Living in Lincoln Square: A Real Estate and Lifestyle Guide to Lincoln Square, New York

Lincoln Square—The Art and Soul of New York City

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Centered on the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Avenue, the Lincoln Square neighborhood, one of Upper Manhattan’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Thanks to its enviable location in the city’s cultural hub, on the doorstep of its commercial hub, Midtown. This is the ideal neighborhood for patrons of the arts. A center of ballet, contemporary dance, opera, film, and classical music, where streets named after Leonard Bernstein and George Balanchine lead to the nation’s largest performing arts complex.

Where is Lincoln Square Located in NYC?

Lincoln Square is a sub-neighborhood of the Upper West Side in the borough of Manhattan, at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Avenue.

  • East to West Boundaries: Columbus Avenue to Amsterdam Avenue
  • North to South Boundaries: 72nd Street to 59th Street
  • Subway: A, B, C, D, 1, 2, 3
  • Ticket out of the City: The West Side Highway northbound to the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey, and southbound to the Lincoln and the Holland Tunnels

What to Do in Lincoln Square?

The neighborhood offers world-class recreation, too, in the form of Central Park, Hudson River Park, and Riverside Park. Residents are also a short walk away from the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Historical Society. In summer, the neighborhood abounds with farmers’ markets, flea markets, and street fairs. Throughout the year, there are festivals and alfresco musical and theatrical performances, including Midsummer Night Swing every June, the Big Apple Circus in the winter, and Lincoln Center’s colorful, orchestrated fountain display. Film buffs will enjoy a wide range of cinematic experiences from independent and foreign screenings at Walter Reade Theater and the Film Society of Lincoln Center to Hollywood blockbusters in Imax at AMC Lincoln Square. Columbus Circle, at the southern border of the neighborhood, offers luxury retail and upscale dining at the Time Warner Center.

What to See in Lincoln Square?

The neighborhood’s residential architecture is a blend of elegant 18th- and 19th-century townhouses, turn-of-the-century apartment buildings, and high-rise condominium buildings, many with Hudson River and Central Park views. The most coveted buildings are The Regent, famed for its elegant lobby; Dorchester Towers, with dazzling park vistas, and the Grand Tier, which overlooks Lincoln Center. Easy access to public transportation (the 1 train offers a direct route to Times Square and the West Village) and the proximity to Manhattan’s most famous cultural institutions for performing arts, make this upscale neighborhood the ideal home for the cosmopolitan culture lover—whether young professional or empty nester. Buzzing by day with college students from The Juilliard School and Fordham University, and by night with well-dressed theatergoers, or locals enjoying the many relaxed bars, cafés, and bistros—Lincoln Square welcomes the world.

Where to Eat in Lincoln Square?

Lincoln Square’s pre- and post-performance dining options include two of the city’s five 3-Michelin-star restaurants: Masa and Per Se (in The Shops at Columbus Circle), as well as two-starred hotspots Jean-Georges and Marea, and chef Daniel Boulud’s Boulud Sud and Bar Boulud, long-time neighborhood staples like Café Fiorello; relaxed bistros and small, cozy restaurants that offer various ethnic flavors. There’s café culture too, offering quiet entertainment in a relaxed, cultured atmosphere.

What Schools are in Lincoln Square?

The artistic neighborhood is home to high-rated public high schools, such as the Beacon High School and Fiorello H. La Guardia High School, and numerous private schools, including the world-renowned Juilliard School for the performing arts, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Abraham Joshua Heschel School, and the Professional Children’s School. Several higher-education institutions are nearby—among them Macaulay Honors College, Fordham University School of Law, and the New York Institute of Technology.

How Many People Live in Lincoln Square?

Population: 60,000

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