The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation. 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. To date, the BID has given out over half a million dollars to neighborhood projects benefiting the community.

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 $89,000, and has been put to use providing 19 BigBelly solar-operated trash baskets to solve a serious rat problem in this park, despite its manicured appearance and beauty. The containers, which are pedal operated and state of the art, line all the paths and the frontage of the park on all sides. This improvement made Theodore Roosevelt Park 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, as well as supporting Wellness in the Schools at the four schools noted above, and continuing the greening of Columbus Avenue in many different ways.

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

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