A count of people in Bryant Park is taken twice daily, at lunchtime and in the evening, rain or shine.
Inspired by the public space principles of urbanist William “Holly” Whyte, we believe that a successful space must be attractive and appealing to women, as they tend to be more discerning patrons and less likely to spend time in dirty or unsafe places.
Comparing counts of male and female park users is one way we keep track of our progress in managing and maintaining Bryant Park. The ratio of men to women is usually close to 50/50. However, we are constantly improving our programming, sanitation services, and design elements in order to attain slightly higher numbers of women every day, which demonstrates another Holly Whyte principle: “You are never finished.”
“Girl-Counter” is a great article from the New Yorker (September 2007) that explains our theories behind people counting and introduces one of the park’s expert counters.