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Rubenstein Atrium – Lincoln Center free concerts

The renovations of Lincoln Center’s outdoor plaza are complete. That included a new box office area called The Atrium at 61 West 62nd, just south of the Empire Hotel, with an entrance on either Broadway or Amsterdam.

In it you’ll find a TKTS outlet, the one most New Yorkers use to avoid the tourist lineups at the Times Square location.

Every Thursday night there is a free performance always featuring either a national touring artist or established local performers. I’ve seen string quartets, salsa big bands, classical trios and Klezmer bands, all highly accomplished musicians, which is typical in New York. I guess you could view it as a curated ‘open mike’ event. There is limited seating on a first come, first served basis, so try to arrive around 18:30

I’ve seen lots of acts there as it’s in my neighbourhood, and is a good place to go to be entertained before heading uptown to Columbus Avenue to hit the bars and restaurants prior to peak hours.

The Atrium offers free WiFi, has a decent sandwich-type food counter and two spectacular (over)hanging gardens that are so big and healthy looking that I feel intimidated; I don’t get too close. They have a high ‘how do they do that?’ factor.

Visit for a list of what’s upcoming.

You can also browse real time TKTS listing here.

TKTS Office hours:
Monday closed
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 19:00
Sunday 12:00 – 17:00

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Details about this spot



61 West 62nd Street, New York

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 08:00 - 22:00, Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)