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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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Address: 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-7486
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+1 212-870-1630
12:00 - 20:00
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Mon 12:00 - 20:00
Tue - Wed 12:00 - 18:00
Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 18:00

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I went to the Curtains Up exhibit at the library and it was awesome. It was really neat to be able to get up close and personal with some of the outfits from some of the greatest... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to the Curtains Up exhibit at the library and it was awesome. It was really neat to be able to get up close and personal with some of the outfits from some of the greatest shows. The exhibit is extremely well done and very informative and the range of the shows is impressive. Every exhibit I've seen at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had never been to NYC before and it was very exciting. I enjoyed that this library was also a tourist attraction, so I felt comfortable because I wasn't the only awkward tourist. The building was old, but beautiful and charming in a classic movie type of way. With all of the marble and unique architectural features it was definitely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We have visited this tucked-away branch of the NYC Library many times, and are NEVER disappointed. It is actually more of a museum than an actual library, as it always features interesting and unique exhibitions and displays of theatrical memorabilia and artifacts. Currently the exhibition focuses on the interplay between Broadway and the West End in London. IF you are... More 

Thank Mjsomaha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Nice multi-function public space with a library full of performance art references and resources, a small auditorium for live performances, art exhibits, and a cafeteria. The Broadway and West End exhibit has lots of interesting trivia and pieces from well-loved shows such as Chorus Line and The Lion King.

Thank gboi77
Springfield, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

So knowing my husbands interest in the performing arts and casting about for new things to see in NYC, I stumbled upon on an exhibit at this branch of the Public Library called "Curtains Up" which celebrates award winning productions from both Broadway and London. Wow did we find a gem! There are original costumes on display from Phantom and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

The NY Public Library for the Performing Arts is in the rear of Lincoln Plaza. We enjoy visiting here for an hour or so while in the area. The exhibits are small but first rate. There are many small casual cafes nearby for a light snack or drinks.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

The exhibits there make it like a museum visit (just a few things). This is definitely the place to get any sheet music , for any type of music. there is a small stand/cafe and a sitting area. Nice place to pop into to get out of the heat/cold around Lincoln center.

Thank Hawkwell
Coronado, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

We like to visit specialty libraries and this is certainly one. They have special exhibits related to the performing arts -- one on Shakespeare and one on the Magic Flute while were were there. Both were outstanding. And when we walked out onto the Plaza we were treated to a performance of a high school orchestra and choir from Covington,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

We are lucky enough to have visited NYC on a number of occasions, but it was only after looking at the Lincoln Center monthly event list that we discovered the Library and all that goes on inside the building. On our recent visit, we attended both concerts and exhibitions and were made very welcome by the resident staff. Add to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

NOt only is this library in a convenient spot but has a food spot that you can eat light dinners or lunches before performances there at a fraction of the price of outside restaurants. Good on a rainy day to juts sit and read.

Thank Allan S

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