LINKS - Lincoln Square E-News
July 2010

in this issue
  • Summer at Lincoln Center
  • Dante Park Pedestrian Plaza Application
  • Freud's Last Session at the Little Theatre - Save 42%
  • School's Out for Summer
  • Cooling Tips from Con Edison
  • NYC Restaurant Week: July 12 - July 25
  • Celebrate Bastille Day at Bouchon Bakery
  • Glory of Ukraine at MOBIA
  • Upper West Side Town Hall with Manhattan BP Stringer

  • Summer at Lincoln Center

    Lincoln Center traveled around the globe to bring the neighborhood its biggest summer celebration yet. From outdoor dance parties to classical concerts, arts patrons can partake in the fun at Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center Festival, Mostly Mozart and Lincoln Center Out of Doors... taking place right now at venues throughout the Lincoln Center Campus.

    Some of this year's highlights include Loser's Lounge: Ladies' Night on Thursday, July 15 at 6:30pm, a free Kids Dance sponsored by Target on Saturday, July 17 at 3:00pm, Chinese Lion Dance by the Chinese American Arts Council on Thursday, August 12 at 7:00pm, and Joshua Bell on Wednesday, August 18 at 8:00pm.

    For complete program information and to purchase tickets, visit www.summeratlincolncenter.org or call 212.721.6500.

    Dante Park Pedestrian Plaza Application

    The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District submitted an application to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) NYC Plaza Program to expand and enhance Dante Park - located at Broadway and 63rd Street. In preparing our application for this very competitive grant, we reached out to surrounding property owners and businesses, Lincoln Center, Council Member Gale Brewer, Community Board 7 and many others. Local support has been extremely positive and will play a key role in the decision making process at DOT.

    DOT will make its final decision in October 2010. If our application is selected, the City will set in motion the engineering, design and approval processes. We will keep you updated on the status of our submission. If you would like more information or would like to offer a letter of support, please contact us at 212.581.3774 or [email protected].

    Freud's Last Session at the Little Theatre - Save 42%

    Starting today, Friday, July 9th, FREUD'S LAST SESSION, a "brilliant, mind-bending play" by Mark St. Germain will make its New York debut at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre located at 10 West 64th Street between Central Park West and Broadway at the West Side Y. FREUD'S LAST SESSION caused a sensation during last year's summer theatre season, extending twice to rave reviews and sold-out performances.

    FREUD'S LAST SESSION centers on the legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites the young, rising academic star C.S. Lewis to his London home. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes that Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day that England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash about the existence of God, the joy of love, the purpose of sex, and the meaning of life - just a few weeks before Freud's own death. Not just a powerful debate, this is a profound and deeply touching play about two men who boldly addressed the greatest questions of all time. Mark H. Dold stars as C.S. Lewis, with Martin Rayner starring as Sigmund Freud.

    Click here for tickets or order tickets by phone at 212.352.3101. And, use promo code PROD610 for $39.50 tickets - a 42% savings off the regular box office price offered to all friends and members of the Lincoln Square BID on performances through September 30th.

    School's Out for Summer

    School's out for summer, so in honor of our kids we've compiled a list of some of the many resources available for Lincoln Square's little ones.

    The Lincoln Center branch of Hands On! at 189 Amsterdam Avenue offers children's music & creative arts classes. Free trial classes are available, simply call 212.724.3124 for more information. Just down the road, the New York Kids Club at 169 Amsterdam Avenue offers dozens of classes and activities for youth of all ages ranging from cooking to rock climbing. Older kids looking for something to do might enjoy the teen book discussion group or tech classes held at the New York Public Library's Riverside Branch at 127 Amsterdam Avenue. The West Side Y on West 63rd Street also has a tremendous amount of programming for youth. And of course, don't forget about the BID's summer concerts held each Wednesday, from noon - 2:00pm through September 1st at Richard Tucker Park at Broadway and 66th Street - this fun and FREE event is perfect for people of all ages!

    Other kid-friendly businesses include: Planet Kids at 191-193 Amsterdam, which has a well-stocked source of supplies and toys for babies and very young children, Gap Kids at 1988 Broadway, the French retailer Jacadi at 1841 Broadway on 60th Street and United Colors of Benetton Kids inside Time Warner Center.

    Cooling Tips from Con Edison

    This week, Con Edison broke its 2010 record for peak electricity use when the company delivered 12,963 megawatts at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Usage would have been even higher if not for the efforts of Con Edison's customers, who responded to the company's request for conservation.

    Here are some steps Con Ed is recommending to stay cool this summer:

    • Make sure air conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency;
    • Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent;
    • If you have a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not being used; if you have central air, block the vents in unused or vacant rooms;
    • Also turn off lights and other appliances, use a timer to turn them on as necessary, and turn your computer off when not at home to conserve;
    • To reduce heat and moisture, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it's generally cooler. Use a microwave to cook, or barbecue outside if possible.

    For more information or to report power interruptions or service problems, call 1-800-75-CONED or visit www.conEd.com.

    NYC Restaurant Week: July 12 - July 25

    NYC Restaurant Week, New York City's original celebration of dining, returns on Monday, July 12. Created back in 1992, when it was developed as a one-time culinary program to welcome the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to the City, the program found a strong following with residents eager for the chance to eat at some of the City's and Lincoln Square's top restaurants for a fraction of the usual cost.

    Since its inception, the success of NYC Restaurant Week has only grown. It has expanded to include both lunch and dinner offerings - three-course, prix-fixe meals for $24.07 and $35 respectively - and extended to a two week program in both the summer and winter.

    A Voce, Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York, Bar Boulud, Cafe Fiorello, Ed's Chowder House at the Empire Hotel, Gabriel's, Nougatine at Trump International Hotel and Tower, Porter House New York, Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center, and Shun Lee West are all participating this year. Don't miss this great opportunity!

    Celebrate Bastille Day at Bouchon Bakery

    On Wednesday, July 14 at 7:00pm celebrate the taste of freedom as Chef Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery salutes Bastille Day at Time Warner Center. Chef Keller has created a special tasting menu of French-Boulangerie fare classics paired with the lively sounds of Kathleen Landis and quartet. The festival will be complete with house made French classics featured at stations throughout the caf�, including savory Mergeuz with Baguette, Moules au Safran, and fresh oysters on the half shell, complemented by wine and champagne. Taste the sweeter side of France with Chocolate Cr�pes, Fraisier and Macarons.

    Admission is $65 per person, all inclusive. Click here for tickets.

    Glory of Ukraine at MOBIA

    The Museum of Biblical Art's latest exhibit: Glory of Ukraine: Sacred Images from the 11th to the 19th Centuries is on view now through Sunday, September 12. This exhibition from the collection of the oldest monastery in Ukraine, the Kyiv-Pecherskaya Lavra (or Monastery of the Caves) surveys the history of Ukrainian icons and their stylistic evolution over the centuries. Ukrainian icons, unlike their Russian counterparts, incorporated noted influences from western art, particularly during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Alongside icons, the exhibition will display textiles, ceremonial and altar crosses, chalices and other liturgical objects. MOBIA is the first venue for this exhibit in the United States and can be found at Broadway and 61st Street.

    Image: Congregation of All the Saints of the Pechersk Lavra, Icon Painting Workshop of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Kyiv, late 18th - early 19th centuries. Wood, oil. The National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve.

    Upper West Side Town Hall with Manhattan BP Stringer

    Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer invites you to an Upper West Side Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, July 13 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. This Town Hall meeting will take place at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets and will provide an opportunity for Upper West Side community members to discuss their local concerns with the Borough President, other elected officials and representatives of various New York City agencies. Scheduled to appear are Congressmember Jerrold L. Nadler, Congressmember Charles B. Rangel, State Senator Thomas K. Duane, State Senator Bill Perkins, State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried, Assemblymember Daniel J. O'Donnell, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, Councilmember Gale A. Brewer, Councilmember Inez E. Dickens and Community Board 7.

    Call 212.669.4462 or email [email protected] to RSVP.

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