Summer 2015 Newsletter

The 8th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side

Our 8th Annual New Taste weekend was a major success, drawing thousands to celebrate the area's best restaurants. Soirée in the Park, a cocktail party held as a benefit for Theodore Roosevelt Park, served as kickoff for the event series. Friday night's Comfort Classics, was hosted by Adam Richman and featured more than 42 restaurants offering up their best comfort food. Saturday night's Best of the West paired hosts Marc Murphy and Anne Burrell, and over 40 restaurants. All three events featured live music, and a fabulous time was had by all. You can watch a highlight video here. Large donations from the event proceeds were made to support the operational expenses for Wellness in the Schools, Theodore Roosevelt Park, and to restore the streetscape block (W.76th-W.77th) that was destroyed by the severe winter. All proceeds from this event are dedicated to neighborhood beautification and betterment projects.

Make Music New York

Make Music New York, an all-day, city-wide music festival held annually on the summer solstice will take place on Sunday, June 21st. The event, now in it's ninth year, features more than 1,200 musical performances from acts of all genres, and we're lucky enough to have a number of performances scheduled here in the neighborhood. More info on Make Music New York, including a listing of all 1,200+ performances, can be found here.

In front of Theodore Roosevelt Park (Columbus Ave. at W.79)
• Sunday June 21st, 12:00pm: Josh Okun

Inside Theodore Roosevelt Park
• 1:00 Mass Appeal Mandolins
• 3:00 Carrie Lane
• 4:00 Uptown Sound
• 5:15 Singalong Bill Barton



Men's shirtmaker, Bestall, recently opened their first brick and mortar location at 282 Columbus Avenue. Family owned since it's founding in 1936, Bestall has produced shirts for a number of high-end fashion labels and is now selling directly to consumers. Shirts are available in several different styles, from classic to contemporary designs, making it easy to pick out a great shirt, no matter your need.

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


Longtime Columbus Avenue boutique, Älskling, recently reopened at 228 Columbus Ave. The boutique's specialty, classic slip dresses in light and natural materials, come in a range of sizes and lengths and a staggering number of prints - over 200, in fact. Owner Vivianne Tvilling recently returned from a three month trip to India where she oversaw the printing process for her collection, and the result is a store filled with rich, deep colors and patterns that must be seen to be believed. Glad to have you back, Vivianne!

228 Columbus Avenue (between W.70 & W.71)

Citibike Coming Soon to UWS

By the end of July, our neighborhood will have several additional bike stations. The Citibike network will expand this summer, adding 39 stations between 60th and 107th street, with four of those right here within the Columbus Avenue BID.

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher is having a drawing inside the shop to win and Eileen Fisher tote bag filled with goodies! Visit their Columbus Avenue shop, located between W.76-W.77th. Enter to win between June 21st-June 31st, in-store only. The winner will be drawn on July 1st, 2015.

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

The Doe Fund

Many thanks to The Doe Fund, our longtime non-profit partner in keeping Columbus Avenue clean and well maintained. Their work, which includes emptying the trash baskets, removing graffiti, and maintaining street furniture, does not go unnoticed and benefits all of us on the avenue. Especially noticeable is the work they have put in on the streetscape block (W.76th-W.77th) keeping the bioswale, tree pits, and plantings well-maintained and watered.


The Columbus Avenue BID
Phone:(212) 877-2678
Fax:(212) 721-4070

The Columbus Avenue BID is a
501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

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