The renovations of Lincoln Center’s outdoor plaza are complete. Part of that included a new box office area called The Atrium at 61 West 62nd, just south of the Empire Hotel, with an entrance on Broadway or Amsterdam.
In it you’ll find a TKTS outlet, the one most savvy 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 hanging gardens that are so big and healthy looking that I feel intimidated; I don’t get too close.
Visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium for a list of what’s upcoming.
TKTS Office hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 19:00
Sunday 12:00 – 17:00