The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center
Neal Shapiro Q&A
The Road to Lincoln Center

Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET, spoke with THIRTEEN about the street-level, glass-walled production facility and broadcast studios, located at the corner of 66th Street and Broadway.

Q: THIRTEEN has enjoyed a successful relationship with Lincoln Center for many years with productions like Great Performances and Live From Lincoln Center. What inspired you to take this partnership to a deeper level?
A: We needed more space for our new productions. Lincoln Center immediately came to mind because it’s the center of arts and culture and we have a great relationship with them since we’ve worked together on many productions over the years. I believe the Mayor said this is the first time two non-profits in the city have willingly come together. So this is not only an exciting partnership, it’s an historic one.

Q: Will the studios be used for things other than program tapings?
A: Definitely. One of the great things about the new facility it that the second story is swing space — the perfect venue for community outreach of all kinds. We can have special events there for families, kids, and students. We can host screenings, parties, and meetings with other non-profits. We can invite people to watch a program taping on the ground level, go upstairs and have a larger discussion about it, and then make the discussion available to a wider audience by posting it on our website. We can even approach people on the street during our membership drives and invite them into the studio to talk on-camera about our programming. So as you can see, with this new space, we’re literally putting the “public” back in public television.

Q: Will THIRTEEN and Lincoln Center co-produce programs and events featuring talent from both organizations?
A: We’re thinking about the many exciting ways we can work together, whether it’s taping some of the great events at the Lincoln Center campus or joining forces behind the scenes. Educational outreach is a huge part of what we do at both organizations, so I expect there will be some wonderful possibilities there. In fact, we recently collaborated with the folks at Juilliard on our new station IDs-those little jingles that play at the top of the hour on THIRTEEN and 21. We asked Juilliard students to submit compositions and selected our favorite-undergraduate Niccolo Athens was the winner-and then the students recorded the new theme. It was a fantastic learning experience for these young musicians and an especially amazing opportunity for Niccolo, who gets to see his composition broadcast on public television. And who knows? Years from now, if Niccolo Athens becomes a famous musician, we can say his first composition aired on THIRTEEN.

Q: What’s the most exciting thing about THIRTEEN’s new home at Lincoln Center?
A: It will give us greater visibility and help us engage with the community in dynamic new ways. There’s something really wonderful about being at the crossroads of arts and culture, where hundreds of thousands of people will see us as they walk by and millions more will see us on TV. And the glass design of the studio is no accident. It allows people on the street to watch shows being taped and it’s a metaphor for what public television needs to do. It’s our job to make sure the community can see what we’re doing and we can see what the community expects of us. We want people to see what we do and how we do it. That’s part of who we are.

The Lincoln Center Studio is located on the corner of West 66th Street and Broadway.

By Subway:

Take the #1 local train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station.


By Bus:

The M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104 bus lines all stop within one block of Lincoln Center.

For additional bus and subway information and directions, call the New York City Transit Travel Information Center at 718.330.1234, 6AM - 10PM daily.


By Car:
From Long Island

Take Long Island Expressway to Midtown Tunnel. Follow signs to Uptown/West Side and go cross-town at 34th Street to 8th Avenue. Turn right onto 8th Avenue and proceed to 59th Street. Turn right onto Columbus Circle, making another right onto Broadway. Take Broadway to West 62nd Street and turn left. Cross Columbus Avenue. The Lincoln Center parking garage entrance is on the northern side of the street (right side).

From Southern New Jersey

Take the Lincoln or Holland Tunnels.

From Lincoln Tunnel take the exit on the left towards 40th Street and North. Turn left onto West 42nd Street. Turn right onto 10th Avenue, continuing all the way to 65th Street. Turn right onto West 65th Street. The Lincoln Center parking garage entrance is on the southern side of the street (right side).

From Holland Tunnel follow signs to Exit 1 (Uptown and Canal Street) into Laight Street. Follow Laight Street to West Side Highway (Joe DiMaggio Highway). Follow to 56th Street, staying to the right after 42nd Street. Turn right onto West 56th Street. Turn left onto 10th Avenue. Turn right on West 62nd Street. Lincoln Center parking garage entrance is on the northern side of the street (left side).

From Northern New Jersey

Take I-95 North/US-9 North/US 1 North. This becomes I-95 North/Upper Level George Washington Bridge/US-9. Take the Henry Hudson Parkway/178th Street exit. Follow signs to Henry Hudson Parkway South/West Side Highway (Joe DiMaggio Highway). Merge onto Henry Hudson Parkway South. Take the West 79th Street (Boat Basin) exit. Follow the circle and exit onto 79th street. Turn right onto West End Avenue, heading south. Turn left onto 65th Street. Cross over Amsterdam Avenue, continuing on 65th Street. Turn right onto Columbus Avenue. Turn right onto 62nd Street. Lincoln Center parking garage entrance is on the northern side of the street (right side).

From Southern Connecticut

Take I-95 South to Cross Bronx Expressway, taking the last Manhattan exit (leading towards George Washington Bridge). Follow the Henry Hudson Parkway South. Take the West 79th Street (Boat Basin) exit. Follow the circle and exit onto 79th street. Turn right onto West End Avenue, heading south. Turn left onto 65th Street. Cross over Amsterdam Avenue, continuing on 65th Street. Turn right onto Columbus Avenue. Turn right onto 62nd Street. Lincoln Center parking garage entrance is on the northern side of the street (right side).

From Westchester County

Travel south to get onto Route 9 South (from Saw Mill Parkway). Route 9 becomes Henry Hudson Parkway South/West Side Highway (Joe DiMaggio Highway). Take Henry Hudson Parkway South to the West 79th Street (Boat Basin) exit. Follow the circle and exit onto 79th street. Turn right onto West End Avenue, heading south. Turn left onto 65th Street. Cross over Amsterdam Avenue, continuing on 65th Street. Turn right onto Columbus Avenue. Turn right onto 62nd Street. Lincoln Center parking garage entrance is on the northern side of the street (right side).

From Rockland County/Upstate New York

Take New York State Thruway south to Palisades Parkway south to the George Washington Bridge. Cross the bridge and follow signs to Henry Hudson Parkway South/West Side Highway (Joe DiMaggio Highway). Merge onto Henry Hudson Parkway South. Take the West 79th Street (Boat Basin) exit. Follow the circle and exit onto 79th street. Turn right onto West End Avenue, heading south. Turn left onto 65th Street. Cross over Amsterdam Avenue, continuing on 65th Street. Turn right onto Columbus Avenue. Turn right onto 62nd Street. Lincoln Center parking garage entrance is on the northern side of the street (right side).

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