by Wendy Giman, 12/18/2013
Photo: Alexander Thompson
David Rubenstein Pavilion at Lincoln Center
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets, 212-875-5350, Upper West Side, Manhattan
It's hard to believe that before this space was renovated and redesigned, it was called Harmony and featured a climbing wall with a "love night" dedicated to single climbers. Now, it's officially Lincoln Center's Public Space and Visitor Center, with a ticket booth, performance videos, a 97-foot permanent textile art installation made of 114 felt panels, and free performances that take place every Thursday. Despite the artistic hustle and bustle, the soaring ceiling and vertical gardens designed in 2009 by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien offer harmony of a different kind. Just a short walk from Central Park or Columbus Circle, the atrium offers public restrooms (too rare in New York City), free WiFi and a tasty food bar—everything you may need to relax, regroup and then forge ahead to the next event.