In This Issue
Another Wonderful Winter's Eve
The Sights & Sounds of Winter's Eve
Holiday Shopping Guide
Come see the lights in Lincoln Square
New Shops & Eateries
The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
New York Cares Coat Drive
Columbus Avenue Bike Lane
Apply to Join a Community Board

Another Wonderful Winter's Eve
Thousands Pack Lincoln Square to celebrate the start of the holiday season 
The food was tremendous. The music was great. And the crowds came out again to celebrate this year's Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square on Monday, November 26. The night kicked off to an exciting start at the annual Winter's Eve Tree Lighting ceremony at Dante Park. Event-goers eagerly packed the park, spilling out onto Lincoln Center's plaza and filling the surrounding streets to see renowned singer songwriter Suzanne Vega, Lucy and Rod from Avenue Q, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and special guest Laurie Berkner. WABC-TV's Sade Baderinwa hosted the lighting live on Channel 7. 
After the tree was lit,the rest of the evening began. Thousands of revelers traveled on foot and on the Winters Eve trolley, provided by the NYC Parks Department, up and down Broadway and Columbus enjoying over 20 live musical performances, Food Tastings from 33 local restaurants and eateries, and music and holiday cheer offered by neighborhood businesses and cultural organizations.
With more restaurants than ever before participating in Winter's Eve, it is no surprise that the Food Tastings' lines were long with eager foodies waiting to sample some of the best cuisine in the city. Thirty-three local eateries, including new participants  American Table Café and Bar, Lincoln Ristorante and The Smith, as well as more familiar favorites, such as A Voce, Atlantic Grill, Landmarc and Rosa Mexicano, treated revelers to tasty dishes, including pastas, sliders, sweets, hot soups, guacamole, hot drinks, and more. 
The evening was filled with a dynamic range of musical 
performances ranging from jazz to alternative, from polka to percussion. The eclectic Brave Combo got people moving at the Winter's Eve Dance Tent presented by TD Bank. The Marcus Strickland Quartet played two sets to a packed house at the American Folk Art Museum. Emerging pop-folk singer Charlotte
Sometimes performed inside of Century 21. The Dirty Sock Funtime Band entertained our younger attendees at Kids' Central at the American Bible Society. Kids also took photos at the Time Out Kids Photo Booth, enjoyed face painting from the West Side Y, made crafts with the New York Society for Ethical Culture, experienced a Wintry sensory table with Apple Seeds, and ate cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. Richard Tucker Park swung with The Hot Sardines and Cynthia Sayer and Sparks Fly and Soulfarm performed at the Winter's Eve Main Stage at Dante Park. Time Warner Center hosted a terrific show by the Big Apple Circus, great songs from Broadway's MOTOWN: The Musical, a wonderful performance from the LaGuardia High School Show Choir and a set by the Emmet Cohen Trio presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. TD Bank Elf Hats were seen all over the neighborhood.

As WABC TV's Lauren Glassberg said live from our tree, "Winter's Eve has become an annual holiday tradition for the Upper West Side" - this event gives our unique neighborhood a chance to shine. 


Without the support of the sponsors of Winter's Eve the event simply could not happen. Many thanks to Presenting Sponsor Time Warneras well as The Shops at Columbus Circle and Related CompaniesCon EdisonOgden CAP Properties, LLCGlenwood ManagementAmerican Bible Society,Fordham University, Roosevelt HospitalTD BankCentury 21 Department Store, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Mandarin Oriental New YorkFidelity Investments, New York Institute of TechnologyThe Empire Hotel, TitanBonafide Estates, Inc., and Gracious Home. 


Special thanks to our Food Tastings' Sponsors: Atlantic GrillRosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center, and The Smith Restaurant and Bar, and our Media Sponsors: WABC-TV, WNETWFUVWBGO,  

Time Out New York KIDS, Yelp, and IN New York & Where Magazines.


Visit to see all of the performers and participants from this year's Winter's Eve. Although the calendar has not yet flipped to 2013 we are already starting work on next year's festival. So feel free to contact us and let us know what you would like to see be a part of the 14th Annual Winter's Eve. 

The Sights and Sounds of Winter's Eve

Photos and Video from NY's Largest Holiday Festival

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Check out some of the terrific images captured on Winter's Eve at the Lincoln Square BID's flickr page here.


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Holiday Shopping Guide
Grab those last minute gifts in Lincoln Square
Lincoln Square is one of the City's premier retail locations and is a perfect place to do all of your holiday shopping. 
Gadgets and Electronics
Pick up one of the season's hottest gifts, the iPad Mini, at the Apple Store located at 67th and Broadway. Not an Apple fan? No problem! The Shops at Columbus Circle has a Microsoft popup located on the ground floor selling the new Microsoft Surface. And of course, Best Buy located at 62nd and Broadway, will have tons of options for the techie on your list. 
Great Apparel and Accessories 
You can find great deals on designer clothes and accessories at Century 21 Department Store. They even have a wonderful guide for stocking stuffers. Who wouldn't love a pair of LEGALE Striped Santa Toe Socks?
Lincoln Square has you covered if you need to stock up on makeup, lotions, and skin care products. Visit L'OccitaneAveda, and the expanded Sephora all located at the Shops at Columbus Circle, Sabon on Broadway between 60th and 61st Street, and MAC and Kiehls, both located on Columbus Ave between 66th and 67th Street for a little luxury.   
Creative Shopping Ideas
Tired of wrapping up tube socks? Here are a few creative places you can find some truly unique gifts: Himalayan Crafts on Broadway between 68th and 69th Street has a vast assortment of eastern delights. The American Folk Art Museum Shop on Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets is just as carefully curated as the museum, and The Store at the Museum of Arts & Design offers treasures just as exquisite as the exhibits. Find an impressive and eclectic collection of vintage jewlery, fine art and antique furniture at The Emporium, Ltd. on 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West. 
Health and Wellness

There are some amazing places for the health enthusiast or the individual looking for a day of pampering or relaxation in Lincoln Square including:


Vaillancourt Pilates - 1841 Broadway, Suite 1104

Salon SCK - 1845 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Sphatika Holistic Treatment Center - 1841 Broadway, Suite 811

Fontainebleau Spa and Nail - 155 West 66th Street  

Yoga Works - 37 West 65th Street 
It all points to Lincoln Square, so click here to explore our online directory of all the retailers and restaurants in Lincoln Square, including our nail salons. 
Come see the lights in Lincoln Square
Holiday displays throughout the district
Lincoln Square will glow with holiday spirit throughout the season. 
Thanks to Gracious Home and Con Edison, one tree in each of the ten Broadway Malls in Lincoln Square, is lit with festive lights through January, 2013. 
The Upper West Side Holiday Tree, which was lit on Winter's Eve and is located in Dante Park will also remain illuminated throughout the holiday season. You can buy the ornaments made by Wendy Addison of Tinsel Trading at the American Folk Art Museum gift shop. And, don't forget to check out the Metropolitan Opera's Tree too! 
Don't miss Time Warner Center's Holiday Under the Stars - the twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room lit by the world's largest specialty-crafted display of illuminated color-mixing. The stars are choreographed to new holiday music to provide an amazing experience not found anywhere else in New York City.
New Shops and Eateries
Check out the latest places in Lincoln Square 
The Smitha casual American Brasserie with two existing locations in New York City, has opened at 1900 Broadway, aka "Lincoln Square's Restaurant Row."  Currently open for lunch and dinner daily and breakfast on the weekends, the Smith's menu offers an extensive range of bistro options and the bar has an elaborate selection of classic and signature cocktails. They are already a hit in Lincoln Square, so make your reservations now.  

Time Warner Center recently opened some great new shops... just in time for the holiday rush.  Those of you who miss Lucky Brand Jeans on Columbus Avenue are in luck because the famous denim brand opened a new outpost on the 2nd floor of Time Warner Center.   

H&M has also opened on two floors, the 2nd & 3rd. Shop all your favorite clothing and accessory trends for her, him and the kids, along with exclusive designer collections such as Maison Martin Margiela, while supplies last! 


Papyrus, now open on the third floor, has beautifully crafted cards, stationery, journals and gorgeous wrapping materials that will add a thoughtful and unique twist to any gift item. 

The Nutcracker
A Holiday favorite returns to the New York City Ballet
During the holiday season, the entire Company at the New York City Ballet is immersed in activities surrounding George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Ninety dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students each from the School of American Ballet join forces to make each performance as magical as possible.
Audiences visiting the David H. Koch Theater are captivated by the lure of Tschaikovsky's music, Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets. Elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting unleash the viewers' imagination by providing visual effects that are extraordinarily grand including a Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 feet to 40 feet. 

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the Company's active repertory. The popularity of the ballet is immense and it provides an unforgettable spark to everyone's holiday season. 
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker runs through December 30th. For tickets and information visit
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Open now through December 24th 
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market has returned for its ninth season at Merchants' Gate - where Central Park South meets Central Park West - and features more than 100 small New York businesses, talented local makers, artisans and chefs
The 2012 vendor line up includes a diverse array of products, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, from gorgeous handmade jewelry to artisanal jams and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Claudia Pearson Illustration, KiraKira, Lil New Yorker by Etsy Artisans and Sweatertoys by Caitlin Wicker.

In addition to the fabulous shopping options, there are more food vendors than ever before, including the La Crepe C'est Si Bon, Jam Stand, The Crafted Cookie, La Sonrisa Empanadas, Charlito's Cocina and many more.
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is presented by UrbanSpace, the leading developer of specialty retail markets in the United States and Great Britain. To learn more, visit their website.
New York Cares Coat Drive
Contribute to coat drive through December 31s 

As a result of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the need for warm coats is greater than ever. We were pleased to once again partner with  the New York Cares Coat Drive on Winter's Eve.  Many people brought coats, and about a third of the restaurants donated a portion of the evening's proceeds to New York Cares.  


Although Winter's Eve has passed, it is not too late to donate coats in Lincoln Square. The coat drive runs through December 31, 2012 - and coats can be dropped off at the American Bible Society on Broadway at 61st Street, the West Side Y on 63rd Street between Broadway and Central Park West, Yogaworks just east of Columbus Avenue on 65th Street and at Time Warner Center up until that date. 

Columbus Avenue Bike Lane
Update from DOT
The Transportation Committee of Community Board 7 will be meeting at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. 
At this meeting there will be an update by the NYC Department of Transportation on the Columbus Avenue bike lane between West 77th and West 96th Streets. 

The meeting will also include a presentation and discussion on extending the lane from 59th - 77th Streets through Lincoln Square and 96th - 110th Streets. This may affect your business so make sure you attend. You're not going to want to miss this one.
Manhattan Community Boards Accepting Applications
Become a member of CB7 or CB4 
Serving on a Community Board is a great opportunity to shape your neighborhood, improve service delivery, and be at the forefront of sound community-based planning. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's office is searching for new applicants.


For more information on the three information sessions to be held over the next several weeks click here.


For the 2013 Manhattan Community Board Application, click here.

The Lincoln Square BID would like to wish everyone a Happy Chanukkah, Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year. 
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