In This Issue
16th Annual Meeting a Huge Success
Summer Plantings
25th Anniversary of Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing
Celebrate Father's Day in Lincoln Square
Make Music New York
Empire Hotel Opens its Pool Deck for the Summer
Midnight Movies at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
New Exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum
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Lincoln Square BID's 16th Annual Meeting a Huge Success

The room was packed, the speakers were great and breakfast was delicious



On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 the Lincoln Square BID held its Sixteenth Annual Meeting at Fordham University. About 200 property owners, businesses, residents, non-profits, government officials and others filled the room to enjoy a delicious breakfast and hear from two wonderful guest speakers: Steven Spinola, President of the Real Estate Board of New York, and Greg Scholl, Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. A huge thanks goes to Fordham University for being such a wonderful, welcoming host.


During the meeting the Lincoln Square BID elected Directors, adopted its FY 2014 budget and financial plan, and presented its FY 2013 Annual Report, which highlights all that has been accomplished this year and outlines the goals for the future.  


We presented several awards, including one to NYC Council Member Gale Brewer, for being a longstanding champion of our Upper West Side neighborhood. Community partnership awards were given to Bill Sifounious and Brad Romaker of the Parks Department for their creative and skillful efforts in managing the renovation of Dante Park, and to Sanchi Malhotra, the Community Construction Liaison for the Third Water Tunnel Project. Clean Team Member Pablo Fernandez and Goddard Riverside Green Keeper Tom Tychi were recognized for ten years of service to the Lincoln Square BID.


Thanks to all who attended the Annual Meeting. The Lincoln Square BID is looking forward to another successful year. Click here for some great photos of the event.

Summer Plantings

Vivid summer flowers in Lincoln Square's Broadway Malls and parks



Lincoln Square's green spaces are blooming with new summer plantings. The Lincoln Square BID installed flowers and shrubs in the district's ten Broadway Malls from 60th to 70th Street and over 50 planters and urns throughout Lincoln Square's green spaces. The Lincoln Square BID's garden designer Ronda Brands selected a colorful selection of annuals and shrubs including: Xanthosoma 'Lime Zinger' ('Chartreuse Giant'), Petunia 'Surfinia Pink Vein', Lobularia 'Snow Princess', Gomphrena 'Fireworks' and many other show stoppers. Additional shrubs and ground cover have also been added throughout Lincoln Square.


On May 29th, just two weeks after the summer annuals were in the ground, Lincoln Square received a visit from the trustees of the prestigious Greenacre Foundation. The district was selected as part of Greenacre's 2013 Special Program Tour, and the Lincoln Square BID could not have been more proud. The Lincoln Square BID gratefully acknowleges the Greenacre Foundation and its many other Beautification sponsors for recognizing and supporting the work that has gone into transforming our green spaces over the years. 


Click here to view some amazing photos of the summer plantings and our neighborhood. To learn more about our beautification efforts click here.

25th Anniversary of Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing

Tuesday, June 25th - Saturday, July 13th


Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing takes place from Tuesday, June 25th through Saturday, July 13th, on the elevated dance floor in Damrosch Park on W 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Week one kicks off with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. They will be playing big band classics by Duke Ellington and others, ideal for swinging the night away. Wednesday, June 26th is a night of sensuous tango, old and new, with Leonardo Suarez Paz's Cuartetango String Quartet and Cristian Zárate. Red hot boogie woogie takes over on Thursday, June 27th with Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s, and on Friday, June 28th the legendary Spanish Harlem Orchestra will get the salsa dancers out on the floor. Week one closes with an iconic performer from the world of calypso - Calypso Rose - who is making a stop on her world tour to bring the island sounds of summer to Midsummer Night Swing.

To learn more about Midsummer Night Swing, visit: Tickets are on sale now. 

Celebrate Father's Day in Lincoln Square

Get a great gift for your Dad


Mom had her day, and now it is Dad's turn. Lincoln Square is the perfect place to find a great gift just in time for Father's Day on Sunday, June 16th.


For the father who is a real gadget-guy, why not pick up the latest iPhone or iPad accessories at the Upper West Side Apple Store at Broadway and 67th Street. Visit the Microsoft Store where you can find the latest product from Bill Gates or surround Dad with the sounds he wants to hear with a gift from Bose, both located in Time Warner Center. Best Buy at Broadway and 62nd Street might also have just the right gizmo.


If your father is a real suit & tie gentleman why not consider adding to his collection of blazers, shirts, ties or cufflinks at Brooks Brothers at Broadway and 65th Street, Zara on Broadway between 66th and 67th Street or BOSS Hugo BossThomas Pink, H&M and J. Crew Men's Shop, all at Time Warner Center. Century 21 Department Store at Broadway and 66th Street has a fine selection of gifts for men, too. See all Lincoln Square shops that can help fill Dad's tie-rack here.

Consider stepping out of the box a bit with a truly unique gift. The Art of Shaving, Aveda and Sephora in Time Warner Center as well as Kiehl's on Columbus Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets have great grooming products for men. Tourneau has an impressive selection of watches. Or for the athletic father, New York Running Company in Time Warner Center and lululemon athletica at Broadway and 64th Street have great selections for a man on the move.


If you are still stuck on ideas check out Gracious Home. The have a slew of great Father's Day presents handpicked for the 'Fix-It Guy', 'Gadget Guy', 'Grilling Guy' and other gifts for him. 


 John Varvatos brand piano is located at Lincoln Center's Charles B. Benenson Grove at Columbus & 62nd Street.
Has Dad ever dabbled at the ivories? If so check out the Sing for Hope Pianos located across New York City through Father's Day, June 16th. New York City's parks and public spaces are dotted with 88 artist-designed pianos in all 5 boroughs for anyone and everyone to enjoy. 


On Father's Day, all 88 pianos will be moved to Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza for a day of outdoor concerts. What a wonderful way to celebrate Father's Day after a bite at a Lincoln Square restaurant such as American Table Cafe & Bar, Atlantic Grill, Bar Boulud, Ed's Chowder House, P.J. Clarke's, Landmarc, Porter House New York, or Rosa Mexicano.


We wish all fathers a very happy Father's Day!  Click here to explore our entire neighborhood shopping directory.

Make Music New York - 1,000 concerts on the Summer Solstice 
Including performances by Kaufman Center's Face the Music youth ensemble


Make Music New York is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. On Friday, June 21st, from 10:00am to 10:00pm, musicians of all ages and musical persuasions will perform over 1,000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks, and gardens.


The centerpiece of Lincoln Square's Make Music New York concerts will be Kaufman Center's Face the Music and Peabody Preparatory Winds Orchestra performing at the Face the Music Block Party located at on W 67th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  The Kaufman Center's Face the Music youth ensemble has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City's vibrant contemporary classical scene.  


Other Make Music New York performances occurring in Lincoln Square on June 21st include:

  • Martha Mooke [Classical, Experimental] - Martha Mooke is a composer/electro-acoustic violist and a pioneer in the field of electric five string viola. Performing from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at the New York Public Library, Riverside Branch located at 127 Amsterdam Avenue.
  • Greg Smith Group [Pop, Rock, Soul] - Think Hall & Oates meet Van Halen in a bar owned by Neon Trees. Performing from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at La Boite en Bois Restaurant located at 75 W 68th Street. 
  • Les Ballets de l'Opera Chinois de New York Inc. [Opera, World] - Technique of the Folk Beijing Opera combined with Classic Western Ballet. Performing from 5:00pm - 8:30pm in front of Sapphire Indian Cuisine located at 1845 Broadway at 60th Street.
  • Maynard and the Musties [Country, Folk] - A combination of Americana, Country music and Rock. Performing from 8:00pm - 9:30pm at La Boite en Bois Restaurant located at 75 W 68th Street.

The Empire Hotel Opens its Pool Deck for the Summer (Hotel guests only)

Come on in - the water is fine


Pool season has officially started in Lincoln Square. The Empire Hotel has a one-of-a-kind rooftop pool and lounge [open to hotel guests only] overlooking Lincoln Center. Refresh yourself with a rooftop pool plunge or just bask in the warmth of the sun on the lounge chairs and couches on the deck. The Pool Deck also offers a menu of refreshing food and beverage options for its guests.
Whether you are an out-of-towner or a New Yorker looking for some relaxation, click here to see all of the Empire Hotel's packages including the Pool Deck Splash Package and Pool Deck Staycation Package.
Even if you are not a guest of the hotel, you can still enjoy the gorgeous views of Lincoln Square from The Empire Hotel's Rooftop Bar & Lounge. One of the summer season's hotspots, The Rooftop is located on the twelfth floor of The Empire Hotel. The drinks, the crowd and the views are simply spectacular so be sure to bring your camera. 


Visit to learn more about The Pool Deck and The Rooftop. The Empire Hotel is located at 44 W 63rd Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue. 

Midnight Movies at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Vintage horror/sci-fi movies every Friday 


Scene from Wes Craven's Deadly Blessing showing on Friday, June 14th. 

If you're looking for a fun way to keep cool on a hot Friday night, check out Midnight Movies at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, held at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Beginning in June and running throughout the summer, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will be featuring cult classics, sci-fi thrillers and vintage horror movies that are sure to give you goose bumps no matter how high the temperature gets. Be there at the stroke of midnight every Friday for a hauntingly good time. Admission is $13 for the general public, with discounted rates for students, seniors and members. And don't forget to stop at Indie Food and Wine, also located at the Film Center, to grab a delicious meal or drink before the show.


Click here to view all the prices, showtimes and films featured this summer.

Bill Traylor Exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum 

Open Now 


Bill Traylor's Man in Blue Pants
The American Folk Art Museum will house two exciting new exhibits featuring the work of Bill Traylor (c. 1854-1949), a highly esteemed, self-taught artist who was born into slavery outside of Montgomery, Alabama. The new exhibits are open now and will run through Sunday, September 22nd. 


"Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts" will include approximately 63 drawings and paintings by Traylor. Traylor began making art near the end of his life, and his works are notable for their flat, simply defined shapes and vibrant compositions, in which memories and observations relating to African American life are merged. 


"Traylor in Motion: Wonders from New York Collections" delves into Traylor's vision of action through staged poses. These moving images become lines of force: jumps and ellipses between cause and effect, stirring up the surfaces. Yet the ritualistic cinema created by Traylor is not a strict narrative, social commentary, or reaction to historical fact. Mysterious and intimate, it carries a reinvented perception of reality laden with fantasies, myths and symbols.

The American Folk Art Museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street). To learn more about the museum and its latest exhibits visit

City News

NYC's New Business Acceleration Team (NBAT)


There's good news for those looking to open eateries in New York City. The long and arduous process of opening a business is being streamlined by the city's New Business Acceleration Team (NBAT). The pilot program, which began in 2010, has been expanded to help restaurants, bars, bakeries, supermarkets, and other food establishments cut through the red tape of multiple permits, inspections and numerous city agencies by creating a one-stop source for navigating the process. The team, composed of inspectors, plan examiners and supervisors from agencies that issue permits, has helped open over 500 restaurants to date, with businesses opening an average of ten weeks sooner than planned. The best part; the program is completely free. Visit to learn more. 


NYC Recycles


If you receive NYC Department of Sanitation collection service, you can now recycle all rigid plastics along with your metal, glass bottle/jars, and beverage cartons. Rigid plastics include containers, packaging, and products that are made predominantly or entirely of plastic and have a relatively inflexible shape or form. Examples include rigid plastic caps and lids, plastic yogurt, deli or dairy containers, bulk plastic crates, pails and furniture.  


You can also recycle your paper and cardboard, collected separately from designated metal, glass and plastic recyclables. To see a flyer of all the new recyclable materials, click here.  

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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