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Mecca Temple

2011 October 28

After a $57 million dollar renovation, the New York City Center, on 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, reopened last Tuesday. Originally called the Mecca Temple, the theatre was built in 1923 by the Shriners as a meeting place when they were evicted from Carnegie Hall. After the market crash of 1929, the building reverted to city ownership and was turned into a performing arts center. Today it regularly hosts the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the American Ballet Theatre and is the home of the Manhattan Theatre Club.

I stumbled across the finished building this week because I’m spending more time than usual in the neighborhood. Stay tuned to find out why.

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