Exploring New York City's Lincoln Center

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The world's leading performing arts center, Lincoln Center occupies over 16 acres on the Upper West Side of New York City. It has 26 different performance venues and is home to 12 performing arts organizations, representing everything from ​ballet and chamber music to film and jazz.​​

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Directions to Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, New York
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Lincoln Center is located between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Frederick P. Rose Hall venues are in the Time Warner Center, located at Broadway and 60th Street.

Nearest subway: 1 to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station

Frederick P Rose Hall subway: ​A, B, C, D, or 1 to 59th Street/Columbus Circle.

Parking: There is street parking available around Lincoln Center. Pay attention to parking regulations and bring quarters to feed the meter if you park at a metered spot.

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Organizations in Lincoln Center

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Twelve performing arts organizations call Lincoln Center home:

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Film Society of Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center

The Juilliard School

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center Theater

The Metropolitan Opera

New York City Ballet

New York City Opera

New York Philharmonic

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

School of American Ballet

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Performance Venues in Lincoln Center

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Lincoln Center has 26 performance venues. Here are some of the most popular:

Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater

The Allen Room - (Time Warner Center)

Avery Fisher Hall

Damrosch Park - (Outdoor Venue)

David H. Koch Theater - (NYC Ballet & NYC Opera)

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola - (Time Warner Center)

Metropolitan Opera House

Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater

Rose Theater - (Time Warner Center)

Vivian Beaumont Theater

The Walter Reade Theater

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Events at Lincoln Center

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Some of the annual events held at Lincoln Center include:

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - February

Toast of the Town Food & Wine Festival - May

Lincoln Center Festival - July/August

Lincoln Center Out of Doors - July/August

Midsummer Night Swing - July

Mostly Mozart Festival

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Tours at Lincoln Center

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Want to learn more about Lincoln Center? Lincoln Center offers daily guided tours for individuals and groups of the main Lincoln Center Complex and Jazz at Lincoln Center. These tours offer visitors a chance to see behind the scenes at select venues and learn more about the art, architecture, and performances at Lincoln Center. Upon request, tours are available in French, Italian, Japanese, German, and Spanish, as well as American Sign Language.

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Where to Eat Nearby Lincoln Center

Seared Diver Sea Scallops with spaghetti squash, tomato confit & lemon garlic butter at the Metropolitan Opera's Grand Tier restaurant
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Visitors to Lincoln Center have a variety of different dining options nearby. Reservations are highly-recommended for pre-theater dining at Lincoln Center and in the surrounding area.

There are options to eat right at Lincoln Center, including fine-dining at Lincoln and The Grand Tier, as well as casual options like 'witchcraft.

Close by, there are many different restaurant options. Some highlights include Bar Boulud, Ed's Chowder House, P.J. Clarke's (burgers), and Telepan.