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Back to School Specials in Lincoln Square
September is back to school month and it's just around the corner! Come next week, most of our city's students will be headed back to classes or college to begin their 2016-2017 school year and of course they will need new supplies, new dorm materials, and a new stylish wardrobe too. 

On the second floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle Moleskine  is offering special deals that will help your preparing for school be as easy as ABC. 
  • Deal A: Buy two colored classic notebooks and get one free. 
  • Deal B: Buy a backpack and get the rest of your supplies at 20% off. 
  • Deal C: Buy a Smart Writing Set and get a free hard pouch. 
These deals are subject to restrictions which you can learn more about  here.

Also in The Shops, Tumi , on the ground floor, is a good spot for sophisticated and modern-style backpacks . You can find sling bags, leather bags, and traditional vinyl bags, many with pouches for your laptop or tablet. Also on the ground floor,  Coach has a great collection of fall fashion backpacks that will take you back to class or onto campus with enviable flair. You can find backpacks in both leather and denim in different colors and shapes. And up Broadway, Century 21 at West 66th Street you can find trendy and fashion-forward designer bags with colorful patterns--such as floral, tribal, or leopard print--at a price for every budget.  The store also has some bright drawstring gym bags for athletes or gym-goers.  Further up in the district at Innovation Luggage  (2001 Broadway) , you can find good quality day-pack backpacks with security options. These bags are especially great if you're staying in the city for school and want to keep your electronics safe and secure. They have bags on wheels as well. 

At Best Buy, located at 1880 Broadway, college students can get exclusive deals and savings in-store (and online) by creating a free account and redeeming email coupons. These coupon deals include saving $150 on any MacBook or iMac, saving $20 on select 32" TVs, saving $30 on select compact refrigerators, and much more! So, students can find the gadgets they need to have a great school year at a lower cost. And, a special deal for college students is also happening right now at the Apple Store, Upper West Side at 1981 Broadway. With a valid student ID, you can get a free pair of wireless Beats headphones when you buy an eligible Mac, iPad, or iPhone for college. And, you can save on a Mac or iPad with Apple education pricing ... READ MORE.
Spotlight: Working as a BID Ambassador
By Gissell E. 
This was my first summer working as an Information Ambassador for the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District. My experience working here has been very eventful, with each day being different. As an Ambassador, my duty is to assist locals and visitors with inquiries about the Lincoln Square area and popular NYC sites; working here has taught me the ins and outs of the district and new places around the city. And, working with other student Information Ambassadors helped me learn more about certain locations and fun facts about the neighborhood. My favorite part of the job is interacting with new faces and being able to guide them with the information provided on the cart.
My fondest memory of the summer has to be working at Richard Tucker Park on Wednesdays, when the BID would host its Free Lunchtime Concerts. There would always be a crowd and people would always stop by the cart for information. The musical performers would always be very entertaining and it was great to see people take time out of their day to enjoy the event. It inspired people to stop by and ask about other events happening around Lincoln Center, and my coworkers and I would always give them the calendar of events and other useful guides. Being able to help out was the main part of the job, and it felt awesome knowing that I was providing the people with useful information and pointing them in the right direction.
Gissell E. is a rising senior at Manhattan Hunter Science High School set to graduate in 2017 and was joined in the program by eight other high school and college students this summer; the BID is able to hire these students thanks, in part, to a grant provided by Council Member Helen Rosenthal. 
Life-sized Connect 4: Stay and Play in Lincoln Square
As part of the Lincoln Square BID's efforts to bring fun and comfort to our district and its two parks, we now have a "Mega 4 In Line" game set up in Richard Tucker Park, free to play. Though summer is winding down, the game will still be available in the park on Saturdays and Sundays as long as the weather holds up and for our last Free Lunchtime Concert in the park on Wednesday, August 31. So take advantage of this great game for kids, friends, and family as you pass through our great district. We hope you have fun in Lincoln Square!
Luna Composition Lab: Inspiring Young Female Composers
Kaufman Music Center has teamed up with acclaimed composers  Missy Mazzoli Ellen Reid Reena Esmail  and  Kristin Kuster  to launch Luna Composition Lab, a new program intended to inspire girls and young women to compose, offering encouragement as well as positive role models. The program will offer its aspiring composers one-on-one mentorship, a performance role in the Face the Music concert season, high-quality recording of their work, and more. 

Luna Composition Lab is divided into three cycles within Face the Music's own season. Young female composers will create a new piece of music over the course of the program's three cycles which they will perform at the end of the third cycle. The first cycle will take place from November to December and focuses on sound and music exploration; the second cycle is from January to March and will center on work-shopping the student's new musical pieces; and the third cycle will be from April to June allowing each student time to refine and perform their final work. 

This program is available to any composer who is in eighth grade or a rising college freshman who identifies as female or gender non-conforming and who is able to commute to New York City weekly. To apply, students should s ubmit a score via email to  by Friday, September 30, after which p articipants will be announced by Friday, October 28. And, as the program is run through Face the Music's Call for Scores! Program, participants should contact  Kaufman Music Center Registrar's Office at 212.501.3364 or 212.501.3362 to find out more about the program fees, financial assistance, and registration fees. You can also visit for more details about this opportunity and for information about all that Kaufman Music Center has to offer. 
Give Goods, Find Goods and Do Good with donateNYC
Have you ever wondered how to best get rid of items like bicycles, framed art, cufflinks, Blue-ray players, or even ladders? Fortunately donateNYC, a program from the NYC Department of Sanitation, helps make it easy for New Yorkers to donate or find used goods. Instead of just throwing things away, donating can greatly reduce waste, conserve energy and resources, save money, and help provide jobs and human services for people in need. 

Using the website or mobile app, it is easy to filter or search for the right place to donate the right item. You can also see a donation center's hours of operation, locate contact information and even determine if certain items are eligible for pickup. Users can  give or find anything from art supplies to furniture to musical instruments. Plus businesses  and nonprofits can use the donate NYC Exchange  to connect to other organizations in order to give or receive goods like filing cabinets, cubicles, dry erase boards and much more. 

The aim of donateNYC is to help New Yorkers give goods, find goods and do good. Visit them online today at

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