Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is the most important and best-known cultural center of the city of New York City. It is located on an area of ​​approximately 61,000 m² in the west of Manhattan between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue and 62nd Street and 66th Street. To the north it borders the Lincoln Square. On this terrain was once the San Juan Hill neighborhood.


The Lincoln Center was in the late 1950s under the direction of urban planner Robert Moses planned as part of the measures that should revive the designated as the Upper West Side neighborhood. The master plan comes from the architect Wallace Harrison (1895-1981), who also designed the building of the Metropolitan Opera. All buildings were designed in the style of modernity; the U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower saw at the groundbreaking ceremony on May 14, 1959 in the project a future " strong influence on peace and understanding throughout the world" ( mighty influence for peace and understanding Throughout the world ).

In 2004, Lincoln Center was expanded; Since 2006, more renovation and construction projects were initiated, a reorganization of the Alice Tully Hall and the construction of a new restaurant by Diller Scofidio Renfro 's office. The conversion will be completed before 2011.


In the Lincoln Center are home to 11 cultural organizations:

  • The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts itself
  • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which makes outstanding contributions to the performance of chamber music and, every two years the Stoeger Prize for composers.
  • The Film Society of Lincoln Center, a film museum, which held, among other film festivals and movies lists.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center, the artistic director of the American jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and the venue is the Rose Theater.
  • The Juilliard School, which has its seat since 1969 in a building designed by Pietro Belluschi ( 1899-1994 ).
  • The Lincoln Center Theater with its premises Vivian Beaumont Theater. The building of the architect Eero Saarinen summarizes 1,080 spectators and opened in 1965.
  • The Metropolitan Opera House, which features in a building dating from 1966 on approximately 3,900 seats.
  • The New York City Ballet, (formerly New York State Theater ) is located in the David H. Koch Theater. The building by Philip Johnson in 1964 has 2,586 fixed seats. The New York City Opera played until 2011 in this theater.
  • The New York Philharmonic (New York Philharmonic ), with its venue, the Avery Fisher Hall in 1962 after a design by Max Abramovitz. It has 2,738 seats, she received the present name after the donor Avery Fisher in 1973.