The renovations of Lincoln Center’s outdoor plaza are complete. They included a new box office area called The Atrium at 61 West 62nd, with an entrance on either Broadway or Amsterdam.
In it you’ll find a TKTS outlet (named TKTS Lincoln Center), the one most New Yorkers use to avoid the tourist lineups at the Times Square location.
Every Thursday night there is a free performance. I’ve seen string quartets, salsa big bands, classical trios and Klezmer bands. There is limited seating on a first come, first served basis, so try to arrive around 18:30
Last night I watched The Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis, do some serious damage to the blues with her big caliber voice and sterling silver band, including a horn section.
I’ve been lots of times as it’s in my neighbourhood, and is a good place to go to be entertained before heading uptown to the bars and restaurants of Columbus Avenue just prior to peak hours.
The Atrium offers free WiFi, has a decent take away food counter and two spectacular (over)hanging gardens that are so big and healthy looking that I feel vulnerable to their collapse; I don’t get too close. They have a high ‘how do they do that?’ factor.
TKTS Office hours: Monday closed Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 19:00 Sunday 12:00 – 17:00