New York City Performing Arts

"Where do you wait tables?" is the not-so-ironic question New York performers get when they say they're in the arts. Even more telling is that most of these struggling artists don't miss a beat when they respond with the restaurant's name. Fact is, if you're an aspiring performer here, you'd better be tough and competitive. There is a constant influx of artists from around the globe, and all these

actors, singers, dancers, and musicians striving for their big break infuse the city with a crackling creative energy.

Just as tough are the audiences. Although costly ticket prices can make attending a Broadway show a less common outing for even the most devout theater-loving New Yorkers, that's not true of many other kinds of more affordable performances. Whether the audiences are primarily local or not, it's their discernment that helps drive the arts scene, whether they are flocking to a concert hall to hear a world-class soprano deliver a flawless performance, or crowding into a cramped café to support fledgling writers reading from their own work.

New York has upwards of 200 "legitimate" theaters (meaning those with theatrical performances, not movies), and many more ad hoc venues—parks, churches, lofts, galleries, rooftops, even parking lots. The city is also a revolving door of special events: summer jazz, one-act-play marathons, film festivals, and music and dance celebrations from the classical to the avant-garde, to name just a few. It's this unrivaled wealth of culture and art that many New Yorkers cite as the reason they're here, and the reason why millions more make the migration.

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651 Arts

Given its location, it's easy to assume this venue is part of the BAM compound, but 651 Arts is an independent nonprofit dedicated to...


Founded in 1977, this classical music series on a barge floating on the East River hosts small audiences of about 130 for intimate chamber-music...

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Part of the Brooklyn College campus, this community-based arts center offers a variety of performances at affordable prices—their roster...

Jazz 966

For an only-in-Brooklyn experience, consider catching a Friday night performance at Jazz 966. In the second-floor cafeteria of a senior...

Kings Theatre

Dormant since 1977, this grand and opulent 1929 movie palace reopened as a 3,000-seat performing-arts venue in early 2015, with an exciting...

Nitehawk Cinema

The only movie theater of its kind in the New York City area, Nitehawk shows first-run and repertory films in three theater spaces and...


Marionette puppets have been enacting classic fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the...

The Wick & The Well

Step inside this 19th-century German brewery for a glimpse into Brooklyn's age-old love affair with lager beer, and its more recent affection...


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