A Story of the West Side before Lincoln Center

Great research for anything happening in NYC in the fifties or of course for West Side Story.

“New York stands on the threshold of a brave, new era in the performing arts,” lead a New York Times article in April 1956. “An integrated center to serve the theatre, opera and operetta, music and dance is well into the planning stage.” To build that integrated center, of course, meant doing a little urban renewal: bulldozing the tenements, shops, and light industrial spaces spread out across coveted acreage in the neighborhoods of Lincoln Square and San Juan Hill.

via Ephemeral New York.

The photos are from the New York City Parks Department Archives.