140 West 65 Street (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) and Harmony Atrium (61 West 62 Street, between Broadway and Columbus Ave)

Address: 140 West 65 Street (65 Street between Broadway & Amsterdam) and Harmony Atrium (61 West 62 Street, between Broadway and Columbus Ave)
Block: 1134
Lot: 1
Landmark status: No

Contact

Liza Parker
Project Manager
(T) 212-875-5456

Tom Dunn
Director of Programming
(T) 212-875-5113

Melissa Thornton
Chief Government Relations Officer
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10023
(212) 875-5425
mthornton@lincolncenter.org

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Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 4/16/08
The redevelopment of the Harmony Atrium is in the design phase. The demolition and early construction is scheduled to begin Spring and Summer 2008. The remaining construction is scheduled for Fall 2008 to Fall 2009. The anticipated opening date for the Harmony Atrium is Fall 2009.

The Harmony Atrium needs approvals from a number of city agencies. The Department of City Planning is anticipated to approve the redevelopment in early May 2008. The Arts Commission should approve the redevelopment in June 2008. Community Board 7 has tentatively approved the redevelopment.

The demolition and construction permit applications have been filed with the Department of Building, and expected to be permitted in early June 2008. After the Department of Design and Construction conducts a Pass Through construction may begin.

The new atrium will accommodate 138 seats with tables, and a 235 person audience. Other features of the new atrium include a waterfall wall and a media wall.

Harmony Atrium programs will include:
1) An on-site Box office and “Day of Discount” ticket sales (25-50% off).
2) Harmony Live! Lincoln Center and Constituent generated, 52-60 performances per year.
3) A moderately priced restaurant on-site.

The new Harmony Atrium will also create a Community Advisory Board.
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UPDATE: 2/28/08
According to the City Planning Commission, the Harmony Atrium has signaled its intention to make changes to prior approvals. These changes have not been formally disclosed to the City Planning Commission or Council Member Brewer.
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Lincoln Center is redeveloping West 65 Street and the institutional frontages along the street, including Alice Tully Hall, the Milstein Bridge (it is being removed), and garage entrances (which will be also removed). Lincoln Center staff are including nearby schools and residents of Amsterdam Houses and Amsterdam Addition in the discussions.

Lincoln Center’s various resident groups have unanimously approved final plans for the transformation of West 65 Street, and preparatory construction work on the $500 million project has begun. There was debate over whether to build a tunnel under the garage at West 65 Street. The development project board decided against the tunnel because of projected costs – more than $20 million – and construction delays. Instead, the garage entrance’s hours will be limited to two hours before curtain time, and cars will use several alternative exits. This is the first phase of the Lincoln Center Redevelopment Plan.

The resident groups have also approved conceptual designs for the next phase of the redevelopment, an overhaul of the fountain plaza and Columbus Avenue entrance. Both West 65 Street and the plaza are redesigned by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FX Fowle Architects.

Harmony Atrium

On Tuesday, October 31 Lincoln Center announced that husband-and-wife architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams would be the lead architects for the Harmony Atrium redesign. The Harmony Atrium is an indoor public space that extends from Broadway to Columbus Avenues between 62 and 63 streets. According to the Wednesday, November 1, 2006 New York Times article, “Lincoln Center Picks Husband-and-Wife Team for Harmony Atrium Redesign,” the Harmony Atrium is “envisioned as a place where people will gather to buy day-of-show tickets or sip cocktails or coffee before or after Lincoln Center performances.” A Lincoln Center press release of the same day noted that the Harmony Atrium is an indoor privately-owned public space (POPS) intended as a community and civic asset. The Harmony Atrium space is located on the ground floor of the Harmony condominiums, and has been leased by Lincoln Center as part of an extensive project to make the campus to the north more inviting. The Harmony Atrium project budget is estimated between $10 and $15 million. Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center, commented that the project’s goal is to “be open, to be transparent, to be welcoming and make access to Lincoln Center easier, and more innovative.” Plans call for the atrium to be completed by fall of 2008.

Council Member Gale A. Brewer was the initiator of the idea that Lincoln Center should take over operations of the Harmony Atrium.

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