LINKS - Lincoln Square E-News
August 2010

in this issue
  • Free Jazz Today at Richard Tucker Park
  • What's Growing Now?
  • Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle at MAD Museum
  • Complimentary Cool Coffee Drinks... at65 Café!
  • Partnership for New York City Survey
  • Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival
  • NYC Restaurant Week: Extended through September 6
  • 63bites at the West Side Y
  • Sponsorship Opportunity: Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square

  • Free Jazz Today at Richard Tucker Park

    Richard Tucker Park, located at Broadway and 66th Street, will sizzle with world jazz from noon until 2:00pm. Today's concert, which is part of our weekly free summer series that was recently featured in The New York Times, will kick off with performances by guitarist Jason Green and duo Maxidekalu.

    Jason Green is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He began playing blues and jazz in his hometown and by 21 had made it a full time career. In 2000 he joined Delta blues legend Big Jack Johnson, touring major jazz and blues festivals nationally and internationally. For five years in New York City, Jason has worked with other groups and fronts for his own band, Jason Green and the Labor of Love. Maxidekalu features Mohamed Kouyate and Cheick Bary who come from the same musician, storytelling family in Grio, Guinea. They grew up learning and playing music with their relatives. Cheick, the lead singer in a number of bands, learned guitar in the Ivory Coast. Mohamad is also a guitarist and sings background when the two perform together. They play a fusion of African music and mandingo, the popularized hi-life jazz style of West Africa.

    From 1:15pm until 2:00pm, Donald Malloy and Sight will play in the park. Trumpeter Donald Malloy, from Cleveland Ohio, moved to New York after completing his master's degree at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. His eclectic approach to music has provided him performances with such acts as Billy Hart, Geri Allen, Gary Bartz, and Victor Lewis and others. He leads his cutting edge band, Sight, which deals with music from the deep roots of our history and the modern sounds of today. Donald uses the African spiritual songs of the Orisha and combines it with jazz, drum, and bass, turning out music deeply rooted in the groove that speaks to the soul.

    Join us today at Richard Tucker Park (Broadway and 66th Street) and every Wednesday from now until September 1 at Noon for a taste of New York's underground music! Plus, in between sets learn restorative stretch techniques from a Yogaworks instructor and sample some tasty cheese from Cabot Creameries.

    What's Growing Now?

    The Lincoln Square BID runs an intensive horticultural program in the ten Broadway Malls (the medians on Broadway) and the two small parks in our district-Richard Tucker at Broadway and 66th Street and Dante at Broadway and 63rd Street. Spring through fall, seasonal blooms and shrubs in our Malls and parks flourish under our care.

    One of the plants you might have noticed lately in the endbeds of our Malls and adorning our many planters at the parks is White Caladium. Sometimes known by the common name "elephant ear", Caladiums are of tropical origin, but can be planted in cooler climates provided that the tuber is removed and stored before the first frost. White Caladiums are one of the many plants we use to add depth and color to our lush gardens.

    For more information on our beautification program, including how to support our greening efforts, please click here or call us at 212.581.3774.

    Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle at MAD Museum

    Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle is an exhibit that closes on Sunday, August 15 at the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle. Bicycle enthusiasts and fans of industrial design shouldn't miss this exhibition featuring the designs of six internationally renowned bicycle builders who have authored some of the most revolutionary developments in their craft. Through their manipulation of steel, aluminum and titanium, these artisans produce racing bicycles for champion athletes, mountain and cyclocross bicycles for negotiating vertiginous terrain, urban bicycles for stylishly transporting commuters, and elegantly stripped down randonneur bicycles for epic journeys.

    From the late 1880s, when the modern bicycle was invented, through the mid-20th century, when the explosive popularity of recreational cycling led to a sharp rise in factory production, bicycles were often crafted by hand to precisely fit a rider's measurements and tastes. Over the past decade, renewed interest in this craft, coupled with a rising social movement favoring the durable over the disposable and supporting cycling's physical and environmental benefits, has contributed to a revival of handbuilt bicycles and fostered a new generation of artisans and clientele.

    MAD Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00am until 6:00pm and Thursdays from 11:00am until 9:00pm. Ride your bike to the museum and pose in the MyBike photobooth. All photos are uploaded to the online MyBike photo gallery. To visit the gallery and view today's photos, visit mybike.madmuseum.org

    Image: Tricycle by Sacha White, 2006

    Complimentary Cool Coffee Drinks... at65 Café!

    Every Friday from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, illy, the number one European imported coffee brand in North America, will have award winning master barista, Giorgio Milos, outside at65 cafe at Alice Tully Hall (Broadway and 65th Street) to create complimentary cool coffee drinks and to educate consumers about the facts, myths and culture of coffee.

    Giorgio Milos is a 36-year-old leading coffee expert certified as a Master Barista by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe and is a faculty member of illy's Università del Caffe (UDC) in Trieste, Italy, where some of the world's best hotels, restaurants, and cafés send staff to invitation-only master coffee training. Giorgio will be on hand right here in Lincoln Square to answer your coffee questions and show you how to prepare and enjoy fine coffee and and how to make the perfect espresso. Enjoy this great treat on a hot summer afternoon!

    Partnership for New York City Survey

    The Partnership for New York City is coordinating a survey of the city's employers in connection with the paid sick leave legislation that is pending in the New York City Council. The purpose is to provide the City Council with an accurate picture of both current employer practices and potential costs of the proposed sick leave mandate. Lincoln Square and New York City private and non-profit employers both small and large are invited to complete this easy, online survey. Responses will be kept confidential. A good sampling of employers in all industries is critical to informing legislation that could have a significant impact on business. This is an issue that is important to the New York City business climate, regardless of whether the proposed legislation directly affects your business, so we hope that you will take time to complete the survey by Thursday, August 12.

    Click here to complete the survey: https://survey.ey.com/EmployeeBenefitsSurvey

    Please contact Merrill Pond at [email protected] or 212.493.7515 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey. Thank you!

    Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival

    Summer programming at Lincoln Center continues this month with Mostly Mozart! There are several performances just about every night from now until the 21st, including The Emerson String Quartet's chamber music at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, August 16 and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra on Thursday, August 19.

    The festival closes on Saturday, August 21 with an all-Mozart program conducted by Louis Langrée and spotlighting pianist Stephen Hough, a Mozartian of "grace, wit, and style" says the Chicago Tribune as well as Mozart's rarely performed, but profoundly moving oratorio Davidde penitente, whose music was constructed from Mozart's unfinished Mass in C minor.

    Buy your tickets now and take part in this festival, which has been a tradition at Lincoln Center since 1966.

    Image: Leif Ove Andsnes and Louis Langrée by JB Reed, Mostly Mozart Festival 2010

    NYC Restaurant Week: Extended through September 6

    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 will be pleased to know that NYC Restaurant Week has been extended through, Monday, September 6. 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.

    Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York, Bar Boulud, Cafe Fiorello, Ed's Chowder House at the Empire Hotel, Gabriel's, Porter House New York, Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center, and Shun Lee West have extended their participation. Don't miss this great opportunity!

    63bites at the West Side Y

    A hidden gem, 63bites, located inside the historic West Side YMCA at 5 West 63rd Street between Broadway and Central Park West, is one of the newest quick casual cafés to open in Lincoln Square. A variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner treats are served with fare hailing from some of New York's most recognizable establishments, including Amy's Breads, H&H Bagels, Stumptown Coffee, Balthazar, Hale and Hearty and Alice's Tea Cup.

    The range of food available, including sandwiches, salads and pastries, makes 63bites a perfect place to pick up an afternoon picnic, which can be enjoyed at Lincoln Center, Central Park, Richard Tucker Park (Broadway & 66th) or Dante Park (Broadway & 63rd). 63bites is open daily from 7:00am-9:00pm and offers free Wi-Fi, delivery service coming soon. For more information call 212.877.6363 or visit www.63bites.com.

    Sponsorship Opportunity: Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square

    Recognized as NYC's largest holiday festival, Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square enlivens the streets, stores and public spaces of Lincoln Square from Columbus Circle northward to 68th Street with a buzz of activity and a full roster of exciting events. Promoted by major media outlets, including longtime sponsor WABC-TV, and replete with star power (former Winter's Eve performers/special guests include The Bacon Brothers with actor Kevin Bacon and his Emmy award winning musician/composer brother Michael & Joy Behar--host of "The Joy Behar Show" on HLN and a featured co-host on ABC's "The View"), Winter's Eve offers sponsors a memorable and high-visibility way to connect with customers and increase brand awareness. This year's Winter's Eve will take place Monday, November 29th . We are solidifying our sponsors now--if your company is interested in getting involved with Winter's Eve, or our many other BID initiatives, including our Beautification program, please contact us at 212.581.3774.

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