Lincoln Square has seen a boom in new construction in recent years, kicked off by the opening of the Time Warner Center at 25 Columbus Circle in 2003. There’s now a spate of buildings that offer first-rate luxury and sweeping Manhattan views while putting residents close to the more mellow environs of the Upper West Side. In between its gleaming high rises, Lincoln Square also features elegant co-ops and charming, prewar brownstones.
Access to the 1, A, C, B, and D trains throughout Lincoln Square means that getting almost anywhere in New York is easy from the neighborhood. Columbus Circle itself is a major transit hub, and a taxi or an Uber is never far away.
The Ethical Culture School at 64th Street and Central Park West is one of New York’s most prestigious private academies for grades K-12. The Lincoln Square neighborhood also encompasses great public schools, including the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts at 65th and Amsterdam.
With Riverside Park in one direction and Central Park in the other, Lincoln Square residents always have an easy escape from noisy streets of Manhattan. In addition to those larger green spaces, there are a number of smaller parks and playgrounds useful for when the kids just need to get outside.
Restaurants and Bars
Dining options abound in Lincoln Square, from the highest of the high-end — Chef Thomas Keller’s lauded Per Se, in the Time Warner Center — to the affordable, obsession-worthy breakfast sweets at Wafles & Dinges. As for nightlife, there’s plenty an exquisitely crafted cocktail to be had in the area. And if you’re just looking for a casual spot to stop in for a pint, you could certainly do worse than Gebhard’s Beer Culture.
Much of the Upper West Side’s best shopping is concentrated near Lincoln Square, around the intersection of 72nd and Broadway. You’ll find plentiful clothiers (Barney’s; Lululemon; Rag & Bone), food stores (Fairway; Citarella), and other life essentials (Lowe’s; the Apple Store; Bed, Bath, and Beyond) all close at hand.
Landmarks and Culture
Between the offerings of classical music, jazz, ballet, and opera at Lincoln Center, there’s enough high culture in the Lincoln Square area to keep you busy almost every weekend. If your tastes run to something a bit more pop-oriented, The Beacon Theatre, a swanky venue just up on 74th and Broadway, brings in top touring musicians and comedians like Norah Jones and Jerry Seinfeld.