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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
Phone Number: +1 212-870-1630
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Wow! What a find!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
ce11ie
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Springfield, MA
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Springfield, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Randolph, New Jersey
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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.

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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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

This is a most wonderful library with a huge collection in music, dance, and drama. Although it can get crowded at times, it still has many different pleasant areas to sit and read or study. I particularly enjoy the large selection of circulating sheet music for piano and harpsichord. The exhibits are often skillfully curated. The current Frank Sinatra retrospective... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

You don't have to be a true Sinatra fan to enjoy this exhibit about Frank Sinatra and his performing work. This exhibit includes TV and film footage, lots of recordings, memorabilia, biographical information and a modern "juke box" of Sinatra recordings. It is a pleasure with opportunities just to enjoy his singing and acting (with collaborators like Ella Fitzgerald and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

I stumbled across the Sinatra exhibition and I am glad I did. It was great to learn about the singers life and success. I learnt a lot and even heard some songs that I didn't realize were Sinatra. The exhibit is done really well and is very interactive. There is also a lot of memorabilia on display. Get yourself down... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015 via mobile

We saw two great exhibits. One was honoring Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday. It was very well done and brought back a lot of great memories. Other was an exhibition of "headshots" for actors. Really interesting. If your looking for best deal in NYC this is the place. Plus the Lincoln Center grounds are beautiful.

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