In This Issue
Spring is Blooming in Lincoln Square
Dante Park Construction Update
RSVP Now: 16th Annual Meeting
Dining al fresco in Lincoln Square
ABS Atrium
Breakfast at The Smith
Lincoln Plaza Cinemas
Moleskine Opens at Time Warner Center
Juilliard Summer Jazz Camps
59th Street Recreation Center
Literary Lunch
Youth Resource & Job Fair
National Gardening Month and Earth Day
New Vendor Regulations

Spring is Blooming in Lincoln Square 
And We Have the Flowers to Prove It! 


To welcome spring, we have just planted colorful pansies throughout the Lincoln Square BID. You may have noticed bulbs pushing through the soil in Lincoln Square's Broadway Mall end beds; soon, if the weather cooperates, they will burst into bloom. Instead of the usual tulips, this year we planted 4,500 Narcissus Stainless Daffodils. Let us know what you think and stay tuned for our daffodil toss.


Take a walk down Broadway today and practice your photography skills on the lovely spring flowers. As always, the Lincoln Square BID encourages you to share your images with us via TwitterFacebook or flickr

Dante Park Construction Update
See our Plans for the Future 
Concept of the redesigned Dante Park
The long awaited reconstruction of Dante Park has begun and we are doing cart wheels! Thanks to funds allocated by the New York City Council and Council Member Gale Brewer, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation will be installing new pavers, benches and resetting granite. New trees will be placed along the park's perimeter and new lighting will be added. And, if things go as we hope, there will be some shade planting beds to make the park more inviting.


In fact, the Lincoln Square BID's garden designer, Ronda Brands, has mapped out an ambitious plan [pictured above] to open up Dante Park. We have worked closely with the Parks Department, including the Parks'  landscape architect, and hope that this interior plan will be implemented. By making the heart of the park more accessible and inviting we will reinvigorate this iconic swath of space in one of New York City's premier neighborhoods. 
We are confident that Parks will do a great job fixing up this jewel. As soon as work in completed on Dante, Parks will move a few blocks north to make Richard Tucker Park ADA compliant. 

RSVP Now: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lincoln Square BID's 16th Annual Meeting


Steven Spinola

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 excellent 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. We will be voting on our FY 2014 budget and assessment plan, electing directors, and reviewing the year's accomplishments.  


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

Dine al fresco in Lincoln Square
All We Need Now is the Warm Weather
Not only does spring hail the return of gorgeous flowers, baseball and a seven month hiatus from cashmere sweaters and wool scarves, it also means it is time for caféand restaurants to setup their outdoor seating areas. And, Lincoln Square is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the City for people to enjoy al fresco dining. 

This year, Boulud Sud - Daniel Boulud's Mediterranean-inspired restaurant on West 64th Street - will serve its vibrant cuisine outside for the first time. Boulud Sud's café seating will be added to the "terrasse" along Broadway just south of 64th Street, where Bar Boulud and Epicerie Boulud also host sun-seeking guests in sidewalk cafés. Cafe Fiorello and The Smith have also set up tables along Lincoln Square's 'Restaurant Row'
Outdoor cafes have opened up their seating all over Lincoln Square. Rosa Mexicano has outside seating at its Lincoln Square location for diners to enjoy fresh guacamole and margaritas. You can grab a panini at Breadsoul Café or a cup of coffee at Lincoln Café and enjoy the afternoon air at bistro tables along Broadway south of 63rd Street. Further north along Broadway, Nanoosh, Barcibo Enoteca, and LUCE will also have eager diners returning to their outdoor seating areas. We just need sun!


For a full list of all the restaurants in Lincoln Square, visit

American Bible Society Opens Public Atrium

Relax, Snack and Surf


Lincoln Square has gained another oasis equipped with great food, coffee, cozy chairs and WiFi. Last month, the American Bible Society opened a beautiful new Atrium with a decidedly modern style.


Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee and hop online with their tablets, laptops or phones by connecting to the Atrium's free WiFi. The Atrium is also a terrific place to enjoy your lunch or a snack, and soon you will be able to enjoy the in-house Café, which will be run by Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant, a local favorite.  


Visitors can choose to check out the Atrium's interactive displays, touch-screen resources and outdoor media wall. These experiences feature tools like YouVersion and Bible360, and stunning video content of various exhibits.   


The ABS Atrium is located at 1865 Broadway at 61st Street and is open to everyone Monday through Friday, from 10:00am - 6:00pm and Saturday from 11:00am - 5:00pm. 

Visit to learn more.

Breakfast at The Smith

The Most Important Meal of the Day at Lincoln Square's Newest Hot Spot


Sure a cup of Greek yogurt, bagel or a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich is a fine NYC on-the-go morning meal. But for those who live, work and visit Lincoln Square we are thrilled that The Smith is serving up full course breakfasts. Their breakfast menu is perfect for that early morning breakfast meeting.


Do you have a healthy early morning appetite? The Smith can start you off right with Steak + Eggs, Ranchero Scramble, Smoked Salmon Benedict, Buttermilk Waffles or Vanilla Bean French Toast served with caramelized bananas.  If you want a lighter kick-start, enjoy some Granola, a Yogurt Parfait or Oatmeal.  And wash down your breakfast with fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice. And, if coffee just doesn't cut it, The Smith does have a morning cocktail menu for diners who would like an am Bloody Mary, Mimosa or Bellini. 


Breakfast at The Smith starts at 7:30am, Monday through Friday. Check out the full menu on their website at

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

New Slate of Films including RENOIR


There are some great films at one of Lincoln Square's best independent movie houses. Lincoln Plaza Cinemas has been showing amazing movies and independent releases since 1981.


Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama, RENOIR has just opened. RENOIR tells the story of celebrated impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir in declining health at age 74 and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. RENOIR locates a fascinating moment of change as the torch is being passed from a great painter to the great filmmaker of such classics as Grand Illusion and Rules of the Game.


Other films showing or coming soon to Lincoln Plaza Cinemas include:

  • The Company You Keep - directed by Robert Redford and starring Shia LaBeof, Robert Redford, Julie Christie and Sam Elliott.
  • Violeta Went To Heaven - directed by Andres Wood
  • We Have A Pope - directed by Nanni Moretti and starring Michel Piccoli
  • The Angels' Share - directed by Ken Loach with a screenplay by Paul Laverty    

To see all the films running at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas or to read more about these films, visit for more information and show times. 

The Shops at Columbus Circle Welcome New & Expanded Stores

Moleskine and BOSS HUGO BOSS 


Moleskine, the legendary notebook company, has opened a kiosk at The Shops at Columbus Circle. This is Moleskine's first New York store and it is a great addition to Lincoln Square.


This tiny boutique offers the traditional notebooks in every imaginable color as well as all sorts of accessories including cases, shells, pens and more. Visit to learn more.

is making some big changes. 
 One of the leading international fashion groups, offering a versatile range of products in menswear, womenswear, kidswear, eyewear, watches and fragrances is expanding to a third floor at the Shops. Its new and improved store should be ready in September. In the meantime, stop in and see the transformation taking place while you shop or visit the kiosk on the ground floor-level directly across from its entrance. 


Check out all the news at The Shops at Columbus Circle here:

Juilliard Summer Jazz Camps

Across the United States, Australia and Japan


This summer, Juilliard Jazz will offer seven camps and workshops around the United States and in Australia and Japan for students who are dedicated, disciplined, and passionate about jazz. The one-week programs are designed to give young jazz musicians a taste of what a Juilliard Jazz student's life is all about. 


Taught by Juilliard Jazz's renowned faculty and graduate students, the curriculum focuses on refining technique, performance, improvisation, theory, ear training, small combo training, and broadening students' understanding of various jazz styles. Instruments offered include trumpet, saxophone, trombone, guitar, piano, acoustic bass, and drums. The rigorous program will also prepare students for a future in music by teaching them essential skills and offering the opportunity to meet working, successful artists involved in the industry. The daily schedule includes a musicianship class, individual practice, ensemble work, and listening sessions. The program concludes with a concert where each camp participant will perform in a group and get a chance to take a solo.


For more information including the complete schedule of Jazz Camps click here. Or, visit Juilliard's events calendar here: for the entire slate of their programs and performances.  


In other Juilliard News: Educators from The Juilliard School and Connections Education, a leading provider of online learning solutions, celebrated the first student enrollments in Juilliard eLearning, the conservatory's first-ever group of online courses - developed for students in grades K-12. Juilliard eLearning courses, a compelling new option for teaching music courses for K-12 students and teachers everywhere, extend Juilliard-supported learning into homes and schools - or anywhere there is an Internet connection.   To read more click here or watch the overview video here

59th Street Recreation Center Will Reopen

Revamped Facility to Open after Years of Construction and Advocacy


With help from Council Member Gale Brewer, Community Board 7, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, developers, former Council Member Ronnie Eldridge, the Parks Department, and many others, the 59th Street recreation facility, now known as the Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, is planned to open this month after decades of being in poor shape or closed. 


A new three level addition to the existing 1906 building has been constructed and includes men's and women's locker rooms, a family changing room, lifeguards' locker rooms, a youth activities room, a computer room, and bathrooms. Other additions include an indoor state-of-the-art pool; new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems; a new First Aid room; improvements to the gymnasium and a new cardio room.


According to an article by Emily Frost of DNAinfo the "Rec Center" received $15.5 million worth of renovations. Click here to find out how to become a member of a NYC "Rec Center". 
The 59th Street Recreation Center is located at 232 West 60th Street. For information, please contacBrian Sullivan at Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation at 212.397.3159

Literary Lunch at La Boite en Bois

Beef Bourguignon and a Story to Go Along With It


Join renowned photographer Alison Harris and author and journalist David Downie for a fun and delicious literary lunch at La Boite en Bois on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Readers and fans can enjoy a fine lunch and get signed copies of Paris to the Pyrenees


The Literary Lunch begins at noon and costs $39.50 (drinks not included). The price of the lunch includes a copy of Paris to the Pyrenees-with 32 pages of color photos by Alison Harris-and a brief reading and discussion of the book by its author.  


La Boite en Bois is located at 75 West 68th Street. For reservations please email Angela Barbuti [email protected]For more information on La Boite en Bois click here. For more information on the Literary Lunch and David Downie, click here.

Youth Resource & Job Fair

The 20th Precinct-Youth Council is hosting its first Summer Resource and Job Fair


The New York Police Department's Explorer Program is having a job fair. The goal of the youth fair is to provide potential jobs and internships for local youths, ages 14 through 21, as well as free or low cost summer activities and recreational opportunities. The job fair will take place on Saturday, April 20 at 552 West 52nd Street from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Any employer interested in participating please contact Officer Netfa Richards via email at [email protected] or at 212.580.6412.  

National Gardening Month and Earth Day

Celebrate a Greener Lincoln Square


April 22nd is Earth Day and the entire month of April is National Gardening Month, so that means it is time to think green. The Lincoln Square BID has been doing its part to keep Lincoln Square green and beautiful. Read more about our beautification efforts or click here to find out how you can help beautify our neighborhood. 


If you want to get your 'hands in the soil' visit Earth Day New York for up to date information on Earth Day events in New York City. 

New Vending Regulations
Mayor Bloomberg signs Five New Vending Bills 


On Monday, March 18, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the following bills into law impacting vending regulations: 

  • Intro. Number 789-A - prohibits vending on the sidewalk abutting a no standing zone adjacent to a hospital. This local law will take effect on Sunday, June 16, 2013.     
  • Intro. Number 727-A - prohibits vending within twenty feet of an entrance-way to any building and within twenty feet of an exit, including service exits, to a residential building. This local law will take effect on Sunday, June 16, 2013.      
  • Intro. Number 684-A - prohibits food vending within any taxi stand. This local law will take effect on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.     
  • Intro. Number 817-A - requires violations issued to food vendors to include the permit number of their vehicle or pushcart on the violation. This local law will take effect on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
  • Intro. Number 16-A - requires annual reporting by the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Consumer Affairs on the number of food vending licenses and permits denied, suspended and revoked and the reason for denial, suspension or revocation.  Furthermore the Environmental Control Board will report quarterly on its adjudications. This local law is currently in effect.
Mayor Bloomberg also vetoed Intro. Number 434-A, which would have reduced maximum fines imposed on street vendors. 
Available Now!

Our most popular publication, The Lincoln Square BID Map and Guide, was just updated! And it is available now on our three information carts or by request. 
For a copy contact the Lincoln Square BID office via email or call us directly at 212.581.3774. 
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