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Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square

Everyday as I walk through Lincoln Square I automatically turn my eyes toward Lincoln Center and admire the fountain. I imagine a great pulse of energy being pumped from the fountain to the lights surrounding it and the ballet, opera, philharmonic, going further to theatres, restaurants and beautiful condominiums and cooperatives. Fordham University students sit on the edge of the fountain or the steps to Lincoln Center eating a sandwich from the street carts and established professionals are power dining at The Leopard at Cafe des Artistes. Both may stop at Epicerie Boulud for a gelato or Magnolia Bakery for banana pudding to go. Oh, is this a date? Tuck into a cozy quiet corner at Vanguard or go for a lively setting at The Smith.  Epicerie Boulud and Magnolia apply to all.  And if you still don't know where to go, everyone - locals, celebrities who may or may not be local, business people, dates - go to Fiorello's.

At ABC Studios that long line forms early in the morning for "Kelly Live!" The buzzing in Joe's Coffee is about the latest news or newest screenplay being written at the corner table on the Mac that was bought at the Apple store around the corner on W 67.  Lincoln Square is nestled, if someplace so electric can nestle, between Central Park and Riverside Park South. Naturally then there are lots of strollers and happy dogs prancing on their way to and fro. Business suits cross with yoga pants and running gear. Some savvy New Yorkers find a peaceful spot such as Riverside Boulevard to live - a quiet oasis just two long blocks from the center of this pulsing hot mess (as our Juilliard students might say).

There are the standard home furnishings like Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Raymour and Flanigan.  But you need something that indicates you're a bit quirky so you'll have to also visit the American Folk Art Museum for a piece that says, "only you."  Once your home is dressed you have to dress yourself of course. You can pop out to Theory, Kate Spade, Helmut Lang, or Century 21.  And you have to look good in all this stuff so you can see and be seen while working out at Equinox Sports Club (formerly Reebok Club) or exercise on the down low at the Lincoln Square Y. It's all cool.

In the evening you can take in the Arts, go to a blockbuster movie at Loews or the artsy movie theatre at Lincoln Plaza.  You can dance on the roof of the Empire Hotel or visit one of the many Lincoln Square bars.  A quick walk to Columbus Circle or a quick subway ride to the Broadway theatres, whether you are 18 years old or 88 years old Lincoln Square is a sexy place to live.   

My Lincoln Square pick of the week:

Lincoln Ristorante on West 65th Street just west of Broadway and inside Lincoln Center.  I took my mom to Lincoln before the Nutcracker and she said they made her feel like a princess.  It's a beautiful restaurant; glass on the outside and very clean crisp interior design.  Service is excellent. Great for princesses (obviously), business dining, groups, pre-show and a date (if you really like the person - it's $$$).

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