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Pope Francis to Visit New York City
Pope Francis is visiting New York City from Thursday, September 24 until Saturday, September 26. During the Pope's visit, there will be a number of street closures and anticipated traffic delays across New York City including Lincoln Square. Click here for a full list of street closures.

On Friday, September 25, the Pope will greet thousands of guests during a ticketed procession through Central Park. Pope Francis' Central Park Procession is scheduled to begin at approximately 5:00pm and concludes at 7:00pm. From 12:00am until 7:00pm on Friday, September 25 the following streets in Lincoln Square will be closed to vehicular traffic:
  • Central Park West between Columbus Circle and West 81st Street.
  • West 61st Street - West 66th Street between Central Park West and Broadway.
  • West 67th Street - West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
Parking garages located on streets closed to vehicular traffic will still be accessible. Central Park will remain open to the public, but access to the park between West Drive and Central Park West from 81st Street to 59th Street-Columbus Circle will be limited to ticketed guests. For more information on the Papal Visit go to nyc.gov/papalvisit or call 3-1-1. Check mta.info for service changes. We will be sending out an additional update as the Pope's visit approaches. 
Changes Are Underway in Lincoln Square

Autumn is bringing a few changes to Lincoln Square. As many have probably noticed, DOT construction is well underway at the Lincoln Square 65th Street Bow-Tie intersection, and school is back in session for students, but there are several other differences around the neighborhood too. Listed below are some changes happening around the district:
 
Moore Food & Drink
Image Credit: Evan Sung
Late last week, Chef Harold Moore opened Moore Food & Drink on the mezzanine level of The Empire Hotel, in the former location of Ed's Chowder House. The restaurant offers a classic, American brasserie-style menu selection, with options like New England clam chowder, Hanger Steak Frites, and Moore's well-known Whole Roasted Chicken for two. The restaurant is offering prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner as well as a vegetable and shellfish raw bar. To make a reservation, call 212.956.1288 or visit www.moorefoodanddrink.com.
 
CrossFit SPOT has opened at West 62nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, and offers a range of CrossFit classes, programs, and individual sessions. CrossFit SPOT identifies as the NYC home for anyone interested in full body workouts that incorporate passion, team building, and community. Visit www.cfspotnyc.com to find information on classes, membership, youth programs, and more.
 
Sugarfina will have its NYC debut, once its pop-up shop opens on the first floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle. Sugarfina is a candy boutique for adults with an active sweet tooth, full of gourmet caramels, chocolates, malt bars, marshmallows, and other sweets with flavors from around the world. For a complete list of candy selections and gift ideas, visit www.sugarfina.comUK-based fragrance designer Jo Malone and iconic jewelry brand Links of London will also join the Shops at Columbus Circle this fall.

Another Citibike bike share rack has been installed inside of the district on the north side of West 67th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, near the Apple Store and Kaufman Music Center. The bike share station offers a new convenience to guests, residents, and workers in the area.  Click here to view a map of all Citibike stations across the city--completed stations are in blue, planned stations are in yellow. 
Lincoln Square's Modern Gourmet - Boulud Restaurants 
Chef Daniel Boulud is offering seasonal catering for Yom Kippur.
Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants in Lincoln Square offer patrons a wide variety of flavors and special treats. For a night of fine Parisian dining, look no further than Bar Boulud, a casual, modern bistro offering a wide-ranging menu of seasonal French bistro cooking, through dishes of roasted fillet, mussels, and truffled pork sausage, to name a few, with a fine wine cellar to match. If you like savory, sweet and inspired Mediterranean dishes, Boulud Sud has a great menu to offer, focusing on classic lamb, fish, and vegetable meals.  Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud both offer prix fixe menu specials for lunch, dinner, and special occasions, so even on a budget you can enjoy elegant and colorful dishes. And, if you're looking for specialty items or up-scale catering, Epicerie Boulud (pictured above) has cheese, cookie or macaron gift boxes, holiday catering options, private label wines, and other nice gifts for any occasion.

New York Film Festival - September 25

The 53rd Annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center will begin on Friday, September 25 and runs through Sunday, October 11. The NYFF will once again debut new films, show restored classics, host filmmaker talks, special events and more.

The Festival offers 26 main lineup features, the first of which, The Walk -- the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit and his effort to walk a tight rope across the Twin Towers -- will be screened back to back on the night of Saturday, September 26. Other main line up features include: Steve Jobs, the critically acclaimed portrait of the co-founder of Apple Inc. at the height of the digital revolution; the US premier of Mountains May Depart, a story of two best friends and aspiring entrepreneurs on the cusp of China's capitalist explosion; Carol, a forbidden love story of two women in the early 1950s based on Patricia Highsmith's early novel; and several other great international and independent films. There is a large schedule of events throughout the 17 days of cinematic celebration, including talks with HBO Directors like Michael Moore and Todd Hayes, whose latest films also appear in the lineup, and interactive experiences like Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things, a collaborative mystery that the audience unfolds, and Temping, a comedic story told through various technologies chronicling the role of a temp which the audience experiences individually and hands-on. 

These are just some of the many events and screenings audiences can enjoy at this year's New York Film Festival. Click here for a full schedule or click here to download a PDF version of the brochure. The festival will continue through Sunday, October 11 ending with encore screenings to be decided.
Specials this Month at Whole Foods Market
Our neighborhood's local Whole Foods Market at Columbus Circle is offering a special for coffee lovers in the area. Now through Wednesday, September 30, you can stop by the coffee bar and enjoy a 12 oz. cup of Allegro brewed coffee for just 25 all day, every day!

Also at our local Whole Foods Market, On Tap, a full service bar selling local and exotic brews along with appetizers and traditional bar fare, will be offering two specials just around the corner.

On Friday, September 18, from 6:30pm- 7:30pm, representatives from Beanery Brewing will be at On Tap making Beer Ice Cream Floats with Beanery Brewing's Costa Rican Coffee IPA & Latte Stout on tap.

And, on Tuesday, September 22, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm, On Tap will have a Tuesday Tap Takeover with Third Rail Brewery. Third Rail Brewery is a relatively new NYC gypsy brewery, about to celebrate their first anniversary, and to help celebrate, representatives will be at On Tap serving up four of the company's six beers: Alternate Side (American Stout), Born & Brett (Brand New Farmhouse Ale), Skyland IPA (Brand New India Pale Ale), and Field 2 (Farmhouse Ale). For more information about On Tap specials and events, email alyson.valpone@wholefoods.com.


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