Bryant Park

40th Street at Sixth Avenue
Summer attractions include Bryant Park Film Festival. As far back as 1686, New York’s colonial governor Thomas Dongan designated as public property the land that is now Bryant Park. Officially dedicated in 1842, it was not until New York City’s p... more
Summer attractions include Bryant Park Film Festival. As far back as 1686, New York’s colonial governor Thomas Dongan designated as public property the land that is now Bryant Park. Officially dedicated in 1842, it was not until New York City’s powerful parks commissioner, Robert Moses, undertook to rescue and redesign the park in 1930 that the park took its present shape. Under Moses the redesign saw a classical scheme of a large central lawn, formal pathways, stone balustrades, and borders of London plane trees, together with an oval plaza, containing the Lowell Fountain, at the west end, separated from Sixth Avenue by a broad flight of steps. Situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the Moses redesigned park was initially very popular with Midtown workers and residents. By the seventies, however, Bryant Park gave way to neglect and was home to drug dealers, muggers and vagrants. In 1980 the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation was formed with the goal of revitalizing the park. The BPRC built new entrances for increased visibility from the street, enhanced the formal French garden design, ... more
Summer attractions include Bryant Park Film Festival.

As far back as 1686, New York’s colonial governor Thomas Dongan designated as public property the land that is now Bryant Park. Officially dedicated in 1842, it was not until New York City’s powerful parks commissioner, Robert Moses, undertook to rescue and redesign the park in 1930 that the park took its present shape. Under Moses the redesign saw a classical scheme of a large central lawn, formal pathways, stone balustrades, and borders of London plane trees, together with an oval plaza, containing the Lowell Fountain, at the west end, separated from Sixth Avenue by a broad flight of steps.

Situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the Moses redesigned park was initially very popular with Midtown workers and residents. By the seventies, however, Bryant Park gave way to neglect and was home to drug dealers, muggers and vagrants.

In 1980 the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation was formed with the goal of revitalizing the park. The BPRC built new entrances for increased visibility from the street, enhanced the formal French garden design, and improved and repaired paths and lighting. BPRC’s plan also included restoration of the park’s monuments, and renovation of its long-closed restrooms. In 1992 the park reopened to lavish praise.

Today lunch hours in warm weather months can see over 5,000 business people using the park. Among the amenities available to visitors are a French-style carousel, a boule board, chess tables, free yoga classes, over 25,000 varieties of flowers, the Bryant Park Grill, as well as 2,000 moveable chairs.

In winter months, Bryant Park hosts a Winter Village with 7,000sq Foot Ice Skating Rink, food and holiday shopping stalls. Check the calendar on their website for list of events including art shows, music and skating exhibitions

In the warm weather outdoor film screenings are a popular event. You can find a schedule here: Bryant Park Film Festival

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40th Street at Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 768-4242
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Upcoming Events

“The Great Wolf Pack: A Call To Adventure” At Bryant Park

An afternoon free screening at Bryant Park of Great Wolf Entertainment’s first-ever animated film called “The Great Wolf Pack: A Call to Adventure” (TRT: 44 minutes). The film follows five unlikely woodland friends – Wiley Wolf, Violet Wolf, Oliver Raccoon, Sammy Squirrel and Brinley Bear – who are ... [ + ]chosen by the Great Wolf Spirit to journey on adventures and help others in need. Along the way, they form an unbreakable bond and become the Great Wolf Pack. There will be two screening options. The fun and heartwarming film will be accompanied by free giveaways and live entertainment elements, offering an incredible afternoon of family entertainment.

“The Great Wolf Pack: A Call to Adventure” is the first project developed by Great Wolf Entertainment, and is part of a robust content strategy designed to expand the storytelling opportunities for the Great Wolf characters.

The free screening takes place Sunday, August 14, 2022.

The event will be open to the public of all ages. Seating on the lawn is first come, first served. Complimentary popcorn will be provided to the first 5,000 attendees.

There will be two separate showings of the film – one at 2pm and another 5pm. Families are encouraged to arrive early as there will be character meet-and-greets and kid-friendly entertainment available 45-minutes before the scheduled showtime.

08/14/2022 02:00 PM
Sun, August 14
2:00PM
$
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