Opera in Upper West Side & Central Park

Metropolitan Opera House

New York’s premier opera company is the place to see classics such as Carmen, Madame Butterfly and Macbeth, not to mention Wagner’s Ring Cycle. It also hosts premieres and revivals of more contemporary works, such a…
Dance in Upper West Side & Central Park

New York City Ballet

This prestigious ballet company was first directed by renowned Russian-born choreographer George Balanchine back in the 1940s. Today, the company has 90 dancers and is the largest ballet organization in the US, perf…
Cinema in Upper West Side & Central Park

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The Film Society is one of New York’s cinematic gems, providing an invaluable platform for a wide gamut of documentary, feature, independent, foreign and avant-garde art pictures. Films screen in one of two faciliti…
Classical Music in Upper West Side & Central Park

New York Philharmonic

The oldest professional orchestra in the US (dating back to 1842) holds its season every year at David Geffen Hall (known as Avery Fisher Hall until 2015); music director Jaap van Zweden took over from Alan Gilbert …
Dance in Upper West Side & Central Park

American Ballet Theatre

Founded in 1937, this traveling company presents a classic selection of ballets at the Metropolitan Opera House every spring (generally in May), with a shorter season at the David H Koch Theater in the fall.
Theater in Upper West Side & Central Park

Delacorte Theater

Every summer the Joseph Papp Public Theater presents its fabulous free productions of Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater, which Papp began back in 1954, before the lovely, leafy, open-air theater was even …
Cinema in Upper West Side & Central Park

Walter Reade Theater

The Walter Reade boasts some wonderfully wide, screening-room–style seats. Every September it hosts the New York Film Festival, featuring plenty of New York and world premieres. At other times of the year you can ca…
Live Performance in Upper West Side & Central Park

Symphony Space

Symphony Space is a multidisciplinary gem supported by the local community. It often hosts three-day series that are dedicated to one musician, and also has an affinity for world music, theater, film, dance and lite…
Jazz in Upper West Side & Central Park


This swank but laid-back lounge – with good stage views from plush sofas – brings out old-timers and local faves, such as George Coleman and Wynton Marsalis. Most nights there’s a $10 cover (but it can go as high as…
Live Music in Upper West Side & Central Park

Beacon Theatre

This historic 1929 theater is a perfect medium-size venue with 2829 seats (not a terrible one in the house) and a constant flow of popular acts from ZZ Top to Wilco (plus comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Patton Osw…