Lincoln Center

The world’s leading performing arts center, Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Opera occupy over 16 acres of New York’s Upper West Side.

About Lincoln Center NYC: Lincoln Center (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) serves three primary roles: world’s leading presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012. Lincoln Center NYC was envisioned as a major performing arts center that would develop and present the finest and brightest in all types of performing arts to a diverse audience drawn from all walks of life. Home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, and the Juilliard School, among other institutions, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is now best known as a cultural hub of New York City – a center of artistic performance and excellence. But what Lincoln Center represents today belies the lesser-known story of its construction. As part of the Lincoln Square Renewal Project of the 1950s, the history of Lincoln Center is deeply intertwined with the history of urban renewal in New York City. The federal urban renewal program gained notoriety following its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, but it was originally created as a provision of the Housing Act of 1949. In its infancy, it appealed to diverse interests, including those of city officials, big business, and social reformists. Lincoln Center NYC, under the direction of John D. Rockefeller and the guiding philosophy of Robert Moses, was placed in the Upper West Side. At the time an area long marked by disarray, Lincoln Center NYC was to be an impressive cultural complex as and a force for private reinvestment and a re-making of the Upper West Side. Over the years, Lincoln Center NYC expanded its complex of buildings, enlisting an all-star roster of world-renowned architects to design various structures. In terms of revitalizing the neighborhood, and spurring growth and investment, Lincoln Center NYC was a grand success. It continues to occupy a monolithic role in New York City’s cultural and performing arts scene, while the Upper West Side remains one of the wealthiest parts of the city.


  • 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

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