Town Hall (New York City)

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The Town Hall is a venue in Manhattan , New York City (123 West 43rd Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway ). It offers around 1500 seats and is run by a non-profit organization. In April 1980 the building was inscribed on the National Register of Historic Places . In March 2012, the Town Hall received the status of a National Historic Landmark .

The Town Hall was designed by the architects McKim, Mead & White for the League for Political Education (part of the suffragette movement) and opened in 1921. In the interests of the builders, it served political training. In addition to lectures, there were also poetry readings, and it became particularly well known as a location for musical events. In addition, the political radio program America's Town Meeting of the Air was produced here for over 20 years from 1935 . This radio show with audience participation, which has won many prizes (including the Peabody Award ), was broadcast nationwide and thus reached an audience of millions.

In the year it opened, Richard Strauss , among others, performed a number of concerts here and contributed significantly to the excellent reputation of the Town Hall's acoustics. The Town Hall is also known as a venue for jazz: legendary are the 1945 Town Hall Concert by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie , in which the bebop was presented to a wider audience in Manhattan, and the concert by Louis Armstrong , with which he gave his 1946 Revitalized his career and this led to the formation of his all-star formations. To date, there find Not Just Jazz held concerts, and also dance and poetry are included. There are also regular morning performances for students. Popular series of events currently also include Broadway by the Year (initiated by Scott Siegel ), Broadway Cabaret festivals and events around the screenings of classic films (in which the participating artists also have their say).

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  1. ^ Town Hall on the National Register Information System. National Park Service , accessed February 1, 2020.
  2. Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State: New York. National Park Service , accessed February 1, 2020.
    New York Times March 28, 2012

Coordinates: 40 ° 45 ′ 21.9 ″  N , 73 ° 59 ′ 4.9 ″  W.