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Tonight: CB7 Full Board Votes on DOT's Lincoln Square Bow-Tie Plan

On Tuesday, March 3 Manhattan Community Board 7's Full Board will vote on the New York City Department of Transportation's (DOT) Lincoln Square Bow-Tie Pedestrian Safety Project. Click here to see DOT's latest presentation addressing changes and pedestrian safety enhancements for the 65th Street Bow-Tie area.

 

The meeting will take place at 6:30pm at Fordham University at 113 West 60th Street at Columbus Avenue. Visit nyc.gov/mancb7 for updates and to see the entire meeting agenda. 
Lincoln Square BID's 18th Annual Meeting - Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 8:15am

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 lincolnsquarebid.org/keep_informed 

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 info@lincolnsquarebid.org or call 212.581.3774.

Exclusive Events at Papyrus 

On Saturday, March 7 Papyrus will host a William Author Wedding Trunk Show from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Representatives from stationary designer William Author will be on hand to offer samples and expertise on wedding etiquette and planning. Throughout the event, you'll enjoy sparkling water and light snacks, and you'll even take home a special swag bag. To RSVP, email store02351@srgretail.com or call 212.956.1202.

 

Also at Papyrus on Saturday March 7, NIQUEA.D is throwing a Style Soiree. You can enjoy delicious, delectable refreshments and have a chance to experience the beautiful new arrivals from NIQUEA.D.  

 

Papyrus is located on the third floor of Time Warner Center. Visit them online at papyrusonline.com.

Sinatra: An American Icon at NYPL

Sinatra: An American Icon Photo credit: Ken Veeder/ Capitol Photo Archives
will unveil a new free multimedia exhibition exploring the life and career of Frank Sinatra. Sinatra: An American Icon is the official exhibition of the 2015 Frank Sinatra Centennial and tells the story of a master singer, performer, recording artist, and actor. 

The exhibition will include rare concert and interview footage, personal correspondence, private photos, awards, and other memorabilia, as well as music and film documents from the Library. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Library for the Performing Arts will also offer a variety of Sinatra-related public programs and film screenings. Following its premiere at The Library for the Performing Arts, the exhibition will travel to The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, and other U.S. destinations.

 

Sinatra: An American Icon will be on display at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza from Wednesday, March 4 through Friday, September 4, 2015. For more information visit nypl.org.

@Macaulay Author Series, Spring 2015

The @Macaulay Author Series, Spring 2015 returns with more acclaimed writers sharing and discussing their latest works. On Tuesday, March 10 join author, columnist, and book-besotted memoirist Lizzie Skurnick who has gathered together her popular, sharp-witted New York Times columns in her book That Should Be A Word: A Language Lover's Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World. She'll read from the new work and have a conversation with culture writer and DAME Magazine Executive Editor Kera Bolonik. The reading will be followed by a book signing and reception. Books will also be available for purchase.

 

The @Macaulay Author Series continues on Tuesday, April 21 with Michael Shnayerson, author of The Contender: A Biography of Andrew Cuomo, who will be interviewed by author and reporter Jonathan Atler. Then, on Monday, May 11 the Spring 2015 season concludes with Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of The Happiness Project and author of Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, and Anne Kreamer, whose latest work is Risk/Reward.

 

The @Macaulay Author Series takes place at 7:00pm at the Macaulay Honors College located at 35 West 67th Street. For more information or to RSVP, please visit: macaulay.cuny.edu  or call: 347.460.4292.

Spring Fashion Ahead in Lincoln Square

This frigid winter weather is nearly behind us with March's arrival. The first day of spring is Friday, March 20 this year and our spring planting will take place on Wednesday, March 25. Soon, the hundreds of tulip bulbs planted in our Broadway Mall end beds will bloom colorfully, furthering our neighborhood's transition to warmer weather. Likewise, it is now time to shift your wardrobe to spring shapes and colors. Here in Lincoln Square, our retail shops have all your spring fashion needs.  

 

Click here for a sampling of spring collections at Lincoln Square's shops.

Lincoln Square's Lost & Found

The Lincoln Square BID's Public Safety Officers are always out in the neighborhood, patrolling the streets and sidewalks and helping residents and visitors whenever they can. Likewise, our Clean Team Workers are out on the streets daily, making sure the district is clean and safe for pedestrians. Our teams occasionally come across lost or abandoned property in Lincoln Square. Once these found items are recorded and the necessary paperwork is filled out by a Public Safety Officer, they are brought up to the Lincoln Square BID's office where our staff searches for both the property's owner and a way to contact them. Most often, we are able to return the property successfully to its very relieved owner.  Our Public Safety Officers and Clean Team Workers have found items such as purses, wallets, backpacks, and cameras.

 

Our Lost & Found program is an important element of our safety initiatives, keeping our office and workers connected to the public and keeping the area safe for pedestrians, workers, and residents in Lincoln Square, as well as their property.

 

If you happen to lose sight of your belongings in the neighborhood, please contact our office at 212.581.3774 or look for one of our uniformed Public Safety Officers or Clean Team Members on the street so that we may assist you in any way we can.

Chamber Music Society: Intimate Expressions
Conversational Strings - Photo Credit: 
Bernard Mindich

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Winter Festival, Intimate Expressions, continues this month. Each of the remaining three concerts explores some of the overwhelmingly personal masterpieces that epitomize the dialogue, introspection, and musical exchange of chamber music. 

 

On Sunday, March 8, hear Conventional Strings.  Duos by Mozart, Martinu, and Ravel will demonstrate the richness and closeness of conversing with friends through the voices of paired stringed instruments. The Escher String Quartet, described as "one of the finest quartets of their generation" by The Guardian, performs Voces intimae on Sunday March 15. Finally, on Friday March 20 hear Schubert & Schnittke where three outstanding musicians perform this radiant trio, alongside Schubert's melodic Violin Fantasy and Schnittke's riveting Cello Sonata.

 

The concerts take place at Alice Tully Hall and individual tickets start at $37. Visit chambermusicsociety.org for more information and to purchase tickets.  

When the Curtain Never Comes Down at the American Folk Art Museum
Deborah Berger: Mask Photo by Mary Dwan,
American Visionary Art Museum. (Left)
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: Untiled 
Lewis B. Greenblatt, Chicago (Right)

On Thursday, March 26 the American Folk Art Museum will open the exhibit When the Curtain Never Comes Down. The exhibit will explore performance art by the self-taught, documenting the practices of some 27 artists from around the world (alive and deceased).  More than 200 works will be exhibited in a variety of media, including constructions, drawings, film, paintings, photographs, video, writings,  and other artifacts and objects.

 

More information about the exhibit can be found at www.folkartmuseum.org. When the Curtain Never Comes Down will be on display through Sunday, July 5. The American Folk Art Museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street).

NYC DCA Can Help You File Your Taxes for Free

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has some helpful sources to guide you through tax season and even a few ways to help New York City residents file taxes safely and for free. 

 

In Lincoln Square, the New York Public Library - Riverside Library, located at 127 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street, is an AARP Tax-Aide site. At these sites a certified volunteer will help you file your taxes. These sites offer free tax preparation for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 60 and older. Call 212.870.1810 for more information, walk-ins only. Just north of the district, Project Find at Hamilton Senior Center, located at 141 West 73rd Street, is also an AARP Tax-Aide site. Call 212.787.7710 for more information, walk-ins only. 

 

You can also visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in your neighborhood. VITA site preparers are IRS-trained and certified to help you file your taxes and claim credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and NYC Child Care Tax Credit (CCTC). Click here to find a site close to you. 

 

Finally, those who earn $31,000 or less, can file taxes with TurboTax Freedom Edition. And if you earn between $31,000 and $60,000, you can file with myfreetaxes.comIn order to file online, you must have a valid email address and use a secure computer to protect your privacy.

   

Visit nyc.gov/dca for more information on filing your taxes.

NYS Labor Commissioner Approves Wage Board Changes
Acting New York State Department of Labor Commissioner  Mario J. Musolino issued an order accepting four out of five of the Wage Board's recommendations regarding the wages of tipped workers. A summary of the four accepted changes is below: 
  • Increase in the tipped cash wage amounts from the current rate to $7.50 per hour, effective December 31, 2015.
  • There will be uniform tip amounts and criteria for all tipped workers in the hospitality industry, so that the same rates apply to food service workers, service employees, and service employees in resort hotels. 
  • If the legislature enacts a separate minimum wage rate for New York City, then cash wages for such workers will be increased one dollar (effective on the date of such separate minimum wage rate for New York City takes effect).
  • There will be a review on whether the system of cash wages and tip credits should be eliminated.

To read the entire order click here.  

Identity Theft Tips from The Manhattan District Attorney
A few weeks ago Manhattan District Attorney (DA) Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the indictment of five individuals for using stolen personal identifying information of approximately 200 victims to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

According to the DA's office, one of the defendants, a receptionist at a dental office in Manhattan, allegedly copied personal identifying information belonging to more than 200 patients, including names, dates of birth, addresses, and Social Security numbers. The stolen information was shared with the other defendants who used the information to apply for  "instant credit," a credit product offered by Apple, in partnership with Barclaycard, which could be used with Apple immediately upon approval. In total, the ring is charged with purchasing approximately $700,000 worth of gift cards at Apple stores! Click here to read the full press release on the case. 

 

While the District Attorney's Office combats serious identify theft criminals in court, they have also provided a few tips that may help prevent you from becoming a victim:

  • Keep your personal information in a secure location;
  • Shred any document containing your personal information;
  • Protect your mail;
  • Cancel any unused credit cards;
  • Review your credit reports annually;
  • Never respond to emails from strangers;
  • Never download a suspicious file or click on a hyperlink to an unfamiliar website;
  • Never send any sensitive information over the internet unless the site is secure and the recipient is a person or organization that you fully trust;
  • Never store financial information on your computer, especially if you own a laptop.
The NYPD recommends never giving out your Social Security number. However, if you must, try and provide only the last 4 digits.  

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