How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice!Located at the southeast corner of 57th Street and 7th Avenue, Carnegie Hall is just two blocks south of Central Park. If youre planning on attending a show in the Main Hall, better known as the Isaac Stern Auditorium, plan on parking your New York discount car rental as close to the main lobby as you can. Access to the Main Hall is via the front lobby only. If youre looking to visit the Weill Recital Hall, plan on parking close to a separate entrance located at 154 West 57th Street, while access to the Zankel Hall is located on Seventh Ave. between 56th and 57th Street.
About the Carnegies HallsCarnegie Halls main auditorium can currently hold a massive audience of about 2,804 people on five different levels of seating. Now official called the Isaac Stern Auditorium, after the famous violinist, the Main Hall is best known for its stunning live acoustics. Often called an instrument in itself the Isaac Stern Auditorium is amazingly tall in order to reach seats at the top of the hall youll have to climb over 105 stairs (or you can take the elevator). The Weill Recital Hall, named after famous financier and Philanthropist Sanford L. Weill, is capable of holding a much smaller crowd of approximately 268 people. The Weill Recital Hall is also home to Carnegie Halls Rose Museum and the Carnegie Hall Archives. The second largest auditorium at Carnegie Hall is named after the institutes Vice Chairman, Arthur, and his wife Judy Zankel. With a capacity to hold 599 concert goers, Zankel Hall is the newest addition to the Carnegie Hall family. Built as the original Recital Hall for Carnegie Hall in 1891, this substantial performance hall was turned into a cinema during the late 1950s, before returning to the concert hall business in 1997.
Architecture and History of Carnegie HallAfter youve parked your New York Discount car rental in front of Carnegie Hall, be sure to stop and take a good look at the buildings architecture. Built in the late 19th century by architect William Burnet Tuthill, Carnegie Hall is one of the largest remaining buildings in New York City to be built entirely of masonry. Built as a revivalist brick and brownstone building, Carnegie Hall is fashioned in the Italian Renaissance style feature narrow Roman bricks with terracotta detailing. Once inside the main lobby of Carnegie Hall be sure to take some pictures of the Pazzi Chapel-like detailing, featuring everything from Corinthian pilasters to vaulted ceilings! Named after Andrew Carnegie, who paid for the halls construction back in 1890, Carnegie Halls official opening night was May 5th 1891 with a concert conducted by the great composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Remembering Carnegie HallOnce youve visited Carnegie Hall in your New York discount car rental, remember to stop by the Rose Museum and Carnegie Hall archives located just inside the Weill Recital Hall. The Archives and museum at Carnegie Hall feature old posters and programs from throughout the Halls long standing history, along with beautiful photos and exciting memorabilia.