If you like being surrounded by artists, performers, and musicians, Lincoln Square probably has more world-class creative talent per capita than anywhere else in New York. Home to Lincoln Center—and its resident companies the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and New York Philharmonic—as well as the Julliard School and High School for the Performing Arts, it’s not uncommon to stumble upon impromptu performances in the area’s open spaces. Speaking of which, Lincoln Square is bordered by Riverside Park to the west and Central Park to the east, so there are lots of nearby opportunities for recreation.
The product of more than 60 years of targeted urban revitalization, Lincoln Square has shaken off its down-and-out past to become an affluent neighborhood of sought-after luxury apartments and condos. Some of the city’s most exclusive shopping and dining is around Columbus Circle, while Broadway features chain stores, and Columbus Avenue retains its independent character with smaller mom-and-pop shops.