Tapped In: UWS Bakeries Named FourSquare's Best, New Safety for Delivery Bikes

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TWO U.W.S. BAKERIES NAMED IN FOURSQUARE'S 'BEST OF' LIST Foursquare, the social app that lets friends check in to restaurants, bars and other places, has sifted data of more than 3 billion check-ins and pulled up a list of the best New York City has to offer-from best eateries and clubs to best sights and theaters. And there was good news for Upper West Siders with a sweet tooth: Two of the top 10 New York bakeries are on the Upper West Side: Levain Bakery on W. 74th and Amsterdam and Bouchon Bakery on Columbus Circle. On Foursquare, most people recommend the chocolate chip walnut cookies at Levain, which is known for its big gooey cookies. Bouchon, meanwhile, is more of a French lunch and pastry spot, known for its unusual flavors of macarons-like peanut butter and jelly. FURRY FRIENDS FOR SALE! This February, bring home a puppy or kitten without breaking the bank. Bideawee, the pet welfare center located on East 38th Street at First Avenue, will be holding a monthlong "Name your own price" sale. The sale is in celebration of Valentine's Day, and is Bideawee's first adoption promotion this year! Plus, if you think your brand-new pet is super photogenic, Bideawee will be taking photos of each new adoption, and putting them up for a public vote. The winner will have their pet featured as Bideawee's Facebook timeline image. This promotion will run until Feb. 28. DOT ANNOUNCES NEW SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR DELIVERY BIKES The DOT announced recently that they have teamed up with Delivery.com to provide 1,500 commercial cyclists with free bike lights, bells and retro-reflective vests. Delivery cyclists from all over the city can attend one of the multi-language commercial bicyclist forums held all over the city to receive the safety equipment. Other bicycle safety efforts include NYPD enforcement and inspector visits to businesses that use delivery cyclists. These inspectors serve to both inform and oversee the legal regulations such businesses are required to follow. DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan notes, "Safety is everyone's business, so it's significant when the private sector steps up to the plate to make efforts in the public interest." Jed Kleckner, CEO of Delivery.com, is one of many who share in this sentiment. "In a city where food, groceries and wine can be at your doorstep in moments," he said, "we empower the neighborhood economy by equipping our merchant partners with the right tools for making safe and speedy deliveries." Revised administrative procedures regarding bike safety will be enforced starting this April. FURNITURE FROM COLUMBUS EXHIBITUP FOR SALE Remember the living room that was perched atop the statue at Columbus Circle? Now you can own a part of the former exhibit, "Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus" which closed in December. Art Space is selling the furniture that completed the look of the "living room above Columbus Circle." Much of the furniture has been gobbled up by art collectors (or people who really need a couch). But a $1,500 MG + BW chair is still available, as well as a $2,700 Samsung 48" TV, and several other items. And members of Art Space get a discount that slashes prices in half. According to Art Space, while it was still on display, the artwork drew more than 100,000 visitors from over 30 countries around the world.

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