October 2015 Newsletter

Literary Events at Book Culture

Our bookstore, Book Culture, continues to offer a packed events calendar with something for everyone. Upcoming events include Lee Child Jack and Zoë Sharp, authors of the Jack Reacher and Charlie Fox series' respectively, on October 12th. View Book Culture's full events calendar here and then clear some space on your reading list.

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


Council Member Rosenthal's Commercial Cyclist Forum

Restaurants and other businesses with cyclist delivery staff are invited to Council Member Helen Rosenthal's commercial cyclist forum. The NYPD and Department of Transportation will be on hand to answer your questions and provide information on commercial cyclist rules. This is a great way for you to avoid penalties and ensure that your business and staff are in compliance with the rules governing commercial cyclists. The forum will be held on Thursday, October 8th at 2:30pm at Stand Up NY (236 W.78th St.).


Conversion to Chip/Pin Credit Cards

Major credit card companies have begun to move away from magnetic strip credit and debit cards in favor of cards which utilize the more secure microchip technology. Beginning October 1st, the liability for certain types of fraudulent credit and debit card transactions shifts from banks to businesses that do not have the technology to process chip credit cards. The NYC Department of Small Business Services has prepared an informational flyer, which you can view here, to explain this change and what it means for small business owners. Further information is also available here and here.


CB7 B2B Networking Event at New-York Historical Society

Manhattan Community Board 7's Consumer Business Issues Committee will host a Business to Business networking event at the New-York Historical Society on Thursday, October 22 from 6 to 8pm. Taking its theme from a report by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Small Business / Big Impact, the event acknowledges the sizable role small businesses play in the economy. Exhibitors will include TD Bank, Lowe's Home Improvement, and health plans Aetna, EmblemHealth, and MetroPlus, who will offer information in anticipation of the November 1st start of the enrollment period.

The event features catering by Caffé Storico and wine from Casa de Vinos. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required. View the event flyer here and RSVP here.


Solar Lights for Columbus Avenue

With the holidays just around the corner, we've been exploring different options for holiday lighting, and have found that solar lighting provides an excellent solution. We've been testing a 65 foot strand of small white lights, available on Amazon and elsewhere for just $19.99, and found that they provide a beautiful warm white light. The lights are solar powered, meaning they require virtually no maintenance once installed, and would go a long way toward illuminating shop windows and street trees. The lights that we purchased can be viewed here. We encourage businesses to make this modest investment; the lights are sure to bring holiday cheer to Columbus Avenue.


@Macaulay Author Series

Macaulay Honors College will host a number of authors as part of its @Macaulay Author Series. Upcoming speakers include Letty Cottin Pogrebin (October 14th), who will discuss her most recent novel, Single Jewish Male Seeking Soulmate, and architecture critic Paul Goldberger (November 4th), who will discuss his work Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry. Events are free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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