In This Issue
Fashion Plate Recap
On the Retail Front
Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus
Service Among the Royals
A New Season at Lincoln Center
Film Society Celebrates Fifty Years
Winter's Eve is Coming!
New Exhibits at American Folk Art Museum
Health Insurance Survey

Fashion Plate Recap
Prix Fixe Menus a Hit  

Another successful Fashion Plate Prix Fixe promotion has wrapped up.  Over two dozen restaurants participated during this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and the results were absolutely delectable.  As the fashion crowd lined up to see the fresh looks on the runway, diners and visitors came to enjoy amazing menus prepared by some of the best restaurants and top chefs in the world.


Fashion Plate kicked-off with a press event at Nougatine at Jean-Georges where the celebrated Chef showed off some of the highlights from his Prix Fixe menu. 


Pictured at the press event making a toast are Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Philippe Vongerichten, Boulud Sud's Chef Aaron Chambers, La Boite en Bois' Chef Gino Barbuti, GM of Trump International Hotel & Tower, Suzie Mills, and Lincoln Square BID's Monica Blum. 


This is the third year and fifth season Lincoln Square BID is presenting this promotion.  We will be serving up another Fashion Plate in February 2013 ... to learn more or to participate, contact the Lincoln Square BID at 212.581.3774 or


We thank all of our restaurants for participating and hope the "public" will come back for seconds!  

On the Retail Front 
New Style, Gadgets & More 

The retail landscape in Lincoln Square, like all great New York City neighborhoods, is always evolving and changing to meet the demands of the market and consumers. The Lincoln Square BID is pleased to welcome the following new businesses to New York's premier cosmopolitan neighborhood.  


Salon SCK, located on the 2nd floor of 1845 Broadway between 60th & 61st Streets, is the newest salon to call Lincoln Square home.  The "inviting, relaxed, and open" comprehensive salon features Sassoon-trained expert stylists and colorists and is sure to become one of your favorite places to get pampered. 


IT'SUGAR officially opened a couple of weeks ago at 1870 Broadway between 61st & 62nd Streets. This trendy candy shop has some of the tastiest treats serving all of the Upper West Side. We bet they have something sweet planned for Halloween! 


A new Chase branch is now serving customers on Columbus Avenue between 67th & 68th Streets. This elegantly designed branch only has a limited amount of frontage and is in a perfect spot for all of your banking needs.   


This month, Time Warner Center is opening a selection of fantastic new shops that Upper West Siders and Lincoln Square residents are eagerly anticipating. C. Wonder, which offers clothing, accessories and home decor products of outstanding quality and astonishing value in a setting that excites and inspires, will open on the 2nd floor on Friday, September 21. Be sure to stop in to celebrate with the C. Wonder Carnival. 


The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store is now open on the ground floor across from guest services. The Met Store brings the east side to the west as it connects people to the world of art and to the museum experience. Just as visits to the Met are enjoyable, educational, and inspirational, the products found at this store are sure to evoke fond memories, invite moments of reflection, and foster day-to-day enjoyment and appreciation of art, artists, and cultures from around the globe and across the centuries.


Brookstone, now open on the second floor of Time Warner Center, is your destination for unique gift ideas and smart products for men, women and children.  At Brookstone customers are encouraged to try products out for an interactive shopping experience.  We hear the slippers are quite comfortable! 


Center Bar by Chef Michael Lomonaco of  Porter House New York will also open in September on the fourth floor of Time Warner Center, offering a 40-seat lounge with sweeping views of Columbus Circle. Center Bar will serve champagne and wines, as well as small plates.


Be on the lookout for H&M, which will give customers unbeatable value by offering fashion and quality at the best price, and an exclusive holiday pop-up shop from Microsoft.

Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus
Opens this Thursday, September 20

The Public Art Fund is presenting a major new exhibition in Columbus Circle entitled "Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus". The large-scale temporary installation re-contextualizes the historical monument at the center of Columbus Circle, placing it in the middle of a contemporary living room, six stories above the street. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has wowed crowds from around the globe by building structures around existing landmarks. 


Opening to the public on Thursday, September 20, visitors will be able to view the iconic statue in the trappings of a domestic living room complete with a couch, coffee table, television, and custom wallpaper all while 70 feet off the ground. Through large, loft-style windows, visitors will have dramatic views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan that will be seen from Columbus' perspective for the first time.


To reserve your free pass, visit

Service Among the Royals 
with Paul Burrell

Reserve You Place Now at NYIT

Paul Burrell, butler to Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana for 21 years, will attend a reception and speak about his life in Buckingham Palace and excellent service at NYIT's Auditorium on Broadway between 61st and 62nd Streets on Friday, September 21 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.   Mr. Burrell's talk will benefit hotel, restaurant, and hospitality professionals, service businesses, as well as those interested in Britain's Royal Family.  


Organized by NYIT faculty and students, net proceeds from this event will go to student scholarships.  For tickets, contact Terri Carr Muran at 516.686.7676 or

A New Season at Lincoln Center

Enjoy Milestone Performances this Fall 

The Metropolitan Opera will open its remarkable 2012-13 season on Monday, September 24 at 7:00pm with a new production of Donizetti's delightful comic gem L'Elisir d'Amore, starring Russian diva Anna Netrebko-in her second consecutive Met opening night-as the irresistible heroine Adina.  Although L'Elisir d'Amore is one of the most popular comic operas in the repertory, it has never before been performed on the Met's opening night.  


Keeping with a tradition begun in 2006, this year's L'Elisir d'Amore premiere will be transmitted live to numerous large screens on Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza and in Times Square. Free tickets, with a limit of two per person, will be distributed at the Met box office beginning Sunday, September 23, at noon. 


Matthew Polenzani sings the role of the lovelorn peasant Nemorino, Mariusz Kwiecien sings Sergeant Belcore, his romantic rival, and Ambrogio Maestri is the potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara in Bartlett Sher's new staging of the classic love story, which will be conducted by Maurizio Benini. The principal singers and conductor will return to reprise the opera this January and February, with Netrebko's offstage partner Erwin Schrott replacing Maestri in the role of Dulcamara. For more information about all the terrific performances at the Metropolitan Opera click here.


Jazz at Lincoln Center is blasting into its 25th Season with a terrific lineup of amazing performers.  The Rose Theater welcomed back Bobby McFerrin to Jazz at Lincoln Center to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) featuring Wynton Marsalis. But they are just getting warmed up.  The schedule is teeming with talented performers and great shows including The Genius of John Coltrane where Joshua Redman will join the JLCO to explore new perspectives on one of Jazz's most colossal figures. Jazz at Lincoln Center's new season is a celebration of the organization's range and depth of programming and education initiatives that have reached millions of people around the world for 25 years.  Visit to see all of the upcoming performances. 


There's a new season in the air at Lincoln Center, so visit to find an event from the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and other resident constituents.  

50th New York Film Festival

The Film Society of Lincoln
Center Celebrates  

This month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New York Film Festival (NYFF), which seeks to highlight the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.  


The 17-day NYFF begins on Friday, September 28 and will offer more opportunities to see more films & filmmakers than ever before.  There are over 30 films in the NYFF Main Slate program, including Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner Amour starring veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, which along with several other films is headed to New York from Cannes.  In addition to the Main Slate, don't miss screenings of some classic films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Little Shop of Horrors, The Princess Bride, and Native Son - French director Pierre Chenal's provocative adaptation of Richard Wright's controversial bestseller, which has been fully restored to its original 104-minute running time. In total, over 60 films are screening as part of various Masterworks sidebars over the course of the festival's three weeks.


Robert Zemeckis' FLIGHT, an action-packed mystery thriller, will make its World Premiere as the Closing Night film for the NYFF on Sunday, October 14.  Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars in FLIGHT as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every passenger on board. Although he is immediately acclaimed as a hero, the legal, moral and ethical aspects of Whip's behavior before and after the accident are much more ambiguous than initially meet the public eye. The Paramount Pictures release is due in theaters on Friday, November 2.


Tickets are now available; visit for more information or call 212.875.5601. 

Winter's Eve is Coming!   
Monday, November 26, 2012
While everyone is enjoying the last days of summer, winter is around the corner and the 13th Annual Winter's Eve is slated for Monday, November 26.  Tens of thousands of people are expected to fill Lincoln Square for what has become the City's largest and most popular outdoor event. 

As more than 30 restaurants dazzle visitor's palates with exciting tasting-menus, the brisk November air will be alive with the melodies of some incredibly talented musicians.  Headlining the festivities at Dante Park will be world-renowned singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega who will be joined by the Tony Award-winning cast of Avenue Q. Rhythm Grammy Award-winning polka/rock band Brave Combo will get the crowds moving at the Winter's Eve Dance Tent on 62nd Street.  The performing arts group COBU, the brilliant La Guardia High School Show Choir, and many many others will also perform.


The revelry begins at 5:00pm as crowds gather for the lighting of the Upper West Side neighborhood's holiday tree at Dante Park - Broadway & 63rd Street. The tree will be extra shiny this year as Wendy Addison and Tinsel Trading in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum are decorating it with old-fashioned silver glass glitter ornaments. 


All this, and its only September! Keep up to date and in the know with all the new Winter's Eve developments by following Lincoln Square BID on twitter @Lincolnsquareny and Facebook. To get involved, contact us at or 212.581.3774. 


Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square - NYC's Largest Holiday Festival!

Winter's Eve official sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Time Warner as well as The Shops at Columbus Circle and Related Companies, the American Bible Society, Con Edison, Glenwood Management, Ogden CAP Properties LLC, Fordham University, Roosevelt Hospital, Century 21 Department Store, Mandarin Oriental New York, The Empire Hotel, Titan, Trump International Hotel & Tower, New York Institute of Technology, Atlantic Grill, Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center; media sponsors include WABC-TV, WNET, WFUV radio, WBGO, and IN New York and Where magazines

New Exhibits at American Folk Art Museum 
Foiled: Tinsel Painting in America & Ooh Shiny!
The American Folk Art Museum on Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets has two great new exhibitions. 
Foiled: Tinsel Painting in America is the most comprehensive museum exhibition to focus on this under-recognized decorative art that was widely practiced in America from 1850 to 1890. One of the great revelations of the exhibition is the way this modest technique touched upon so many aspects of American life, innovation, and culture.  Tinsel paintings are reverse paintings on glass with smooth or crumpled metallic foil applied behind translucent and transparent areas; when viewed in candlelight or gaslight, the effect was one of shimmering highlights. Pictured: Urn of Flowers with Blue Leaves (c. 1880-1890, reverse painting and foil on glass.)   
Ooh Shiny! highlights three centuries of artworks - ranging from needleworks by 18th-century schoolgirls to sculptures by contemporary icons including Howard Finster - that are embellished with such materials as spangles, mica flakes, glass, marble dust, sequins, glitter, and aluminum. 

Visit for more information. 

Small Business Health Insurance Survey

Tell NYC How to Help You

The Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access (OCHIA), part of New York City's Human Resources Administration, invites you to take a short survey about health insurance and health care reform.  With your help, OCHIA can learn more about your health insurance needs and how to better serve your business and other small businesses in NYC.


If you are a small business owner with 50 or fewer employees or an employee responsible for making health insurance decisions for a small employer, please take this quick 5-10 minute survey.  It's anonymous, and the results will be available in a future newsletter or email.


Click here to take the survey.


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