Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center)

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Patrons can sometimes be herded a bit like cattle here, and the drink prices are among the most outlandish in town—upwards of ten bucks for a cheap cocktail in a plastic cup!—but this cavernous space, with its dramatic vaulted balconies, regularly draws big performers in the limbo between club and arena shows. The once-poor sound quality has been rectified, but unless you land tickets on the floor, it takes an amazing act to make a night feel special.


Venue name: Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center)
Address: 311 W 34th St
New York
Cross street: between Eighth and Ninth Aves
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St–Penn Station
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I gotta say, I don't really like Hammerstein. I mean I can't say much as I've been here only once for a paramore show. As such, we waited on line for hours on end and ended up being on far left barricade. It's multi level so I'm sure there are other spots, but I can only speak for the show I was at. It was crowded, people were pushy and sometimes I couldn't see. I haven't been since and feel no inclination to do so. Maybe it was the show, but I didn't get a good vibe from the place. I am open to going back though


Hammerstein is located on the top floor at the Manhattan Center, which means, be prepare to walk up 7+ flights of stairs, or arrive early to wait on line for 1 of 2 elevators. Once you get inside, the space is cool... very old New York, with the capability to host large functions. Worth checking out!