Spring 2015 Newsletter

Expansion of the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History recently announced plans for a $325 million, six-story expansion along Columbus Avenue. The new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation would sit on what is currently an open space near West 79th Street.
       The new space, which will feature labs, two new theatres for scientific presentations, and exhibitions, has not yet been designed, though the architect, Jeanne Gang (principal of Studio Gang in Chicago) has been selected. The addition will total 218,000 square feet, of which 180,000 square feet would be new. The rest would incorporate existing space, and will be about the same height as the current main building.
       The Museum currently has about 5 million visitors, but they want to be able to accommodate the swelling numbers in the past several years. Their collections have also grown, and more space is essential. Ellen Futter, the Museum's longtime president, said, "This facility is going to transform what it means to be a museum in the 21st century; what we do, how we do it, and whom we reach."
       For more information, please see the New York Times article.

The American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St.
(212) 769-5100

Pure Barre

Pure Barre is opening their first location on the Upper West Side, at 412 Columbus Avenue, between 79th-80th Streets. This popular exercise studio offers 55-minute workout sessions that combine ballet, pilates, and weights. You do not need any previous dance experience, just be able to hold onto a barre. The workout sessions burn fat and tone muscles, and they offer different levels, depending on how fit you are, as well as new client specials. There's a full description and a video of a class on their website, so you can see first-hand how enticing it looks. Opening this spring.

Pure Barre
412 Columbus Avenue
(opening soon)

Rain Created For Living

Walk into Rain Created for Living, and you will immediately experience a calmness. This beautiful new shop, only the second to open in the US, carries a variety of sustainable African botanicals from native African plants, and are harvested by knowledgeable local women. Their products, such as their hand-made bath and body products, lotions, fragrant oils, bee essentials, and baby-line use only natural ingredients. They are fair-trade and beauty without cruelty.

Rain Created for Living
294 Columbus Avenue
(212) 595-8800

Yogurt and Candy World

Recently opened on Columbus Avenue, Yogurt and Candy World has become an instant hit. No wonder, because it is a cornucopia of all sorts of candies and other delectables, as well as stuffed animals, ice creams and frozen yogurt.

Yogurt and Candy World
442 Columbus Avenue
(212) 595-0409


The Danish jewelry store Trollbeads opened their first Upper West Side shop on Columbus Avenue a few months ago, to great acclaim. They have just released a new Good Luck starter bracelet (pictured above). It comes with a silver bracelet, silver lock, silver good luck bead as well as a glass good luck bead, all for $119.00.

226 Columbus Avenue
(646) 692-3113

Corks on Columbus

Rosé wines are a great way to celebrate spring's arrival, and Corks on Columbus has a great selection in stock. Stop by, and receive 10% off ANY wine purchase, and 5% off on sparkling wines and spirits by mentioning this newsletter..

Corks on Columbus
313 Columbus Avenue
(212) 877-4040

The Shade Store

The Shade Store is currently offering their Spring Sales Event, with 10% off all custom shades, blinds, and draperies. The store has some totally unique and innovative designs and systems you won't see anywhere else. Shipping in 10 days or less is free.

The Shade Store
313 Columbus Avenue
(646) 762-8981

KT Collection Jewelry

KT Collection Jewelry's regular wine and jewelry events have been a big hit with the community, and the next one will be on April 15, from 5:30-8PM. With wine, cheese, and a chance to win free jewelry, it's a great opportunity to visit with friends. You can use the code SPRING BLING in-store to save 10% during the month of March on your entire purchase.

315 Columbus Avenue
(212) 875-8700

NYC Sustainable Management for Businesses

NYC produces 12 million tons of solid waste each year, and 250,000 businesses participate in this. A long-term sustainability plan is to divert much of the solid waste from landfills and food waste from restaurants. Please review these rules, to make sure that you are complying with the laws, which strive to reduce, reuse, recycle, and recover waste as much as possible.

Food Establishments Required Recyclables:
• Metal Cans • Aluminum Foil Products • Glass Bottles & Jars • Cardboard • Bulk Metal • Construction Waste (excludes plaster, drywall, wood & lumber, glass window panes)

Retail Businesses Required Recyclables:
• High grade office paper • Newspaper & Magazines • Bulk Metal • Construction Waste (excludes plaster, drywall, wood & lumber, glass window panes)

July 15th, 2015: Foam Ban becomes law.

Please visit nyc.gov/dsny for complete information. Click on the Recycling & Garbage tab, then click Businesses.


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