Access: Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City is renowned as one of the world’s premier venues for opera and classical music. Thanks to a recent settlement, the center may also become much more wheelchair friendly.

On June 27 the center settled a federal lawsuit alleging a lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In particular, the suit claimed that the center’s Avery Fisher Hall, built in 1962, lacked adequate wheelchair seating. The suit was filed following a complaint from a patron who uses a wheelchair.

The suit was settled the same day it was filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan. Under the terms of the settlement, Lincoln Center will increase the number of wheelchair seats, as well as renovate restrooms and add accessible parking.

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