The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation. New Taste of the Upper West Side is our only fundraiser of the year, and all revenue earned goes into a dedicated account for neighborhood improvements and beautification projects. Last year, the Columbus Avenue BID gave $10,000 to the O’Shea School Complex (Anderson School, Computer School, and PS 452 as well as PS 9, to cover the operational expenses for Wellness in the Schools. The BID also gave $33,000 to Theodore Roosevelt Park. Contributions the BID made to this park over the past three years totaled $84,000, and will now be used by NYC Parks and Recreation for a very much needed project, which will ring the park and all its paths with Big Belly solar-operated trash baskets. This will make it the first park in New York City to have a sustainable solution for the issue of rats inhabiting parks, as they thrive off food found in open trash baskets.

This coming year, the park will also be one of our beneficiaries.

For 2016, the Columbus Avenue BID will once again support Wellness in the Schools at the four schools noted above, as well as Citymeals-on-Wheels, and the BID’s own streetscape project, which is ongoing.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, tickets are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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