It's easy enough to figure out the origins of The Linc's name -- the newest nickname in Manhattan real estate refers to The Linc's llocation at the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel, although the neighborhood itself runs from 33rd Street to 42nd Street, from Ninth Avenue to the Hudson River. Just what The Linc is, though, is a tougher question. Once a semi-neighborhood defined by parking lots, small-scale retail and the hulking glass figure of the Jacob Javits Convention Center, The Linc has (very) recently emerged as one of the newest frontiers in Manhattan real estate. And thanks to a zoning change that opened The Linc up to new construction condominium development and the imminent arrival of a subway stop at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, The Linc's future looks bright.
While some of what defined The Linc in its pre-nickname days remains -- there are still a panoply of bars, upmarket and down-, and a host of Italian food shops and bicycle stores -- the wealth of new development has already changed the face of The Linc considerably. What was once a neighborhood of modest townhouses has been transformed -- thanks to all those glassy new construction condominiums and the arrival of blue-chip arts presenters such as the Baryshnikov Arts Center -- into something different entirely. What The Linc will be when it grows up remains to be seen -- after all, it just got its name in 2010. But the prospects for The Linc look promising indeed.