In This Issue
Fashion Plate Prix Fixe
Valentine's Day in Lincoln Square
Wynton Marsalis' Blood on the Fields
Business Spotlight: The Emporium Ltd
@Macaulay Author Series
MOBIA Exhibits Open this Month
New Exhibit at American Folk Art Museum
Save the Date: 16th Annual Meeting
Help Businesses Do Right By Their Customers

Fashion Plate Prix Fixe Begins Today
It all points to the best dining during
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is back in New York City and Lincoln Square restaurants are once again stepping up to the plate! From Thursday, February 7 - Thursday, February 14 the Upper West Side's most popular restaurants are sure to be packed with people taking advantage of the Lincoln Square BID's successful dining promotion: Fashion Plate Prix Fixe. 


Fashion Plate Prix Fixe is open to everyone for lunch, dinner and brunches during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (restrictions apply). Twenty-eight restaurants are offering outstanding menu options, for example: Upper West Side staple Atlantic Grill is featuring a $25 Prix Fixe lunch special as well a three-course dinner for only $38; The Smith is offering a $27 three-course lunch and complimentary sparkling morning punch with any breakfast entree; and a special two-course, modern Italian brunch is being offered at Lincoln Ristorante for $35. 


Fashion Plate Prix Fixe expands this season with The Smith, American Table Cafe & BarAndanada 141 and Arpeggio Food & Wine being four of the newest additions to the list of participating restaurants. Also new this season, a few of the participants are offering drink specials such as $5 Blackberry Bellinis at 'wichcraft (at David Rubenstein Atrium) and half price wine bottles at Bouchon Bakery

For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit We hope you're hungry and will try several of these options during Fashion Week. 

The Lincoln Square BID is also excited to bring back Lincoln Square Crew Cuts, designed to offer speedy and affordable dining/take-out options for the busy crews working on Fashion Week events. Discounts, such as 10% off breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be offered at 18 eateries in the Lincoln Square area, including Lincoln Square mainstays Alan's Market Place, Breadsoul and Lincoln Cafés, Melissa's Gourmet Deli, 'wichcraft, Old John's Luncheonette, P.J. Clarke's at Lincoln Square and others. To see all of the Lincoln Square Crew Cuts participants and offers, click here.

Valentine's Day in Lincoln Square
Thursday, February 14, 2013 


Valentine's Day is just around the corner. If you're pressed for time or ideas - don't worry. Multiple options for thoughtful and unique gifts can be found right here in Lincoln Square.


Jewelry is always well received. 

Satya Jewelry has a Valentine's Gift Guide to help any shopper. 

Montmartre is stocked with sophisticated fashion-forward looks and fun jewelry and accessories. Consider paying a visit to J.W. Cooper which sells handcrafted custom accessories, luxury pens, and sculpturesMaurice Jewelry, which is dedicated to original designs and also offers expert jewelry restoration and repair is worth a visit. Coach is always a hit with a vast selection of handbags, jewelry and accessories. Or shop at Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, which offers thousands of styles and features hundreds of famous brands. All of these businesses are located at The Shops at Columbus Circle.

You're bound to find a one-of-a-kind gift at
The Emporium, Ltd. which boasts an impressive collection of vintage and eclectic pieces from across the world


You can also stop by the gift shops of the American Folk Art Museum, The Store at the Museum of Arts and Design and the Met Opera Shop - all offer a terrific selection of art inspired pieces. Or, give your Valentine something sweet by visiting IT'SUGAR or Godiva Chocolatier


Then again, who doesn't like to be pampered? Perhaps a gift certificate to Fontainebleau Nails and Spa is in order. Treatments include a Provence Organic Pedicure, 24K Gold Facial and the Fontainebleau Signature Body Wrap. Or get your sweetheart the gift of a new look with the help of stylists from Paul Labrecque West and Salon SCK. Or have a lavish and relaxing Valentine's at the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. To see all salons and spas in Lincoln Square, click here


Have a romantic evening in luxurious accommodations at Trump International Hotel and Tower whose My Sweet Valentine Package includes continental breakfast for two daily at Nougatine or in-room dining, a bottle of premium champagne upon arrival, $100 spa credit for use on a spa service of your choice and a stay in a newly-renovated suite. To see all hotels in Lincoln Square, click here.


Other ideas include a date to see Nilson Matta's "Black Orpheus" featuring Leny Andrade at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola or The Sleeping Beauty with music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky, performed by the New York City Ballet February 13-24. To see all cultural and entertainment venues in Lincoln Square, click here


To explore all the amazing shopping, dining and fun options for your Valentine in Lincoln Square, click here

Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields"

Three nights of Wynton's acclaimed work at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater


Eighteen years after its premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Wynton Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize winning epic jazz oratorio on slavery and freedom receives its Rose Theater debut in its entirety with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. A high-level conversation of the history of jazz, with a superb vernacular libretto, "Blood on the Fields" remains one of Marsalis' greatest works, reinforcing his dictum that "all jazz is modern." Rising star baritone Gregory Porter, scat-master Kenny Washington, and the great contralto Paula West reprise the vocal roles.


Performances are Thursday, February 21 - Saturday, February 23 at 8:00 pm. Click here for more information or for tickets.

Lincoln Square's Hidden Jewel(er)

The Emporium, Ltd has been a Lincoln Square mainstay for 37 years. 


Leo Mavrovitis was helping people find unique antiques, jewelry and collectibles in Lincoln Square back when Mike O'Neal's The Ginger Man was open across 64th Street. The Emporium, Ltd is an antique and vintage jewelry store nestled on West 64th Street directly between Broadway and Central Park West.


"I like being on the side street," said Leo, owner and recognized authority on jewelry and antiques, who has been in the same location for 37 years.


The Emporium Ltd shop spans only 800 square feet, yet it has thousands of diverse items. From Russian and Asian sculptures and art to men and women's diamond rings, there is an astounding and dynamic collection of vintage jewelry, fine art, sculptures, and antique furniture. The shop is a treasure chest for hunters of rarities and sophisticated antiques.


The shop is a true staple of the Lincoln Square neighborhood and its shop owner has become equally ubiquitous. Leo recognizes customers as they walk in, calling them by their first name. He was even familiar to passersby. "People would look in and wave to me. I'd wave to the same guy for a while before he finally came in the store," said Leo. The Emporium, Ltd seems to have built its customer base through that kind of interaction. And once customers step through the door, it is likely that they will return. "Ninety-Five percent of my customers are local or repeat customers," said Leo. " I've developed a clientele and a friendship with the locals." 


Visit to find that one of-a-kind treasure.

Macaulay Author series begins February 25

with American Nerd's Benjamin Nugent's debut novel


Noted writers Patricia Volk, Ann Kirschner, Victor Navasky and Benjamin Nugent will appear in the Spring 2013 edition of the @Macaulay Author Series, the popular new Upper West Side literary series held in the landmark 1904 building of CUNY's Macaulay Honors College. Steps from Lincoln Center, @Macaulay was designed to bring booklovers in contact with acclaimed writers and spark lively conversations in a neighborhood that has itself nurtured countless authors. 


On Monday, February 25, Benjamin Nugent, best-selling author of American Nerd: A History of My People, will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of his debut novel Good Kids. For more information or to register for this event, click here


The monthly programs, dedicated to outstanding writing and spirited intellectual exchange, are free and open to the public. All events are held at Macaulay, 35 West 67th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Reservations are required: 212.729.2910 or online at: Macaulay Events

MOBIA to Reopen February 15 with Two New Exhibits

Ashe to Amen & Reaching Out


The Museum of Biblical Art will reopen on Friday, February 15 with the exhibits: Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery and Reaching Out: American Bible Society and the African American Community.


Drawing on more than 50 objects created over the past 120 years, Ashe to Amen examines how artists

read, experienced and interpreted a visual response to the Bible. The exhibit shows the complex place of the Bible in the life and art of African Americans, with particular emphasis on how biblical traditions were used by artists of African descent to help cope with the life that was imposed on them in the Americas. Although the majority of the works included in the exhibition date from the 19th and 20th centuries, they often reflect the experiences of the Middle Passage and slavery, which left their indelible mark on the artistic consciousness of the African American community.

Also opening Friday, February 15 will be Reaching Out an exhibit that traces American Bible Society's relationship with the African-American community built through Bible publication and distribution.


To see all of what MOBIA has planned upon its reopening click here.

Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed

Now on view at the American Folk Art Museum 


Organized by the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, this exhibition includes more than 40 oil paintings spanning William Matthew Prior's career from 1824 to 1856. Through his pragmatic marketing strategy, Prior was able to document the faces of middle-class Americans throughout his lifetime, making art accessible to a previously overlooked group.


A versatile artist, Prior is well known not only for the skill and range of his technique but for the diversity of his sitters. Prior's involvement with Millerism (early Adventism) was instrumental in his personal development as well as providing access to new clients, including many African Americans.


Museum hours are Sunday, noon - 6:00pm; Tuesday-Saturday, noon - 7:30pm; and closed Monday. Free tours of the exhibit are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm from Thursday, February 7 - Thursday, May 23. The American Folk Art Museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street. Click here to see the entire events calendar.

Save the Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lincoln Square BID's 16th Annual Meeting


The Lincoln Square BID will hold its 16th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 8:15am at Fordham University. 


Join us for presentations by two dynamic speakers: Steven Spinola, President of the Real Estate Board of New York, and Greg Scholl, Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Property owners, commercial tenants and residents are eligible to vote on corporate  matters, at our annual meeting but must register ahead of time by clicking here.


Space is limited and reservations are required. To RSVP email or call 212.581.3774.   

Help Businesses Do Right By Their Customers
A New Initiative by the Department of Consumer Affairs 


In an effort to make it as easy as possible for businesses to know the rules and regulations they need to follow, The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is offering two cutting edge features:


  • DCA launched the City's first-ever online Live Chat, exclusively for New York businesses to easily ask questions and get immediate answers during business hours without having to visit DCA's Licensing Center or take time away from their customers to conduct a lengthy phone conversation. 
  • The checklists that DCA inspectors use to inspect businesses in almost 30 different industries have been made public. The inspection checklists let businesses know exactly what inspectors are looking for and are available online in its expanded and improved Business Toolbox (, along with all the signs, forms and other information businesses need to comply with the law.

The DCA has also updated and revised its signature business guide, 10 Things Every Business Should Know. If you would like more information please email DCA Director of Community Relations, Ricky Wong, at

Did You Know?
The Lincoln Square BID Clean Team: 
- Services and cleans 125 trash receptacles daily.
 - Bags 75,000 or 937 tons of garbage each year!  
- Works 363 days a year, 14 hours each day snow, sleet, rain or shine.
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