|Fifteenth Annual Meeting |
A Huge Success
On Friday, May 18, 2012 we held our 15th Annual Meeting at Fordham University. Almost 200 people attended and enjoyed a great breakfast while taking in the wonderful views of Lincoln Square from Fordham's 12th floor lounge.
Attendees heard from several interesting speakers, including Dr. Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Alair Townsend, former Publisher of Crain's and Chairwoman of City Center of Music & Drama, Inc. (Koch Theater).
Council Member Gale Brewer said a few words and the Board and Staff of the BID received a commendation from Comptroller John Liu. Awards were given to officers of the 20th Precinct's Conditions Unit and Angel Rodriguez, a long-standing member of our Clean Team who is retiring this summer.
At our Annual Meeting we also adopted an amendment to the BID Bylaws, approved the FY 2013 budget and elected Directors. Guests were given a great gift bag made out of recycled Lincoln Square banners that included some surprises including a VIP Pass to The Shops at Columbus Circle, a beauty sample from neighborhood spa, Sphatika, and colorful earbuds from C. Wonder, which will open at Time Warner Center later this year.
Thanks to everyone, especially Fordham University, for making this meeting, our 15th, a huge success! Click here to view photos from the event.
|Free Summer Concerts at Richard Tucker Park |
Every Wednesday, July 4 - August 29, Noon - 2:00pm
Starting July 4 from noon until 2:00pm, and continuing every Wednesday through August 29, we will present our fifth season of Free Summer Concerts at Richard Tucker Park! This popular concert series, which was featured in The New York Times, is sure to bring a taste of New York's underground music scene to Lincoln Square as we once again partner with the MTA's Arts for Transit program, Music Under New York.
This year, we'll kick off the series on Independence Day with
"A Truly American Soundscape!" featuring the Yaz Band and William B. Johnson's Drumadics. We hope to have some delicious surprises and Yoga demonstrations from YogaWorks.
The full line-up is still being finalized, but on Wednesday, July 18 we will welcome Pete Seeger's Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, which is dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and social action through song. And, we will of course bring back some favorites including The Hot Sardines on August 8 and Opera Collective on August 15.
Keep an eye on your inbox for full details.
|On the Retail Front |
It's been a busy spring for retail
leasing in Lincoln Square.
Sabon recently opened its doors and is now captivating commuters, visitors and residents alike with an aromatic collection of soaps, lotions, scented candles, and more. Check it out on Broadway between 60th and 61st Streets, just next door to Tasti D-Lite, Sapphire Indian Cuisine, and the new Arthur Murray Dance Center. On Columbus Avenue between 67th and 68th Streets, Chase Bank will be opening a small branch joining neighbors, UGG Australia, Burberry Brit, and Reebok Sports Club/NY.
At Time Warner Center, impeccably designed leather handbags, briefcases, wallets, and accessories can be found at Tusk on the ground floor. Sephora is getting ready to move into its new and expanded location down the corridor. H&M, which promises to "offer fashion and quality at the best price," is getting ready to open later this year on the second and third floors. And, although C. Wonder won't open until September, you can get in on the excitement now with the
"Wonders of Columbus Circle" - a bag design contest on Facebook. Click here to "like" Time Warner Center on Facebook, and upload your own Columbus Circle-inspired bag design for a chance to win dinner for two at one of Time Warner Center's amazing restaurants, two tickets to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, a $850 prize pack, and an additional shopping spree at the store. You have until June 30 to join the fun, so get started now.
|The Adoration of the Magi|
New Exhibition at MOBIA
An early Italian Renaissance altarpiece is getting ready for its close-up for the first time in 200 years at the Museum of Biblical Art's (MOBIA) latest installation - The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed. On view from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, September 9, 2012 at MOBIA on Broadway and 61st Street, this masterpiece was created by Bartolo di Fredi (1330-1410) during the golden age of Sienese painting. Recognized for his flawless technique and superb artistry, Bartolo di Fredi was one of the most important and influential painters in Siena in the second half of the 14th century. He produced numerous altarpieces and fresco cycles and is revered in scholarly circles. Adoration of the Magi, dedicated to the three kings' visit to the newborn Jesus, displays Bartolo's attention to detail, characteristic of Sienese painting of the period.
The exhibition is traveling to only two locations in the United States, coming to Lincoln Square from the University of Virginia Art Museum, in Charlottesville, where it was also the subject of an international conference. Adoration of the Magi (1375-85) is something of an unsolved mystery for art historians, as a missing piece may still be discovered. The known fragments of the magnificent painting have never been reunited or thoroughly studied until now. Its reassembly allows scholars to examine it in detail to understand its history, significance and original design. It will be displayed at MOBIA alongside two works by the same artist, the Robert Lehman Collection's tempera and gold Adoration of the Magi (ca. 1390) and Adoration of the Shepherds (ca. 1374) from the collection of The Cloisters.
To celebrate the occasion, MOBIA will offer free admission to the general public. Visit www.mobia.org for more information.
Another exhibit on display at LPA not to be missed is All Hands on Deck: Remembering the Titanic (1912-2012), which has been curated by LPA's Music Division. In honor of the 100 year anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic, LPA exhibits items from its collection to commemorate the Titanic's voyage, its passengers, artists and its memory. Items include sheet music of songs performed on the ship and written in its honor, as well as photos from from the films "Titanic" (1953) and "A Night to Remember" (1958). All Hands on Deck: Remembering the Titanic (1912-2012) is on display in the 3rd floor reading room through Labor Day.
|Father's Day in Lincoln Square |
Show Dad You Care
Father's Day is slightly over one week away on Sunday, June 17 and Lincoln Square is the perfect place to shop as it offers a wide selection of father-friendly gifts.
For the gentleman who gravitates towards electronics, the Upper West Side Apple Store at Broadway and 67th Street, Bose in Time Warner Center or Best Buy at Broadway and 62nd Street might just have the perfect gadget. Dapper dads will appreciate a gift from one of the many shops selling men's clothing and accessories, including Century 21 Department Store at Broadway and 66th Street, Brooks Brothers at Broadway and 65th Street, BOSS Hugo Boss, Thomas Pink, and the new J. Crew Men's Shop all at Time Warner Center, to name but a few. Or consider picking up some luxe cosmetic products just for men available at The Art of Shaving, Aveda, Sephora in Time Warner or at Kiehl's on Columbus Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets.
Gracious Home at Broadway and 67th Street has a selection of Father's Day gifts on display, including beard and body groomers, and a variety of cooking supplies including Rosle barbeque turners and a great three piece Weber tool set... perfect for your Hamptons getaway.
We wish all fathers a very happy Father's Day! Click here to explore our neighborhood directory.
Make Music NY and Discovery Day!
Celebrate Make Music NY
in Lincoln Square
On Thursday, June 21, 2012, Make Music New York(MMNY) returns. Now in its sixth year, MMNY, "the largest music event ever to grace Gotham" (Metro New York), is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 460 cities around the world - a global celebration of music making. This year's performances in Lincoln Square include Midland Uprising at the Richard Tucker Park Greenmarket at Broadway and 66th Street from 11:00am until 2:00pm, Beecher's Fault at La Boite en Bois at 75 West 68th Street from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, and Les Ballets de l'Opera Chinois de New York, Inc. at Dante Park on Broadway at 63rd Street from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center is celebrating MMNY in a big way with its Fourth Annual Discovery Day. Children & families are invited to try musical instruments, Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes, and watch student performances in Merkin Concert Hall from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at 129 West 67th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue. At this free event, children ages four and up will have the opportunity to see what it's like to play the violin, guitar, cello, flute, clarinet, and several other instruments. Throughout the event, families can step into Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall to enjoy short performances by talented young Lucy Moses School students. Kaufman's Face the Music will perform outside Kaufman Center at 6:30pm.
Visit www.makemusicny.org and www.kaufman-center.org for more information.
Receive a Thank You Tote Bag!
If you missed the gorgeous tulip displays in Lincoln Square this spring, don't fret! We recently installed our summer plantings in our 10 Broadway Malls and 39 planters spread throughout Lincoln Square and our artful combinations of plants, including Colocasia, Cordyline, Scaevola, Zinnias, Yucca, and Coleus, to name but a few, and they already look wonderful. Once the plants have had a little more time to grow and "fill out" they will be spectacular.
Our ability to transform Lincoln Square's 10 Broadway Malls and 39 planters into lush urban gardens relies on the support of many generous annual sponsors and individual donors.
Now, while supplies last, individual donors supporting the Lincoln Square Beautification Program with a $150 donation or more will receive a complimentary one-of-a-kind colorful tote bag made out of the Lincoln Square BID's recycled street-pole banners and crafted by clients of Urban Samaritan, a nonprofit organization supporting homeless men and woman (urbansamaritan.org).
Generosity never looked so fashionable,
click here to donate and receive your free tote!
Biking and the City
Bike New York... Safely!
With summer just around the corner, New York City's streets are filling up with cyclists of all ages. As the weather turns warm, the delivery people, messengers, and other hardy souls who brave the elements year-round are joined by recreational riders and an increasing number of commuters. If you're looking to get on a bicycle this summer, contact Bike New York, a non-profit dedicated to promoting bicycling and bicycle safety. Bike New York offers cycling classes for beginners, fun group rides for more experienced cyclists, and volunteer opportunities for all. To get involved visit www.bikenewyork.org or call 212.870.2080.
The city's number of bicycles is about to take another leap with the introduction of the NYC Department of Transportation's CitiBike bike-share program, to be rolled out this year. With bicycles becoming integrated into the city's transportation network, it is more important than ever for cyclists to follow the rules of the road and show respect for fellow street users, especially pedestrians. The NYPD is cracking down on riders who use the sidewalk, run red lights, ride against traffic, or ride at night without lights. Cyclists are also legally required to use a bike lane whenever possible, or face a ticket. Businesses employing bicycle delivery people are required to display a working cyclist safety poster, and provide their bike delivery people with a helmet, light, bell, brakes, and reflectors. Click here for safety tips, commercial cycling regulations, and rules of the road.
The Day School at
Christ & St. Stephen's
It's Not too Early for
The Day School at Christ & St. Stephen's at 120 West 69th Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue has a limited number of places for pre-schoolers for Fall 2012. The School offers an early childhood educational experience for children turning 3 or 4 on or before September 1, 2012. It reflects Christ and St. Stephen's commitment to provide a first-rate educational experience for young learners. The Day School values the unique nature of each child and celebrates diversity and inclusiveness, hallmarks of both our multi-faceted neighborhood and the church's Anglican tradition. People of all faiths are not only welcomed, but embraced. Scholarship aid is also available to those who may need it.
Visit www.thedayschoolatcss.org or call 212.787.2755, Ext. 8 for an application, to request more information or to set up a tour of this beautiful new school.
Lincoln Square in the News
What's in a Name?
Click here to check out this great article, "Lincoln Square Mystery: Was it Really Named for Abe?", in the West Side Rag by Stan Solomon about Lincoln Square and the confusion surrounding our neighborhood's name. The New York Times also reported on this topic back in 2009, and you can read about it here. Thanks Stan for such an interesting article about this great NYC neighborhood!
|Did You Know?||
The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District is a 501(c)3 not for profit formed in 1996 to make Lincoln Square - New York's premier cosmopolitan neighborhood - cleaner, safer, more beautiful, and fun.