Press Release

September 26, 2012

Lincoln Center Completes Its Redevelopment Project with the Opening of The President's Bridge

Lincoln Center News

September 26, 2012

Contact: Eva Chien, 212-875-5049

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Lincoln Center’s six-year, $1.2 billion redevelopment project?completed on time and on budget?will be celebrated with the October 1 dedication ceremony for the final element of the center’s transformation: The President’s Bridge, named in honor of Reynold Levy, who has led Lincoln Center throughout this ambitious project. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is scheduled to join other distinguished guests in celebrating the bridge’s opening and dedicating the donor wall that acknowledges the leading benefactors of Lincoln Center’s redevelopment.

Spanning West 65th Street near Amsterdam Avenue, the sculpturally expressive President’s Bridge is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the lead architects of the Lincoln Center Development Project. It provides an alternative to street-level crossing for visitors, artists, students, neighbors, and staff members. The ADA-accessible pedestrian bridge weighs 58 tons. It is a stressed-skin steel structure 83 feet long and 10 feet wide, and connects the upper level plaza of the Rose Building (and adjacent Walter Reade Theater and The Juilliard School) to the public spaces, concert halls, theaters, library, and eating establishments on the south side of Lincoln Center’s campus. The bridge’s glass railings echo the soaring glass walls of The Juilliard School and Alice Tully Hall, and reflect the open, transparent sprit of Lincoln Center’s new design.

Over the past decade, on behalf of its resident organizations, Lincoln Center has led the largest and most comprehensive redevelopment of any performing arts center in the world. Adding new green spaces, 21st century digital informational signage about Lincoln Center activities, amenities such as free Wi Fi, available day-of discount tickets, and a range of dining options, the transformation was designed to make Lincoln Center more accessible and welcoming to the five million people who visit the 16-acre campus annually. With 30 indoor and outdoor performance venues, Lincoln Center each year sells some 3.2 million tickets and generates more than $3.4 billion for the New York economy. More than one million students annually participate in education activities related to Lincoln Center.

Lincoln Center consists of 11 Resident Organizations, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is one of those 11. The ten other organizations are The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the School of American Ballet.

Lincoln Center’s Transformation-Key Dates

February 2003

Diller Scofidio (later Diller Scofidio + Renfro), in association with FXFOWLE Architects, are selected to

redesign Lincoln Center's 65th Street, Alice Tully Hall and portions of The Juilliard School.

March 2006

Construction begins on the West 65th Street Project.

Lincoln Center announces the Promenade Project, a plan to renovate Josie Robertson Plaza and the Columbus Avenue frontage to the Lincoln Center campus. The architects are Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with Beyer Blinder Belle.

June 2006

Official groundbreaking ceremony with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Lincoln Center announces plans to transform the Harmony Atrium (now the David Rubenstein Atrium), a privately owned indoor public space, into an information center and visitor services hub for the Lincoln Center campus as well as for cultural and civic organizations in the surrounding neighborhood. The architects are Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

January 2007 / Completed

School of American Ballet Lincoln Kirstein Wing

April 2007

“Good Night Alice” Gala concert hosted by Tom Brokaw closes Alice Tully Hall.

September 2008 / Completed

Juilliard School Lobby and Box Office reconfigured to street level, with a grand lobby and staircase, and new box office facilities.

February 2009 / Completed

Alice Tully Hall – a new design and re-imagined space with a public cafe.

Credit Suisse Information Grandstand – a sunken outdoor plaza with a grandstand space sheltering digital information.

May 2009 / Completed

Barclays Capital Grove – with canopy of green trees.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts frontage.

Josie Robertson Plaza – totally restored with all new pavement.

October 2009 / Completed

Revson Fountain – reconceived centerpiece of Josie Robertson Plaza.

David H. Koch Theater and Avery Fisher Hall Balcony Porticos.

November 2009 / Completed

Charles B. Benenson Grove (62nd Street and Columbus Avenue.) – new green space at the southeast

portion of the campus which includes benches and 35 quaking aspen trees.

64th Street Garage / Roadway and Turnaround.

Juilliard School Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater.

Juilliard School Glorya Kaufman Dance Studio.

December 2009 / Completed

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.

North-South Vehicular Connector Columbus Avenue Grand Stair and Canopy Entrance Ramps to main


Hearst Plaza.

Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace – reconfigured pool reflecting the surrounding architecture, Henry Moore’s

Reclining Figure, and the adjacent Barclays Capital Grove.

Spring 2010 / Completed

Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe Family Drive (concourse-level inner roadway).

Bruce and Robbi Toll porte-cochère at Columbus Avenue (concourse-level drop-off).

Concourse passages to campus facilities from Toll porte-cochère.

Two escalators and one elevator from Toll porte-cochère (between Concourse and Plaza levels).

Street-level access to subway platform at 64th St. and Columbus Ave .

Entrance to concourse from 66th St. Subway station.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn – 7,200 square feet of public sloped grass roof overlooking Hearst Plaza.

Infopeel of Credit Suisse Information Grandstand (65th St. & Broadway) .

Columbus Avenue Grand Stair Digital Information Signage .

Summer 2010 / Completed

65th Street Narrowing - transformation of the 65th Street block with a narrowed street and a widened

landscaped sidewalk.

September 2010/ Completed

Lincoln Ristorante –high-concept design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with contemporary Italian cuisine of

Chef Jonathan Benno; Lincoln’s unique design features glass curtain walls, a signature sloping

lawn roof and a spectacular view of the reflecting pool and the Henry Moore sculpture.

65th St. InfoBlades (Video Blades).

ADA-accessible Public Elevator on 65th St.

65th Street Passage (concourse-level parking access).

June 2011/ Completed

Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, with indie food and wine cafe.

June 2012/ Completed

Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater.

September 2012

American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson opens in Alice Tully Hall.

October 2012

The President’s Bridge spanning W. 65th Street is completed.


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The President's Bridge
Caption: Named in honor of Reynold Levy
Photo Credit: Mark Bussell
Size: 3968x2232
The President's Bridge
Caption: Named in honor of Reynold Levy
Photo Credit: Mark Bussell
Size: 3968x2232

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