Carnegie Hall | NYC Attractions
Carnegie Hall is an NYC Attraction where you can enjoy concerts from top performers.
It’s hard to imagine New York City without Carnegie Hall but had a group of developers had their way, the iconic concert venue would have been demolished to make room for a skyscraper. Happily, the beloved hall remains and welcomes some of the world’s best musicians.
About Carnegie Hall:
Carnegie Hall opened to much fanfare in 1891. The labor of love of Andrew Carnegie and his wife, Louise, the NYC Attraction welcomed celebrated musicians from around the world. Carnegie didn’t just want to create another building; he wanted Carnegie Hall to be beautiful in both form and function. All who have visited over the years can see for themselves that his vision was fully realized.
The opening celebration lasted for 5 days, and the list of audience members read like a Who’s Who of New York City society: Whitney, Frick, Rockefeller – all of the most important families were represented. The very first song to be played was “America” performed by the Symphony Society. Since that very first performance, Carnegie Hall has held its place as one of the most important concert venues in the world, but it could have been nothing more than a memory.
By 1960, the property had changed hands and had been slated for demolition. Protests against the project had gone on for years, but as the demolition date approached, it looked like Carnegie Hall was not going to be saved. An 11th hour intervention saved the building when the City of New York purchased the NYC Attraction and it became a public trust.
For many visitors to New York City, attending a concert at Carnegie Hall is a must. In the past, those looking for NY Things to Do would find the choices at Carnegie Hall limited mostly to classical performances, but that isn’t the case now. Jazz crept into the venue as early as 1912, and today you’ll find all manner of performances on the list of upcoming events.
From jazz to rock to pop – many top performers in every category have performed at Carnegie Hall. Lovers of classical music need not worry as the schedule is still heavy with concerts such as the New York Pops, Musica Sacra, the New York String Orchestra, and other classical selections.
Even those who don’t plan to attend a concert can still visit just to appreciate the design of this NYC Attraction. Carnegie Hall was designed by William Burnet Tuthill. He’d never designed a concert venue before, but as he worked he knew that function would be as important as form. He went overseas to learn what types of buildings would offer the best sound. The result is the Italian Renaissance building with wonderful acoustics.
Tours of Carnegie Hall are also available. Because the tour schedule must work around concerts and practice times, the tour times vary. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under, students, and seniors over 62.
As you plan your stay at our Central Park Hotel, consider adding a visit to Carnegie Hall to your list of NY Things to Do.
Kids under 12, students, and seniors over 62: $12