The Lincoln Center
is the home of 12 Resident Organizations, one of which is the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
The other 11 are:
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 City Opera
New York Philharmonic
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The School of American Ballet
Each of these organizations is autonomous; that is, they have separate administrations and boards of directors. For this reason, each organization conducts its own tours, performances, and events. So, basically, this article is going to concentrate on the complex itself as well as the impact the complex as a whole has had on the neighborhood.
We'll address that first. Because the Lincoln Center sees approximately 5 million visitors each year, it has been instrumental in transforming the Upper West Side into a distinct neighborhood. This neighborhood is very popular, and many New Yorkers live and work there. This has been a tremendous help to the economy of New York City.
Where it is
The street address for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is listed at 70 Lincoln Center Plaza. The actual physical location for the Lincoln Center is the Upper West Side of Manhattan, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
How to get there
If at all possible, you should plan to use public transportation. It's easier, not only because of New York City traffic but also because it's extremely hard to find a parking place anywhere in Manhattan. If you go by subway, you want to take the #1 local train to the 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station. You'll be at Avery Fisher Hall. If the event you are attending is at one of the Frederick P. Rose Hall venues, take the A, B, C, D, #1 trains to 59th Street/Columbus Circle.
If you're taking the bus, the M5, M7, M10, M11, M66, and M104 bus lines will all bring you to within one block of Lincoln Center. If you're going to the Frederick P. Rose Hall venues, all buses except for the M66 one will bring you to within one block of Jazz and Lincoln Center.
What to see; what it costs
What you'll see depends on what performance you are attending or which tour of which organization you are taking. You'll need to go to each of the 12 organizations' websites to get the exact information you need. The same goes for admission and ticket prices. They will vary depending on which venue you are at and what you are doing. Whatever complex you are visiting or performance you are viewing, you're certain to see things that will excite and delight you, and leave you talking about your trip to Lincoln Center for years to come.