Carnegie Hall

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To thank Kevin McCallister for his kindness, the Pigeon Lady takes him to his secret lair at Carnegie Hall. A nice discussion takes place around music, loneliness and rejection.
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Carnegie Hall New York. Photo credit: Fantrippers

“I’ve heard the most beautiful music in the world out here. Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti.”

The Pigeon Lady (Brenda Fricker)

After their meeting next to Gapstow Bridge in Central Park, the Pigeon Lady (Brenda Fricker) invites Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) into her secret lair at Carnegie Hall.

In an attic, under the roof, she regularly comes to listen to music. It’s a change from his everyday life as a homeless person. Kevin is impressed by the orchestra but also by this mysterious place.

Their conversation revolves around their loneliness but also the rejection and the looks of others on the pigeon’s friend. She goes on to say, “Everyone is looking for their place and wants to be seen.” She also poured over her love life and her heart, which is still in a million pieces.

As he leaves, Kevin wishes a Merry Christmas to the Pigeon Lady, who returns it to him.


This is the number of documents sent by anonymous individuals to the curator of Carnegie Hall during a campaign launched to establish a historical archive of the hall in 1986.

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Carnegie Hall

Inaugurated in 1891, Carnegie Hall is a very large and beautiful concert hall in New York on 7th Avenue.

A naturalized Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie decided to finance a theatre in 1890. At the inauguration the following year, an exceptional concert by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was given there.

The building was designed according to the plans of architect William Tuthill in an Italian Renaissance style. Built in brick and brown stone, it is one of the only large buildings in the Big Apple to be composed without any metal structure.

In 1925, Andrew’s widow sold Carnegie Hall to a real estate developer . Later, in the 1960s, the City of New York bought it and rented it to a non-profit organization under pressure from violinist Isaac Stern. The building was declared a historical monument in 1964, and was completely renovated between 1983 and 1995. Currently, it can accommodate up to 2,804 spectators in its main hall and also has three auditoriums: the Main Hall, the Recital Hall and the Chamber Music Hall.

The concert of the century was given there on May 18, 1976. It brought together the greatest musicians of the time, Isaac Stern, Vladimir Horowitz, Yehudi Menuhin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Mstislav Rostropovitch. They are accompanied by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

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