Sunday, July 13, 2008

The facelift

Friday's New York Sun explained the construction now consuming Lincoln Center:
The so-called 65th Street Project includes [...] streetscape elements such as new lighting and signage (including LEDs and plasma screens) and a transformation of the North Plaza, which will include a restaurant roofed with a sloping lawn, a new grove of trees, and a restored reflecting pool.

The Promenade Project includes a renovation of Josie Robertson Plaza and of the entrance to Lincoln Center from Columbus Avenue. The service road will be dropped below ground so that, instead of dodging cars, visitors will enter Lincoln Center by ascending a new, 171-foot-wide staircase.
The latter project looks like an expensive solution to a problem that doesn't exist, but perhaps the restaurant portion of the former could make Maury's wish for a post-opera bar spot happen?

The Sun article also includes a rundown of more particular Lincoln Center renovations in the works. Not included are the major (and necessary) Met Opera overhauls -- most notably to the stage turntable -- whose importance inspired then-GM Joe Volpe to nix the big Lincoln Center plan's original iteration. (Are these dead? Are they going on under some other budget?) Included and promising is a projected re-do of the Harmony Atrium, a space across the avenue from Lincoln Center that's now left to bums and rock climbers.

1 comment:

  1. The rock climbers, the last vestige of anything remotely attractive about the Atrium, were gone and their office closed down the last time I checked in here.


Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.