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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DO It All with Jane DO at Winter Village

DO It All with Jane DO at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

This total body workout fuses artistry and athleticism to lift your booty and your spirit. Strength training is coupled with high and low impact cardio elements to foster the most powerful version of yourself. Free and no ex... [ + ]perience is required!

Taught by instructors from Jane DO, a studio that empowers women to find their strength through fitness so they can DO what others don't - own a business meeting, rock a date, cross the next finish line.

Details: Class takes place in Overlook, located on the second floor of the Skating Pavilion. The designated entrance for class participants is on the 40th Street side of the building, across from Le Carrousel. Register on Eventbrite, and bring your registration confirmation to enter. Please allow extra time so that you can get into the Pavilion. The waitlist will open 5 minutes before class starts. Any unclaimed spots will be turned over to waitlisted participants at that time.

01/21/2019 06:30 PM
Mon, January 21
6:30PM
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Winter Warmup Series With CorePower Yoga

Join CorePower Yoga and Bryant Park for a winter yoga session you won't forget! Tuesday mornings CPY will lead their signature 60 minute C2 vinyasa yoga class overlooking The Bank of America Winter Village of Bryant Park. Grab a friend and get ready to flow, sweat, savasana in the coolest observatio... [ + ]n deck Bryant Park has to offer!
*Pre-registration required
*Mats will not be provided - please bring your own mat, towel, and anything else typical to your practice.

Details:
- Check-in will open 30 minutes before each session, and will be located on the 40th street side of the Skating Pavilion, near Le Carrousel. Please show your Eventbrite confirmation email. Proceed up the stairs in the skate pen to access Overlook. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your session to allow adequate time to check in and get settled.

01/22/2019 08:00 AM
Tue, January 22
8:00AM
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CorePower Yoga at Winter Village

Join CorePower Yoga and Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for a winter yoga session you won't forget! Tuesday mornings CPY will lead thier signature 60 minute C2 vinyasa yoga class overlooking The Bank of America Winter Village of Bryant Park. Grab a friend and get ready to flow, sweat, ... [ + ]savasana in the coolest observation deck Bryant Park has to offer!

*Pre-registration required
*Mats will not be provided - please bring your own mat, towel, and anything else typical to your practice.

Details:
- Check-in will open 30 minutes before each session, and will be located on the 40th street side of the Skating Pavilion, near Le Carrousel. Please show your Eventbrite confirmation email. Proceed up the stairs in the skate pen to access Overlook. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your session to allow adequate time to check in and get settled.

01/22/2019 05:00 PM
Tue, January 22
5:00PM
$

FrostFest at Winter Village at Bryant Park

Join us for ten days of winter fun at Bank of America Winter Village’s FrostFest! Featuring igloos with seasonal food and drinks, Bumper Cars on Ice, entertainment at The Lodge (think karaoke and live music), Silent Disco, and much more.

01/25/2019 12:00 AM
Fri, January 25
12:00AM
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