Lincoln Center Begins Demolition of Bridge/Plaza Over 65th Street

Classic Arts News   Lincoln Center Begins Demolition of Bridge/Plaza Over 65th Street
The first stage of Lincoln Center's long-discussed renovation project enters the dust-and-noise-and-hard-hats phase this week as demolition work begins on the Paul Milstein Plaza over West 65th Street.

Dedicated in 1997, the Paul Milstein Plaza is the hybrid esplanade/pedestrian bridge that connects the center's North Plaza (the area in front of Lincoln Center Theater, bounded by Avery Fisher Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House) with the Juilliard School and the Walter Reade Theater.

The plaza is being removed to open up the block of West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue to more sunlight and air, part of Lincoln Center's plan to reinvigorate the block and turn it into what officials describe as "a dynamic 'Street of the Arts.'"

The work is scheduled to continue through the month of August. Once demolition is complete, the area directly in front of Lincoln Center Theater will be renamed, with the permission of the Milstein family, the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace.

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