Lincoln Square


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The plan to create the world's largest performing arts complex was so audacious in 1959 that President Dwight David Eisenhower was summoned from Washington to turn the first shovel of dirt near the intersection of Broadway and 64th Street. In the half-century since ground was broken Lincoln Center has come to embrace 30 indoor and outdoor performance facilities. The neighborhood that grew up around the "great cultural adventure" is compact, embracing the blocks between West 59th and West 72nd streets from the southwest side of Central Park to the Hudson River. This was farmland until the opening of the 9th Avenue El in 1879 and after that it was quickly occupied by ramshackle tenements that stood hard by factories and the city stockyards. It has always been assumed that Lincoln Square was named for Abraham Lincoln but there is no proof to confirm the speculation. Decades of neglect made the blighted area ripe for the urban renewal that resulted in Lincoln Center. High-rise condominiums have sprouted to complement the performing arts venues and they dominate the neighborhood with pockets of pre-war brownstone survivors hiding in their shadows. Lincoln Center was created with a mission for education and facilities like the esteemed Julliard School inject a young vibrancy into an otherwise well-heeled residential environment. Thursdays and Saturdays find Lincoln Square residents, about half of whom are renters, headed for Tucker Square and the Greenmarket farmer's market for fresh seafood, grass-fed beef and artisanal cheeses. Lincoln Center has its own subway stop; the M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104 bus lines all stop within one block. By Doug Gelbert

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Rental Prices:

$2,500 ― $8,750

Sales Prices:

$599,000 ― $2,100,000


Holy Trinity Church, Lincoln Center, Lincoln Square, Merkin Concert Hall

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  • dikar
    January 14th 2015
    Not trendy like Soho but the nabe has everything I need, culturally and gastronomically. I go there for lectures at The Society for Ethical Culture, concerts at the Julliard School of Music, classes and lectures at Lincoln Square Synagogue. I take advantage of Lincoln Center theater, concerts, films and opera.There's plenty of fine dining such as Jean George, The Lincoln and Asiate plus mid priced restaurants and cafes such as Fiorello's (for people watching) Shun Lee Cafe and Rosa Mexicana. And plenty of take out delis. There are mid sized apartments in the neighborhood, town houses and luxury buildings (The Regent, Dorchester Towers, Grand Tier with majestic views.) Additional neighborhood security and beautification is budgeted is in by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District. I like the neighborhood because it's a few blocks from Central Park with its playing fields and green lawns, and steps from Riverside Drive with its bike and running paths.
  • sophie
    June 4th 2014
    Arts and theater anchor my favorite neighborhood in Manhattan. Tucked into the Upper West Side, everything you need is within a few blocks walk. The ideal area to live if you want quintessential Manhattan.

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