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$500 Million Project Will Upgrade Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center will break ground next summer on what is expected to be a $500 million renovation project, Crain’s New York Business reports. The redevelopment will include a modern glass-enclosed restaurant, a ticket booth similar to Times Square’s TKTS, and bright electronic marquees. The upgrades are intended to draw hipper, younger crowds to the site—but there’s disagreement on whether or not that will be the effect. Some arts execs think different programming is more likely to bring the target demographic than new buildings; younger art patrons Crain’s polled support the construction.

The development will give Alice Tully Hall a grander entrance. It will also encompass the area surrounding Lincoln Center on West 65th Street, including a new plaza behind Avery Fisher Hall, and the expansion of member organizations like the Julliard School, which will get a theater, rehearsal rooms, a student lounge, and a dance studio; and the Film Society, which will get two new theaters. The New York Philharmonic is also working on a $300 million redesign of its auditorium, likely to begin in 2009.
Posted 11.17.05