Lincoln Center is an iconic landmark featured in TV shows, movies, and countless city tours. It is an artist's mecca comprised of many buildings, including Avery Fisher Hall, the Julliard School, and The Metropolitan Opera. All of the buildings were designed by different architects. The focal point and largest building in the complex is The Metropolitan Opera which houses a pair of large paintings by Marc Chagall in its interior.
While Lincoln Center is beautiful in day light, it's true beauty is witnessed at night when the lights from inside the buildings highlight the columns and arches made of travertine.
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With 29 outdoor and indoor facilities, Lincoln Center is a world renowned venue for the performing arts and home to eleven resident art organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic and others. I’ve experienced memorable performances such Sting with the Royal Philharmonic, operas like “Carmen” and “Madama Butterfly,” as well as “Life of Pi” at the New York Film Festival.
It also has an interesting connection with contemporary art through the Vera List Art Project, which bridged the gap between performing and visual arts with artist commissioned posters for Lincoln Center’s events and eventually evolved into a series of limited edition prints.
Soaking Up Culture at New York City's Lincoln Center
Most likely if you're visiting NYC, you're looking to experience some culture. In a city with where the Performing Arts abounds, there are so many options: the NYC Ballet, Opera, Broadway shows, and touring the many famous museums like the Met and the MOMA that top the list.
As a local, I make time for all of the above. But I particularly love Lincoln Center's 16.3 acre complex as a place to go, sit by the fountain, journal and observe all of the life and the culture that can pass by in an hour's time. As a New Yorker, I'm always looking for peaceful, intriguing places to sit and see the city from, and Lincoln Center is definitely a jewel of the city.
New York Fashion Week is always exciting with shows presented by top internationally recognized designers as well as some of the most exciting emerging talent in the US. It was great to see designer Prabal Gurung, who had his first two presentations take place at FLAG, recently launch both his love inspired collaboration with Target and his military chic Fall 2013 collection.
Two young designers - Misha Nonoo and Jonathan Cohen - have captured my attention and are examples of the type of fresh talent one can catch during New York Fashion Week.
Misha’s clothing communicates a classic and ageless sensibility. I love the beautiful colors and fabrics along with the smart tailoring. Also, she creates the clothes in Manhattan and makes them available at accessible price points. The latest collection - which was inspired by Russia – includes a very striking red dress.
Jonathan’s clothing has a unique, transformative quality to it; he experiments with 3-D form and designs many of his own prints. His latest collection includes concert imagery such as cheering hands and glow sticks.
To read more about Stephanie’s studio visits with Misha Nonoo and Jonathan Cohen, check out her feature on them at Andaz Salon site.
Today is the last day of summer heading to fall. Fortunately, it is also one of the best days, weather-wise, to walk around the city. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a complex of buildings with outdoor and indoor performances is definitely one of the best places to enjoy the day.