On the Retail Front
Sweet Teeth... and Fancy Feet!
The world's largest box of Nerds Candy and giant Gummy Bears will soon call Lincoln Square home when IT'SUGAR opens at 1880 Broadway, aka 15 Central Park West, between 61st and 62nd Streets. This candy factory will be a first for Lincoln Square specializing in candy from chocolates to lollipops and candy-inspired fashion apparel, accessories and novelty gift items. IT'SUGAR is a self proclaimed "land of make believe come true" ... sure to be a candy-land adventure for all of us.
Further north, we thought we lost one of our treasured "mom and pop" shops, but luckily Foot Lights Shoe Repair at 144 West 67th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue was just temporarily closed as the store completed renovations under new management. You can still stay local for shoe repairs.
We are pleased that the leasing of these two spaces brings the Lincoln Square vacancy rate to less than 1%! How sweet is that?
Neighborhood Information Carousel Program
Friendly Faces Welcome You to
Summer in Lincoln Square means the return of our wonderful Neighborhood Information Carousel Program. From now through September, the Lincoln Square BID's Information Carousels at Columbus Circle, Dante Park, and Richard Tucker Park are staffed by Information Ambassadors from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday - Sunday (and starting at 10:00 AM for the Greenmarket on Thursday and Saturday.) Consisting of high school students from the neighboring MLK Educational Campus, local college students and retired professionals from ReServe, our team of Ambassadors is very energetic and knowledgeable about Lincoln Square and the city. The Ambassadors, who are hired in part thanks to a grant we receive from Council Member Gale Brewer and the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development, welcome visitors to the neighborhood and provide directions, as well as information on summer events, local happenings, and major tourist destinations. They are well versed in the topics on which visitors most frequently ask questions, including Lincoln Center's summer programming, concerts in Central Park, neighborhood children's activities, and local dining options.
Our carousels are stocked with the official Lincoln Square Map & Guide, our Where to Eat in Lincoln Square guide, and brochures that promote opportunities and events both in the neighborhood and throughout the city. Stop by a carousel today to pick up some informative materials and chat with a friendly Information Ambassador.
If you are a neighborhood business and would like your promotional materials displayed on the Lincoln Square BID Information Carousels, please contact us at 212.581.3774 or [email protected].
Mommy and Me in Lincoln Square
By Jessica Newshel
When I first moved to the Lincoln Square neighborhood in 2007, I felt intimidated by the formality of Lincoln Center and its surroundings, with upscale restaurants catering to the pre-theater crowd. However, after having a baby in 2008, I was surprised to learn that the neighborhood has much to offer young families. Thanks to the massive renovation, even Lincoln Center itself has become much more accessible to its neighbors, who can enjoy its vast and more inviting public spaces. Even though I'm technically a "stay-at-home mom," my husband and friends remark how little I actually stay home. With my son, now four years old, in tow, I'm constantly discovering new kid-friendly, free or inexpensive experiences in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. To help find child-friendly activities and events, I usually consult the magazine Time Out NY Kids and the websites Mommy Poppins and My Upper West. While parents in the neighborhood are most likely familiar with NY Kids Club, My Gym, Hands On for Music, etc. I'd like to highlight a few places you might not think to look for family fun.
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets)
This newly renovated space offers a place to meet up with other moms, public restrooms, and food from 'wichcraft. My son loves to watch the fountain and eat 'wichcraft's gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Apart from being a great hang-out spot, the Atrium offers Meet the Artist Saturdays - a free, interactive musical performance on the first Saturday of each month at 11:00am, as well as performances on Target Free Thursdays at 8:30pm.
American Folk Art Museum (125 Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets)
This often-overlooked museum has two free musical performances each week. On Wednesday afternoons between 2:00pm and 3:00pm, a fantastic jazz guitarist performs during Guitar Afternoon. Each Friday evening between 5:30pm and 7:30pm, there is live music at the museum. The evening performances typically feature several performers. These performances are not designed specifically for children, but well-behaved kids are welcome.
Apple Store, Upper West Side (1981 Broadway at 67th Street)
That big glass cube offers more than just iPads. Once or twice a week, the Apple store features a speaker or musical performance. While the speakers are primarily for techies, the musical acts are wonderful and they've even featured kids bands in the past.
The New York Public Library, Riverside Branch (127 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street)
I think the Riverside Branch of the New York Public Library has become more popular with families since both Barnes and Noble and Borders closed. The second floor has a wonderful children's library with an event space. Tuesdays at 11:00am and 11:30am, there is Toddler Time for 18-month-olds to 3-year-olds. On Thursdays at 11:00am and 11:30am, the library offers the same program for the younger set (birth to 18 months.) Make sure to arrive early and get a ticket, as the events are first come, first serve.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 66th Streets)
While amazing performances take place at Lincoln Center all year long, summertime is jam-packed with family-friendly events. Both Midsummer Night Swing and the Lincoln Center Festival offer nightly performances to check out after dinner on a warm night. The Little Orchestra Society offers performances at Avery Fisher Hall specifically designed for the stroller set.
Construction & Parking Advisory
Third Water Tunnel
New York City is currently in the process of constructing a third water tunnel beneath the city. Begun in 1970 and scheduled to be completed in 2020, the $6 billion tunnel is the largest public works project in New York City's history. When finished, it will increase the capacity of the city's water supply to over two billion gallons per day, and allow for the repair of the two older water tunnels that have served New York since 1917 and 1936, respectively.
If you have been on Columbus Avenue in front of the Fordham campus recently, you have seen construction teams at work making preparations for the Third Water Tunnel to be dug through Lincoln Square. Due to this construction, there will be no parking on West 60th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam from now until November 2013. While this parking ban will be inconvenient, the work is necessary in order to provide drinking water for future generations of New Yorkers.
If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact Ms. Sanchi Malhotra of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) at 646.384.4894 or [email protected], or call 311. Click here to see the official notice from DDC.
Lincoln Square: Parks, Public Art & Monuments
A Self Guided Tour
Everyone knows Lincoln Square has almost nightly concerts, music and theater at our many fine cultural organizations, diverse and delicious restaurants, quick casual eateries and great shops. What many don't realize is that Lincoln Square also has jewel-like parks, historic monuments and public art - each with its own unique history. All of these are highlighted in our new self guided brochure. To get your FREE copy call 212.581.3774, or stop by our Information Carousels at Dante and Richard Tucker Parks or Columbus Circle.
Lincoln Square: Parks, Public Art & Monuments is published by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District with generous support from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
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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.