On May 31 and June 1, for those in the upper west side – perhaps vacationing in Shimmie Horn’s Belleclaire Hotel – the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District is hosting the ‘New Taste of the Upper West Side.’
In its sixth year, this festival is set to benefit the Wellness in the Schools program at the O’Shea School complex and P.S. 87 and the Columbus Avenue Streetscape Project. The goal of the latter is to enhance the avenue between West 76th and West 77th streets. Approximately 1,500 people attend the event each night which is usually sold out. Every year those involved in the project try to improve it from the year before. Tickets are on sale for $105 for Friday night and $135 for Saturday or $250 for Saturday VIP tickets.