Recently ranked seventh best neighborhood in Manhattan, Lincoln Square is located in the Upper West side of Manhattan. Adjoining Hell's Kitchen and Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center's famed art and culture is integral to New York City history and city life.
Known for excellent entertainment, decadent dining, and top-notch shopping, Lincoln Square continues to evolve into a modern, classy, urbane, and exclusive living place that fits the true definition of NYC. Low crime rates as compared to the national average make Lincoln Center the ideal location for professionals, celebrities, or families.
Lincoln Center for Performing Arts
Lincoln Square's Lincoln Center for Performing Arts offers the world’s best artistry and music. Covering a total area of 16.3 acres, Lincoln Center is the nucleus for people who love dance, drama, and theater. The center hosts a myriad of concerts and festivals throughout the year.
Constructed in 1959, the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts includes 12 institutions for drama, music, and dance. These include:
Of these, the Metropolitan Opera—known as “The Met”—offers live performances of world-class talents within the gold proscenium of the
Metropolitan Opera House. The same magic of a performance from the Met is evident in the graceful movements of the New York City Ballet. When they are not touring internationally, the famous ballet spends the winter and Spring Season in Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.
Visit the Lincoln Center around Christmas to enjoy the annual holiday festivities in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. People from around the country come to watch George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” as it adds a spark of pure delight to their celebrations. The performances run every year until December 30 and draw visitors from around the globe.
Educational Institutes and Buildings
Lincoln Square is home to the famed Juilliard School and Fordham University, merging the artistic and vibrant student communities. The neighborhood allows the locals access to superb art and dance schools, public schools, and numerous theaters, as well as The Lincoln Center Film Society.
American Museum of Natural History
One of the world's largest and most celebrated museums, the American Museum of Natural History sits in park-like grounds located across the street from Central Park. Comprising 27 interconnected buildings that house 45 permanent exhibition halls, a planetarium and a library, the museum collections contain over 32 million specimens of humans and human cultural artifacts, plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks and meteorites. Only a small percentage of the artifacts are displayed at any one time in the museum's 1,600,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Museum averages about five million guests each year.
Parks and Greenery
The Lincoln Center has acres of delightfully landscaped parks and grounds. The three do-not-miss parks in the Upper West Side of Manhattan are:
Central Park—Since its opening in 1857 New Yorkers and tourists alike have been attracted to these 778 acres of beautifully designed and landscaped grounds. So cleverly designed, most of its magnificent lawns, ponds and lakes appear to be natural. Take your pick from a host of activities available here: from walking or running the tracks surrounding the billion-gallon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reservoir, visiting the famed Central Park Zoo, ice-skating, watching Shakespeare performed in the outdoor amphitheater or visiting the Belvedere Castle and the historic Carousel, the park's choices are varied and exciting.
Dante Park— Established in honor of Dante Alighieri this quiet grassy triangle is an ideal place to rest and reflect.
Damrosch Park—World renowned for hosting the New York Fashion week, the Big Apple Circus and many other Lincoln Center events and festivals, Damrosch Park's 2.4 acres are more an outdoor performance space than a park.
Experience world-class wining and dining around the Lincoln Square. New Yorkers enjoy their brunch and you can share the experience at the many restaurants lining Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue. The square is a landmark for New York and offers an expansive variety of food and drink options that cater to the diverse community of Lincoln Square.
Atlantic Grill is a popular spot serving fresh seafood dishes ranging from crab cakes to sushi.
For more student-friendly fare, food carts like The Casbah offer a quick meal.
American Table Cafe & Bar, founded in 1941, is located between the 66th and 65th street inside the Alice Tully hall at the Lincoln Center. Owned by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelson, the café offers special deals during the Fashion Week and other events hosted by the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts. Their delicious fish tacos and fried peanuts are highly recommended.
Indie Food & Wine is located on 144, 65th street inside the Lincoln Center Munroe Film Center. Step inside at any time during the day to refresh with wine and a cheese platter.
Epicerie Boulud gourmet market is located at Broadway and 64th Street offers lighter gourmet fare and is the perfect venue for brunch or a quick bite with friends.
La Traviata offers classic New York style pizza. Located between the Broadway and Columbus Avenue at the 101 West 68th streets, La Traviata is a local favorite.
Other famous places include the Smiths and Lincoln, where you can enjoy a classy environment with sumptuous food.
Lincoln Center Fashion
The most anticipated fashion event of the year is New York Fashion Week. New York is the center of attention when it comes to fashion and style. The NYC fashion week is held twice a year at the Lincoln Center, where visitors experience the latest fashion and style trends, new designers, celebrities, and super models. Shop at the stalls, enjoy delicious food, and grab top-class drinks at amazing prices during the Fashion Week.
When it comes to shopping, New Yorkers are ahead of the entire world. Explore multipurpose malls or window-shop the best designer-wear, electronics, shoes, designer bags, clothes, jewelry, or accessories. Visit one of these stores on Broadway or Columbus Avenue.