A NYC Adventure Through Famous Music Venues

New York City has always been a mecca for music across all genres, attracting musicians and composers from around the world.

Manhattan features many music venues—from more intimate and trendy spaces to larger halls rich with history.

Here are several of Manhattan’s more famous venues offering the best in music and culture.

Radio City Music Hall

As one of the key attractions of Rockefeller Plaza, the 6,000+ capacity Radio City Music Hall has entertained hundreds of millions of people for nearly 90 years.

Originally designed to be “a palace of the people,” this grand art deco venue is on the U.S. National Register for Historic Places.  Along with featuring live music and staged productions, films, televised events, and more, it has also been home to the legendary Rockettes since 1932.


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Carnegie Hall

For musicians and singers, performing at Carnegie Hall must surely be considered the pinnacle of their career. This prestigious concert venue has set the standard for musical artists around the world since its inception in 1891.

From The Beatles, to George Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Billie Holliday, Led Zeppelin and Nina Simone, the three performance spaces within Carnegie Hall have featured virtually every genre of popular and classical music—including Judy Garland’s fabled concert in 1961 (later nicknamed “the greatest night in show business history”).

From 250 performances every year to its voluminous archives and museum, music education and community programs, Carnegie Hall continues to shine bright as the world’s beacon of artistic excellence.

The Town Hall

The Town Hall was originally built by suffragists (The League for Political Education) as a venue for educating people of all walks of life on important issues, including the League’s efforts to get the 19th Amendment passed.

In true democratic form, The Town Hall was designed with no box or obstructed-view seats, in order to offer equity among audience members. Through the years, The Town Hall was a meeting place and lecture hall for political and non-political subjects, and served as an arts center for poets, dancers, and musicians.

Rachmaninoff, Allen Ginsberg, Louis Armstrong, Garrison Keillor, Charlie Parker, and Whitney Houston—making her debut at 14—are among those who have graced its stage.

Today, The Town Hall continues a robust multi-discipline line-up of acts, series, films, cabarets and festivals.

The Apollo Theater

As the “epicenter of American culture and black creativity,” The Apollo Theater enjoys both a distinct legacy within, and a fierce commitment to, the future of American music and entertainment.

The Apollo has always been instrumental in the development and support of new artists and musical genres. Many giants of jazz, soul, R&B, pop, bebop and comedy have gotten their start at The Apollo.

The Apollo’s legendary weekly “Amateur Night”—where lively audiences decide the fate of amateur competitors—has been going on for nearly 85 years. It has launched the careers of many entertainers such as Dave Chappelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill, Jaime Foxx, and Jimi Hendrix.


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The Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center is a world-renowned venue that features the finest in arts entertainment and culture.

It is home to many resident performing arts organizations including the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Opera.

Occupying 16.3 acres of space—with 30 indoor and outdoor performance spaces—Lincoln Center is the world’s largest performing arts center. It’s iconic illuminated Revson Fountain can produce 40 ft. columns of water and has appeared in many films and television shows.

From a calendar of diverse performances and beloved annual traditions, the Lincoln Center offers a rich artistic program.


With a legacy of jazz greats including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker, Birdland quickly became the pre-eminent jazz venue in New York City after it opened in 1949.

Over the years, Birdland went through various stages of prominence and activity, as well as physical locations.

Birdland’s present Midtown address and commitment to this American art form is a “natural continuation of the legendary jazz corner of the world.” Its top-notch performance space is a showcase for today’s leading jazz artists and several jazz festivals.

A Venue for Hospitality and Luxury

The Marmara Park Avenue is a boutique hotel that hits all the right notes.


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All of our accommodations are designed with spacious loft windows, custom furniture, wood floors and many feature private terraces.

After an evening of great music, relax in the comfort and luxury of your spacious guestroom. Enjoy deluxe amenities such as complimentary iPad air devices, large-screen TVs, spacious marble bathrooms, plush bedding and so much more.

Treat yourself to a luxurious day in our wellness center—including our subterranean pool, fitness center, and authentic Turkish hammam.

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