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Fun for the Whole Family at Winter's Eve
The 16th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square is only 18 days away and excitement is building up around the neighborhood. The celebration will once again be full of free live entertainment, holiday cheer from local businesses and organizations, and food tastings at nominal costs. And, of course, Winter's Eve will offer great family fun for all ages. 

At Kids' Central, newly located on the second floor of Raymour & Flanigan at 1961 Broadway (Broadway at 66th Street), The Dream Jam Band will entertain young audiences with colorful performances of modern, fun, and educational tunes. Also at Kids' Central, Big Apple Circus will have fun face-painting, friends from Sesame Workshop will demonstrate apps, Magnolia Bakery will provide delicious tiny treats, and community partners from the West Side YMCA and New Victory Theater will offer creative arts and crafts activities. Likewise, new to Winter's Eve as a partner and sponsor, Lowe's Home Improvement will have a Build and Grow station set up complete with kid-sized tools, where kids, with parental supervision, can build fun objects.

On the second floor of Time Warner Center, Jack Frost from Big Apple Circus will be back to entertain audiences with frosty fun. Also, a short performance from Broadway's Finding Neverland will captivate attendees. And, La Guardia High School Show Choir will perform some wonderful sing-a-long holiday music. We also hear that characters from Kung Fu Panda 3 will be on-site. 

Throughout the district, on-the-street talent will engage families and event attendees as the night progresses. To name a few, Big Apple Circus' zany buskers will amuse audiences with quirky tricks and routines, magical frost giant puppets from Processional Arts Workshop will captivate as they parade through the streets, and Ellie Steingraeber and her LED hula hoops are sure to catch any eye. There will also be more performers and several marching bands so there's not a dull moment all evening long. And what would Winter's Eve be without street theater from Alice Farley

And, in addition to other wonderful free entertainment and family fun throughout the neighborhood, ice sculptors from Okamoto Ice Sculpting will be creating festive ice statues at two locations during the evening. Plus, the family can meet The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, and Digit from THIRTEEN and tour the Tisch WNET Studio. 

For a more detailed look at family activities at this year's Winter's Eve, visit For updates on other entertainment, cheer, and restaurant participation, visit and be sure to join us for holiday fun on Monday, November 30. 

A huge thanks to all of our Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square Sponsors:
Celebrate Thanksgiving in Lincoln Square
Thanksgiving Catering from Chef Daniel at Epicerie Boulud
You can celebrate Thanksgiving this year with good food and good company all without the fuss of preparing elaborate menus for your guests. Restaurants in Lincoln Square have got you covered.

For a nice night out with friends and family, The Smith at 1900 Broadway is a perfect spot for your Thanksgiving feast. The menu offers a three-course meal for $62 for adults and kids under 12, half-price. Main course options include several tasty turkey-centric dishes, as well as grilled salmon, pumpkin risotto, and other delicious options. And of course, you can get special fixings for your table such as Jalapeno Corn Bread or Brioche Stuffing. Make your reservation today by clicking here or calling 212.496.5700. 

On Thanksgiving Day, Bar Boulud at 1900 Broadway is offering a prix fixe three-course menu for $70 a person, with a separate two-course meal for $35 for children under the age of 12. Main course options include wild mushroom ravioli, traditional roasted turkey, and potato gratin. For dessert, enjoy pumpkin custard or caramelized apples, among other sweet options. The menu is full of seasonal flare, so make a reservation here or call 212.724.6282. 

Boulud Sud at 20 West 64th Street is also offering a three-course menu for Thanksgiving Day for $85 per person. Guests can enjoy main dishes such as Seared Mediterranean Sea Bass or Braised Lamb Cleopatra, and desserts like Apple Galette. Boulud Sud's menu gives a delicious Mediterranean spin on a classic holiday meal. Visit or call 212.595.1313 to make reservations today. 

Over at Telepan located at 72 West 69th Street, Chef Bill Telepan is cooking up a three-course Thanksgiving Family Feast for $110 per person ($55 for children under 12) featuring Snowdance Farm Roast Turkey and fall dishes such as Autumn Squash Soup, Millbrook Venison, and Pumpkin Bread Pudding. Click here to see the full menu. You can also get a chef quality meal that serves 8-10 to-go for $600. Orders must be placed by Saturday, November 21 by calling 212.580.4300.

Or, if you're interested in staying home this Thanksgiving, but can't find the time to cook a meal yourself, Epicerie Boulud has Thanksgiving Catering options that will serve a table full of guests. You can order a complete Dinner to Go Turkey Dinner that comes with chestnut stuffing, roasted vegetables, spiced cranberry sauce, and other side dishes to complement a turkey main dish. Or, you can create your own package by ordering delicious individual sides. Orders can be picked-up from the shop at 64th Street and Broadway on Wednesday, November 25th between 10:00am and 7:00pm. You can order online, in-store, or by phone at 212.595.9606. 

And, of course, if you've volunteered to serve as your own family Thanksgiving executive chef, Whole Foods Market at Columbus Circle is your one-stop shop to create the perfect meal for guests and relatives. Whole Food's website even has blog posts that detail great holiday recipes for this coming November 26, and you can also pre-order your turkey for pick-up in-store at Columbus Circle so you don't have to worry! 

Lincoln Square is stuffed with ways to prepare and spend your Thanksgiving. Check out all of our neighborhood's restaurants here. Happy eating and Happy Thanksgiving!
The Heilbrunn School Work Internship Program
The Heilbrunn School at Lighthouse Guild is a special education program for individuals with legal blindness and intellectual disabilities serving children from ages 5-21. As students near their graduation date, The Heilbrunn School focuses on transitioning their young adults into the working world through the Work Internship Program. These internships provide a way for students ages 15 years and older to gain valuable work and social experience through pre-vocational training. The school is currently looking for organizations and businesses to provide job site opportunities for two hours, two days a week. Students are assisted by job coaches provided by The Heilbrunn School at all times. Both the student and staff are fully covered by liability insurance. In addition to receiving work experience during school hours, interns also earn a small compensation provided by the school.

The Work Internship Program continues to be an incredible opportunity for all those involved. Chris McIntyre, General Manager of Magnolia Bakery's Columbus Avenue location, said he has formed a bond with each of their Heilbrunn School interns, "It's actually been life changing for me. I never thought it would impact me like this. They've become a part of Magnolia, it wouldn't be the same without them." One mother of an intern was so amazed her daughter received a paycheck, she asked to frame it instead of cashing it because she never thought her daughter could earn money or have a job. 

Currently students have placements performing a wide variety of internships with Magnolia Bakery, The New York Public Library, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the past students worked at the Red Cross, local hospitals, Hunter College and various stores in the neighborhood. Judy Skolnick, job coach and The Heilbrunn School's social worker said, "One of the most special things about our students being able to work in this community is their sense of pride. They are eager to work and proud of what they can accomplish." 
If you are interested in hosting a Heilbrunn School student, or curious as to how a student could serve in your organization please contact Judy Skolnick via email [email protected].
Volunteer at Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square
The 16th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, New York's largest holiday festival, takes place on Monday, November 30 and we need your help!  The Lincoln Square BID relies on the help of hard working volunteers who ensure the evening runs smoothly. Whether you are working behind the scenes or out on the street, your assistance is a critical part of the entire event. To volunteer: CLICK HERE and fill out the brief registration form.

Volunteers will receive a boxed meal and a free Winter's Eve gift. If eligible, we may also be able to provide volunteers with community service hours with proper documentation. 
Council Member Corey Johnson's Town Hall
Council Member Corey Johnson is holding a Town Hall and Community Resource Fair on Wednesday, November 18 at the LGBT Community Center located at 208 W. 13th Street, 3rd Floor. The Community Resource Fair begins at 5:30pm and the Town Hall begins at 7:00pm.

This is a terrific opportunity for community members of District 3 to ask questions, share suggestions with City agencies, and see what resources are available in the community. Representatives from a wide range of City agencies including the 
Office of Emergency Management, NYPD, MTA, and the Departments of Buildings, Education, Consumer Affairs, Homeless Services, and more will be present. Before the Town Hall, a resource fair will provide information about available government and non-profit resources. Free flu shots will be provided by Walgreens and free smoke detectors will be distributed by FDNY.

To RSVP please visit or contact the district office via email: [email protected] or on the phone: 212.564.7757.
Lincoln Square's Podcast Profile
DNAinfo "PODCAST Lincoln Square's Shift From Barren to Booming"
In late October, Emily Frost, DNAinfo's reporter/producer covering the Upper West Side, sat down with Lincoln Square BID President Monica Blum for a great discussion about all things Lincoln Square, including a favorite neighborhood tradition, Winter's Eve, and recent neighborhood construction, among other topics. If you are interested in finding out more about the history of Winter's Eve and other aspects of the BID, the conversation is available here via podcast as part of DNAinfo's Upper West Side series.
65th Street Bow-Tie Construction Update & Construction Embargo Information
redesign of Lincoln Square's 65th Street Bow-Tie Intersection is continuing. Pavers that will extend Richard Tucker Park are being installed now. Meanwhile, the work at Dante Park will begin next year. 

As always, pedestrians should pay extra attention and be cautious as they cross the construction zone. 

Stay up-to-date as work continues by checking the news section of the Lincoln Square BID's website where updates and advisories are routinely posted.

Also, with the holiday season coming up, there are several construction embargos that will impact the neighborhood and beyond, such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. For a full list of DOT's construction embargos,  click here 
App Spotlight at the Apple Store, Upper West Side
Head over to the Apple Store, Upper West Side on Wednesday, November 18 for an App Spotlight on ShopKeep POS, a revolutionary point-of-sale system that gives merchants the power to run and analyze a retail business on an iPad. At the event, attendees will see how easy it is to set up a register on an iPad, ring up customers, print or email receipts, manage an inventory and prices, update employees, perform time clock functions, and access real-time sales numbers from anywhere.
The Apple Store, Upper West Side is located at 1981 Broadway at W. 67th Street. The App Spotlight begins at 8:00am. To register, email [email protected] with your name, company, and title. 

Plus, on Winter's Eve be sure to stop by the Apple Store, Upper West Side for a fabulous, free performance from jazz musician Karrin Allyson 

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