3 Lincoln Center

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160 West 66th Street, New York City, NY

3 Lincoln Center

Three Lincoln Center towering over the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts complex
Building Information
Developer Birchall Associates
Architect Harman Jablin Architects
Management Company Rose Associates
Number of Units 347
Number of Floors 60
Year Built 1993
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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160 West 66th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit More than 30 options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C4-7
Title of Land Condominium



Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - inside the main concert hall

3 Lincoln Center, sometimes written as Three Lincoln Center, is the only residential structure on the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Campus. It stands tall at 60 floors and is the most visible condominium tower in the upper West Side. The lower 15 floors contain Lincoln Center offices and the upper floors have 347 condominium apartments beginning at floor 16.

This building was completed in 1993 and was one of the forerunners to tall residential towers to be developed on the Upper West Side. The higher floors offer views of the skyline of Manhattan in one direction and of the Hudson River and New Jersey in another. It looms large just two blocks from Central Park.

The tower's street level lobby connects to the Julliard School's plaza allowing residents easy access to the performing arts performance venues.[1]


The Lincoln Square Theater - circa 1947
Fire destroyed the original theater in 1931. It was rebuilt, but later gave to the Julliard School

3 Lincoln Center is built right in the heart of Lincoln Square and is part of the Lincoln Center for the performing Arts campus. Lincoln Square has long been a performance venue for New York City. in 1906, the Lincoln Square Theater was opened. It was acquired by Marcus Loew in 1909. The original theater was burned down in 1931 and another theater was built. It existed until it was eventually razed to make way for construction of The Julliard School of Music in Lincoln Center in the early 1960s.

Apart from immediate access to entertainment, residents of 3 Lincoln Center may also enjoy dozens of food choices in the area. Restaurants flourish in the neighborhood relying on the audiences arriving and leaving from performances. A few hundred feet away, residents may shop for groceries at the Gourmet Garage. Other stores are a little further.

PS 191 (Public School) is about a quarter of a mile away and of course, numerous arts schools are just steps away at the Lincoln Center. The building is just about equally distant from the Hudson River Park and from Central Park, under a half a mile either way. Other outdoor spaces in the immediate vicinity include Sheep Meadow, Damrosch Park, Verdi Square, and Columbus Circle all within a half mile.[3]


There are two main lobby entrances, one which bears the building's address on 66th Street, and the other on the southeast corner from the performing arts complex. The southeast corner of the building features a chamfered facade to help visually reduce the building's bulk. Residents of this building are able to leave by a back entrance and avoid the paparazzi when necessary.

Two types of exterior cladding were used for 3 Lincoln Center. The east face is clad in a white stone to more easily blend in with the performing arts campus buildings. The high rise section fronting Amsterdam Avenue is clad with black glass and to diminish any perceived 'monolithic' appearance, trimmed with grey and red ribbon striping, although some may argue that it's pink. To ensure unobstructed views, the developers paid $48.5 million to the Lincoln Center for their air rights.

The shorter, white building of the two building complex, is the Samuel B. and David Rose Building that houses dormitories for 350 students. The complex also incorporates a firehouse and space for the Riverside branch of the New York Public Library. The general mix of apartment types are one, two, and three bedroom units although there are some studios and and some two level duplex units.[4]

Layout and Features

The 66th Street entrance to Three Lincoln Center

Residents access the building through two main lobby entrances, one on 66th Street and the other facing the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts plaza. There is also a discrete back entrance for celebrity use. The lobby is finished with mahogany, cherry wood and Danish beechwood.

Apartments begin on the 16th floor which gives all the residential apartments panoramic views in all directions. The Hudson River can be seen to the west, Central Park to the east and Manhattan' skyline all around. With no other tall structures nearby, natural light is available to all the units.

3 Lincoln Center residences have windowed chef’s kitchens equipped with modern appliances, granite floors and counter tops. Apartments are equipped with washers and dryers, marble bathroom, and over sized windows that allow lots of light.[5]

Floor Plans

More than 130 floor plans exist for 3 Lincoln Center. Here are some teasers:


3 Lincoln Center features upscale service. Here are some of the amenities that residents may use:

  • 24 hour concierge and doorman
  • Audio-visual security system
  • Health and fitness center
  • 60 foot lap pool
  • Steam rooms
  • Sauna rooms
  • Massage spa treatments
  • Personal trainers
  • A reception room
  • Catering kitchen


3 Lincoln Center Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Sublets, rentals, and investors allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Pied-a-terre is also allowed


3 Lincoln Center was built before our modern awareness of 'green' buildings was popular. Because of this, the building is not considered to be a 'green building'.

However, residents who wish to lessen their impact on the environment may participate in New York City's recycling programs, install energy saving appliances, and follow proper waste disposal of construction materials left over from any renovations. Also, limiting the use a car for day to day needs will help.


Part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as seen from above

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex has 29 performance venues and is comprised of these 12 organizations:

  • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • The Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • The Julliard School
  • Lincoln Center Theater
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • New York City Ballet
  • New York Philharmonic
  • The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • The School of American Ballet[6]


  1. City Realty
  2. NY Ago - Organs
  3. Walk Score
  4. City Realty - Review
  5. City Realty
  6. Wikipedia - Lincoln Center

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