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Fashion Plate Prix Fixe
Fashion Plate Prix Fixe will return one more time during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, which runs from Thursday, February 12 - Thursday, February 19. Fashion Week attendees, neighborhood residents and visitors will have the opportunity to sample creative menus and specialty drinks offered by the chefs of Lincoln Square's world class restaurants. 

Twenty-four of the Upper West Side's finest establishments are participating in this season's Fashion Plate Prix Fixe. Visit to see the entire list of this year's participants including newcomer Robert and favorites like Atlantic Grill, Boulud Sud, Nougatine at Jean-Georges, Porter House New York, and Rosa Mexicano. Sip on specially created Fashion Plate cocktails at Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant or The Leopard at Des Artistes. You can even grab a free cream'wich with the purchase of a sandwich or a salad at 'wichcraft.  

Clean Team Digs Out from Juno 

Fortunately, Winter Storm Juno did not bring the predicted amount of snow; nonetheless, the Lincoln Square Clean Team was well prepared. All 12 members who were scheduled to work on Tuesday, January 27 tackled the snow with shovels in hand. Plus, our lead public safety supervisor came in early along with another officer. The Lincoln Square BID's senior staff members were also in the district posting about open businesses, and making sure that any problems were addressed. As a thank you to the hard working crews, the BID treated everyone to a well-deserved lunch break at a wonderful diner in the district - the West Side Restaurant. 

A special thank you goes to all of Lincoln Square's property owners and businesses who had their crews, and in some cases great machines, out clearing snow from sidewalks and helping us with catch basins and cross walks. This has been a great team effort. As the winter weather continues, our Clean Team is out there clearing corners, fire hydrants, catch basins, and bus shelters.

Lincoln Square's New Map & Guide

A brand new edition of the official Lincoln Square Map and Guide will be available soon. This widely popular publication features an updated directory of all the businesses and cultural organizations in the neighborhood. It also shows a detailed map of the neighborhood with subway and bus lines. In this latest version, the map has been enlarged to incorporate more of the area just outside the BID boundaries. 

The Map & Guide will be available to the public at our three Information Carousels located at Columbus Circle, Richard Tucker Park, and Dante Park. Of course, you can click here to see an online version of the map.  If you would like to request bulk copies for your property, business, or organization, please contact our office at 212.581.3774 or via email at

Black History Month

Billie Holiday

February is Black History Month, and there are some great opportunities to mark and celebrate the occasion in Lincoln Square

AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, located at 1998 Broadway, is still running the current cinematic sensation Selma, a historical drama based on the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Selma offers a story of an important moment in Black American History, and is already a winner and nominee of several awards.

WNET's Channel Thirteen is airing a film honoring one of America's greatest black authors, August Wilson. The film details the author's journey, through triumph and struggle, of literary success and his personal life. Wilson was a poet and activist, and is considered "America's Shakespeare" by many. Tune in Friday, February 20 at 9:00pm for the premiere of American Masters- August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will celebrate the tradition of theater in Harlem with the exhibit "Harlem is...Theater", which will explore the founding of the African Grove Theater in 1821 and then fast-forward to the present with archival materials, graphics, and student reflections. "Harlem is...Theater" is presented in collaboration with Community Works NYC, a nonprofit arts and education organization. It will be on display at the Plaza Corridor Gallery at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza through Saturday, May 2. 

On Saturday, February 7, Jazz at Lincoln Center is offering a family oriented performance (1:00pm & 3:00pm) at the Rose Theater in honor of the legendary Billie Holiday. Who is Billie Holiday? will showcase the musical legacy of the singer as well as her story as a cultural icon and one of the most recognizable voices of the 20th century. This Family Concert is meant to introduce audiences of all ages to the singer's charming, highly individualized musical style and to honor Ms. Holiday's centennial. And, don't miss Joey Arias: A Centennial Tribute to Billie Holiday on Wednesday, February 25 at the Appel Room, part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook.

From Friday, February 6 through Thursday, February 19, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986, a series of key films, starting with William Greaves's seminal Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One and culminating with Spike Lee's first feature, the independently produced She's Gotta Have It which launched a new era of studio film making by black directors.

Valentine's Day in Lincoln Square
New York City Ballet presents
Romeo + Juliet 

Valentine's Day is just around corner, and many of the organizations and businesses in Lincoln Square can help you transform this year's romantic holiday into a memorable and special celebration with those you love. Celebrating in Lincoln Square gives you the chance to enjoy a meal prepared by renowned chefs and take in some world class entertainment, so be sure to explore all of Lincoln Square's businesses, restaurants, and cultural organizations to find just the right way to add some flare to your typical date night and make this an occasion to remember. 


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Chef Eneko Atxa at Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York 

Chef Eneko Atxa, Spain's youngest chef to obtain the prestigious three Michelin Stars, will make his New York City debut at Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York for an exclusive pop-up from Wednesday, February 18 through Friday, February 20. Guests will enjoy a gastronomic journey through Northern Spain highlighting Chef Eneko's acclaimed signature dishes including Bloody Mar with fresh sea urchin, Oyster with algae and vegetable foam, Pigeon with fried cauliflower, and Strawberry & Roses with strawberry ice cream and rose merengue. Wine Director Annie Turso has curated a menu of wine pairings of Chef Eneko's territory to complement the culinary experience. 


Dinner reservations for Eneko Atxa at Asiate are available from Wednesday, February 18 through Friday, February 20, 2015. The seven-course menu is priced at $185 per person with wine pairings for an additional $110 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 212.805.8809 or by emailing

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello at MOBIA

Saint John the Evangelist,
 c. 1409-1411
Image Courtesy Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone

On Friday, February 20 the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) will open its new exhibit Sculpture in the Age of DonatelloTwenty-three masterpieces of early Florentine Renaissance sculpture - most never seen outside of Italy - will be exhibited at MOBIA as the centerpiece of the Museum's tenth anniversary season. MOBIA will be the sole world-wide venue for this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.


These works by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Nanni di Banco, Luca della Robbia and others were made in the first decades of the fifteenth century for the Florence Cathedral ("Il Duomo"), which was then in the last phase of its construction. This tightly focused exhibition features works all created as components of larger programs for the exterior and interior of the Cathedral from around 1400 until 1450. The sculptures include statues and reliefs by Nanni di Banco and Donatello; two larger-than-life seated evangelist figures made to flank the church's main western portal, two of Donatello's life-size figures of Old Testament personages from the Bell Tower; and three of the hexagonal reliefs carved by Luca della Robbia to complete a fourteenth-century series of scenes of Florentine life.


Sculpture in the Age of Donatello will be on display from Friday, February 20 through Sunday, June 14. MOBIA is open from Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm and is located at 1865 Broadway at 61st Street. Admission for this exhibit is $12, $9 for students and seniors, and free for MOBIA members. For more information or to purchase tickets click here

Healthy Winter Skin 

The winter weather can be truly brutal on your skin, and with there still being weeks left of winter, feeling chapped and dry is getting old! Fortunately, many of Lincoln Square's shops are stocked with fine lotions and skincare products, and are even offering 'can't miss' specials for keeping winter's meddlesome weather out of your body care business.


Crabtree & Evelyn, located on the ground floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle, is offering a 'Winter Skin Savers Mix & Match' deal through Sunday, February 15. Any combination of two shower gels, body scrubs, or body lotions is $29.95 (regularly $48).  


On the third floor of The Shops, Aveda has a number of offers in the month of February for your skin, hair, even your pets.  On Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7 you can book an appointment to learn how to best hydrate from head to toe. Plus, you can stop in for a 'Wellness Happy Hour' from 4:00pm - 7:00pm every Wednesday through July 1. Stop in for $10 chair massages (includes a donation to Clean Ocean Action), hand rituals and hair touch-ups. At Sephora (also on the third floor), through Saturday, February 28, you can get a complimentary 15 minute Mini Makeover, a 45-minute Custom Makeover with a $50 minimum purchase, or a 90-minute beauty consultation with a Personal Beauty Adviser that includes a Custom Makeover and personal shopping session with a $125 minimum purchase. Be sure to reserve your spot at


You can also head north to Kiehl's located at 154 Columbus Avenue between 66th & 67th Streets, where products for their Healthy Hydration Routine  can be purchased, and, according to Kiehl's, you can be on your way to healthier younger skin in just 28 days. And, if you're interested in creating the perfect look and routine, visit MAC Cosmetics located at 148 Columbus Avenue between 66th & 67th Street and catch one of their Walk in Demos (based on artist availability).

Visit to see all of the health and beauty options in Lincoln Square.  

Styrofoam Ban in NYC 

As of July 1, 2015, food service establishments, stores, and manufacturers may not possess, sell or offer for use single service expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam articles, including cups, plates, trays, and clamshell containers or loose fill packaging (i.e. packing peanuts) in New York City. This is a follow-up to Local Law 142/2013, which required the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation to make a determination as to whether such material could be effectively, economically, and safely recycled.  The Commissioner has now determined that EPS could not be recycled, resulting in this EPS ban.


The following are some provisions of Local Law 142/2013 that everyone, especially Lincoln Square's quick serves and take-out establishments should know:

  • On and after July 1, 2015, no food service establishment, mobile food commissary, or store shall possess or sell single service articles that consist of expanded polystyrene. 
  • Exceptions:
    • EPS containers used for prepackaged food that have been filled and sealed prior to receipt.
    • EPS containers used to store raw meats from a butcher case or similar retail appliance.
  • On and after July 1, 2015 no manufacturer or store shall sell polystyrene loose fill packaging in NYC (i.e. packing peanuts).
  • Establishments with a gross income under $500,000 per location, which are not part of a chain, may request a financial hardship waiver.
    • Fines:
      • First violation: $250
      • Second violation on a different day within 12 months: $500
      • Third and subsequent violations on different days within 12 months: $1000
      • Grace Period: Warnings rather than Notices of Violation to be issued for violations occurring before January 1, 2016.
  • The city is to conduct outreach and education to affected establishments.

To read the entire Local Law 14/2013 click here or see the press release announcing the Commissioner's decision here

Save the Date: 18th Annual Meeting - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Lincoln Square BID will hold its 18th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8:15am at Fordham University. 


In order to vote on corporate matters, eligible property owners, businesses and commercial tenants, and residents must register ahead of time. Simply visit

and submit the online form to register.


We will announce our guest speakers soon, so check back for updates.  Space is limited and reservations are required. To RSVP email or call 212.581.3774.

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