Thursday, April 16, 2015

100,000 Daffodils Bloom Simultaneously

Anyone who has been to the park recently has probably admired our 100,000 daffodils (also known as narcissus) that bloomed nearly simultaneously. Look closer and you'll notice that the selection goes well beyond classic yellow daffodils, with magnificent shades of white and orange thrown in and a variety of flower sizes, too! Ours is just a small taste of daffodil variety; depending on which botanist you ask, there are between 40 and 200 different daffodil species and subspecies.

Daffodils are in planters, urns, and flower beds all around the park. We have them in a beautiful golden color (known as "spellbinder")... 
...white with pale yellow (known as "ice follies")
...entirely the color of lemon chiffon pie filling

...and white with bright lifesaver-orange centers (known as "geranium").

Tete a tetes are miniature versions of daffodils. They can come with long trumpets in vibrant yellow (known as "peeping tom")... 
...or maintain similar proportions to larger daffodils, with yellow outer petals and orange trumpets.

Are you seeing double? No, these daffodils (known as "fortune") have the same coloring as the tete a tetes above, but are the standard size.

The blooms will last for several more weeks, so visit the park soon to enjoy the view!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Birding Tours Resume with a Rare Sighting

Our twice-weekly Spring Birding Tours with Gabriel Willow of NYC Audubon resumed on Monday, April 13. Birders were jolted from their Monday morning fogginess by a rare sighting of a Chuck-Will's-Widow, the first sighting of its type in the park! The sighting brought the total number of species spotted in the park to 111. How high will the total number of species climb by the end of the tours? Let's find out!

The bird in question from the April 13 tour. There is some debate as to whether the bird is a Chuck-Will's-Widow or an Eastern Whip-poor-will. What species do you think it is? Regardless of your answer, this was the first sighting of either type of bird in the park.  

Monday, April 13
American Robin, American Woodcock, Brown Thrasher, Dark-eyed Junco, Hermit Thrush, Rock Pigeon, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Chuck-Will's-Widow

Spring Birding Tours
April 13 - May 21
Mondays, 8am-9am
Thursdays, 5pm-6pm
Tours meet at the Birding Tours sign at the 42nd Street and 6th Avenue entrance 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Host Your Next Company Outing at The Tables

For your next corporate outing, take your employees outside for some fresh air and an invigorating game of Ping Pong. Play for fun—we can offer instruction. Or, set up an intra-office tournament with styles ranging from singles matches, to mixed doubles, to round robins. Maybe Around the World-style is a better fit, to get the whole group involved? Whatever way you choose to play, a party at The Tables is a great way to build team spirit.

Contact Maureen Devenny for planning and pricing your Ping Pong Party, and be sure to check out the Basic Party Package below.

Ping Pong at The Tables is a company outing to remember.
Photo: Angelito Jusay.

The Basic Party Package includes the following:

Reserved Space
  • Depending on the number of players, one or both tables 
  • For the duration of the party/game series (2 hours total)
  • 2 ping pong tables 
  • 8 paddles
  • Unlimited balls
  • 2 scoreboards (optional)
  • Stopwatch to time matches (optional)
  • Whiteboard to display bracket (optional) 
  • Trophies for first, second, third place (optional – additional fee for trophy purchase)
  • On site liaison from the park’s staff 
  • Instructor/referee (optional – additional hourly rate of $15/hour)
Other Add-Ons

If you’d like refreshments, we’re happy to connect you to our excellent onsite food kiosks.

Afterward, celebrate with drinks and no-wait entry at Manhattan’s hottest after-work scenes, the Bryant Park CafĂ© and Southwest Porch

Monday, April 13, 2015

Le Pain Quotidien Opens for Business

Several weeks ago, we revealed the names of our new food kiosk operators: Le Pain Quotidien, Wafels & Dinges, Breads Bakery, and Ark Restaurants. After weeks of renovation and preparation, we are thrilled that the Le Pain Quotidien kiosk is open for business!

You'll notice that the kiosk is brightened with flowers, birdhouses (look closer and they're actually outlets!), and standing tables. The setup also includes a communal table, a feature of many of LPQ's indoor locations. The kiosk has an array of breakfast and lunch/dinner options; the menu offers a mix of pastries, beverages, sandwiches, and more.

The kiosk looks absolutely lovely.

LPQ's standing tables bring the number of outlets available to the public in the park to well over 50.

Imagine sharing lunch with friends around the table.
The menu focuses on fresh and organic ingredients.

The other kiosks will open in the coming weeks; stay tuned to the blog for details.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bryant Park by the Numbers: Chair Plaques, Boot Camp, and More!

We keep thousands of data points about the park, from the number of chairs we have to the number of guests we have during the day. Every week, we share a new data point in our e-newsletter, MidCity News, in a section called "Bottom Line." Here is a selection of some of our recent Bottom Lines. 

1: The Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain at Bryant Park, dedicated in 1912, holds the distinction of being the first public monument in New York City to honor a woman.

54: Jump start your Wednesday with Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp with The Rise NYC. On March 25, 54 participants attended the 6:30am session, and left feeling energized and ready for the day.

Participants in Boot Camp aren't deterred by the cold! 
19,658: Last year, 19,658 attendees enjoyed 110 performances of Piano in Bryant Park from May through October. We thank our partners Local 802 Musician's Union, Sam Ash Music, Jazz Center of New York, and Music Performance Trust.

187: Thanks to our partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, we recently added 187 chair plaques dedicated to Alzheimer’s patients to the park. Visit Bryant Park Shop to dedicate a chair plaque to a loved one.

846: This past summer, in the same park where skaters and shoppers enjoyed the amenities at Bank of America Winter Village, we presented 846 warm-weather classes and events.

Subscribe to MidCity News to read more Bottom Lines, and to be in the loop with news, events, and information from Bryant Park and our sister district 34th Street Partnership. For additional information about data we keep at the park, check out our Bryant Park by The Numbers blog series.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Newcomers to the Bryant Park Neighborhood: SoulCycle and Academia Barilla

In the past two years, the pace of development in the Bryant Park neighborhood has increased dramatically. In retail (we recently welcomed Torneau to the neighborhood), food (plans for a Whole Foods were announced, we've reviewed a number of restaurants on 40th Street, and we recently released the names of our food kiosk operators to open in Summer 2015), or wellness (both Blink and Equinox gyms have opened in the past year), the Bryant Park neighborhood is seeing some exciting new additions.

There are two more storefronts opening in the coming months.

SoulCycle, on 41st Street across Sixth Avenue from the park, has put up a decorative covering on its windows. No word yet on when exactly the high-energy cycling studio will open, but we imagine it will be within the next several months.

The SoulCycle sign has appeared on 41st Street.

On Sixth Avenue across from the park, Academia Barilla has put out its sign. From the completed looks of the interior, the restaurant should start serving its pasta, salads, and paninis shortly. 
Academia Barilla has great views out its windows--views of Bryant Park!

We are enjoying the developments in the neighborhood!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fountain Is a "Liquid" Asset Again

Bryant Park devotees will remember that the Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain famously froze this winter, drawing all kinds of media attention and traction on social media. The Fountain became encrusted in so many layers of ice that the weight of the ice was endangering the Fountain's structural integrity. Sadly, we had to turn off the water to save the Fountain.

You'll be glad to know that the Fountain's water source has been turned back on. You can once again enjoy the fountain's gurgling as you eat lunch, and toss coins into its granite bowl. Did you know that we collect approximately $4,000 in change per year from the Fountain? It all goes back into Fountain maintenance, making it a self-sustaining park feature; yearly Fountain maintenance costs about $4,000.

We're thrilled that Spring is here, and our proudest asset is now "liquid" instead of "frozen"!

The Fountain is once again filled with water.