Formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall, David Geffen Hall is home to the famous New York Philharmonic orchestra. It received a new name in 2015 as part of a $500 million fundraising effort to go toward renovations. The American businessman, David Geffen, gave $100 million for naming rights and to help the hall continue to host its musical and cultural acts.
Since its original opening in 1962, this 2,738-seat hall has hosted everyone from Bob Dylan to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and is often used for film premieres, graduations, and local events. It’s the New York Philharmonic, however, that most often uses the space, which having been founded in 1842 is America’s oldest major orchestra.
Insider's Tip: Children under 4 years old are not allowed to attend evening performances.
David Geffen Hall is located in the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. The hall is located on the north side of the complex, and has a café that is open until the intermission of all events. Wheelchair accessible seating is available, and the best place for dropping somebody off is at Columbus Avenue and 64th Street. The center has dedicated parking lots and you should call ahead to reserve a space.