Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What's the Weather at Bryant Park?

A frequent call our receptionist gets is, "What's the weather at the park like right now?" Would-be parkgoers want to dress appropriately for our 12-months a year park, prepare adequately for inclement weather (although we really try not to cancel events unless Mother Nature forces our hand), and decide whether they want to join us!

Now, you can know exactly what the weather is at any given time at Bryant Park. That's right, Bryant Park is a new weather station location collecting weather data for WeatherUnderground.

WeatherUnderground takes the guesswork out of knowing the current weather at Bryant Park!
The weather station overlooks the southeast corner of the park, sitting atop our Park House. Below is a "station's eye view" of the park! 

No, its not a toy helicopter--it's our weather station! 
Now, you can know the weather at Bryant Park whenever you want!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bryant Park Reading Room Events Resume in Earnest This Week

Bryant Park’s outdoor Reading Room is open for its 14th summer and the literary lineup is better than ever. This year we welcome back all of our signature series, including Celebrity Author, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Reel Talks, StoryTime, BookClub, Kids, Writers Workshop, HSBC Business & Finance, as well as the return of the crowd favorite Spelling Bee. We’re excited to introduce two new series, Coffee & Crosswords and Game of Thrones BookClub, and will be hosting our first Crossword Tournament in the park. Over 100 events will take place in the Reading Room this summer, and visitors are always welcome to use of our daily newspapers, magazine, and book carts.

Spelling Bee returns to the park later in the season.
Photo: Jusay Photography.
Below are some of the programs we’re looking forward to this month:

May 16: HSBC Business & Finance 
Our HSBC series has been rebranded to focus on business and the challenges many of us face in the current economy. The first topic tackles Negotiation, with Chris Voss, a former FBI Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator. Voss and co-author, Tahl Raz, will talk about their new book Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It.

May 17: Poetry
On May 17, five poets--Joel Allegretti, Michael Montlack, Martine Bellen, Steve Dalachinsky and Abiodun Oyewole--will be reading from a new anthology of poetry called Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. Rabbit Ears is the first poetry collection about television. This collection is written by over 100 poets and features 130 poems.

May 18: Author
Comedian Dave Hill is back for a second time at the Park to talk about his new book, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. The book is a collection of essays centered around his life after the passing of his mom.

As always, the Reading Room is open to the public daily, weather-permitting.
Photo: Jusay Photography.

Friday, May 13, 2016

WelcOMMM Back to Bryant Park Yoga

The Bryant Park lawn is open for the season, which means the beginning of the Bryant Park Yoga season is not far behind. Downward dogs, chair, and tree poses (which you could argue are in the park year-round because of our consistent pooch, bistro chair, and London Plane tree populations) return on May 17.

This year, earning rewards with your Frequent Yogi card is easier than ever. See below for rewards from our presenting sponsor, Athleta, and our teaching partner, Yoga Journal.

Chair poses take over the park starting on Tuesday, May 17.
Photo: Jusay Photography.

From Athleta:
6 visits - $25 shop card
12 visits - $25 shop card
24 visits - $50 shop card
36 visits - $50 shop card

From Yoga Journal:
6 visits - 15% off a day, weekend or full event for a YJ LIVE! event of your choice
12 visits - discounted 1-year $10 subscription and $50 voucher for a YJ LIVE! event of your choice
24 visits - $100 voucher for a YJ LIVE! event of your choice
36 visits - complimentary day pass to a YJ LIVE! event of your choice

The final change for this year is that registration will be hosted on Eventbrite. Register now while you're thinking about it!

As in previous years, we're cooking up some special themes for select yoga classes, so check our website and social media frequently to be the first to know. 

Bryant Park Yoga
May 17 - September 22

Tuesdays, 10-11am
Upper Terrace

Thursdays, 6-7pm

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chairs to Spare

The weather has made a definitive turn from April showers to May sunshine, which means that our lunch crowds are growing by the day. Just in time, we received a large shipment of our iconic bistro chairs and tables to supplement our existing stock of approximately 4,000 chairs and 1,000 tables already in the park. Getting a seat at Midtown's most popular lunch destination just got a little easier.

You'll start noticing the brand-new chairs in the park, as they are unboxed by the sanitation crew over the next several days. Then, the chairs will make their way across the allees in the typical migration pattern of movable seating.

Be on the lookout for the new chairs. Or, embrace the patina of our older chairs, which have many stories to tell of past games of Musical Chairs, repairs, relationships that started in the park, 125th birthdays, and more. Sit down and ask!

This entire truck was filled with boxed furniture.

A crew of ten Bryant Park workers unloaded the hundreds of boxes this morning.
Boxed chairs are stacked neatly and await unpacking.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Piano Music Floats Across the Park

There are few places in New York City where one can eat lunch daily while enjoying a concert from a jazz great--all for free. In fact, as far as we know, Bryant Park is the only place that offers such a program. Join us for 22 weeks of al fresco concerts by New York's finest pianists, performing ragtime, stride, and jazz.

Take a look at the lineup of world-class pianists that will take residency at our Bryant Park Piano--you'll recognize names from various Halls of Fame, and from previous summers at the park.

Singalongs return for their third year in the park, and will start after Broadway in Bryant Park performances starting July 7. Join us for two hours of Broadway standards, played live. You don't have to know every word--we provide the music and lyrics, and you provide the vocals.

Piano in Bryant Park is produced in partnership with the Local 802 of the American Federation of MusiciansSam Ash Music StoresJazz Center of New York, and Music Performance Trust Fund.

Piano takes over the Upper Terrace.
Photo: Jusay Photography.

Piano in Bryant Park
May 2 - September 30
Monday through Friday, 12:30pm to 2:30pm*
*except Sing-a-Longs, Thursdays from July 7 through August 25, 2pm - 4pm
Upper Terrace

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lawn Opens Today At Noon

We've been patiently waiting since March, and the day has finally arrived! Today at noon, the Bryant Park Lawn opens for the season. In advance of its debut, we spoke to our favorite Manhattan greensward to hear about the opening day plans.

BP: Wow lawn, I thought you looked good before, but now you're just ravishing!
Lawn: I know, every angle is my best angle. But I've worked hard to get this way.
BP: How do you mean?
Lawn: After my winter of rest and relaxation, I spent the first weeks of spring at the gym, going from the stringy patch of sod you saw in March to my current robust state.

Lawn: Then I had to mentally prepare. I read just about every book there is on New York City, and you'd better believe I read the Bryant Park brochures cover-to-cover!  I took lots of notes, so I can stay sharp all summer long. I'm so excited to be picknicked on, danced on, napped on and juggled on.

BP: You sure sound ready for summer. You even got a haircut! And what is that minty fresh smell?
Lawn: The lawnmower paid me a visit earlier this morning so I look my very best today. And I even brushed my teeth. See you at noon! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Are You Bryant Park's Next Painter in Residence?

Are you Bryant Park's next Painter in Residence? If you're a visual artist who loves Bryant Park and plein air painting, you should consider applying for this park residency, now in its fourth year. The program invites four painters to create representations of Bryant Park's landscapes and iconic features for two weeks at a time. At the end of each painter's stint in the park, the pieces are added to Bryant Park's permanent collection of art. Applications close on May 31; the awards will be announced on June 15.

The dates of the residencies are as follows:

Program 1 – July 11 to July 22
Program 2 – July 25 to August 5
Program 3 – August 8 to August 19
Program 4 – August 22 to September 2

Click through to the application for more information.

David Lee, one of last year's Painters in Residence, works on the Upper Terrace.
Photo: Jusay Photography.