Lincoln Center was established with idea of being a “mighty influence for peace and understanding throughout the world.” The mammoth urban development project broke ground on May 14, 1959, removing an entire neighborhood from Manhattan. The plaza, host to the Met Opera, NY Philharmonic, City Opera, NYC Ballet and Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, among others, is having a $900 million face lift for its 50th birthday. The contribution to the arts in New York is insurmountable, but they have also been met with their share of criticism over the years. Has Lincoln Center lived up to its initial promise? Anthony Tommasini, chief music critic for the NY Times, examines the positive and negative aspects of this city landmark in today’s Sunday Times.