New York City Center

December 11, 1943 by New York City Center

City Center's landmark building, with its unique neo-Moorish façade, was saved from the wrecking ball by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who dedicated it to the performing arts on December 11, 1943. We’ve been a hub for creative discovery ever since. This is where George Balanchine staged the world premiere of The Nutcracker and where Leonard Bernstein conducted his own orchestra for the first time. Carol Channing and Bernadette Peters made their New York stage debuts here; Beverly Sills and Plácido Domingo became stars here. And we're just getting started. Get lost in Our Story, a trove of photos, interviews, and recordings which brings City Center's past to life and offers a backstage pass to our extraordinary present.