Home to numerous art fairs and events, the New York Times’s Kate Taylor details the renovations just completed to the Park Ave. Armory and its new role as a mammoth stage:
“The challenge was to create the largest stage in New York, but that would work for both performance and visual arts,” said Rebecca Robertson, president of the Park Avenue Armory, the nonprofit organization that took over the armory from the state in 2006 and is embarking this fall on its first full season. “There’s no other theater in New York that equally does both.” […]
Ms. Robertson’s goal in transforming the building has been to make it as flexible as possible for the artists. The recent completion of $68 million in electrical, acoustical and structural work — quadrupling the electrical capacity, reinforcing truss work, installing dozens of lighting and chain hoists — means that the armory, which has spent three years in what Ms. Robertson calls “R & D,” is now ready to showcase a variety of art.
A Stage as Big as All Outdoors but Without Rain (New York Times)