Summer 2014 Newsletter

  Featured on Columbus  
Annual Breakfast Meeting on June 24th at Isabella’s

There are a few spaces still available for our Annual Meeting Breakfast, held at Isabella's on June 24th at 8AM. However, an RSVP is imperative. Hon. Julie Menin, the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs will be our keynote speaker, and Andrew Rigie from the NYC Hospitality Alliance will also speak. If you are interested in attending, space permitting, please view the invitation HERE. If you would like to attend, please email us at Please make sure to include your name, work or residence address in the BID area, with a phone number. We will notify you only if space is no longer available. We will send a reminder email a few days before the event.

Isabella's 359 Columbus Avenue
Columbus Avenue BID: (212) 877-2678

The 7th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side

Aerialists poured champagne while upside down.

Our 7th Annual New Taste weekend was a spectacular success, kicking off with a lovely cocktail party in Theodore Roosevelt Park. Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro spoke briefly at the event. The Columbus Avenue BID was able to give $24,000 to the Theodore Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association from proceeds raised at this event.

Comfort Classics, on Friday night with hosts Andrew Richman (Travel Channel) and Alex Guarnaschelli (Chef, Butter Restaurant) was a sell-out, with 42 amazing chefs and DJPhresh, the popular DJ returning once again by popular demand. Best of the West, honoring Daniel Boulud, featured the luminary chef and over 40 others. Monsieur Boulud signed copies of his newest cookbook for guests at the event. This was hosted by Jill Martin (NY Knicks broadcaster and Today Show contributor. The Columbus Avenue BID was also able to pay for operational expenses for the Wellness in the Schools program where the event is held, and for PS 87 down the block. Any leftover revenue will be used for the BID's streetscape project, phase II.

200 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres prepared by 7 Fabulous chefs on a beautiful evening in the Park.

Make Music New York Concert Series on June 21, 2014

Columbus Avenue is happy to be participating in Make Music New York's annual musical celebration. Taking place on Saturday, June 21st, Make Music New York's annual celebration of the solstice consists of free concerts at numerous public spaces throughout the city. This year, there will be five performances on Columbus Avenue at 79th Street, just outside Theodore Roosevelt Park, featuring five different groups throughout the day:

  • 12PM- Oldsoultunes
  • 3PM- Martha Mooke
  • 4PM- Plasmonic Wood
  • 5PM- Cesaare Papetti
  • 6PM- Just another Folk Singer
  • 7PM- Avram Fefer

Come enjoy beautiful Theodore Roosevelt Park, this pastoral 12-acre park surrounding the American Museum of Natural History, and listen to a free concert. The performances will start at 12 noon and continue until 7:45 PM. A listing of performers and performances can be found on MMNY's website, HERE.

(917) 779-9709

Pedestrian Mall Display by Q Florist

Nick and the guys from Q Florist at 447 Columbus Avenue outdid themselves with this amazing display in the pedestrian mall between the bike lane and cars. Worth a trip to see it, and of course, if you need a florist, they've been in this location for over 40 years.

447 Columbus Avenue (corner of W.82 & Columbus Avenue)
(212) 787-4790

News and Events  
Free Web Ad for Map Sponsors

The new Columbus Avenue Map & Guide should be out in a fully-updated version in July. The BID is offering a free rotational banner ad for those who take a print ad. There may be a few ad spaces left. If you are interested, please call us at 212-721-5048.

(212) 721-5048

  Spotlight on Local Business  

Judith & Charles

Columbus Avenue is happy to have the Canadian firm, Judith & Charles, open their second U.S. shop within the BID! The fashions feature beautifully tailored, minimalist items, and clothing is arranged in the shop by color and vibe. The label was founded by Judy Richardson and Charles Le Pierres over 20 years ago. They join a number of other fabulous designer shops on the Avenue.

188 Columbus Avenue (corner of W.69th & Columbus Avenue)
(212) 877-2250


You will know you've arrived at Rituals, the Dutch beauty and cosmetics store that recently opened on Columbus, when you see their charming wheelbarrow outside filled with blooms. Rituals specializes in home and body cosmetics and features a luxurious collection of beautifully-packaged products, including high-quality skin and full body care products, perfumes, scented candles and fragrance sticks, and some delicious cotton bath towels, bathrobes, and the like. They use only natural, renewable and organic ingredients in their products. With their innovative technology mixed with traditional Eastern ingredients, you might discover that this is your perfect destination to find those things to enrich body and soul.

420 Columbus Avenue (between W.80 & W.81)
(212) 595-9103

Thanks to Our Doe Fund Team

Anthony Monroe, center, heads our watering team, surrounded by the others in the team. QZ, who just left for grad school, and Matt, BID assistant, on the right.

A huge thank you is due to our Ready, Willing, & Able team from the Doe Fund. They have been working non-stop getting Columbus Avenue ready for the summer, painting our street furniture and ensuring that our new streetscape between W.76th and W.77th street is watered and well-maintained. You'll also see another Doe Fund team keeping our streets and sidewalks clean, emptying our trash baskets, and removing graffiti (unfortunately a constant chore). They do a great job, and we're grateful to all the men on our teams. Next time you see them, you might want to say thanks for the wonderful work they do. If you see anything wrong in our Columbus Avenue BID area, please call Matt in the office at 212 877-2678

Re-Opening: Ronda Vino & Tapas' Sidewalk Cafe

Last week, Ronda Vino & Tapas finally reopened its sidewalk cafe. The extensive street work that has been ongoing in front of Ronda and the other stores on the east side of Columbus Avenue between W.71st and W.72nd streets is finally concluding after five really difficult months, that totally disrupted walking on the sidewalk on that portion of the block, as well as convoluted shop access and heavy construction all around. To celebrate the reopening of the sidewalk café, as well as to kick-off Brazil 2014 and the World Cup, Joachin Martinez, owner of Ronda, held a Brazilian party with tapas, music, and entertainment. We are so glad they're reopened.

Photo's from Ronda's World Cup Sidewalk Cafe Re-opening Party

249 Columbus Avenue (between W.71 & W.72)
(212) 579-9929



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Phone: (212) 721-5048 or (212) 877-2678
Fax: (212) 721-4070

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