Carnegie Hall is one of the most famous venues in the world. Located at 881 Seventh Avenue, Carnegie Hall is two blocks south of Central Park and falls right between West 56th Street and West 57th Street.
Built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Hall maintains its own artistic programming, development, and marketing departments. On average, it hosts around 250 performances each season. Occasionally, it is rented out to performing groups.
The Main Hall is better known as Isaac Stern Auditorium. It seats 2,804 people on five different levels. The most prestigious concert stage in the United States, Carnegie Hall has hosted musical prodigies and legends on its internationally famous stage.
Other performance halls within the larger Carnegie Hall include Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall. The building also contains the Rose Museum, a free museum filled with original concert posters, music programs, and photographs featuring the number of musicians and performers that have graced its stages.
Carnegie Hall is one of the last prominent buildings in New York City built entirely out of masonry without a steel frame.
The famous Carnegie Hall joke runs as follows: A New Yorker is approached near the entryway of Carnegie Hall and asks, "Pardon me sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?" The New Yorker replies, "Practice, practice, practice."