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Student Engagement is pleased to offer the Urban New York - General and Senior Spring Lottery program. 

Registrationfor both the Spring General and Senior Lotteries has closed. 

Notifications of these results have been sent out to winners, waitlisted students and those who did not secure a ticket.

Each student can only win one ticket throughout their time at Columbia University. If you win a ticket, regardless of whether or not you show up for the event, you will not be able to enter into future lotteries. However, you remain eligible to attend events through the stand-by process.

Didn't win a ticket? No worries. You can always show up to the meeting time and place of any of the exciting events listed below and try to win a stand-by ticket. Below you will find a list of all UrbanNY events ocurring this semester (both General and Senior Lotteries), so that those students wishing to try for a stand-by ticket will be able to have that information.  Review the Rules and Regulations for UrbanNY for more complete explanations of these processes.


Spring 2016 General and Senior Lottery Events 

An American in Paris (Palace Theatre)
Friday, February 19th @ 8:00pm
Meeting time:  6:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

An American in Paris is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin!


Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Hornets (Barclays Center)
Sunday, February 21st @ 6:00pm
Meeting time: 4:30pm
Meeting location: Barnard Hall

Come watch as the Brooklyn Nets take on the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center!


Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Theatre)
Tuesday, February 23rd @ 7:00pm
Meeting time:  5:45pm
Meeting location: Barnard Hall

Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific and The King and I bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.


School of Rock (Winter Garden Theatre)
Thursday, February 25th@ 7:00pm
Meeting time: 5:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

School of Rock is a brand new musical based on the film, which starred Jack Black. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. The stage musical is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has composed 14 new songs to create a score, which also features all the original songs from the movie. 


On Your Feet (Marquis Theatre)
Friday, February 26th @ 8:00pm
Meeting time: 6:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records and sold out  stadiums around the world. Emilio and Gloria Estefan together have won 26 GRAMMY Awards®, but their music is only half the story. ON YOUR FEET! is the new Broadway musical about two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other and became an international sensation. Two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) directs, with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).

New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat (Madison Square Garden)
Sunday, February 28th @ 7:30pm
Meeting time: 6:30pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Come watch as the New York Knicks take on the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden!


Old Hats (Signature Theatre)
Thursday, March 3rd @ 7:30pm
Meeting time: 6:15pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Bill Irwin and David Shiner star in their award-winning, critically acclaimed production of Old Hats. Called "one of the funniest shows of the past few years" by the New York Post, this production reunites the clowns with original director Tina Landau and introduces their new songstress and comic foil Shaina Taub. Using music, technology, and movement, Irwin and Shiner combine their inimitable magic and slapstick to create an unforgettable outing.


Shear Madness (New World Stages)
Friday, March 4th @ 8:00pm
Meeting time: 6:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

The madness erupts at your not-so-typical New York hair salon, when suddenly the old lady upstairs gets mysteriously murdered and everyone’s dying to know WHODUNIT? The audience combs through the clues, questioning the suspects like a bona fide “SHEARLOCK HOLMES.” And the best part? It’s different every time you see it!


Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera House)
Saturday, March 5th @ 8:30pm
Meeting time: 7:15pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house, and film, Broadway, and popular culture in general have riffed endlessly on it. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.



Brunch at Red Rooster (Red Rooster)
Sunday, March 6th @ 2:30pm
Meeting time: 1:30pm
Meeting location: Barnard Hall


Enjoy a brunch at Red Rooster, a restaurant in the heart of Harlem serving comfort food and celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. Named in honor of the legendary Harlem speakeasy, Chef Marcus Samuelsson brings his passion for food to the neighborhood he calls home.




BNP Paribas Showdown (Madison Square Garden)
Tuesday, March 8th @ 7:00pm
Meeting time: 6:00pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall


Twenty-one-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams will take on former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, while Stan Wawrinka will square off with French star Gael Monfils at the 9th Annual BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden. The entertaining one-night tennis event, which is being held on World Tennis Day for the fourth straight year has become a staple on the tennis calendar.


The Color Purple (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre)
Thursday, March 24th @ 7:00pm
Meeting time:  5:45pm
Meeting location: Barnard Hall


Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) makes her long-awaited Broadway debut as the sultry Shug Avery in the joyous and triumphant musical The Color Purple. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. The American classic has blazed onto Broadway in an acclaimed new production that New York Magazine hails as "one of the greatest revivals ever”.



Escape the Room (107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor)
Thursday, March 24th @ 8:00pm
Meeting time:  6:15pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Escape the Room is a fun, interactive game taking place in New York City.  While it looks like any other ordinary room, it’s actually a mystery puzzle.  Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and “Escape the Room.”  You have 60 minutes, so be quick!


Lunch at Churrascaria Plataforma (Churrascaria Plataforma)
Saturday, March 26th @ 2:00pm
Meeting time: 1:00pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Enjoy a lunch at Churrascaria Plataforma, a Rodizio style restaurant uses the method of serving different cuts of meat that originated in the south of Brazil in the early 1800s. This authentic NYC rodizio style restaurant features an all you can eat fixed price with continuous table-side service.



Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance (David H Koch Theatre)
Sunday, March 27th @ 2:00pm
Meeting time: 12:45pm
Meeting location: Barnard Hall


Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance brings to Lincoln Center the outstanding works of America’s homegrown art, chosen by legendary Dancemaker Paul Taylor. Featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and live music performed by the renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the works presented include Masterpieces of the 20th Century, extraordinary works by today’s preeminent choreographers, new creations by the most compelling voices of the next generation, premieres, and acclaimed dances from the ever-growing repertoire of Paul Taylor.




  • Snow White
  • Profiles
  • New Keigwin Work (World Premiere)
  • Mercuric Tidings




New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Barclays Center)
Tuesday, March 29th @ 7:00pm
Meeting time: 5:30pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall


Come watch as the New York Islanders take on the Carolina Hurricanes at Barclays Center!



Hamilton (Richard Rodgers Theatre)
Wednesday, March 30th @ 8:00pm
Meeting time: 6:30pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

A rollicking historical epic, Hamilton traces the life and times of one of America's most important (and colorful) characters, Alexander Hamilton. In a life rich with drama and intrigue, Hamilton rose from his humble orphaned beginnings to play a major role in making America the country it is today. The Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winning Miranda (In the Heights) Lin Manuel Miranda, who wrote the book and lyrics and stars as the lead, takes a wholly fresh approach to his subject matter, incorporating samples of Notorious B.I.G into his score and casting ethnically diverse actors in the roles of the founding fathers.

Due to the intense popularity of this trip, all winners will be required to stop by 515 Lerner Hall and leave a $5 deposit no later than Friday, March 11th. The $5 deposit will be refunded once you have attended the show. Waitlisted students will be notified if and when tickets become available.

*Please note that there will be no day-of standby for this event.


Spaces by Wynton Marsalis (Rose Theater/Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Saturday, April 2nd @ 8:00pm
Meeting time: 6:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Composed with the concept of an “animal ballet” in mind, Wynton Marsalis’ Spaces will attempt to recapture the natural fascination we have with the sounds and movements of animals. Two extraordinary dance geniuses represent this connection in their work: Lil Buck, a groundbreaking young artist recently seen with Yo-Yo Ma, Madonna, and Cirque du Soleil; and Jared Grimes, a quadruple-threat tap dancer who in 2014 won the Astaire Award and choreographed on Broadway for After Midnight and Holler If Ya Hear Me. They join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in the world-premiere of this visually captivating performance.



Brunch at Sylvia’s (Sylvia’s Restaurant)
Sunday, April 3rd at 2:00pm
Meeting time: 1:00pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall


Enjoy a family-style brunch at world famous Sylvia’s Restaurant, serving generous helpings of Southern comfort food and located in the historical village of Harlem, since 1962.




New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros (Yankee Stadium)
Wednesday, April 6th at 7:05pm
Meeting time: 5:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall


Come watch as the New York Yankees take on the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium!




Shuffle Along (Music Box Theatre)
Friday, April 8th @ 8:00pm
Meeting time: 6:45pm
Meeting location: Barnard Hall


Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, and Joshua Henry join record-breaking Tony winner Audra McDonald in the upcoming production of Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The 2016 Shuffle Along, created anew by a remarkable constellation of artists, brings the original show back to glorious life, while simultaneously telling the heretofore unknown backstage saga of its creation -- and how it changed the world it left behind.


New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies (CitiField)
Sunday, April 10th @ 1:10pm
Meeting time: 11:30am
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Come watch as the New York Mets take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Citifield!


The Changing Face of Broadway: Race and Diversity in the American Musical Theatre (Symphony Space)
Wednesday, April 13th @ 7:30pm
Meeting time: 6:30pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

An in-depth look at the challenges and rewards of nontraditional casting and the changing landscape of ethnic diversity on the Broadway stage. This evening takes a multi-disciplinary look at race and diversity in the American musical theatre, featuring live performances from shows such as In the Heights, Miss Saigon, and Dreamgirls, film clips from musicals such as Cabin in the Sky and Carmen Jones and an exploration of the transformative power of color-binding casting. 


Les Fêtes Vénitiennes (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Thursday, April 14th @ 7:30pm
Meeting time: 6:00pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants explore the hedonistic side of the French Baroque with the rarely staged opéra-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, by André Campra. Gamblers, carnies, gypsies, and jilted lovers—baring lots of leg via scanty updates on period dress—populate a series of stories in this crimson-hued carnival of courtly music, dance from Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and Venetian decadence. Play-within-a-play plot devices, melodies borrowed from Lully’s opera Atys, gliding gondolas, and dancing sheep round out Campra’s whimsical nod to French libertinism.


Waitress (Brooks Atkinson Theatre)
Thursday, April 14th @ 7:30pm
Meeting time: 6:15pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Funny, uplifting and surprisingly poignant, this irresistible slice of life features original music and lyrics by 5 time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) is Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, Jenna fears she may have to abandon the dream of opening her own pie shop forever… until a baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s handsome new doctor offer her a tempting recipe for happiness. Supported by her quirky crew of fellow waitresses and loyal customers, Jenna summons the secret ingredient she’s been missing all along – courage.


Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)
Friday, April 15th @ 7:00pm
Meeting time: 5:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Top of the Rock Observation Deck is New York’s most breathtaking view! Watch the sunset over the Manhattan skyline from the top of this architectural gem. Indoor and outdoor viewing will provide a perfect way to celebrate the city you call home.


Circle-line Sightseeing Cruise: The Landmark Cruise (Pier 83)
Saturday, April 16th @ 3:00pm
Meeting time: 2:00pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Take a ride on Circle-line’s The Landmark Cruise. The Landmark Cruise will show you the most famous NYC landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), United Nations, and South Street Seaport. This Circle-line Sightseeing Cruise also features magnificent views of midtown and lower Manhattan, as well as plenty of photo ops along the way!  


Otello (Metropolitan Opera House)
Wednesday, April 20th @ 7:30pm
Meeting time:  6:15pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Director Bartlett Sher’s new production of Verdi’s masterful Otello, which opened the Met season last September, returns for a second run. Often cited as Italian opera’s greatest tragedy, Otello is a miraculous union of music and drama, a masterpiece as profound philosophically as it is thrilling theatrically. Shakespeare’s tale of an outsider, a great hero who can’t control his jealousy, was carefully molded by the librettist Arrigo Boito into a taut and powerful opera text.


New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics (Yankee Stadium)
Thursday, April 21st @ 7:05pm
Meeting time: 5:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Come watch as the New York Yankees take on the Oakland Athletics at the Yankee Stadium!


Bronx Zoo (Bronx Zoo)
Saturday, April 23rd @ 2:00pm
Meeting time: 12:30pm
Meeting location: Barnard Hall

Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My! Visit the largest urban zoo in America and get up close to more than 600 species from around the globe. Meet exotic animals, birds, reptiles, and insects from across Asia, Africa, the Americas and more without ever leaving the Bronx.

Amateur Night at the Apollo (Apollo Theatre)
Wednesday, April 27th @ 7:30pm
Meeting time:  6:30pm
Meeting location: Barnard Hall

Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. The classic competition is known for its notoriously “tough” audience, gleefully deciding who will “be good or be gone” to win the grand prize. Who will be the next Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown or Michael Jackson? At Amateur Night, you decide.


Paramour – Cirque du Soleil (Lyric Theatre)
Thursday, April 28th @ 7:30pm
Meeting time: 6:15pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Cirque du Soleil has dazzled audiences the world over, and now it’s finally coming to Broadway with its boldest, most heart-soaring spectacle ever. PARAMOUR spins the thrilling tale of a beautiful young actress forced to choose between love and art in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood. Featuring eye-popping acrobatics and sumptuous music and dance, PARAMOUR is a groundbreaking new event that will transport you to a sublime world of emotion and awe as it walks the exhilarating tightrope of the heart.


New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves (CitiField)
Monday, May 2nd @ 7:10pm
Meeting time:  5:30pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Come watch as the New York Mets take on the Atlanta Braves at CitiField!


Special acknowledgment is given to Dr. Arnold I. Kisch, CC'54, and to his wife, Victoria L. J. Daubert, PhD, for fully endowing all opera tickets.

The Urban New York Program is sponsored by Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Barnard College, and the Class of 1954 Urban New York Fund.

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