Sep 24, 2012

Highlights of Levy Tenure

HIGHLIGHTS OF REYNOLD LEVY’S TENURE AT LINCOLN CENTER (2002 – to date)


  • Completion – on time and on budget – of a $1.2 billion consensus-driven redevelopment project transforming Lincoln Center into a more welcoming, accessible 16-acre campus for artists, audiences, students and visitors, merging the life of the city with that of Lincoln Center
  • Modernized and expanded performance and study facilities for artists, audiences, students and visitors, including Alice Tully Hall, Claire Tow Theater built atop the Vivian Beaumont Theater, The Juilliard School’s 50,000-square-foot expansion, the David H. Koch Theater, School of American Ballet’s Lincoln Kirstein Wing/"floating on air" studios and the Film Society’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
  • New and revitalized green/public spaces, including the Benenson Grove, Barclays Capital Grove, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn, the Revson Fountain, Hearst Plaza, Milstein Terrace and Reflecting Pool, Credit Suisse Grandstand and public spaces at 65th Street and Broadway
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the outdoor and indoor public spaces
  • Weather-protected, patron-friendly drop-off access to the campus and concourse, including the Roslyn and Eliot Jaffe Drive and canopies extending from Avery Fisher and David H. Koch Halls down to Columbus Avenue
  • Increased garage access to facilitate patron parking and departure
  • Widened sidewalks on W. 65th Street with new benches to encourage pedestrian traffic and increase safety
  • Five new public dining options at varying prices: ‘wichcraft, American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson, Indie Food and Wine, the destination restaurant Lincoln Ristorante, as well as additional seasonal food service throughout the campus
  • Elegant new Columbus Avenue approach to main campus created that removed the previous patron/vehicle conflict of an inner roadway
  • Extensive digital programming, wayfinding and informational signage installed throughout the campus
  • Completely overhauled and expanded Lincoln Center central mechanical plant that provides heat and chilled air to the majority of Lincoln Center’s campus
  • Innovative development of the David Rubenstein Atrium, a formerly underutilized POPS (Privately Owned Public Space), into a vibrant visitors and community space
  • Over 750,000 visitors to date; some 15 percent new to Lincoln Center
  • Target® Free Thursdays introduced, featuring curated performances free of charge 52 weeks a year. Other free programming including Meet the Artist for families
  • Day-of discount tickets initiative instituted
  • The Atrium received a Gold LEED certification
  • Mr. Levy was awarded the Cooper- Hewitt’s National Design Patron Award; Lincoln Center’s transformation has received 24 prestigious design awards/citations to date
  • During Mr. Levy’s tenure, Jazz at Lincoln Center opened its new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, at “Lincoln Center South”
  • More than $1.3 billion in contributed funds for Lincoln Center raised
  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week moved to Lincoln Center, attracting hundreds of thousands of new visitors
  • Lincoln Center’s 50th anniversary celebrated with hundreds of events throughout Lincoln Center and the City. Damrosch Park’s Guggenheim Bandshell totally refurbished
  • Lincoln Center launched an international consulting practice with a new performing arts center in Tianjin, China, as its first client
  • Lincoln Center commissioned, presented and/or produced 377 premieres and debuts*
  • White Light Festival and the Lincoln Center Dialogue spoken word series launched
  • Through the Lincoln Center Institute, co-established NYC Charter Schools with the first four in the Bronx. Also established the small High School for Arts and Imagination and Inquiry on the Martin Luther King campus
  • Lincoln Center partnerships launched with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, New York City Housing Authority, Avenues and Cleveland Clinic as part of community outreach and audience development for the 21st century
  • Lincoln Center generates some $3.4 billion in economic impact for the New York metropolitan area
  • WNET/Channel 13 opens new studios at Lincoln Center campus and expands collaboration with Lincoln Center
  • Expanded digital presence to make Lincoln Center available 24/7, with initiatives including social-media engagement, redesigned consumer-friendly website, iPhone app, Broadcastr channel, creation of digital media department and development of state-of-the-art, extensive digital “Infoscape” at Lincoln Center
  • Lincoln Center signed a multi-year agreement with Wiley to publish co-branded series of books on the performing arts; in November, this partnership will have published nine books
  • Produced balanced or surplus budgets every year
  • Expanded and diversified the Lincoln Center Board
  • Created the Business Advisory Council to engage the local business community in Lincoln Center activity
  • The creation and implementation of Lincoln Center’s new tagline Lincoln Center: Seen It? reflecting the transformation throughout the campus
  • Set in motion the process for redesigning and constructing a new auditorium in Avery Fisher Hall
  • Lincoln Center’s endowment has grown over 20 percent to $188.3 million
  • Welcomed public art to the campus; most recently, the free 17-day showing of The Clock at the David Rubenstein Atrium enjoyed by over 18,000 people

  • * Complete list available

    Press Room