm
Authors Laura J. Snyder and Michael White will read from and discuss their latest works, Eye of the Beholder and Travels in Vermeer.

Thursday, July 7 – 7:00 pm
Author Ashton Applewhite will be on hand to sign copies of her latest, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.

Monday, July 11 – 7:00 pm
Cheryl Lu-Tien Tan will launch her new book, Sarong Party Girls, and then be joined in discussion by Bill Goldstein from NBC's Weekend Today.

Thursday, July 14 – 7:00 pm
Join Brenda Bowen for a reading and signing for her latest, Enchanted August.

Wednesday, July 20 – 7:00 pm
Amy Whitaker will read from her new release Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses. Whitaker will also be joined in conversation by WNYC Studio 360 creator, Julie Burstein.

Thursday, July 21 – 7:00 pm
Mary Hogan will be on hand to read from her historical novel, The Woman in the Photo.

Saturday, July 30 – 10:30 pm
An all-ages release party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production. The event is all-ages and will feature Harry Potter themed drinks, snacks, and activities, including a raffle for costumed attendees.

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


Celebrate the Summer of Hamilton with the New-York Historical Society

The museum has a summer exhibition planned around Hamilton, with key objects and documents from his life. The exhibition will also include a number of special events, including a reenactment of the Hamilton-Burr duel on July 10 and screenings of several films that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda during the writing of his Tony-winning musical, Hamilton. See the full listing of special events here.

Hast Thou Seen Shakespeare's First Folio?

The New-York Historical Society is the only place in New York state to see Shakespeare's First Folio. The rare volume, published just 7 years following his 1616 death, collects the first published scripts of 36 of his most famous plays – including Hamlet, Macbeth, and As You Like It. Shakespeare's First Folio is on view exclusively at the New-York Historical Society through July 17th; learn more at the NY-HS event page.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West


Joie: Opening Soon!

Since its inception in 2001, JOIE has been one of the most sought-after contemporary brands catering to the savvy, fashion minded, modern woman. Understatedly chic, JOIE's designs are constantly inspired by the Southern California lifestyle and its casual, yet sophisticated way of life. Originally known for its signature cargos, JOIE has emerged as a lifestyle brand, a complete collection of ready to wear and accessories.

201 Columbus Avenue (between W.69 & W.70)


Roslyn to Close

Longtime Columbus Avenue merchant and Upper West Side resident Roslyn Grant will close her shop, Roslyn, by the end of July. Below is a message from her:

After 40 years of serving the Upper West Side, it brings me great sadness to close my shop. I have become very attached to the people, their style, and ambiance and I have met a great variety of people here, from doctors and lawyers to spiritual people and everyone in between, it seems. Those of you who have visited my shop can attest that it was a combination of the people and things that I love.

Originally from the East Side, where everything was about what I was driving or wearing, I have personally become an Upper West Sider in my time here. I have always been interested in jewelry since I was very young and have truly enjoyed being able to share that love with others. Roslyn will close within a month, but before then I invite you to come by and find something you love. We are offering big savings on merchandise and would be thrilled for our jewelry find its way to people who will appreciate it.

Thank you for sharing my passion and allowing me to do what I love; It's been a wonderful gift serving all of you,

A customer models a hat from Roslyn

276 Columbus Avenue (between W.72 & W.73)


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