With its unique neo-Moorish façade, the NY City Center was built as a meeting hall for members of the Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in 1923. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and City Council President Newbold Morris saved the building from construction and created Manhattan#25;s first performing arts center, which opened December 11, 1943 with a special concert by the New York Philharmonic.
The NY City Center provides special services to many companies that perform there annually, such as Alvin Alley American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Paul Taylor Dance Company. The NY City Center presents, co-presents and commercially rents the Main Stage theater. For over 60 years some of the globe#25;s most amazing performers and productions have graced the Main Stage at the NY City Center.