The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center has a number of electrical outlets available throughout the space and free wifi; unsurprisingly, these amenities attract the laptop brigade. This is almost always a very good indicator that a space is quiet, and it certainly is true here. In addition to free power and wifi, the Atrium offers two well-maintained restrooms with extra facilities on the second floor.
We had previously stated that the public space at 575 5th Avenue (L’Oreal building) was our favorite publicly owned private space (POPS), but that was before we visited the David Rubenstein Atrium. Everything about this POPS is just right. There is plenty of seating, with at least a dozen tables available to the public. A ‘wichcraft offers sandwiches and coffee (but you are not required to purchase from them and may bring in food from outside), and you can purchase tickets for Lincoln Center events.
We visited the atrium on three occasions. During our two weekday visits we found the space to be pretty serene, until, that is, a Lincoln Center promo came on a very large screeen. Fortunately, the promo wasn’t terribly loud and only ran about a minute, but it is played every half hour or so.
The place was packed during a lunch time visit, yet it remained peaceful. Background music played softly in the background, and while there were one or two noisy people on cell phones, everyone else was well behaved.
Our weekend visit on a busy Sunday clocked in at 72.5 decibels. Once again there was music playing softly in the background (bossa nova) but the bass needed to be lowered a notch. There were fewer laptop workers and more couples or small groups chatting and having a nosh. Still very pleasant, just a bit louder than during the work week.
The David Rubenstein Atrium is definitely worth visiting if you want a place to relax or to work remotely. One caution: free performances are held in the space from time to time, but they generally are scheduled in the evening. You can visit the website listed below and click on the “free weekly performances” link to get the current schedule.
Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
reet (betw. Broadway and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 11023