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April 2011

in this issue
  • The Greening of Lincoln Square
  • April at A Voce
  • Resonate! African America in Sound and Story
  • Ed's Chowder House at the Empire Hotel
  • Lincoln Square: A Community for All Ages
  • Make Music NY Returns - Sign Up Today
  • Trump Royal Wedding Experience
  • News from New York City Government
  • Raymour and Flanigan Suits Every Room and Style
  • 14th Annual Meeting: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

  • The Greening of Lincoln Square

    Did you know that 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 Park and Dante Park? Spring through fall, seasonal blooms and shrubs in our malls and parks flourish under our care. In just a few days our annual tulip displays will appear in the Broadway Malls, providing a colorful spring for everyone in Lincoln Square.

    This is a very exciting time for our beautification program. We recently hired a new landscaping company, Frank Bulfamante & Sons, Inc. - a large family-run business, that works on many significant projects throughout the city. We are pleased by the expertise, attention and extensive plant knowledge that they will bring to our beautification program. In fact, they recently spent several days pruning all 90 crabapple trees in the malls, hand trimming the liriope and ivy to stimulate a burst of summer growth and pruning all of the shrubs in the interior of the malls. Pansies, daffodils and tulips have been planted in the urns in the end gardens and as part of our annual program, they will conduct bi-monthly maintenance and provide all the watering necessary to ensure the health of the plants. Watch for our colorful summer displays in May.

    Check out our Facebook account this month where we'll be highlighting our beautification program. And remember Broadway blooms thanks to the support of many generous sponsors and individual donors. You can support our efforts too! Click here to donate to our program online.

    April at A Voce

    A Voce, located on the third floor of Time Warner Center, has enjoyed critical acclaim for its refined cuisine, extensive wine list, attentive service and elegant decor. Executive Chef Missy Robbins, who oversees the culinary direction, offers ingredient-driven Italian cuisine inspired by the spirit of seasonal and regional simplicity, with an innovative and contemporary twist.This month, the Michelin rated restaurant will host several happenings that will surely whet your appetite.

    Starting Monday, April 11, and continuing weekdays from 4:00 - 6:00pm, you can stop in for Happy Hour with refreshing infused cocktails, including A Voce's adult "snow cone" cocktail, Rosť crush... just $7.00 each.The seders are over... now where to eat? From Wednesday, April 20 through Sunday, April 24 visit A Voce for some delicious Roman Passover inspired specials like Passatelli in brodo (Matzo dumplings, brisket, beef broth, marrow) or Lasagna (matzo pasta), roasted mushrooms and more! For Easter on Sunday, April 24, A Voce will celebrate with a $50.00 three course prix-fixe brunch, available from 11:30am - 3:00pm. A Voce's April Sommelier Night will be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:00pm - 10:00pm featuring Bertani Winery and host Stefano Mangiarotti.

    This is all in addition to their delicious three course prix-fixe lunch for $29.00! Call 212.823.2523 or visit www.avocerestaurant.com for reservations.

    Resonate! African America in Sound and Story

    Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist joins New York University's Institute of African American Affairs to present Resonate! African America in Sound and Story, a series of FREE afternoon programs that explore the cultural connections of the African Diaspora today.

    Each hour-long (4:00pm - 5:00pm) program will be held on Wednesdays in April at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets and will feature performances by a noted African or African-American artist, followed by a lively talk and dialogue with the artists moderated by Meklit Hadero, Artist-in-Residence at New York University's Institute of African American Affairs. The series will feature Toshi Reagon on April 13, Nora Chipaumire on April 20 and Danny Mekonnen and Adam Clark on April 27.

    Resonate! is an outgrowth of Lincoln Center's long-running Meet the Artist School Series and the newest addition to on-going initiatives at the Atrium to bring more free arts and events to the community.

    Ed's Chowder House at the Empire Hotel

    Ed's Chowder House located in the historic Empire Hotel at Broadway and West 63rd Street has been open for just a little over a year. Chef Ed Brown and China Grill Management continue to serve up regional seafood favorites in this breezy and casual atmosphere.

    In addition to great chowder, Ed's Chowder House's menu offers a wide variety of options ranging from elegantly composed favorites like Scallop Ravioli with white wine sauce and herbs or Peppered Tuna Steak Frites with herb butter to simply grilled selections of seafood, steaks and chops. The raw bar features Atlantic oysters, little neck clams, jumbo shrimp, jumbo lump crab meat, chilled poached mussels, and half chilled lobster.

    Insider Scoop: Ed's offers prix-fixe menus, a three course lunch for just $24.00 and dinner for $41.00. Both menus available Sunday - Friday!

    Call 212.956.1288 for reservations or click here.

    Lincoln Square: A Community for All Ages

    Lincoln Square's rich cultural, educational, personal wellness and shopping resources make our neighborhood a wonderful place for individuals to live or visit at any age, from the very young to those well into their 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's or beyond! Our latest publication, Lincoln Square: A Community for All Ages, features places to stop, sit and relax, a listing of the area's free public art and monuments, public restrooms and other information, assistance and accessibility needs... all compiled and designed with our neighborhood's older adults in mind.

    There are many free or low-cost activities available here and the best way to find out about them is by visiting our website, www.lincolnsquarebid.org/aging, where we maintain an "Age-Friendly" section and a link to our events calendar.

    Our new brochure was produced with support from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. For additional copies, please call 212.581.3774, email [email protected] or click here to download a copy.

    Make Music NY Returns - Sign Up Today

    Make Music New York is back for a fifth year of free, outdoor concerts all around New York City and in Lincoln Square! It all takes place on Tuesday, June 21, from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, when dozens of musicians will take to the streets and sidewalks, performing for friends, neighbors, and passers-by. If you'd like to host musicians, and attract people to your location, Make Music NY invites you to join the festivities!

    Taking part is easy and completely free. Simply choose musicians from the Make Music New York database, or find your own; provide electricity for them to perform outside; and display a free, customizable poster in your window during June, promoting the concert.

    Make Music New York organizers will send you all necessary permits, for free; coordinate your concert with others in the neighborhood; and promote your establishment as a concert location in print ads, on makemusicny.org, and in a 16-page program distributed by Metro New York.

    To get started, just go to makemusicny.org/participate. All concert arrangements must be finalized by Thursday, April 21. For more information, visit www.makemusicny.org.

    Trump Royal Wedding Experience

    Trump International Hotel and Tower is celebrating Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials in royal style with the Trump Royal Wedding Experience. On the morning of Friday, April 29, guests at Trump International Hotel and Tower will be able to view the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on oversized monitors while attending an exclusive breakfast at Three Michelin Star restaurant Jean Georges. Enjoy delicacies like scrambled eggs and caviar and toast the royal couple with sparkling mimosas.

    This exclusive package includes an overnight stay the night of Thursday, April 28 and a guaranteed late checkout of 4:00 pm on the day of the wedding. As a memento of the occasion, each guest will receive a piece of official Royal Wedding china commissioned by The Royal Collection. And, if you live in the neighborhood and don't want to miss out on the excitement you can make a Royal Breakfast reservation without an overnight stay for $149.00 per person.

    We can't think of a better way to attend the biggest royal event in Britain without actually being at Westminster Abbey! Please call 212.299.1000 or visit www.trumpintl.com to reserve this once-in-a-lifetime offer.

    News from New York City Government

    Starting on Thursday, April 14, the NYC Department of Transportation will be replacing single-space parking meters with muni-meters at locations on the Upper West Side, including Amsterdam Avenue from West 60th Street to 96th Street, Columbus Avenue from 65th Street to 96th Street and other locations on Broadway and West End Avenue. Parking meter rates will remain the same. Some of the benefits of muni-meters include the convenience of a pay-and-display system, the reduction of unnecessary sidewalk encumbrances, and additional parked vehicle capacity in the same amount of curbside space. The work will be on-going from mid-April through June.

    The NYC Department of Buildings will kick off the 7th Annual Construction Safety Week 2011 on Monday, April 25 by leading a safety conference - Build Safe | Live Safe: An Inside Look at NYC Construction Trends. At Build Safe | Live Safe, experts will lead in-depth seminars on safety innovations, accident prevention, safe demolition and scaffold operations, new concrete requirements and partnerships with the community. Visit www.nyc.gov/safetyweek to purchase tickets and to learn about three other professional seminars.

    Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council, New Yorkers can now challenge parking tickets and many other violations online. This new program, known as One-Click Hearings, allows residents and business owners to dispute a ticket and submit supporting materials online, saving them precious time and money. This online option is available for parking and red light camera tickets administered by the NYC Department of Finance, as well as for many tickets issued by the NYC Environmental Control Board.

    For more information on legislation and City news, visit www.nyc.gov.

    Raymour and Flanigan Suits Every Room and Style

    Whether you're decorating an entire room or simply adding an accent piece for visual flair, Raymour and Flanigan at Broadway and 66th Street has something to suit every room and style. Visit the store where you'll find living room and dining room furniture on sale and you can save even more with their "Have A Seat Weekend Sale" where customers will receive free seating to complement your purchase when you buy select sofa and loveseat sets or select 5-pc. dining sets. Pictured above is Raymour and Flanigan's Hayden 5-pc. Dining Set. Order today and get 2 FREE chairs!

    A variety of flexible financing offers make it easy to furnish your home on any budget. Plus, if you are within their guaranteed 3-day delivery area, they'll deliver your new furniture in 3 days or less, so you don't have to wait to start redecorating.

    14th Annual Meeting: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    Join us on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 8:00am for our 14th Annual Meeting at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. This year, our guest speakers will be New York County District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro, and Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Rose Kuo.

    A continental breakfast will be served by 'wichcraft. Space is limited and reservations are required; email Tim Devlin at [email protected] or call 212.581.3774 to RSVP.

    Recycling Event:
    Saturday, April 9
    Noon to 5:00 pm

    Council Member Gale Brewer and Upper West Side Recycling Center will be holding a computer and cell phone recycling event this Saturday, April 9th at the PS 87 playground on West 77th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Bring your old computers, peripherals, TV's, stereo equipment, cell phones and more.

    Click here for more information or call Council Member Brewer at 212.873.0282 or email [email protected]

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