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Brian Stokes Mitchell & Bebe Neuwirth to Headline Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square 

On Monday, December 2nd at 5:30pm, Tony Award-winning Broadway legends Brian Stokes Mitchell and Bebe Neuwirth will join WABC-TV's Sade Baderinwa to light the Upper West Side's Holiday Tree and kick off the 14th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square!

Thanks to a partnership with The Actors Fund, the Lincoln Square BID is able to bring a taste of Broadway to Dante Park at Broadway and 63rd Street for New York's largest holiday festival featuring FREE live entertainment, food tastings from over 30 local eateries at nominal cost, and family fun in and around this vibrant Upper West Side neighborhood.  Joining our headliners at Dante Park will be Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-stars and Bond Street Theatre's Shinbone Alley Stilt Band ensuring an exciting evening for the whole family.

On Winter's Eve, there will be music and dancing throughout the district: at the American Folk Art Museum you can hear rising Jazz songstress Brianna Thomas and her quartet; the Winter's Eve TD Bank Dance Party will feature world renowned DJ David Chang, Arthur Murray dancers, and Bryant "Drew" Andrews; Richard Tucker Park will feature indie flamenco and folk rock band City of the Sun; and Kids' Central at the American Bible Society will welcome Grammy-nominated children's band, the Pop-Ups, and arts and crafts from neighborhood organizations.  Time Warner Center will be hopping as well with Okamoto Ice Sculpting, the LaGuardia High School Show Choir and jazz artist Kate Davis presented by Jazz at Lincoln CenterHoliday revelers will find the surrealist street theater of the Alice Farley dance company, and many more musical and festive delights throughout the district. 


Keep an eye on your inbox for updates as our producers and staff are busy booking more talent to make this the best Winter's Eve ever! To learn how to get involved in Winter's Eve call our office at 212.581.3774.

Meet the Lincoln Square BID's New Director of Operations: Chris Matousek

The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District is delighted to welcome Chris Matousek as our new Director of Operations. 


Chris recently retired from the Police Department after 21 years. During his time with the NYPD he has worked in numerous assignments including considerable time working with the Office of Emergency Management. Chris is eager to get to know the people, places and character of Lincoln Square. 


In his own words: "Over 20 years ago I walked my first foot post along Broadway in the confines of the 24th Precinct. Soon after I became familiar with the business owners, residents and all those who traveled through my post.  We established a relationship that lasted for years. This relationship was both professional and personal, and it enabled me to learn more about the importance of establishing a clean, safe and beautiful area for all. I look forward to bringing my experience to enhance the quality of life in Lincoln Square. If you see me walking the district, please say 'Hi'. I look forward to working with you all." 


Feel free to contact Chris at

Greenmarket Temporarily Moves to Dante Park

Richard Tucker Park, the cobblestone gem in the heart of Lincoln Square at Broadway between 65th and 66th Streets, has been temporarily closed by the Parks Department in order to make it ADA compliant and much more attractive.  Construction is scheduled to last for approximately three weeks.


During the work, the Richard Tucker Park Greenmarket has temporarily moved two blocks south to Dante Park, directly across from Lincoln Center, between 63rd & 64th Streets on Broadway and Columbus Avenue starting today. The Greenmarket is open Thursdays and Saturdays, year-round from 8:00am - 5:00pm. The farmers sell a wide range of items including: seasonal vegetables, sweet berries, stone fruit, over 80 varieties of apples, farmstead cheeses, fresh seafood, grass fed beef, duck, eggs, sorghum and maple syrup. See an entire list of the farmers at Lincoln Square's Greenmarket here.  
Greenmarket, which began over three decades ago with 12 farmers in a parking lot on 59th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan, has now grown to become the largest and most diverse outdoor urban farmers market network in the country. There are now 54 markets, including the one in Lincoln Square with over 230 family farms and fishermen participating, and over 30,000 acres of farmland protected from development.


To learn more about the Greenmarket in Lincoln Square and across New York City, visit

Fall Highlights at Merkin Concert Hall

Liz Callaway - Broadway Close Up
Monday, October 07  |  7:30pm 

The fall season has arrived at Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall. 


Meet the people who make musicals happen!

Broadway Close Up takes you behind the scenes of musicals old and new with eye-opening interviews and inspiring performances by some of Broadway's greatest talents. Get a sneak peek at five brand new shows at Bound for Broadway hosted by Liz Callaway, meet Tony-nominated composer-lyricist Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody), spend an evening with the fascinating women from the musicals of Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity) and others. 


Get to know some of today's finest young classical artists at Tuesday Matinees!  The 2013-14 season features brilliant soloists and extraordinary ensembles.  This season features violinist Paul Huang, the Lysander Piano Trio, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and more!


There's lots happening this fall at Merkin Concert Hall. Get the full schedule at

alt_quilts at the American Folk Art Museum 
Now through Sunday, January, 5th the American Folk Art Museum will be displaying the exhibition alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollin.

The exhibit considers three contemporary artists who are inspired by the history and structure of American quilts but who are neither inhibited, constricted, nor defined by it. Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, and Stephen Sollins are keenly aware that a quilt's very substance is laden with meaning. They seek emotional and retentive content in their work, oftentimes through ingenious techniques and by using unexpected materials such as 16mm film strips or used Tyvek envelopes.


The American Folk Art Museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street).  To learn more about the Museum's exhibits, collections and events visit or follow them on Twitter or Facebook. 

Lincoln Square's Top Shelf: Center Bar, Asiate & Lincoln Ristorante
Lincoln Square is home to many world-class eateries and sophisticated bars. While you should certainly sample them all, start with drinks at Center Bar, a prix fixe lunch at Asiate or explore the shifting menu of Lincoln Ristorante


Center Bar is an elegant restaurant, wine bar, and cocktail lounge.  The menu is a sophisticated selection of savory and sweet small plates that draw on the flavors of the world, with an emphasis on the Mediterranean. Chef Michael Lomonaco's celebrated cuisine is complemented by an 80-bottle wine list of extraordinary fine wines and champagnes from around the world curated by Wine Director Brad Nugent, and a definitive selection of classic cocktails created and adapted by master bartender James Moreland. Center Bar is located on the fourth floor of Time Warner Center.


Located high atop the Mandarin Oriental, New York, Asiate serves contemporary American cuisine creatively accented with modern, artistic touches, presenting one of the most unique dining experiences in Manhattan. Asiate houses over 1,300 bottles of wine and features a seasonal menu using fresh, local produce. A combination of gracious service, inventive cuisine, stylish décor and stunning views ensure that Asiate is a hit with both guests and locals alike. Asiate was also featured as the Upper West Side's best overall restaurant in a recent issue of the Westsider.


Kudos to Lincoln Ristorante and "Top Secret Chef" Jonathan 

Benno. Josh Ozersky wrote about Chef Benno in a recent New York Observer profile concluding, "The truth is that Mr. Benno has 

much more rock 'n' roll in him than anybody gives him credit for...".  Lincoln Ristorante, located at 142 W. 65th Street on the edge of Lincoln Center's campus, offers its own interpretation of modern Italian cuisine with a continually changing menu. True to Italian culinary tradition, they make their own fresh pastas, grissini, focaccia and pastries. Lincoln Ristorante has a focus and commitment to freshness and respect for every ingredient.


After you visit these three neighborhood hot-spots, plan your next culinary experience in Lincoln Square here

Sculpture Installation Debuts on Lincoln Center's Plaza

Los Angeles-based visual artist Aaron Curry is adding his personal touch to Lincoln Center with his most ambitious installation to date: Aaron Curry's Melt to Earth.
Fourteen monumental site specific sculptures will be on display from Monday, October 7th through Monday, January 6th at Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza. 


Positioned in orbit around the iconic Revson Fountain, Curry's boldly colored painted aluminum sculptures will transform the space into a sculptural theater-in-the-round and create an immersive environment for viewers visiting the arts complex. The installation provides an opportunity to animate Lincoln Center's outdoor spaces and reflects its commitment to free public art.


Curry is noted for the improbable combinations of historical art references in his sculpture, including the distorted planes of Cubism, the bright colors and flat surfaces of Pop, and the sometimes disconcerting biomorphism of Surrealism. 


To learn more about Aaron Curry's Melt to Earth, click here.

IDA World Congress & 59th Annual Conference

The International Downtown Association (IDA) World Congress is coming to New York City from Sunday, October 6th through Wednesday, October 9th. This conference is aimed at inspiring people from across different continents and cultures who share a common passion for cities. The NYC BID Association and the NYC Department of Small Business Services, among others, are sponsors of this event. 


The plenary session on Wednesday, October 9th will be held at John Jay College, just outside the borders of the district and will feature John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis. On the day of the session,  we expect some 750 IDA participants will be visiting the Lincoln Square area.  Our popular restaurant guide, Where to Eat in Lincoln Square, will be given to attendees in order to welcome them to our neighborhood.  Learn more about IDA and the World Congress meeting here

Opening Night at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Join the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Thursday, October 17th at Alice Tully Hall for Opening Night: Strings Celebration.


The opening night program, hailed as "varied and attractive" by The New York Times, features a thrilling display of music for strings, including Mendelssohn's stately Sinfonia No. 13 in C minor, Tchaikovsky's lush Serenade in C major, Op. 48, and Bartók's folk-infused Divertimento, BB 118. Seventeen performers, drawn from a large international and intergenerational roster, join forces to kick off the Chamber Music Society's 45th season.


Click here to learn more. Tickets start at $37 and may be purchased online, in-person at the Alice Tully Hall box office, or by calling 212.875.5788. 


On Tuesday, October 10th the New York Institute of Technology will gather some of the world's leading thinkers, doers, and visionaries at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway for the TEDx NYIT event: META RESILIENCY, "the resiliency of resiliency." TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

The conference begins at 9:00am with an introduction and TED video. It then moves to cover latent and visceral resiliency, pedagogy and praxis, paradigm shifting and concludes with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30pm. 


For more information and to purchase tickets to this all-day conference visit

An Evening in Umbria at Boulud Sud - Monday, October 21st
Dolce'Amaro cocktail with Campari, walnuts and shaved chocolate

Journey to Umbria, il cuor verde d'Italia  or the green heart of Italy, for an evening as Boulud Sud celebrates the region's rich fall flavors such as chestnuts, mushrooms, and chocolate, that inspire food festivals across the region during this time of year. Sommelier Michael Madrigale presents a selection of Umbrian wines, each thoughtfully paired with a family-style, four-course menu of regional specialties by Chef Aaron Chambers.


An Evening in Umbria dinner at Boulud Sud  takes place on Monday, October 21st at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $95 per person (tax & gratuity additional). Click here to make a reservation. 


Boulud Sud is located at 20 West 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West. 

Volunteers Helping to Clean Up Lincoln Square
On Sunday, September 8th volunteers from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Central Park West and 65th Street washed benches in the Broadway Mall end caps from 60th to 70th Street.  With the help of the Lincoln Square BID's Clean Team Supervisor, Tony Stass and the Lincoln Square BID's Public Safety Supervisor Douglas Mann, the volunteers made the benches sparkle. Thanks for your help!
The Lincoln Square BID is always looking for individuals and organizations who want to to help make our neighborhood a better place to live, work and visit. If you are interested in volunteering with the Lincoln Square BID, we are currently seeking volunteers for our signature event Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square taking place on Monday, December 2nd . Simply email and include your full contact information. 

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