November 26, 2012
Thanks to Gracious Home and Con Edison, one tree in each of the ten Broadway Malls in Lincoln Square, will be lit with festive lights through January, 2013. The Upper West Side Tree located in Dante Park will also remain illuminated throughout the holiday season.
October 31, 2012
I am pleased to report that the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District staff is in the office, and despite the fact that our office internet is down, we have set up a mobile hotspot and are getting back to business. Most of our Clean Team has reported for duty and our Public Safety Officers are making their way to Lincoln Square. Our Green Keepers' crew from Goddard Riverside were also out first thing this morning.
On Sunday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, our Clean Team and our Public Safety Officers got the district ready by securing all the garbage cans to the lightpoles; umbrellas were removed, and tables and chairs were secured. Thanks to Lincoln Center, we were able to make arrangements to store our three mobile information carousels. We did not expect any of the crews to come to work on Monday or Tuesday.
Richard Juliano, our VP or Operations, came in to the city in the late afternoon on Sunday and I was able to make arrangements for him to stay at the Empire Hotel. Richard checked the district throughout the day on Monday and yesterday I went over to assess the damage with him. There was debris everywhere, many tree limbs down both in the Broadway Malls and along the sidewalks, and very few businesses were open. Much to my pleasant surprise, our landscape company, Frank Bulfamante and Sons showed up with three trucks and approximately a dozen crew members and began removing debris, tree limbs, and blowing away the leaves starting at 60th Street. By the end of the day yesterday, they had removed all the downed branches, and all the debris that had blown around the district as well as the one large concrete planter in Richard Tucker Park that was totally destroyed. We are so pleased that Bulfamante brought out his crew because, frankly, the extent of this clean-up would have overwhelmed our Clean Team and Goddard Riverside crew. READ
October 28, 2012
Dear NYC Business Owners:
In preparing your business against damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, please review the guidance below. These recommendations will help you protect your business by providing ways for you to limit risks associated with damaged property, equipment, or information. It also offers guidance to help you better deal with the aftermath of severe weather.
Preparing against potential damage / disruption to businesses due to Hurricane Sandy:
* Have lists of all employees, key customers and clients, suppliers, shippers, and vendors - along with their phone numbers, email addresses and physical addresses
* Secure insurance policies, agent contact information, vital business records such as bank account and tax records in a waterproof, fireproof, portable container
* Back up computerized records and protect the backup copy / ensure the electronic data back-up is on a portable hard-drive or stored at a remote location
* Take equipment, computer software / hardware, and furniture inventories
* Relocate expensive equipment to floors 3-7 where possible or move it to the most heavily constructed interior area of the facility - in areas which could be subject to surge flooding, move equipment to floors above the possible surge level
* Cover vulnerable equipment which cannot be moved with plastic sheeting to minimize damage in the event of roof leaks or broken windows
* Move all merchandise, equipment, stock, etc. that is on floors that could flood to pallets or shelves, to protect them from flooding
* Compile a list of emergency vendors, such as plumbers and restoration contractors
* Make copies of essential business policies, plans, and agreements READ
October 19, 2012
We have been advised by the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) that the contractor working on the new sewer pipeline on Columbus Avenue from West 63rd Street to West 64th Street will begin working on Saturdays starting tomorrow, October 20, 2012, from 8:00am to 4:00pm for approximately four weeks.
It is our understanding that this change in schedule will speed up the work and is necessary to expedite construction before the Thanksgiving Holiday. Work will be restricted to Columbus Avenue, from West 63rd Street to West 64th Street and will include trench excavation, removal of existing sewer pipe, and the construction of an entirely new sewer line down the center of Columbus Avenue. This work will be maintained within the current construction safety barriers already in place.
Please note this information is subject to change. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to be added to the weekly construction bulletin, please call Ms. Sanchi Malhotra, NYCDDC's Community Construction Liaison, at 646.738.4894 or email her at email@example.com. During non-constructions hours, please call 311.
September 14, 2012
The Public Art Fund invites you to experience New York City's iconic statue of Christopher Columbus as never before. A new public artwork opening this September in Columbus Circle allows visitors to get face-to-face with the statue, more than 70 feet above the ground, in a contemporary living room designed by the Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi.