Carnegie Hall | Manhattan’s Biggest Concert Venues

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Carnegie Hall is Manhattan’s biggest concert venues. It is located on Seventh Ave stretching over to 57th St and two blocks just south of Central Park. It is known as the most admired venues in the world for popular music today and classical music from our time in history.

This beautifully designed piece of art has been the host to more than 50,000 events over the period of its long history. Visitors are welcomed to the restored landmark to embark with one of three concert stages, history archives and the Rose Museum. Its homes to many of the world’s finest orchestras, today’s pop music and chamber music and recitals.

History of the Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall was designed by architect William Tuthill and built by Andrea Carnegie in 1891. It first opened in May of 1891 with its first concert by Walter Damrosh and Peter Tchaikovsky, maestro and composer. The building itself was one of the largest in New York City at its time with built in masonry that supported the Florentine style design. Corinthian pilasters in the foyer were one of the key points to catch the eyes by many.

The hall housed performing arts groups with its last residency back in 1962 when New York Philharmonic moved to the Avery Hall in 1973. Until the early 1920’s, ownership stayed in the Carnegie family when Mrs.’s Carnegie sold the hall to Robert Simon, real estate developer. There were plans on moving the hall in the 1950’s but was unable to find a buyer until the 1960’s when New York City purchased the building.

There are three concert halls with the Main Hall seating over 2800 people on 5 different levels. The Zankel Hall was originally an auditorium with renovations turning it into a 599 person cinema and recital hall and then back to an auditorium in the late 1990’s. The Weill Recital Hall is the smallest of the three halls seating only 268 people. It was originally called the Carnegies Chamber of Music Hall until 1986.

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Performances at the Hall
There have been more than 50,000 live performances. Performing at Carnegie Hall is one of any artist’s main achievements to make their name during their career. Judy Garland, Dvorak’s Sympathy 9 and Dr. Martin Luther King all made an appearance during their career. For more than a century now Carnegie Hall has been the only place where artists have kept the tradition in performing at the world’s most famous concert hall.

Visiting Carnegie Hall
You can access Carnegie Hall by subway, taxi and bus. Easy accessibility from all parts of New York City is available. You can purchase tickets to live events by purchasing online at There are many performances, fine dining venues, café’s and banquets for private events. Guided tours and the Rose Museum are two great ways to educate yourself with the history of the hall. If this is your first time at the hall the website gives detailed information on what to expect for your first visit.


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The Lincoln Center | Known as the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts

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The Lincoln Center is located in the Upper West Side of New York City. It is technically known as the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts. For the last 10 years Reynold Levy has been the president that foresees the 16.3 acre complex. Ever since the doors first opened the center has been committed to bringing the best performing arts to visitors from all parts of the world.

The center is home to many major performance arts events and was the first ever center to offer wheelchair seating and to accommodate disabled visitors. There are around 17 blocks of neighboring buildings that make up the center.

History of the Lincoln Center
The mid 1950’s is when Robert Moses created his master plan for Manhattan. It was envisioned to create and develop a major performing arts center that would be recognized worldwide by an audience with diverse views and from all walks of life. Many architects played a part with the creation of the center such as Wallace Harrison, Max Abramovitz, Pietro Belluschi, Gordon Bunshaft, Davis, Brody and Associates, Philip Johnson and Eero Saarinen.

In 1955 is when the Lincoln Center was designated for urban renewal and incorporated in 1956. The Avery Fisher Hall was the first complex to open back in 1962 and the renovation of the north and central plazas were unveiled in 2010.

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The Lincoln Center offers 41 on-campus venues including the following: Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Vivian Beaumont Theater, The Mitzi e. Newhouse Theater, The Walter Reade Theater, Barclays Capital Grove, Broadway Plaza, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Charles B. Benenson Grove, Clark Studio, Daniel and Joanna S Rose Studio, Damrosch Park, David Rubenstein Atrium, David H Koch Theater, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Center, Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center, Film Center Amphitheatre, Francesca Beale Theater, Frank A Bennack Jr Courtyard, Hearst Plaza, Howard Gilman Theater, Illumination Lawn, Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center Theater, Morse Hall, North Plaza, Paul Hall, Paul Milstein Pool, Peter Jay Harp Theater, The New York Public Library, The Julliard School, The Allen Room, Stephanie P McClelland Drama Theater, Stanley H Kaplan Penthouse, South Plaza, Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, Rose Building, Rose Theater and Ronald P Stanton Way.

There are currently two off campus venues that include the New York City Center and the Booth Theater.

Visiting the Lincoln Center
There are many tours along with a variety of performances while visiting the center. Eateries include a wide variety of different cuisines such as a luncheon café, food and wine, espresso bars, private dining sectors and lounges. There are many shopping venues including gift shops, bookstores and the Performing Arts Shop where you may purchase collectibles and prints.

If you plan to visit New York City you can reach the Lincoln Center by taxi, bus and cab. You can view the annual schedule of events online and can purchase tickets by visiting the box office or the main website.

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