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Home to 11 world-class performing-arts organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center is completing a massive renovation campaign (initially begun in 2009, but construction on Avery Fisher Hall isn’t even scheduled to begin until 2017) that has jolted new energy into the West 60s. Eye-catching architecture and innovative programming have helped break down the walls of this cultural citadel, revealing the dazzling creativity that lies within. You may still get the evil eye from one of the Upper West Side’s graying denizens if you show up in a hoodie, but thanks to tons of free events and options for discount tickets, you’ll at least pay less for the experience.
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