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New York Venues: Performing Arts Venues in New York


92Y

92nd Street Y

Called “the quintessential New York institution” by the New York Times, the 92nd Street Y has served NYC since 1874. Founded as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) by a group of German Jewish professionals, the first meeting was held in the home of Dr. Simeon Newton Leo. It has always been at its core a Jewish organization, serving the civic, cultural and religious needs of New York’s Hebraic population. In …more…

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Baryshnikov Arts Center

In 2005 the Baryshnikov Arts Center was created as the headquarters for the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (BDF), incorporated in 1979 by the legendary dancer, choreographer and actor.  It was purposed as a laboratory of sorts, where contemporary artists could develop new, innovative works to be presented at little or no cost to the public.

Originally supporting the BDF and its activities in contemporary dance, the Center has expanded to feature programs …more…

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is America’s oldest continually operating performing arts center, opened in 1861 as a venue for concerts produced by the Philharmonic Society of Brooklyn. Its first venue, at 176-194 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, burned to the ground in 1903, allowing BAM to relocate to the then-fashionable Fort Greene neighborhood. It reopened in 1908 with a gala performance featuring Enrico Caruso, who famously made one …more…

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall almost needs no introduction. It is one of the world’s most prestigious venues for music of many kinds. It opened officially in May 1891 with an inaugural concert conducted by Walter Damrosch and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Originally simply named ‘Music Hall,’ it changed names in 1893 only after its founder, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, was convinced to put his name in the title. The Hall was owned by the …more…

Kaufman Center

Kaufman Center

In just over half a century of existence, the Kaufman Center has grown from a community preparatory music school to one of New York City’s richest cultural institutions. It is composed of three parts: Merkin Concert Hall, Lucy Moses School and the Special Music School (P.S. 859).

Merkin Hall is one of the nation’s renowned concert venues, and features an annual season of compelling arts programming. Its concert series feature world …more…

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The leading performing arts center in the nation, and arguably the world, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) occupies 16 acres in Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighborhood. It is comprised of 12 resident organizations. The Juilliard School, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic,Jazz at Lincoln Center, and New York City Ballet are all resident at LCPA.

The construction of Lincoln Center was spearheaded by John D. Rockefeller III, during …more…

New York City Center

New York City Center

The Moorish Revival building that houses New York City Center was built in 1923 and was originally known as Mecca Temple. It originally housed the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (or as they are known today, the Shriners), which was famously ousted from its original meeting place in nearby Carnegie Hall due to an overabundance of cigar smoke during meetings. Shriners struggled to pay taxes on …more…

Queens Theatre in the Park

Queens Theatre in the Park

Queens Theatre in the Park has provided the borough of Queens with the finest in the visual and performing arts for nearly two decades.  The program was officially established in 1989, opening to the public in 1993; since then it has grown from a small community theatre to a major performing arts center, serving over 100,000 (mostly) Queens residents each year.

The programming at QTP spans the spectrum of performing arts, …more…

St. Ann’s Warehouse

St. Ann’s Warehouse

St. Ann’s Warehouse (SAW) is a unique venue that features innovative productions of theatre and music, often serving as a laboratory for collaborative performances that blend the two genres. SAW often commissions new works, bringing renowned artists together in the production of forward-thinking work; notable artists have included David Bowie, Aimee Mann, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers, the Globe Theatre and the National Theatre …more…

Symphony Space

Symphony Space

Symphony Space is New York’s homegrown center for the performing arts, opened in 1978 by Isaiah Sheffer and Alan Miller. The building housing the venue had been a public market, ice skating rink, boxing arena and movie theatre in previous incarnations. Symphony Space is now the home of the New York company of Revels, Inc. Between 1978 and 2001, it hosted all N.Y. performances by the New York Gilbert and …more…

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (Greenvale, NY)

The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, located at C.W. Post University, is Long Island’s premier concert hall, and for over 30 years has attracted the finest artists and performers to its historic stage. The Tilles Center has hosted thousands of performers, including the likes of Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, James Taylor, and Bill Cosby, and is also home to the Long Island Philharmonic and Eglevsky Ballet. The …more…

The Town Hall

Town Hall

The Town Hall occupies a very important place in the history of New York City and of the nation. It was built in 1921 by the suffragist group, The League for Political Education, as a place where members of the public could be educated on the many important social and political issues of the day. Symbolically, the 19th Amendment was passed during the building’s completion, and it stood as a …more…

Wave Hill

Wave Hill

Occupying 28 acres in the north Bronx, miles from the bustle for which New York City is best known, Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center that endeavours to explore the connection between human and environment through programs in the arts, education and horticulture. The calendar of events and activities at Wave Hill is extraordinarily diverse, including programs in beekeeping, birding, cooking, gardening and nature writing; numerous art …more…