Lincoln Square BID
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest and most ambitious performing arts complex in the world, grew out of an unprecedented public, private and artistic partnership that began in 1955 after the Lincoln Square area was designated for urban renewal. On May 14, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower broke ground for Lincoln Center. During construction parts of the 1961 movie “West Side Story” were filmed on the site. Today Lincoln Center spans 16.3 acres between Columbus Circle and West 66th Street and is the dynamic economic engine for the area, hosting over five million visitors annually. Lincoln Center represents the highest standards of excellence and is home to diverse resident arts organizations, including The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and The School of American Ballet.
In 2006, Lincoln Center embarked upon a major initiative to fully modernize its concert halls and public spaces and to revitalize its urban campus. Part of this transformation includes the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, a visitor and ticketing facility located on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. The Atrium, a lively community gathering space, offers both day-of-performance discount and full-price tickets to events across the campus, and is now home to the Theatre Development Fund’s fourth TKTS booth offering up to 50% off same-day (and next-day matinee) tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway shows. Lincoln Center is currently planning a major transformation of its largest concert hall, David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall). The comprehensive renovation and re-imagination of the concert hall will begin construction in 2019. For more information about Lincoln Center visit www.lincolncenter.org.