"The place is for everybody now, and that’s how it should be. It’s a public space built with public money that for too long only welcomed a small section of the public. The theaters flanking the plaza seemed at times like bunkers, forbidding and designed to turn away the vaguely curious. Now, with all sorts of people filling the expanse, they seem alive with activity, interesting and accessible. The artificial distinction between “downtown” and “uptown” is mainly ignored. There’s the actual fact of the New York City Opera presenting quintessential “downtown” musician John Zorn’s La Machine de L’être this Friday, but even more exemplary is that among the lively crowd at the closing night of the Tully Scope festival at Alice Tully, a concert of dramatic, contemporary music by Heiner Goebbels, there was Zorn himself. And there were Lou Reed, and Laurie Anderson. And they all looked like they had just wandered in from off the street, both surprised and satisfied to find themselves in this renewed Lincoln Center space, milling about in a crowd with young nerds and aging hipsters, excited to hear something new."
George Grella at Classical TV has some very nice things to say about our redesign. We’re blushing.