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Thank You for Another Wonderful Winter's Eve

The 15th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square kicked off the holiday season on Monday, December 1, 2014. Despite the rain, the crowds came out to hear top tier talent, taste fabulous food, and join in on all of the holiday cheer. Folk legend Arlo Guthrie and his family returned to headline our Tree Lighting Ceremony that, as Arlo would say, "couldn't be beat"Tony Award®-winner Billy Porter, who was electric as the ceremony's Emcee, and Jeanna De Waal, both from the hit Broadway show Kinky Boots, showed off their star power and made sure the crowd was eagerly anticipating the lighting of the tree. And, following Winter's Eve tradition, WABC-TV's Sade Baderinwa led the countdown to illuminate the Upper West Side Holiday Tree live on Channel 7.

After the soggy ceremony, which didn't dampen enthusiasm, New York's largest holiday festival continued throughout Lincoln Square from Time Warner Center along Broadway to 68th Street. There was rocking klezmer from Golem, powerhouse roots from Spuyten Duyvil, cool jazz from the Jazzmeia Horn Quartet, and dancing in the streets led by the most reputable party band in New York City, The Café Wha? House Band. Multicultural dance groups showed off their moves at Frey Plaza, the Suzi Shelton band got Winter's Eve's youngest attendees grooving while Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby made an appearance at Kids' Central at the American Bible Society, and marching bands turned Broadway into a processional party.  Dozens of businesses opened their doors to the public offering holiday cheer. And, this year, a record 35 restaurants participated in the Winter's Eve Outdoor Food Tastings to the delight of thousands of foodies who dined under umbrellas. In fact, Winter's Eve attendees reported that the food tastings were the number one attraction that brought them out on Winter's Eve.

A huge thank you goes to all of the Winter's Eve sponsors, without whom none of the evening's festivities are possible. Additional thanks go to all of our participants, our restaurants and shops, our great community partners, and the hard working volunteers who gave their time to make sure everyone had a wonderful night. Also, there is still time to donate a coat for the New York Cares Coat Drive by dropping it off at the American Bible Society at 1865 Broadway at 61st Street. 


Check out some of our best photos from this year's Winter's Eve and relive some of the highlights from one of the year's most entertaining and fun filled evenings.


Tonight: CB7 Transportation Committee Meeting on 65th Street Bowtie

Pedestrian safety is of the utmost concern to the Lincoln Square BID, which is why last June we held a public workshop in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and Community Board 7 to discuss the 65th Street bowtie area. Tonight at 7:00pm, DOT will propose major pedestrian safety improvements in Lincoln Square at Community Board 7's Transportation Committee.  It's important that all stakeholders weigh in to make sure your voices are heard.

Community Board 7's office is located at 250 W. 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue. For questions contact Nina Haiman at [email protected] or (212) 839-6244. Click here to download a flyer for the meeting.
Special Offer at Lincoln Center Kitchen

Classic American fare with a side of the Philharmonic has come to the Upper West Side with Lincoln Center Kitchen from Chef Ed Brown (also of Lincoln Square staple Ed's Chowder House). Now open, Lincoln Center Kitchen offers lunch, dinner, and late night bites. The restaurant features the sounds of the NY Philharmonic piped in on performance nights as they play live upstairs within Avery Fisher Hall. To welcome local residents to the restaurant, Lincoln Center Kitchen is offering its neighbors a special through the end of the year - come in between 8:00pm and 11:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday to enjoy Lincoln Center Kitchen's signature Pat LaFreida Burger and a craft beer for $17. To take advantage of this great offer, simply mention the Lincoln Square BID Eblast.

The menu at Lincoln Center Kitchen celebrates timeless American cooking with a focus on regional flavors and global inspirations. Everything at Lincoln Center Kitchen is prepared with the highest quality ingredients, simple preparation methods and an emphasis on seasonal, local and sustainable sourcing. Lincoln Center Kitchen is located at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 11:00pm, and for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays (only when there is a matinee), 11:00am - 2:00pm. The restaurant accepts all major credit cards. Reservations are available via OpenTable, or by calling 212-874-7000. For more information, visit

Lincoln Square's Holiday Gift Guide
Nothing quite beats shopping in New York City during the holiday season. To make sure you make the most out of your holiday retail excursions, we've assembled a sampling of Lincoln Square's best gift guides and ideas. Of course, this neighborhood is such a huge shopping destination, we couldn't list them all. So, download your own copy of our 2014-2015 Where to Shop in Lincoln Square Guide and make sure you check out everything Lincoln Square has to offer for the holiday season. 

The Shops at Columbus Circle is making sure you get everyone on your list something special with their 25 Days of Gifts. Every weekday through Friday, December 19 they are posting one new gift item from a shop at Time Warner Center. So be sure to follow The Shops on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, while you are shopping, be sure to make time to enjoy the Holiday Under the Stars, through Saturday, January 3. 


The limited edition holiday gift collection from Kiehl's offers great products in packaging that makes them perfect for the holidays. 

In the Kiehl's tradition of artist collaborations, the limited edition collection mixes early 20th century Americana with contemporary art by featuring packaging designed in partnership with both the Norman Rockwell Foundation and the modern art duo, Craig & Karl. Select pieces from the Norman Rockwell collaboration will benefit Feeding America, the 2014 holiday charitable partner of Kiehl's. 


At Century 21 Department Store you can stuff a stocking or buy an entire wardrobe. Their gift guide points you to exactly what you are looking for with items for her, him, kids, and for the home. To help you find the best deals, Century 21 also offers categories of gifts under $25, $50, and $100.


For the trendy folks on your list, take a look at American Apparel's Holiday Bargain Sale. Gifts come as affordable as $5, $10, or $15. Where else can you get a wide stripe bow headband for only $11? Or you can take a look through their vintage collections and find something truly unique. 


The Columbus Circle Holiday Market, located at 59th Street and Central Park West, near the southwest entrance of Central Park, is here through Wednesday, December 24. It is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family.


And, it is important to make sure your home looks its best for the holidays. Visit Gracious Home and make your home especially festive this year with stylish ornaments, holiday accents, and trims of every kind. See their Holiday & Gift page and pick out something that fits your style. Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma have some cool finds for your home too. 

If you haven't found everything on your list yet, visit the Lincoln Square BID's online directory and find the shop with exactly what you are searching for this holiday season. 

Kaufman Music Center Presents - Poppy Seed Players: Latkes & Applesauce

On Sunday, December 14 the Kaufman Music Center will present Poppy Seed Players: Latkes & Applesauce. A terrific way to celebrate Chanukah in New York City, this rollicking Chanukah revue features songs and scenes by some of New York's funniest writers, including a Chanukah version of A Christmas Carol and the story of "Thomas, the Shammus" and the rousing klezmer-inspired title tune.


The performance is great for the whole family and takes place on Sunday, December 14 at 11:00am. Single tickets start at $20, but concert subscriptions and family subscriptions are available as well. The performance takes place at the Merkin Concert Hall at 129 W. 67th Street. Visit for more information.  

Welcome 2015 in Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square has a few unique ways to welcome in the New Year.NYE


At Jazz at Lincoln Center you can "Ring In The Swing" and join in a New Year's Eve Dance Party. Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Lena Horne famously posed the timeless question: "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Now you have an answer. Jazz at Lincoln Center invites you to come in from the cold to ring in the New Year with swing and style. Now in its third year, this dance party is a not-to-be-missed event. Dance the night away with live music from Jazz at Lincoln Center's own Michael Mwenso and the Late Night Session Big Band, as well as Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Enjoy a Southern-style buffet dinner, open bar, Champagne toast, and party favors, all while taking in the awe-inspiring view of Central Park from the majestic Appel Room. For tickets or more information visit


At The Empire Hotel Lobby Bar there will be a New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball. The evening features an open bar, live DJ, and passed hors d'oeuvres. Reservations are required, so contact The Empire via 646.289.8639 or at [email protected]


Over at Avery Fisher Hall, the New York Philharmonic is the centerpiece of New York's most sophisticated New Year's Eve. It will be an all-Gershwin celebration, with a special appearance by the "astonishing" jazz superstar Dianne Reeves, all conducted by Bramwell Tovey. The performance begins at 7:30pm. To pick your seats visit

Send 2014 out with a good taste in your mouth. Atlantic Grill is offering two New Year's Eve seatings complete with a live band! Reserve from 5:00pm-8:00pm with a $75 prix-fixe menu, or from 8:00 pm-close with a $95 prix-fixe menu. Boulud Sud is welcoming 2015 with a special menu full of Mediterranean flavor. From 4:00pm to 6:30pm they will be serving a three course prix fixe menu for the pre-theater crowd. From 8:30pm to 10:30pm they will be taking reservations for a six course Gala dinner with live Jazz music by Ray Cetta playing in the bar area and a champagne toast to bring in the New Year. And, The Smith's a la carte menu will be served from 5:00pm - 10:00pm on New Year's Eve. Starting at 10:00pm, patrons can enjoy an open bar, a special 3 course dinner, party favors and a midnight champagne toast, all for $135. Browse all of Lincoln Square's restaurants and organizations here and find your perfect way to celebrate the New Year. 

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
Beginning on Sunday, December 14, a new exhibit: "A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America", opens at the American Folk Art Museum. The exhibit will offer a stunning presentation of American folk art made primarily in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1920.
"A Shared Legacy" is comprised of more than sixty works of art including still-life, landscape, allegorical, and portrait paintings, commercial and highly personal sculpture, and distinctive examples of art from the German-American community. The works exemplify the breadth of American creative expression by individuals who did not always adhere to the academic models that established artistic taste in urban centers of the East Coast.

For more information on the exhibit visit The American Folk Art Museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street).
Shop Online at Whole Foods Market

You can do it all, but you don't have to because you can go online and let Whole Foods Market handle it. Order holiday meals, entrées, sides, desserts, party platters, appetizers, flowers and more, and then pick everything up at your local Whole Foods Market (10 Columbus Circle in the lower concourse level of Time Warner Center).


Find wonderful items perfect for a holiday gathering like a Cooked Shrimp Platter, Whole Catch® Wild-Caught Scallops, and Roasted Root Vegetables. You can learn about all of the Whole Foods products and even find some helpful recipes here


For more information or to place your order visit 

La Bohème and More at The Metropolitan Opera

Franco Zeffirelli's classic take on Giacomo Puccini's most popular opera, La Bohème, comes to The Metropolitan Opera throughout December and January. The immortal tale of tragic young love, is set among the rooftops of bohemian Paris. 

The role of the fragile Mimì is shared by Sonya Yoncheva, Angela Gheorghiu, and Kristine Opolais, with Francesco Demuro, Michael Fabiano, and Jean-François Borras as the love-sick poet Rodolfo. Conducting duties are handled by Riccardo Frizza.

There are other fabulous operas during the month of December at The Metropolitan Opera including La TraviataLe Nozze di FigaroDie Meistersinger von NürnbergAidaHansel and Gretel, and a New Year's Eve Gala featuring The Merry Widow.

For tickets or more information about La Bohème at The Metropolitan Opera, visit
A Gourmet Gift from Chef Daniel Boulud 

Épicerie Boulud is making it simple to please anyone with a discernable pallet this Holiday Season. Chef Daniel Boulud is presenting an array of delicacies in delicious Holiday Gift Boxes.
The Holiday Sweets Box is composed of goodies right from Épicerie's pastry kitchen capped off with the traditional French treat of Chocolate Dragées from storied house Pécou, all for $249.

If sweets alone aren't enough, the Holiday Gourmet Box is a great way to make a big impression and say 'thank you' to your colleagues, clients, friends, or family. Chef Daniel Boulud includes something for everyone. The Holiday Gourmet Box includes: three individual Terrines of house-made Pâté selections, Daniel Boulud Smoked Salmon (4 oz. pre-sliced), Épicerie Boulud Walnut-Raisin Bread, two seasonal cheeses, a holiday-themed assortment of delights from Épicerie Boulud, and even a wooden cheese board and stainless steel knife. The box costs $499. If your sweet tooth is still not satisfied, you could even order a dozen macarons for an additional $39.00.


Of course you can also pickup stocking stuffers like the Signature Dark Chocolate Bar, gingerbread, and mulling spices for hot cider or mulled wine. And Épicerie offers gourmet catering options both for your office or a party. For other gourmet catering choices in Lincoln Square check out Le Pain Quotidien or Bouchon Bakery.

Visit to see all of the gift boxes and products available.

Live Jazz at Stone Rose Lounge

December at Stone Rose Lounge just got a bit cozier. Everyone can enjoy free, live jazz in an elegant lounge every Monday in the month of December from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.


Plus, CBS New York just named the Stone Rose's "Lauren in the Winter" cocktail as one of NYC's Best New Hot Cocktails, 2014. The concoction features hot Teatulia organic tea mixed with Hennessy VSOP Cognac and honey. The beverage is garnished with a clove-spiked lemon wheel, creating a warm, sweet and delicious cocktail perfect for chilly New York City evenings.


The Stone Rose Lounge is located on the 4th Floor of the Time Warner Center. Visit them online at

Support The Lincoln Square BID this Holiday Season

The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to make Lincoln Square cleaner, safer, and more beautiful, and to undertake various improvement projects. We focus our efforts on supplemental sanitation and security services; the beautification of public spaces, malls, and parks; and the promotion and marketing of the area's diverse business and cultural offerings. The Lincoln Square BID acts as a catalyst working with business, community and City partners to promote positive change in Lincoln Square. Our programs and initiatives, including Winter's Eve, are designed to showcase the rich and varied resources of this vibrant Upper West Side neighborhood.

Our core programs are funded by an annual assessment from property owners and businesses. We are fortunate to have additional support for our special initiatives from our many generous sponsors, including foundations, property owners, and residents. A small donation from you can provide an additional boost to initiatives like Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, New York's largest holiday festival, or a smaller event like our Lunchtime Concert Series in Richard Tucker Park. You can also choose to support our Streetscape and Beautification Program, which has had a transformative impact on the neighborhood and continues to make Lincoln Square green and beautiful. We now have 50 planters that complement our beautiful malls and parks. 

Every dollar we receive helps us improve the quality of our programs, so even a small donation helps. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible gift to the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District please click here.

The BID is dedicated to making sure Lincoln Square stays clean, safe and beautiful and fun. If you like what we do and feel we have enhanced this neighborhood, please consider including us in your end-of-the year charitable contributions.


Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Lincoln Square Business Improvement District | [email protected] | | 212.581.3774
1841 Broadway, Suite 1112
New York, NY 10023
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