I like that last photo, too. I've been inside Lincoln Center and admired the very 60's glass chandeliers. I consider them to be a very iconic example of design of the 60's and 70's, which was a period that very definitely had its own signature (unlike the 80's).
The long awaited Second Avenue subway opened on New Year's Eve (for dignitaries only and then to the general public on New Year's Day).
While it is not totally complete, it will provide service to three new stations at E72nd, E86, and E96th streets. (this is only Phase One and only runs just under 3 miles).
Second Avenue has been one of the most conjested transit corridors in Manhattan and the new line will provide much relief.
While many see this as a boon, many, many others fear and rightfully so, tenants of both residential and commercial properties will likely be priced out.
This saddens me greatly as I know this section of NYC intimately, and have continued to stay in that neighborhood annually even after I moved from living there. What has been described as an intrinsically boring neighborhood, people live there because of it's stability versus excitement.
Lifelong residents and merchants of the area will likely be displaced as rents double. There are some attempts by some neighborhood groups to protect affordable housing and retail.
On a similar note, I just learned that Honest Ed's, seen here in a photo I took in Toronto in 2010:
closed on December 31st. The store as well as the entire city block it was on, which included old houses that had been rented cheaply to artists and tradespeople so that they could live in the centre of Toronto, was sold to a real estate developer in 2013. Everything will be knocked down and replaced with high-rise condos, offices and some shops. The store had been open for 68 years and was a source of cheap stuff for many people over the years.