Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#BPSquareDance Keeps You Fed n' Watered

In between swinging your partner, riding the mechanical bull, and playing corn hole, you're going to want to refuel at #BPSquareDance. We've teased that Hester Street Fair (which you might remember from their presence at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival) and park mainstay 'wichcraft will be selling sips n' suds. 

This is a photo of 'wichcraft's offerings at the 2013 Square Dance.
Photo: Angelito Jusay Photography.
Well, we just received the vendor lineup from Hester Street, and are pleased to present the following food vendors: 
  • Randall's BBQ - barbecue
  • Lots of Lemons - fresh lemonade and juices
  • An Artistic Taste - BBQ flatbread and mac n' cheese
  • Made from Scratch - cheesecake in a jar...with fresh toppings!
  • Tipsy Scoop - boozy ice cream
  • Cuzin's Duzin - fresh mini donuts and spiced popcorn
  • Phat Boy Subs - pulled pork sandwiches
  • Brooklyn Floss - artisanal cotton candy
  • Pete's Pies - pie! 
That's a lot of grub. Luckily #BPSquareDance is a three-day event, so you can try every vendor without getting a stomachache.

'wichcraft will be on hand with beer and wine for sale, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. 

Bryant Park Square Dance
Friday and Saturday, September 19-20
6 - 9pm 
The Lawn

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bucklin' Down for #BPSquareDance

We announced that #BPSquareDance returns to the park for a third year, keeping your favorite elements from previous years and incorporating exciting changes. As always, the event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Our 4,500 straw hats donated by Southwest Airlines are just as excited for #BPSquareDance as we are. 

Over the course of the three days--Friday the 19th through Sunday the 21st--you'll be sure to enjoy the following:
  • Dave Harvey of NYC Barn Dance returns to call the do-si-dos, accompanied each day by a different live band playing square dance tunes. 
  • Writer and comedian Andy Ross will keep the event running smoothly as the emcee. 
  • Straw cowboy hats, bearing the official Bryant Park Square Dance pin, will be distributed to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on each of the three dates. Southwest Airlines® has generously provided 4,500 hats, so there will be plenty to go around! 
  • You can enter a raffle to win a Bryant Park bag stuffed with treats from the Bryant Park Shop (and if you don't win, you can always purchase the contents online from the Bryant Park Shop), VIP concert tickets to the Grand Ole Opry's Nashville's New Music in New York series at the Southwest Porch, or a pair of round trip Southwest Airlines tickets (concert and airline tickets both provided by Southwest Air as well).  
  • Hester Street Fair (which you might remember from their presence at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival) and 'wichcraft will be onsite for all three days enticing you with sips and suds for purchase. You'll want to take advantage of them, as you'll need refueling in between dances!
  • Corn hole (also known as bean bag toss) and a photo booth with square dance props (be sure to tag your photos with the #BPSquareDance hashtag) will entertain those who need to take a break from dancing, or who have two left feet.
  • Free bag check means you don't have to worry about your saddle bags while you kick up your heels.
Who can say no to this stick horse? Be sure to pose with him in the photo booth.

Special on Friday and Saturday, from 6 - 9pm, are the following:
  • A mechanical bull will be taking on all challengers on the Upper Terrace--free of charge.
  • Trick roping lessons might help you lasso a date!
These are some more of the photobooth props. The checkered tablecloths will adorn the tables near the sips and suds to create the feeling of a real square dance; hay and mums will make you think you're in a barn! 

Special on Sunday, from 1 - 4pm, are the following kid-friendly activities: 
  • The #BPArtCart will be stocked with square dance themed, kid-friendly arts and crafts, including coloring, country western necklaces, and stick horses made of pool noodles.
  • Kids who don't want to dance can stretch their legs with sack races.

The sheriff badges and face props are ready for the photo booth, and the yellow coil bracelets hold your bag check number securely on your wrist while you dance. 

Bryant Park Square Dance
Friday and Saturday, September 19-20
6 - 9pm

1 - 4pm

The Lawn

Monday, September 15, 2014

Luminaires Hosts Speed Meet

You know by now that our Luminaires Young Professionals Group serves two purposes: creating a point of access for young professionals who want to be more involved at Bryant Park, and providing networking opportunities for those who work near the park.

Luminaires will host a lunchtime Speed Meet next Monday, September 22, and achieve both those goals. Bring your business cards to exchange with other Luminaires, and bring your appetite because lunch will be provided. You'll have the pleasant experience of lunch in Bryant Park without having to search near and far for an open table!

To join attend the Speed Meet, RSVP at Attire for the event is business casual; please be between the ages of 21 and 35.

Luminaires Speed Meet
Monday, September 22
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Fountain Terrace

Friday, September 12, 2014

First-Ever Bryant Park Kubb Tournament Scheduled

Last summer, the ancient Viking game of Kubb found a permanent home on the southeast corner of the park, next to the putting course, at The Green. Other amenities, like chess, the putting green, and the ping pong area already host tournaments, so it's about time that the Kubb area gets its own tournament.

Kubb returns to the lawn for the first-ever Bryant Park Kubb Tournament. 

With advice from the US National Kubb Championship, we've planned our first-ever Kubb tournament for 6pm on Tuesday, September 23 on the lawn (rain date is Wednesday, September 24). The tournament will be single-elimination and open to teams between two and six members. The winning team members will win individual trophies and a Kubb set to share, kindly donated by Old Time Games. (And if you don't win, you can buy your own Kubb set with which to practice from the Bryant Park Shop.) Register for the tournament here.

The King, the most important Kubb piece, nestles into the lawn. 

It's hard to imagine that this relaxing lawn game was originally played by Vikings as a way to keep their skills of strategy and focus sharp in between raids. For those of you who haven't tried Kubb yet, the game is a combination of chess and bowling and played by two teams of between two and six players apiece. Here's a more in-depth look at the history and rules.

Several guests play Kubb during their lunch on a crisp fall day.
The game is currently popular in Scandinavia and in the Midwest, where there is a large community of people of Scandinavian descent. The 2014 Bryant Park Kubb Tournament is a great way for the game to gain a foothold in the Northeast!

2014 Bryant Park Kubb Tournament
Tuesday, September 23
The Lawn

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Southwest Airlines Brings Live it the Vineyard to The Porch

Last night the Southwest Porch hosted a special concert in celebration of Live in the Vineyard.

Echosmith, the band of four siblings known for its chart-topping hit "Cool Kids" played a set that got toes tapping and the audience singing along.

Echosmith performs as lights twinkle overhead.

The performance was a preview of when Echosmith takes the stage at Live in the Vineyard. Scheduled for November 6th through 9th in Napa, California, the festival brings together the best of food, music, and wine. You can enter to win tickets here. Winners receive round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines®, two nights of accommodations at the Napa River Inn, and access to performances and wine tastings at Sutter Home Winery.

Guests enjoyed a spread of appetizers from 'wichcraft, including humus and mini burger sliders. In fact, Sydney, the lead singer of Echosmith, opened the set by praising the guacamole!

Appetizers included sliders, guacamole, and hummus by 'wichcraft.
Thanks to Southwest Airlines for a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Library Terrace Welcomes Bryant Park Worksp@ce

The Library Terrace has hosted some exciting temporary installations over the past month, including the NYPL Library Inside Out and Art Cart Community Scroll. The Library Terrace is worth another visit to check out the Bryant Park Worksp@ce, a new temporary feature.

Dozens of work-spacers cross things off their to-do lists.
Ditch you desk and work outside at our Worksp@ace. We've got long tables set up, perfect for working outside and enjoying a refreshing breeze. You'll be sitting alongside others who are working hard--concentration is contagious!

To help your productivity, we've posted simple rules that allow you to work to your fullest potential. Please keep your voice at an inside volume. The tables are reserved for people who are working, so please don't eat your lunch at the tables. And just like any outdoor space, please do not leave your items unattended.    

We hope to see you at the Worksp@ce!

The long tables prove that concentration is contagious. 

through September 17
Mondays through Fridays
12pm - 6pm
Upper Terrace

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bryant Park on the Web: Summer 2014

Bryant Park on the Web brings you the latest news clippings about Bryant Park. We'll be checking in every few months to keep you up-to-date on the activities, sites, and stories that everyone is talking about. 

Bringing Bryant Park to Memphis
We were flattered to hear that Memphis is working on bringing a little bit of Bryant Park down South! This article in the Memphis Daily News discusses the effort underway to model a new Frayser Town Center after Bryant Park, though on a smaller scale to fit the area.

GoPro Yoga
Wondering what it's like to take a yoga class in the middle of Bryant Park along with hundreds of other people? Well, Business Insider has got your covered. Their video, filmed on a Go-Pro, shows what it's really like to practice yoga on the park's lawn in the middle of Midtown.

Thousands join us each week for yoga amid towering skyscrapers
Photo by Angelito Jusay Photography
A Grill with a View
Our very own Bryant Park Grill made Refinery 29's list of the 8 NYC Bars With The Most Incredible Views of the City. We couldn't agree more! The Grill's rooftop bar offers amazing views of Bryant Park day or night (and is a great spot to sit back and enjoy some of our many free events from above).

Through the Seasons
As the first days of fall approach, we are more aware than ever of the changing seasons. This video shows Bryant Park throughout all four seasons, as the fountain freezes over into a giant ice sculpture, as the lawn populates with sun bathers, and as the orange leaves begin to fall. Take a look and watch how the park changes over the year!

The Bryant Park fountain takes a whole new shape during the colder months
Dilworth Based on Bryant
We are thrilled to hear that the redesign of the new Dilworth Park in the Center City District of Philadelphia was based on our own Bryant Park. Read about this influence and more in this article in the Philadelphia City Paper.

Bryant Park Secrets
Become a real Bryant Park insider with this amNewYork article uncovering the park's greatest secrets. From miles of books hiding below the lawn to the coins in the fountain, the park is full of these fun facts that will surprise you!

Smell Flowers, Not Smoke
Bryant Park is recognized as a place where you can smell flowers, not smoke, which is why CVS chose the park as the place to make the big announcement that they are no longer selling cigarettes in any of their stores.

A giant cigarette is ceremoniously snuffed out in the park as CVS makes their big announcement
Photo by Forbes