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

by Denise Marie

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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