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The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts is a massive venue when it comes to live entertainment. The Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors has something for everyone: internationally recognized dances, high-level performances, special events and jazz. Watch out for Live From Lincoln Center, a program that has famous orchestras and artistes performing. Lincoln Center holds about 400 live performances a year, ranging from classical to modern productions. And as if that wasn't enough, the Center also hosts many events put on by the Film Society at Lincoln Center. There are guided tours on a daily basis that explore the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, the New York State Theater (home of the New York City Opera) and the Vivian Beaumont Theater. During the tour, your guides will entertain you with fascinating stories and give you a glimpse of a rehearsal in progress.
The Village Vanguard has been around since 1935, when it was founded by an enterprising Lithuanian immigrant. Today, a sizable international crowd packs the club, enjoying the great music and acoustics, an informal New York camaraderie and a good selection of beer and cocktails. Musical giants from Leadbelly to John Coltrane to Wynton Marsalis have played here, and fresh talent as well as "name dropping performers" can be heard in this fabled Greenwich Village basement seven days a week.
Home to the legendary dance company The Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most spectacular and famous performance venues in the United States. Its locale in the heart of the Big Apple has made it a cultural center, particularly during the Christmas season. Originally opened in 1932 and nicknamed "The Palace for the People," Radio City was renovated in 1980. Anybody who is anybody has performed here - New York legends Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis, Jr. are just a few that spring to mind, and to this day, the stage remains a showcase for entertainment royalty.
Rockwood Music Hall is a tiny little club nestled in the heart of the East Village that delivers intimate concerts of five or six performances a night, every night. Fans repeat what a pleasure it is seeing their favorite performers in this cozy venue that, despite its size, keeps bustling all week long. There is no cover charge, just a one drink minimum. Check out the websites for details.
One of New York City's true gems, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is a world class performing arts center. Located at the edge of the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, it offers some of the city's finest concerts and theatrical events. From opera and classical music to African dance and modern theater, the packed schedule offers something for everyone's taste. The complex is also home to Bam Rose Cinemas.
A renowned entertainment venue in the Big Apple, Madison Square Garden has gained iconic importance around the world. Attracting crowds since 1968, the stadium is abuzz with voices of Knicks and Rangers fans. With a capacity of 18,000, it is considered to be Midtown Manhattan's revered and oldest entertainment spot. From glamorous music concerts to award shows, the venue has witnessed some of the biggest events over time. A sought after venue in New York City and sitting right above Penn Station, it is easily accessible for everyone.
Widely regarded as New York City's best musical performance venue, Bowery Ballroom is a 550-person capacity event venue with 3 floors, bars and dedicated balconies for mosh pits. This NYC mainstay showcases the brightest new talents in underground and contemporary music and hence is a must visit for all those indie rock music fans out there. Artists of various levels of fame have graced the stage here, such as Nine Inch Nails, who sometimes treat their eager fans to secret shows. Stay back after the show ends for an opportunity to interact with the artists having a drink in the bar downstairs.
Located across Columbia Street, the Jalopy theater is a popular event venue. This venue has a casual ambiance and focus is always on the performance and events featured here. The simple space stages live music concerts and open MIC nights on a regular basis; Bluegrass being the local favorite, you will always come across a country band playing here. Its on-site bar ensures that you are never short of your favorite drink. And, if the artists inspire you to take up music, Jalopy conducts musical classes (learn to play musical instruments) and workshops. For complete details, call ahead or simply visit the website.
On the opening night of this famous music house, Tchaikovsky conducted and New York's elite waited in line to enter. Carnegie Hall quickly became an international Mecca of classical music, attracting the brightest stars from Bernstein to Toscanini. Today, over 100 years later, top orchestras and modern music share this venue. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa and Frank Sinatra have all headlined here. Many musicians claim it has the best acoustics in the world. Tours are available during the day. Practice, practice, practice isn't the only way to get to Carnegie Hall!
The Queens Theater is nestled in the sprawling Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the New York State Pavilion. Situated in the heart of the park near the Queens Museum, the Ice Skating Rink, and the World’s Fair Unisphere, it has a 472-seat main stage theater and a 90-seat experimental theater. The theater focuses on up-and-coming playwrights and taps into the diverse communities of Queens. Dramas, concerts, musicals, art festivals and other similar events are a regular feature here. Check website for details.
Set in an expansive 23,000 square feet (2137 square meters) space, Brooklyn Bowl is a melting pot of everything anyone could ask for. A 16-lane bowling alley with massive projection screens has warmed the hearts of locals who stop by to enjoy Happy Hour, when bowling is free. It is possible to rent the space for private events where they provide for live bands, DJs, lighting, photography, flowers, decor, parking and more. Often one can find film or photography shoots happening here. Brooklyn Bowl is also a popular concert venue, hosting many big name acts throughout the year.
A premier sporting arena and entertainment center in Brooklyn, Barclays Center opened with much fanfare in September 2012 with their very first event, a deafening Jay-Z concert, being a sold out affair. It's not surprising though, as Brooklyn has never been short on enthusiasm in terms of mega sports and entertainment. The gigantic venue boasts of a capacity of 19,000 fans and can host basketball and ice hockey as well as concerts with equal aplomb. Designed by the experts responsible for such stellar venues as TD Garden and Time Warner Cable Arena, Barclays Center boasts of excellent facilities for fans. There are VIP as well as party suites catering to those looking for a bit of privacy. There are no less than 37 food options as well as a few shopping outlets. The arena is home to the Brooklyn Nets.