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60 days until Winter's Eve!
The Chapin Family to Headline Winter's Eve
Photo credit: Peter Blacksberg. Pictured Left to Right: Steve Chapin, Tom Chapin, Jen Chapin, The Chapin Sisters, John Wallace.

Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, New York's largest holiday festival, will kick off on Monday, November 30 at 5:30pm with the Upper West Side's only tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park on Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets.

THE CHAPIN FAMILY, featuring Tom Chapin, The Steve Chapin Band, The Chapin Sisters, and The Jen Chapin Trio will headline this year's festivities. "There is nothing quite like celebrating the holidays in New York City," said Tom Chapin. "And a tree-lighting in Lincoln Square? Well, it's pretty cool to be 'singing in the season' in our hometown."

After the tree lighting, the festivities continue all evening from Time Warner Center to 68th Street with more live music, outdoor food tastings, and fun for the whole family. This year, we are lining up a fantastic roster of musicians and performers, such as the award-winning banjo player Cynthia Sayer with her Sparks Fly Quartet and the visually stunning Processional Arts Workshop. Also, this year, Kids' Central will be at Raymour & Flanigan featuring The Dream Jam Band, a colorful group of energetic teacher musicians. And of course, Lincoln Square's best restaurants will be cooking up delicious samples for our popular Outdoor Food Tastings. 

Check for more information as we continue to book talent and line up restaurants.

City News

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has important information for businesses. Major credit card companies are moving away from simple magnetic strip credit and debit cards, opting for a more secure type of card embedded with microchips. On Thursday, October 1, 2015 the liability for certain types of fraudulent transactions will shift from banks to businesses that do not have the technology to process chip credit cards. This means that the responsibility for fraudulent charges could fall on businesses if the card contains a microchip but the business processed the card using only the magnetic strip. Swiping may not be sufficient to protect your business. Visit  SBS' NYC Business Solutions Blog or for more information

In other City news, this past month the New York City Council passed an amendment to a bill which bans all businesses from keeping store front doors and windows open while the air conditioning is running. Until next July, warnings will be issued to first time offenders. Read the new AC bill here
New Plantings Revitalize Dante Park
Thanks to generous funding provided by Council Member Helen Rosenthal and support from Greenacre Foundation, Dante Park, a little jewel in the heart of Lincoln Square, was replanted this past Tuesday with approximately 45 new and large shrubs.  Anthony Bulfamante and his red-shirted team, along with the Parks Department's Landscape Garden Designer Kim Wickers, spent the morning totally transforming Dante Park. Dead and spindly shrubs were removed, perennials were relocated to fill in bare spots, particularly along the perimeter and around the statue, and lots of new shrubs were added.  The look?  A totally redesigned interior featuring among others hydrangea paniculata limelight, large maximum pink rhododendron, and skimmia japonica. Anthony Bulfamante also donated some large oak leaf hydrangea, and lots of rich mulch. Dante Park's interior now more closely matches the distinguished quality of our malls and planters, but we still need to fill in some bare pockets with perennials and some colorful annuals. We hope to be able to raise sufficient funds to tackle this project in the spring! We also desperately need to identify funding to replace the chicken wire fence. Our beautification efforts didn't stop at Dante - we also planted an entire section of the Broadway Mall between 62nd Street and 63rd Street, which had suffered incredible winter damage, with lots of perennials and shrubs. When you walk by, be sure to check out the new additions. 
Manhattan CB7's B2B Networking Event - October 22
Manhattan Community Board 7's Business and Consumer Issues Committee (BCI) is hosting a Business to Business (B2B) networking event on Thursday, October 22 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the New-York Historical Society. The theme of this B2B will be the Manhattan Borough President's report Small Business / Big Impact. There will also be information on the 2016 health insurance enrollment with participation from managed care companies. 

Catering is provided courtesy of Caffé Storico with wine from Casa de Vinos. The New-York Historical Society
is located at 170 Central Park West. The event is free and open to business owners, but registration is required. Click here to see a flyer and learn more or click here to register.
Local Council Members: Commercial Cyclists & Participatory Budgeting
Council Member Helen Rosenthal is sponsoring a forum presented by the New York City Department of Transportation for local store and restaurant owners to learn about new delivery cyclist regulations on Thursday, October 8 at 2:30pm. The forum takes place at Stand Up NY located at 236 W. 78th Street. Local stores, restaurant owners, and cyclists will hear about the new regulations, get the required material that must be posted at establishments, and find out what equipment is required for the cyclist. The forum is slated to last one hour. Click here to download a flyer with details.

Also, Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Corey Johnson are beginning their Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies. Residents of each district can be part of the budgeting process and directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. To see the dates for Helen Rosenthal's assemblies click here, or click here to see the dates for Corey Johnson's assemblies.
Spotlight on Local Entrepreneur: Opera Nuts
Thursday, October 22 is National Nut Day, a food holiday that celebrates a healthy and nutritious snack. In tribute to this day, the Lincoln Square BID would like to highlight the work of a Lincoln Square resident and food entrepreneur, Rachel Roth, who runs the small business Opera Nuts

Through Opera Nuts, customers can purchase homemade roasted nuts in four different container sizes with three different recipe options: Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds and California Non-Pareil Almonds in a Secret Sea Salt Sauce, "Nude" almonds (without chocolate) in a Secret Sea Salt Sauce, and "Smokey Nude" which features a blend of spices, salts, and olive oils with California Non-Pareil Almonds (without chocolate). 

These nutty packages are a perfect indulgent gift for friends and family, or a great refined and classic treat to carry snugly in a small bag for enjoyment pre and post performances. Roth and her delightful snacks are also regulars at the Williams-Sonoma Artisans' Market at the flagship store in The Shops at Columbus Circle. Of course, you can head to to order your Opera Nuts today.  

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