Home of The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center is made up of multiple performance venues. There are three guided tours offered and the one I went on was the Daily Tour which covered a few buildings within Lincoln Center.
Guided Daily Tours are $17 per person and lasts about an hour. Get tickets at the David Rubenstein Atrium which is where the tour starts. Check the Atrium site to get that week’s daily tour times. Aside from the Daily Tour, there’s also the Art and Architecture tour and the Jazz at Lincoln Center tour.
The day I went, the tour was showing limited venues since certain performances prohibited tours from visiting.
Our tour group of five each put on a pass to tour the venues.
From the Atrium, we walked across the street to Avery Fisher Hall. It was nice to see the place so empty inside.
The fountain? It was designed by the same folks who made the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas. If you’re there at the right time, the fountain will dance to music and put on a water show, just like the Bellagio fountain.
The best part of the tour was being able to sit in on a rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic in a practically empty theater. It was fascinating.
Interesting fact: The Avery Fisher Hall is built right over a subway line, but you won’t hear a single rumble of the subway running underneath since the building was built on rubber pads to muffle the noise. Apparently, the MTA runs the subway at a slower speed when it goes under the building.
Inside the Beaumont Theater is a Broadway theatre. A theatre with over 500 seats is considered a Broadway theatre even if it’s not on Broadway. It was an empty space with a bright light in the middle of the stage, called a ghost light. A ghost light is said to be left on an empty theatre to ward off unfriendly spirits and to illuminate friendly ones.
The room was pretty dark, hence my blurry photo.
The hour went by really quick and I was sad to see it come to an end. I’ll have to go back for the other tours soon, maybe for another Daily Tour to see the venues I missed out on this time around.