In This Issue
Fashion Plate Prix Fixe Recap
Shostakovich: The Complete Quartets
We Want to Hear from...YOU
A Needed Upgrade to Dante Park
Medicare Rights and Enrollment Forum
100 Years of Flamenco in New York
New Beverage Portion Rule
Sandy Relief Fee Waivers
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Lincoln Square
Save the Date: 16th Annual Meeting

Fashion Plate Prix Fixe Recap
Another fashionable season of food in Lincoln Square
Fashion Plate brochures creatively displayed at Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant

Even a foot of snow did not keep hungry diners, who again enjoyed another successful Fashion Plate Prix Fixe promotion, out of Lincoln Square restaurants


Fashionistas and foodies alike returned to Lincoln Square for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week from Thursday, February 7 - Thursday, February 14 to enjoy the Lincoln Square BID's popular Fashion Plate Prix Fixe promotion. Fashion Plate expanded again this season with The SmithAmerican Table Cafe & BarAndanada 141 and Arpeggio Food & Wine, four of the newest additions, bringing the total of participating restaurants up to 28, the largest number yet.


The Lincoln Square BID was also happy to point busy and hungry Fashion Week crews towards the neighborhood's many speedy and affordable dining/take-out options offering discounts for Lincoln Square Crew Cuts.


For a complete list of all the restaurants which participated visit 
Shovels and Lots of Elbow Grease
Lincoln Square's Clean Team helped the neighborhood dig out from Winter Storm Nemo 
As Winter Storm Nemo dropped almost a foot of snow on New York City, the Lincoln Square BID's Clean Team was out making the neighborhood safe for pedestrians.


The entire 13 person crew reported for duty at 8:00am on the day of the storm and went out across the district armed with salt, shovels and a snow blower.


The Clean Team, which works hard 363 days per year, worked even harder to clear the snow from Richard Tucker Park and Dante Park as well as the crosswalks, bus stops, catch basins and fire hydrants in Lincoln Square.


To see more winter images of Lincoln Square including our Clean Team digging out of Winter Storm Nemo, visit our flickr page by

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents

Shostakovich: The Complete Quartets performed by the Jerusalem Quartet 


Other than Beethoven, no composer has put so much of himself into his string quartets as Dmitri Shostakovich.  His works serve as both biography and reflections on life behind the iron curtain.  Bringing a unique perspective and searing intensity, the fiery Jerusalem Quartet (Alexander Pavlovsky, Sergei Bresler, violin; Ori Kam, viola; Kyril Zlotnikov, cello) performs the complete cycle in four concerts.


There will be four concerts taking place in Alice Tully Hall on March 17, 19, 22, and 24.  Each concert is preceded by a pre-concert lecture in the Rose Studio with Michael Parloff.  Ticket holders are welcome to attend an opening introduction to Shostakovich's life and works on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30pm. There will also be a Master Class and opening lecture with the Jerusalem Quartet on Monday, March 18 at 11:00am that will be streamed live on the CMS website.


The Chamber Music Society has launched a website ( devoted to these extraordinary works. The site includes detailed program and biographical notes, audio notes with musical examples, a comprehensive timeline, performance videos, and a follow-the-score audio player featuring a movement from Shostakovich's 8th Quartet.


Tickets start at $35. Visit or call 212.875.5788 for more information. 

We Want to Hear from YOU

The Lincoln Square BID's 2013 Customer satisfaction Survey.


Do you know who is responsible for:

  • Keeping Lincoln Square litter free?
  • Planting and maintaining the Broadway Malls from 60th to 70th Street?
  • Providing supplemental security patrols in Lincoln Square?
  • Producing Winter's Eve, New York's largest holiday festival?
Hopefully you knew the answer to each was the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District. But whether you knew or not, we want to hear from you.  Click here to take our survey and give us valuable feedback on how we can improve our services and our events
Upon completion of the survey you can choose to be entered for a chance to win one of five colorful tote bags made out of the Lincoln Square BID's recycled street-pole banners. Each tote has been hand crafted by clients of Urban Samaritan, a nonprofit organization supporting homeless men and women.

A Needed Upgrade to Dante Park 

Construction on Dante Park to begin this month


Dante Park, the iconic triangular refuge in the heart of Lincoln Square, is about to receive a much needed facelift. After many years of advocacy from the Lincoln Square BID, Council Member Gale Brewer and the New York City Council have allocated sufficient funds to enable the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to undertake the reconstruction of Dante. New pavers and benches will be installed and new lighting will be added. New trees will be placed along the park's perimeter and, if we are lucky, there may be some shade planting beds.


According to the Parks Department, the work will be done in two phases. Phase One is expected to begin in mid-March and should be completed in spring and will encompass the majority of the southern and mid-section of the park. Because of the Third Water Tunnel project on Columbus Avenue, the northern tip of Dante will be completed in Phase Two once the construction along Columbus Avenue is finished - sometime in 2014. Stay tuned!

Medicare Rights and Enrollment Forum

To be held Monday, March 11 at 3:00pm 


Join the Medicare Rights Center and Council Member Gale Brewer for a forum to inform seniors on updates for Medicare and the Affordable Healthcare Act. The forum will include updates by the New York Academy of Medicine on making the West Side a more Age-Friendly neighborhood and will provide seniors the opportunity to speak with staff members from the NYC Department of Finance on Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) and Senior Citizen Homeowner Exemption (SCHE).


The forum will take place at Project FIND's Hamilton Senior Center, 141 West 73 Street, from 3:00pm - 5:00pm on Monday, March 11.


Click here for more information. 

100 Years of Flamenco in New York 

Celebrated at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in collaboration with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will be hosting the exhibit 100 Years of Flamenco in New York, 1913 - 2013 in the Vincent Astor Gallery beginning Tuesday, March 12 and running through Saturday, August 3, 2013. 


Photographs, costumes and performance regalia, film, oral histories, and the sound of castanets and taconeo will entertain and educate visitors. Special performances, film screenings, panels, and educational programs will continue through the spring and summer in the Library's Bruno Walter Auditorium.   


Don't miss "The Dance, the Music, the Song" - a panel discussion with Sir Brook Zern, noted flamencologist knighted by the King of Spain for his promotion of Spanish culture, and curators of the exhibit, K. Meira Goldberg and Nina Bennahum, on Thursday, March 28, at 6:00pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium.


For more information

New Beverage Portion Rule
NYC Dept of Health Regulations on the Size of Sugary Drinks


The new beverage portion rule for food establishments is scheduled to take effect on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Below are some basic bullet points you may want to know. 


The Health code rule:

  • Limits the portion size for sugary drinks: food service establishments cannot sell, offer or provide sugary drinks in cups, cans, bottles or containers that hold more than 16 ounces.
  • Limits the portion size for self-service cups: food service establishments cannot sell, offer or provide self-service cups that hold more than 16 ounces if the establishment makes self-service sugary drinks available.

What is considered a sugary drink? A sugary drink is a carbonated or non-carbonated beverage that:

  • is non-alcoholic
  • is sweetened by the manufacturer or establishment with sugar or another sweetener that has calories.
    • The rule applies to drinks pre-packaged in bottles or cans, served from a soda fountain or prepared by the establishment.
    • The rule does not apply to drinks that do not have added sweetener, or to drinks sweetened by the consumer.
  • has more than 25 calories per eight fluid ounces (3.125 calories per ounce).
  • is no more than half milk or milk substitute (any liquid that is soy-based and intended by the manufacturer to be a substitute for milk).

The rule applies to all food service establishments that require a Health Department permit. Failure to comply can result in a notice of violation and a $200 fine.  


For more information visit or click here

Sandy Relief Fee Waivers and Refunds

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Help for Sandy Damaged Businesses 


In order to further support businesses recovering from Hurricane Sandy, the City of New York will now waive or refund many agency fees for businesses that suffered damages.


Seven agencies will issue a total of 40 waivers covering many applications, permits, and inspections, and running the range from major rework (such as NYC Department of Buildings application fees) to final touches (such as NYC Department of Transportation canopy permit fees).  Businesses damaged by Sandy are eligible.  Businesses can receive waivers if they were operating on or before Hurricane Sandy, and located in: a Business Recovery Zone, a Hurricane Evacuation Zone (A or B), or in a building marked by NYC Department of Buildings with a red, yellow, or green sign after Sandy.  


The Restoration Business Acceleration Team helps businesses claim waivers and refunds.  The team guides businesses as they rebuild and reopen, providing one point of contact with all agencies for needed work. Click here to visit RBAT's website.


For more information, click here or visit  

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Pint in Lincoln Square

Neighborhood's Best Bars for a Cool Beverage


Lincoln Square has some of the finest bars in the City and some surprising destinations that might be perfect for your Irish celebration before or after the big parade on 5th Avenue on Sunday, March 17. 


P.J. Clarke's, located on West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue, can pour you a proper pint of Guinness to wash down the famous P.J. Clarke's Cadillac Burger or St. George's Shepherd's Pie. Or pair an Irish Stout or neat Irish whiskey with some freshly shucked oysters at their massive marble oyster bar.  

Enjoy your Paddy's Day twelve stories above Lincoln Square at The Empire Rooftop, the perfect place for a cocktail served with a gorgeous view.    


OnTap at Whole Foods Market has an impressive stock of brews to power your own St. Patrick's get-together or to warrant a visit downstairs at The Shops at Columbus Circle. You can grab a draft, bottle or sit at the bar to fill a growler at one of their many taps.  


While it's doubtful that you will hear a traditional rendition of Greensleeves, jazz fans may enjoy a St. Patrick's Day at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and Great Performances. On Sunday, March 17, the Billy Hart Quartet will entertain the Irish and the Irish-at-heart with sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.


One of Lincoln Square's newest additions, Michael Lomonaco's Center Bar on the 4th floor of Time Warner Center, has an extraordinary list of champagnes and fine wines from around the world, all under the curatorship of Wine and Spirits Manager Brad Nugent and Master Bartender James Moreland who oversees the vast selection of cocktails. Enjoy a beverage accompanied by the notable modern American cooking of Chef Lomonaco.


Enjoy, but don't over-imbibe. 


To see all the bars and lounges in Lincoln Square, click here

Save the Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Steven Spinola

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

Greg Scholl

vote on corporate matters, at our annual meeting but must be registered. Click here if you have not registered, if you have moved, or if you are new to the district.


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

Did You Know?

The Lincoln Square BID Public Safety Program:
- consists of 10 unarmed, uniformed officers serving as ambassadors and a deterrent to crime,
- assists the public with requests for information and directions,

- operates 365 days a year: 15 hours each day notifying the police or 311 of any problems in the district. 
About Us

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.

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