Governor Hochul Announces Lincoln Center's $550 Million David Geffen Hall to be Completed in October 2022

March 9, 2022

Project Complements Efforts to Revitalize New York State's Tourism Industry

New York State Providing $6.5 Million to Accelerate Completion and Support Major Expansion of Public Space

Expanded Public Space to Host Free Community-Based Public Programming

Renderings Available Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today joined Lincoln Center leadership to announce that the $550 million renovation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' new David Geffen Hall will be completed in October 2022, two years ahead of schedule. The hall is being reimagined from the inside out with expanded access to public space for the community, supported by a $6.5 million grant from Empire State Development. The project will transform the storied concert hall and home of the renowned New York Philharmonic into a world-class venue and destination that will further support New York City's post-pandemic economic recovery. 

"Lincoln Center is a central piece of New York's cultural heart and the new David Geffen Hall, complete with expanded public and community spaces, will make that heart beat even stronger," Governor Hochul said. "New York's comeback is just getting started and this project is a crucial part of that comeback, creating jobs and giving New Yorkers and visitors from across the globe the opportunity to experience world-class entertainment in a state-of-the-art venue. I look forward to seeing this magnificent facility introduce the next generation to the joy of the arts."

Empire State Development is providing up to $6.5 million to accelerate the transformation of David Geffen Hall, including approximately 21,000 square feet of renovated and expanded public space in and around the hall. Through this project, Lincoln Center has committed to creating 114 new full-time jobs. Additionally, the iconic venue plans to host new community-based public programming in the public space and launch a diversity and arts job training program that will provide paid fellowships to support the community-based programming.  

Read the full press release here.