In This Issue
New Lincoln Square BID Chairman
Fashion Plate Prix Fixe Returns
Juilliard's ChamberFest
Koch - The Movie
Sweet Sixteen for Trump International Hotel and Tower
Kapture - A New App
22nd Annual NY Jewish Film Festival
MLK Day in Lincoln Square
Construction update for Lincoln Square

New Lincoln Square BID Chairman
Farewell to Andy Pucher and Welcome to Gary Jacob


The Lincoln Square Business

Improvement District (BID) is

pleased to announce the selection of Gary Jacob, Executive Vice President of Glenwood Management Corp, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, succeeding founding member and long-time Chair Andrew Pucher.


The selection was made official at a meeting of the Lincoln Square BID's Board of Directors on Thursday, January 10 at Atlantic Grill on West 64th Street just prior to a farewell luncheon for outgoing Chairman, Andrew 'Andy' Pucher.  Andy, VP of Global Operations Management, Disney CORE Services for The Walt Disney Company, is a founding member of the Lincoln Square BID and served as First Vice Chairman and Chair of Services, before becoming Chairman in 2004. Mr. Pucher is retiring from The Walt Disney Company. 


"For more than 17 years, Andy has been a visionary leader with an extraordinary commitment to positive change on the Upper West Side and we are sad to see him step down" said Monica Blum, President of the Lincoln Square BID.  "However, Andy is leaving the BID in great hands - Gary has been a member of our Board since 2001 and since 2004 has served as Vice Chair of Finance.  His dedication and vast knowledge will insure that the Lincoln Square BID continues to be a vital force on the Upper West Side."   


Gary has devoted his entire career to the acquisition, construction, financing and management of high-rise buildings in New York City with Glenwood Management Corp, one of the City's largest owners and builders of luxury rental apartments. He is also very active in real estate industry planning and policy making.  In this capacity, he is Vice President of the Rent Stabilization Association and an Executive Vice President of the Associated Builders and Owners of New York.  In addition, he is the Co-Chairman of the Housing Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, and is a member of the Board of Governors. He also serves on the M & T Bank's Mortgage Advisory Board.


A committed community-service volunteer, Gary devotes much of his time to work as Vice President of the Settlement Housing Fund Inc., a not-for-profit developer/manager of affordable housing in New York City.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.  Gary is Co-Chair of the Lincoln Center Real Estate Construction Council and New York Chairman of Israel Bonds.


Other officers elected by the Board include: Alan Locker, Bonafide Estates Inc., Vice Chair of Finance; David Froelke, the Related Companies, Secretary; David Cvjic, Millennium Partners, Vice Chair of Audit; and Georgette Bennett, Milstein Properties, Treasurer. 

Fashion Plate Prix Fixe February 7 - 14
The perfect "accessory" to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center's campus will host over 100,000 guests as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week returns for seven days of runway shows, presentations and special events from Thursday, February 7-14th, 2013.


Top designers, reporters, bloggers, media members, style experts and fashion fans from around the world will descend on Lincoln Square for yet another exciting fashion industry event that brings an intense buzz to the neighborhood.


The Lincoln Square BID will again feature its Fashion Plate Prix Fixe promotion during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Twenty-eight of the City's top restaurants will offer special menus to the public. 


More restaurants than ever before are participating in this year's promotion including: American Table Café & Bar, Atlantic GrillBar BouludBoulud Sud, Lincoln Ristorante, Nougatine at Jean-GeorgesRosa Mexicano and The Smith. This year a number of Fashion Plate participants are offering drink specials as well. Cheers!  

For more information on Fashion Plate Prix Fixe, including a list of all participants, click here.

The Juilliard School's ChamberFest

Three Days of Free Concerts remain


The Juilliard School's 12th annual ChamberFest is taking place right now until  Saturday, January 19. and features FREE concerts of ensemble music-making by 95 Juilliard musicians and three pre-college musicians in 20 ensembles, coached by faculty members in intensive sessions during the winter break. Many of the major works of the chamber music repertoire will be performed during this season's ChamberFest


It is not too late to catch the remaining three days of performances including Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "Trout" , Brahm's String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88, Beethoven's Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 and Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.


Tonight Juilliard percussionists, coached by Daniel Druckman, will perform with alumnus Steve Reich's Sextet.


All ChamberFest concerts are FREE; however, tickets are required. For further information, call the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard at (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard's Web site.


For more information on ChamberFest, click here.

"Koch" Opening in February
Documentary on Mayor Ed Koch will soon be in theaters

Former Mayor Ed Koch has been described as the quintessential New Yorker. Still ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, the now 88-year-old Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989-a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime.  First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world's most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.


"Koch" will be in theaters starting Friday, February 1st.


To view the trailer, click here

Acclaimed Dining in Lincoln Square
Congrats to two of the neighborhood's newest eateries 
With the Lincoln Square BID's Fashion Plate Prix Fixe around the corner (February 7-14th), it is a great time for foodies to test out some of the neighborhood's freshest restaurants. 
The Smith Lincoln Center located at 1900 Broadway was recently named a 'Most Exciting New Arrival' in The Westsider. This casual American Brasserie has already been a huge hit in Lincoln Square and a splendid addition to the neighborhood. 
New York Magazine's Adam Platt highlighted Boulud Sud (64th and Broadway) in his 2013 Edition of "Where to Eat: The Most Delicious Food in Town, Right This Minute."  Platt wrote, "Whenever Mrs. Platt and I take in a show at Lincoln Center we like to drop into Daniel Boulud's bustling Boulud Sud, on 64th Street, where $60 buys a three-course, pre-theater prix fixe dinner... " 
If you cannot wait until Fashion Plate to enjoy delicious dining promotions from Lincoln Square restaurants, check out New York City Restaurant Week which is running now through Friday, February 8th. 
Sweet Sixteen for Trump International Hotel and Tower 
Luxury hotel marks 16 years in Lincoln Square


In January of 1997 the Trump International Hotel and Tower first opened its door for business. Sixteen years later it has become one of the finest hotels in the world, a New York City landmark and a valuable asset to the Lincoln Square neighborhood. Not only does the Trump International Hotel and Tower offer some of the City's finest accommodations and dining (Nougatine and Jean-Georges), but it also supports programs in Lincoln Square including the Lincoln Square BID's Streetscape and Beautification Program and Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square


Click here to check out some of the terrific offers listed on the Trump International Hotel and Tower's specials page including Valentine's Day offers and their specially crafted Kids on Central Park package. 


Kapture - A New App for Businesses 
App gives you rewards for shopping, dining, relaxing

Kapture is an iPhone application that instantly rewards customers for the photos they take and share with friends. According to the creator, its mission is to help merchants and brands benefit from photos that include their products or services by directly connecting the business or cultural organization to that content and the individuals.


Based on the customer's location, Kapture shows participating venues with available incentives all over NYC. On the Kapture application, the user simply connects to Facebook, Twitter, or Foursquare (or ALL 3) to get started. With Kapture, the user takes a photo of their entree to earn a free glass of wine, a new outfit for 10% off and much more. Customers can even gift their reward to one of their friends and drive new business to an establishment.


How Kapture works:

  1. Each photo is automatically stamped with a brand or business/cultural organization's logo. 
  2. All photos with a logo are shared across the user's social media networks, potentially reaching tens of thousands of people.
  3. Photos are tracked via Kapture to provide up to date and real time analytics. 
  4. With the ability to gift one or multiple rewards, every merchant can increase traffic and sales. 9 out of 10 consumers buy based on their friends recommendations (Nielsen Data). With Kapture, a business is being promoted by the most powerful influencers, friends. 
Kapture is offering ALL Lincoln Square businesses and cultural organizations a FREE 12 month trial. For more information, reach out to Brian D. Martelli, CEO of Kapture, directly at 973.214.7189 or [email protected]
22nd Annual New York Jewish Film Festival
NOW through January 24th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

The 22nd Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience, is taking place now though Thursday, January 24th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Dramatic features, fascinating documentaries, enjoyable comedies, and a wide variety of shorts are presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The Festival includes world, U.S. and New York premieres.


Among the many films showcased will be All In, Cabaret-Berlin: The Wild Scene, In Case I Never Win The Golden Palm, Numbered and Papirosen.  

For more information or for a list of all the films and showtimes, click here

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lincoln Square and NYC 
Jazz at Lincoln Center Celebrates MLK with Marc Cary Focus Trio 


Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola will hold a special tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21st. Marc Cary Focus Trio and other special guests will perform at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. For tickets and more information click here


Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day by doing good work on the National Day of Service - January 21st

Answering the President's national call to service, people across the United States and in New York City are serving their neighbors and communities through various projects.  


Take a look at what is going on in your area by clicking here and learning what you can do and where you can get involved.

Construction Update for Lincoln Square
DDC at work on the W.60th Street Project


The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is managing a capital construction project along W. 60th Street and throughout the Lincoln Square area. The project has an anticipated completion date of winter 2017. Work scheduled on this project includes connection to the new 3rd Water Tunnel Shaft, installation of new trunk and distribution water mains, replacement of specific sewer pipes, private utility upgrades, updating various pedestrian ramps (based on conditions), reconstruction of curbs and sidewalks in certain locations, and some new traffic signal and street lighting poles


The project will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 of the project is currently underway and has a scheduled completion date of mid-2014. Phase 2 is set to begin when Phase 1 is substantially completed.


Project updates are also available through the NYC DDC website at

Did You Know?
The Lincoln Square BID is responsible for cleaning all of the sidewalks inside of its district. Sidewalks and streets in Lincoln Square (18 inches from the curb) are kept immaculate by the BID's 13 person Clean Team.

A full quarter of our operating budget is allocated to keeping Lincoln Square spotless! 
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