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123 W. 43rd St. New York, NY 10036 | West 40s | 212-840-2824

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One of midtown's most stories music venues, opulent Town Hall deftly curates its roster with the best in world music. From Norwegian indie pop to Indian music festivals, the line-up is often an impressive surprise. Marian Anderson debuted her opera singing here and Margaret Sanger was once forcibly removed after preaching on birth control, no less.


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