Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter Storm Juno Visits Bryant Park

Last night, winter storm Juno dumped several inches of snow on our fair city. Here are some photos from the evening and early this morning.

The Goethe status and chairs hunker down for the evening's snowfall. 

You won't have a hard time finding an open table at lunch today. 

William Cullen Bryant watches over the quiet park from his seat on the Upper Terrace. 

Our Sanitation and Hospitality crews have been working around the clock to reopen the park as soon as possible. 

There's nothing like a pristine snowfall to add a layer of magic to our iconic Bryant Park bistro chairs.

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Finial Crowns Le Carrousel

Aficinados of Le Carrousel may have noticed that, for some time, the spire topping the amusement has been absent. While Le Carrousel is just as fun for the kiddos without the finial, we are pleased that the finial has now been replaced and Le Carrousel is whole again.

The finial's fiberglass construction was no match for the elements and the finial broke at a stress point in the summer of 2014. Unfortunately, the finial was so degraded and delicate that repairing the existing finial was not an option.
In addition to being broken, the finial's paint was peeling off, revealing old layers of color. 

The finial's better half. This is the base of the finial, which did not break off but was still in bad condition. 
The fragment of finial was sent to a manufacturer in Texas so that it could be 3D-scanned to create an identical replacement in a stronger material.

The new finial arrived. Unpainted and up close, the level of detail is apparent. No wonder we couldn't buy a replacement off the shelf!
Joe from our Capital team hand-painted the finial with stripes. It may not look tall from the ground, but the finial is the size of a person. 
The finial was installed early in the morning so that installation would not interfere with park operations. A bucket truck parallel parked by Le Carrousel so the finial could be lowered and screwed down. 

Now it's time to purchase a 10-ride discount card and celebrate Le Carrousel's repair!

Le Carrousel
40th Street side of the park
Open daily
Hours of operation vary by month; check our website for more information

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Food at the Fountain: Pizza Moto

A selection of our Holiday Shops have remained open to provide food in the park through March 1. We're thrilled to host Mmm...Enfes, Chimney Cake - The Rolling PretzelWafels & Dinges, and Pizza Moto on the Fountain Terrace.

On these chilly days of January, nothing warms you up quite like pizza coming out of an 800 degree oven. Enter Pizza Moto, authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza. Pizza Moto has made its name in the 5 boroughs for serving bubbly char-kissed pizza from hand-made mobile ovens.

Pizza Moto is located on the north side of the Fountain Terrace. To the left of the kiosk, behind the Bryant Park barricades, is the mobile pizza oven.
The pizzas come in a variety of flavors and are made to order.  
The mobile pizza oven is 800 degrees Fahrenheit. The oven is so hot that the pizzas only cook for a minute. 
The Boscaiola pizza features mushrooms, basil, fresh mozzarella, red onions, and spicy tomato sauce. The crust is delightfully thin and crunchy, and blistered to perfection.
The Fungi pizza features three cheeses and fresh mushrooms. The flavors are an incredible umami combination.   
Pizza Moto
Fridays - Sundays
11am - 8pm
Fountain Terrace

Friday, January 23, 2015

Share Your #wintervillage Social Media Posts and Enjoy Others'

Did you know that when you use #wintervillage on Twitter or Instagram, your shared post could end up on our website or the screens at The Rink Pavilion? Our new Wayin technology pulls Tweets and 'grams that use #wintervillage and collects them for display. Now you can share your great photos, and see others' posts!

This screenshot from wintervillage.org shows Instagrams that use the #wintervillage hashtag. The tiles flip and change, creating a dynamic collage. 

So don't forget the hashtag #wintervillage when you're posting those beautiful winter park photos. It's just another way that visitors can interact with and be a part of the Bryant Park experience.

This screen in the Pavilion streams #wintervillage content from Twitter and Instagram, and displays it on the left hand side of the screen. You can see your content streamed live!

Bank of America Winter Village
Daily, 8am - 10pm 
through March 1st, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Snowman + Bryant Park Collaboration

If you have ever wondered to yourself "how can I support New York City's town square in the middle of winter while remaining warm and looking exceptionally chic?" don't worry, because we have got you covered. In a recent collaboration with Snowman New York, Bryant Park has helped create a park edition of Snowman's classic and ultra-fabulous down coat. With each purchase of the Bryant Park by Snowman coat, a portion of the proceeds are donated to the park.
The Bryant Park by Snowman down coat
The Bryant Park edition shares the same quality standards as every Snowman down jacket: 90/10 down, water resistant, and tailoring that flatters and enhances your curves. The look is a semi-glossy black and quilted style, with a custom liner that boasts a unique Bryant Park pattern. The hood is detachable with a faux fur trim and the collar is made of ultra soft rabbit fur so that you can snuggle in to hide from the cold. Another great feature, besides its great looks, is this coat's incredibly light weight. Most winter coats - especially those with distinct style - tend to be bulky and heavy. The winter months are gloomy enough without having to feel weighed down by a coat.

Custom lining inside the limited edition Snowman coat
If you are interested, which surely you are after all of that, the coat is available online at the Bryant Park Shop As an added bonus, the limited edition down coat can be bought for 25% off  the regular retail price when you use code SNOW25.*

Once its yours what better place to wear it than The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village, or how about the upcoming Winter Carnival?

*good through end of day February 5, 2015

Bryant Park Shop
Daily: 24/7

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter Carnival Adds New Attractions

We've been keeping you abreast of Winter Carnival planning. Unsurprisingly, we've added more exciting events since our update last week.
We've completed the event map, pictured below. Those with a keen eye may notice that there are some things on the map that we haven't talked about previously; for example, the Theater Tent and Bank of America Lodge
The Drilling Company returns to the park with several short plays about climate change. The series, called "Cold: Climate Change or Not?" consists of a series of ten- to 15-minute plays. The Theater Tent will be partially heated, so come early to secure a warm seat on the Fountain Terrace.

The Bank of America Lodge will serve as a warming tent for Winter Carnival goers who need a break from the cold. Inside the Lodge, Bank of America will be custom screen printing Winter Carnival 2015 T-shirts for free so you have a souvenir of the event. Additionally, show your Bank of America card and get a voucher for a free hot chocolate from Wafels & Dinges.

There are other items on the map we still haven't covered (hint: a big announcement about the Brew House is coming next week!) so stay tuned as we roll out new additions to the Winter Carnival schedule.

Winter Carnival 
Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31
12 noon - 10pm

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Hour at Celsius Snow Leopard Lounge

If it's good enough for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, it's good enough for me.

This week a small group from Bryant Park gathered in the Snow Leopard Lounge at Celsius for drinks and appetizers. Just a little post-work happy hour among co-workers, an age old tradition that all professionals should participate in. Call it a bonding experience.

I digress. We all arrived bundled and more than ready to escape the tundra-like winds blowing outside. Apparently we were not alone as the main bar area was full, along with the upstairs dining room and only a few spaces remained in the indoor-outdoor Snow Leopard Lounge, a space with chic grey and white couches and sofa chairs, low cocktail tables, and glowing heat lamps. In the rear of the room a raucous group of young professionals were blowing off steam, their table filled with cocktails and tasty bites. Every now and then a large burst of laughter would erupt from the corner contributing to the carefree atmosphere of the restaurant and bar.

Just above The Rink you can find outdoor seating under heat lamps or opt for the "indoor-outdoor" seating in the Snow Leopard Lounge just a few steps away
After careful deliberation we selected a few cocktails and two appetizers from the menu. Personally, I prefer bubbles, mostly because they make every occasion more festive. To quench this thirst I chose the Winter Fizz made with prosecco, Stoli vodka, fresh lemon juice, and Pama. Sweet and tart! I have to say though, it was a tough choice between that and the Pineapple Thyme; a Stoli vodka drink with muddled pineapple (yes, please!), fresh lemon juice, sweet thyme syrup, and sparkling water. It's nice to pretend you are somewhere tropical when it's 20 degrees outside.

The spread
Other drinks ordered were the Polar Bear Cosmo, your typical cosmo with an atypical addition of lychee and Absolut peach, and the Applecider from the Heart Warmers cocktail menu. This soul soothing concoction is made from Redstag Hardcore cider, spiced apple cider and fresh lemon juice. Wait, I think there is a theme here. Maybe January brings on a serious hankering for lemons, or am I just grasping at citrus?

The Hardcore Cider, good for heart and the soul
As for the appetizers, we kept it simple. One order of baked spinach-artichoke dip that arrives in a sizzling hot cast-iron pan with crisps and sesame sticks. This app is always a fan favorite, seriously what is not to love? You have the ooey-gooey goodness of the dip, fantastic flavor from the artichoke, and some Popeye protein and nutrients from the spinach. Is this even up for debate? For our second snack we ordered the Mediterranean mezzo platter with falafel. The hummus is homemade, the falafel is crunchy, the pickled veggies are yummy and babganoush is the real deal.

Spinach-Artichoke dip that was everything and more
In the end, we were all left satisfied, so here's to you Celsius. Thank you for delivering yet another yummy meal.

Oh, and I had the Captain Lawrence IPA because I love beer. Go beer, or go home.

Open through March 1, 2015
Daily: Noon - 10pm