Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Top 10

With over 600 free of events, it might be hard for one individual to experience everything Bryant Park has to offer in just one season. To help you divide and conquer, we've broken down the Top 10 Must Do's for Summer 2012 in the Park. Start ticking them off... it's already June.

1. Watch a movie from the lawn
It's the 20th Anniversary of the 2012 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, Now with Pepsi and presented with Ralph Lauren, so we're screening the best films from the last twenty years this summer. Come have a picnic and watch a great movie. It's a quintessential New York City experience.

2. Experience a free concert outdoors
With piano concerts, accordion performances, and After Work performances from eclectic New York artists, you have no excuse for missing a musical moment in the park this summer.

3. Get active and educated with a free lesson
Omm with lululemon athletica Yoga classes, balance with Tai Chi Chuan Center, spar with instructors from Manhattan Fencing Center, leap with Limon Dance, purl with Knitty City, parlez français with inlingua, or perfect your writing at Word for Word Writers Workshops. It's all free in the park.

4. Meet a bird... or an Author
Spice up your lunch break with a story of a chance meeting. The Bryant Park Reading Room sponsored by HSBC plays host to celebrity authors each week, and Le Carrousel turns in to a petting zoo on Tuesdays with exotic birds from Arcadia Bird Sanctuary.

5. Lay on the Bryant Park Lawn with your Bryant Park Lawn Towel
Take a piece of the park home with you. The Bryant Park Shop sells a variety of Bryant Park themed apparel and home goods, including our park chairs, subway signs, t-shirts, totes, and more!

6. Reflect on the history of Bryant Park
2012 marks the 20th year since the reopening of Bryant Park in 1992. The park's transformation is reflected in a special collection of 86 images, which are exhibited now on the park's perimeter fences, as well as online.

7. Compete in an epic musical chairs battle
Tomorrow, June 20th, at 20 o'clock, the lawn will be taken over by up to 400 revelers dancing and sitting their way to musical chairs glory. Each participant will receive a prize, as they battle for the title of champion. Register now. Updated to add: Registration is full, but sign up for the waiting list!

8. Ride Le Carrousel and Party with the animals
Our beautiful carousel is a treat for young and old alike. Open 7 days a week, 12 months a year, Le Carrousel rides are only $2. Each Saturday, two of our carousel animals come to life at Le Carrousel Kids performances with Flaubert Frog and Cali Co Cat.

9. Play a game
Pass the time at the Chess and Backgammon Area and the Games Area. Or get active with Pétanque, Ping Pong, and Kubb.

10. Dine al Fresco
Grab a sandwich at 'wichcraft, a drink at The Southwest Porch, or a meal at the Bryant Park Grill. It doesn't matter your style, as long as you're outdoors savoring the summer weather!

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