Thursday, January 28, 2016

Invasion of the Snowcreatures

Over the weekend, Storm Jonas blanketed the park in over two feet of snow. While the snow presented a complicated puzzle for our Sanitation Crew, to the public it presented plenty of raw material to build snowmen of all shapes, sizes, and species. Take a look below at some of the snowy sculptures that appeared in the park!

This classic, 3-part snow person is probably excited about skating on NYC's only free-admission rink!
This friendly snow pooch looks like a great companion--until he melts!

With its headband garland, this snow person definitely stepped out of the 1960s.
These "snow women" enjoyed warm wafels while surrounded by snow that resembled powdered sugar. If you recognize the text on the top of the photo as being from Snapchat, you're right--follow @bryantparknyc on the app for exclusive photos and videos from the park.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Meet the Winter Village All-Stars: Gessy's Story

Meet our Winter Village All Stars, young New Yorkers who have been honored by Bank of America Winter Village for giving back to their communities. Each All Star was nominated by an adult in their life and 10 finalists were chosen. Today we highlight one of our noteworthy young All Stars!

A 12-year old from the Bronx, Gessy Sierra, gives back to her neighborhood through her love of music--singing in GOAL’s chorus where she has performed for veterans, mentally handicapped and formerly homeless members of the community.

Winter Village All-Star Gessy.

1. What is your favorite wintertime activity?

My family and I like to watch movies and watch Disney movies late at night.

2. What is your favorite wintertime snack?
Hot chocolate with graham crackers.

3. Describe your community service activity in three sentences.
I practice singing in GOAL's chorus every week, so that I can sing for the less fortunate in events like "Services for the Under-served." I love giving back to my community. I find doing community service to be helpful, fun and heart warming.

4. Why do you enjoy your community service?
I enjoy my community service because what I am doing helps people and makes them happy, which brings me joy.

5. What would your superpower be?
To bring love and happiness to everyone.

6. Pick 3 words that describe you.

Creative, loving, funny.
Thank you for your service, Gessy!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ask Bryant Park: How Do You Manage Snow Removal?

Each snowstorm presents a new set of challenges, whether accumulation, duration, wind, ice, or other factors. Keeping six acres of park space and thousands of linear feet of sidewalk clear is a challenge, but we rise to the occasion. Here's an inside look at how we manage snow removal at the park.

The whole park was white on Sunday morning after the snowfall stopped.

Our general snow plan
Public safety is our number one concern when managing snow. Bryant Park manages the sidewalks on 42nd Street, 40th Street, Fifth Avenue, and Sixth Avenue (some of the most heavily-used sidewalks in the city) that form the park's perimeter. We dedicate our snow machines and manpower to those sidewalks because they serve many more pedestrians than the park's interior. After our crew has cleared sidewalks to a safe level, they direct their attention inside the park. That includes access to our amenities, including the park bathrooms, Winter Village Rink, and the Bryant Park Grill, which typically stay open as long as possible during snow. If snowfall is ongoing, these priority sidewalks and pathways are maintained, and other secondary paths, including our allees and less-used routes within the park, are tended to only if the priority paths are safely cleared.

As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Our Sanitation Crew has a fleet of machines, including snow blowers and brushes, and even a snow melter, to make the arduous process of snow removal a little less difficult. (The snow melter machine melts down snow so it doesn't sit in large piles around the park; the melted snow drains into the sewer.) In this teamwork spirit, our Sanitation Crew is sometimes joined by helpers from our executive office or other seasonal workers to make sure the park can be safely used by the public as soon as possible.

The Sanitation Crew worked throughout the storm and after to return the park to its normal order. If you recognize the text on the photo as being from Snapchat, you're right--follow @bryantparknyc on the app for exclusive photos and videos from the park. 

Snow removal during Jonas
This weekend's snowfall dumped a record amount of snow on New York City. Storm Jonas saw snow for approximately 24 hours, with heavy accumulation and high winds that quickly covered the just-cleared sidewalks. The Sanitation Crew worked during the storm to manage priority paths, and after the storm to do a complete dig-out of the park. And no, sadly, we didn't use the snow melter (though we did use our other snow machines)--there was simply too much snow for the snow melter to be effective!

The Rink was closed during the storm, but when Jonas subsided our rink operator worked hard to clear snow. Unlike the park, which has space for snow piles, snow must be completely removed from the rink--that means all the piles of snow had to be shoveled by hand, all while standing on ice! Now that's a tough job.

Considering how many tons of snow covered the park, it is remarkable that the park and rink were completely open to the public by Sunday afternoon. We are extremely proud of our Sanitation Crew and appreciative of everyone who worked together to get the park back to business as usual!

Park operations were back to normal by Sunday. 
This couple was able to take stunning wedding photos.  

Monday, January 25, 2016

Keep Warm at Winter Carnival

By now you might have heard about some of the great signature events we have coming to Winter Carnival, but perhaps watching recently crowned 2016 US Men's National Figure Skating Champ, Adam Rippon, grace The Rink isn't your style. We get it, it's cold (but really, you should check it out.) Luckily we've got a host of great events and activities specifically designed to warm you up. Introducing the definitive list of cozy and heated events at Winter Carnival at Bank of America Winter Village.

The Brew House
One step inside our custom Brew House and you'll swear you've been transported to some far flung European village. Located on the skate deck, The Brew House is pumped full of long German beer hall style seating accompanied by heat lamps to ensure a cozy environment.

This year we've brought in some of our favorite comfort foods from local chefs. Be on the look out for treats from Arancini Bros., Good Stock Soup, Oxido, and Bryant Park mainstay, Wafels & Dinges. We'll also have local craft brews and spiced hot drinks available for purchase for the 21+ crowd and warm beverages like hot chocolate.

The Brew House was a crowd favorite at last year's Winter Carnival. Photo by Phillip Angert.

Brew House Events:
In addition to food and drinks, we'll also have some of our classic tabletop games available to play as well as the following great activities.
  • Trivia
    • New this year, join us for winter and NYC themed trivia, hosted by TriviaNYC. Gather together a team of 4 or fewer players and get ready to show off your smarts to win Bryant Park prizes. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.
  • DJ
    • WFUV Radio personality, Corny O'Connell, will provide the soundtrack for part of the evening with a live DJ set. Saturday, February 6th, from 6-8pm.
  • Live Music
    • Relax with jams from atmospheric crooners, Wilsen, on Saturday, February 6th, from 8:15-9:15pm.

Bank of America Warming Lodge
2016 sees the return of Bank of America Warming Lodge, our favorite locale to warm up after participating in some Frozen Fingers Ping Pong and Giant Games. Furnished with plush couches, The Lodge is toasty inside and is open to all as a space to thaw out and recharge between events. Bank of America cardholders can show their card for a complimentary hot cocoa. Stop by the Upper Terrace and see what the big deal is.

Stop by and vedge like some of our 2015 attendees. Photo by Phillip Angert.

This year Bank of America is bringing in 3D chalk illusion artist, Joe Hill, to create a masterpiece within the park right outside the Warming Lodge. He will be preparing a 2D drawing of a wintry scene that, when viewed from the right angle, springs to life.
An example of one of Joe's previous works. We're excited to see what he comes up with! Photo via his website.

After you get your photo taken at the Icy Illusion Photo Op, return to the Warming Lodge for a complementary magnetic souvenir frame along with your printed photo. We hope to see you there!

Winter Carnival
Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th
Noon - 10pm
#wintervillage

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Meet the Winter Village All-Stars: Nicole's Story

Meet our Winter Village All Stars, young New Yorkers who have been honored by Bank of America Winter Village for giving back to their communities. Each All Star was nominated by an adult in their life and 10 finalists were chosen. Today we highlight one of our noteworthy young All Stars!

One of our youngest All-Stars, Nicole Tatko, is seven years old and born and raised in New York City. She started dancing ballet and tap at a young age and eventually with practice learned gymnastics and ice skating as well! As a committed young skater, Nicole has advanced to perform in showcases and exhibitions and serves as an example for kids in her community on ways to get involved and stay active. She is a member of the New York Road Runners (NYRR) and runs to raise money for children's causes. So far she has participated in the NYRR Youth Jamboree and the Run As One Health Walk to raise funding and awareness for the fight against lung cancer.

Winter Village All-Star Nicole.

Nicole helped ring in the opening of Winter Village with New York Islander Jean-François Bérubé.

Meet the Winter Village All-Stars: Awa's Story

Meet our Winter Village All Stars, young New Yorkers who have been honored by Bank of America Winter Village for giving back to their communities. Each All Star was nominated by an adult in their life and 10 finalists were chosen. Today we highlight one of our noteworthy young All Stars!

Awa Mbaye is a 13 year old from Harlem who commits her time and energy to the students, families, teachers and staff at M.S. 245, The Computer School, which she attends. She is an 8th grade peer leader and helps mentor other students while leading school tours and engaging new families at her school. She was nominated by her teachers who cited her positive attitude and belief that giving back to one’s community should be the norm.

Winter Village All-Star Awa (far right) helps cut the ribbon at Winter Village opening day with fellow All-Stars, New York Islander Jean-François Bérubé, and Jeff Barker, the New York President of Bank of America. 

1. What is your favorite wintertime activity?
I enjoy making snowmen and making gingerbread houses.

2. What is your favorite wintertime snack?
Marshmallows.

3. Describe your community service activity in three sentences.
I help out at my school for any event that goes on. I help with barbecues, dances, open houses etc. I also sometimes like to go with my sister and help them plant flowers for the elderly homes.

4. Why do you enjoy your community service?
I like doing Community service because it feels good knowing that I did something good for other people.

5. What would your superpower be?
My superpower would be to fly.

6. Pick 3 words that describe you.
Kind, Funny and helpful.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Warm Up for Winter Carnival

It's getting colder here at Bryant Park but the preparations for Winter Carnival are heating up. This will be the second year for this event at Bank of America Winter Village. We're excited to see the return of some of our favorite activities from last year as well as the addition of exciting new experiences. Mark your calendars for February 5th and 6th and join us in the park for some respite from the winter blues.

Take a look below for more information on some of the signature events to gear up for this February.

Skating Performance
Gather around The Rink on Friday, February 5th, from 6:30-7pm for the debut of the Winter Carnival Skating Showcase featuring the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team as well as Adam Rippon, and pair skaters John Coughlin & Caydee Denney.

The Skyliners perform at the GMA 'Frozen' Sing-a-long in 2015. Photo by Donna Young.

Ice Ball
Every year for the past few years The Simulacrum of Yore Society, organizers of guerrilla events around the city, have hosted a flash mob "Ice Ball" on The Rink, inviting revelers to dress to the nines and enjoy a night of skating whilst enjoying winter classics. After receiving tons of press last year in the New York Times Style Section and the Wall Street Journal, The Ball has grown so much that we've decided to make it an official Winter Carnival event. Join in on the fun on Friday, February 5th, from 7-9pm on The Rink. As always, admission is free, and skate rentals remain the same price.


The Society requests a dress code of "Impressionist Formal." For more information on what that entails, read their blog post here.  Photo by Andrew Lamberson.

Silent Disco
Returning for the second year is Silent Disco, a free outdoor dance party with a twist. All guests receive a pair of wireless headphones and tune into the same hits being pumped out by our three guest DJs. Toggle between each of the three sets on the headphones, which light up to show which channel you're listening to! Those looking in from the street won't hear a word and will be amazed by the group of chilly revelers somehow dancing in sync. Join us on Saturday, February 6th, from 7-10pm on the Fountain Terrace.

Only those with headphones can hear the music.
Be on the look out for announcements about the other great events arriving at this year's Winter Carnival.

Winter Carnival
Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th
Noon - 10pm
#wintervillage

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cozy Up with Word for Word Winter Poetry

You don't have to wait until Spring to enjoy poetry readings with the Bryant Park Reading Room. On the third Tuesday of each month, through April, indoor poetry sessions will be held at Kinokuniya Bookstore (1073 Avenue of the Americas). The readings are free and open to all, across the street from Bryant Park.

The readings kick off on Tuesday, January 19 at 6pm with readers from Ugly Duckling Presse. The series continues with poets from Indolent Books-HIV Here and Now Project, New York Quarterly Books and Nightboat Books.

Lineup:

Tuesday, January 19, 6pm
Tuesday, February 16, 6pm
Featuring the poets of  Indolent Books- HIV Here & Now Project:
Michael Broder, Rickey Laurentiis, Lonely Christopher, Sarah Sarai, Jee Leong Koh, Debora Lidov

Tuesday, March 15, 6pm
Featuring the poets of NYQ Books:
Amanda J. Bradley, Monique Ferrell, Ted Jonathan, Maria Lisella

Tuesday, April 19, 6pm
Featuring the poets of Nightboat Books:
Felix BernsteinE. Tracy GrinnellPaolo JavierCole Swensen


The Bryant Park Reading Room will reopen to the public on April 1. Sponsored by HSBC Bank since its inception in 2003, the Reading Room provides free use of newspapers, magazines, books, and children’s literature to anyone who drops by. We are currently putting together the 2016 Word for Word series, which will include author appearances, poetry readings, children’s events, Reel Talks, and much more. Keep informed by checking our events calendar at bryantpark.org.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Explore the NYPL Digital Archives

Every once in a while, our neighbors at the New York Public Library announce the release of new additions to their digital collections archive, and last week saw one of their most exciting releases yet.

The library has announced the addition of 180,000 hi-res images to their online archive, all of which are entirely within the public domain with no known copyright restrictions. Take a peek and resist the temptation to get sucked into years of history. Ever wonder what your street looked like in the 1930's? Not only can you find out, but you can download old maps and images to use as a background or even order prints to display in your home.

In addition to the newly released assets, NYPL also debuted a series of fun and unique digital tools to explore some of the content. One application, titled Mansion Maniac, utilizes a collection of blueprints from the 20th century Apartment Houses of the Metropolis archive and invites users to explore these ornate homes as a keyboard controlled character, slowly unlocking rooms of the floor plan as you traverse these expansive spaces.

Another fun tool collates Burton Welles' 1911 wide-angle photos of Fifth Avenue and presents them in contrast to sepia toned Google Street View images of Fifth Avenue in 2015, allowing users to navigate up and down the Avenue and see how much has (or hasn't) changed is the last 104 years.
Fifth Avenue in 1911.
Photo via Burton Welles
The same view of Fifth Avenue in 2015.
Photo via Google
Be sure to head on over when you have a couple of hours to spare, and be on the look out for images of our very own Bryant Park.
We're proud of Bryant Park's transformation.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meet the Winter Village All-Stars: Phil's Story

Meet our Winter Village All Stars, young New Yorkers who have been honored by Bank of America Winter Village for giving back to their communities. Each All Star was nominated by an adult in their life and 10 finalists were chosen. Today we highlight one of our noteworthy young All Stars!

Phil Caban is an 11-year old who has demonstrated real service to his East Harlem neighborhood. He takes part in food drives and fundraisers to help the homeless and helps with initiatives to clean up his community. Phil regularly donates clothing to the Red Cross and he makes sure to recycle in an effort to make the world a cleaner place.
Winter Village All-Star Phil.
1. What is your favorite wintertime activity?
I really like to go sledding.

2. What is your favorite wintertime snack?
S'mores!

3. Describe your community service activity in three sentences.
My family and I recycle so that these items can be put back into our environment and be recycled for continued use. Being part of the Appleseed program, we cleaned up garbage in our community and planted flowers and trees. I do my best to be a positive role model and set good examples for the younger kids in my school.

4. Why do you enjoy your community service?
I enjoy community service because it is good to help out in your community in many ways. If trash is recycled, it can be reused for a good cause. I also recycle because I do not want to live in a dirty area.

5. What would your superpower be?
To make everything go back to its original place.

6. Pick 3 words that describe you.
Funny, friendly and kind.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Happiest of Hours at Celsius

After our great experience dining rinkside for lunch at Celsius, it seemed only fair we'd return to check out their happy hour and report back.

We were seated on the second floor, right next to the window overlooking The Rink. On this particular chilly Monday night, Bank of America Winter Village was bustling with skaters. Enjoying our view below, we ordered a round of drinks and a few appetizers.

A lineup of beverages that fights winter chill.

From left to right, we got the Macallan Twist, the Snowjito, the Winter Berry Moscow Mule, and the Malbec. With 14 specialty cocktails to choose from (almost half of which are toasty "heart warmers") and a long list of beer and wine, there were multiple options for each one of our personal tastes. 

What a beautiful spread!

What are delicious cocktails without some tasty apps to go with them? We got the Stuffed Avocado, Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and of course, a side of crispy fries. The crowd favorite was the dip, which was served with a fry basket filled with baguette crisps and veggie sticks. Sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, the dip was served toasty warm in a mini cast iron skillet. 

The view of the Rink is unparalleled at Celsius, and most dramatic at night.

Overall, the combo of the view, the atmosphere, and the delicious food and drinks made our time at Celsius unbeatable. With fast and friendly service on top of all that, my friends all left for the night with plans to return for another round next week to try their other great offerings

Celsius
Through March 6
Monday - Friday: 12pm - 10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 10pm
#wintervillage

Monday, January 11, 2016

Found But Not Lost at Bryant Park Begins Wednesday

As temperatures plummet, we turn our attention to those in need. Bryant Park Knits and Knitty City created the "Found but not Lost" program to do just that. Since the summertime, our knitters have been working diligently to produce 116 scarves in time for the cold weather. 
This tag will be affixed to all scarves knitted through the program.

Now that it's finally chilly, it's time for the scarves to be distributed. Beginning this Wednesday, the scarves will be tied to fences, trees, lampposts and monuments throughout the park. Each time a scarf is taken, it will be replaced, until all the scarves are in the hands (and on the necks!) of those who need them most.

Just a fraction of the 116 cozy scarves, tagged and awaiting adoption.

If you or somebody you know is in need of a winter warmer, drop by Bryant Park on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays this winter, while supplies last. Giving, and getting, makes us feel all warm and fuzzy.

Found But Not Lost
While supplies last.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Throughout Park
#foundbutnotlost
#bpknits

Friday, January 8, 2016

Last Weekend to Enjoy the Bryant Park Tree

It's the time of year where we bid a fond farewell to our much-feted Winter Village Christmas Tree. Join us on or before January 10 to get one last glimpse at our 55-foot Norway Spruce.

Just because the Tree and Holiday Shops have left for the season, doesn't mean that there isn't plenty to do at Bank of America Winter Village.

Thank you for a great season, Christmas Tree!

Photo: Colin Miller Photography.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Hunker Down at Winter Village

The cold is starting to set in and winter is beginning to show its true face. To some, this time of year means bundling up and waiting out the season indoors, but we're a bit optimistic here at Bryant Park. The days are getting longer and we've got tons of activities and events to keep you busy at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park.


Juggling
The Bryant Park jugglers are here year-round. Find a fun and communal break from the tedium of work and winter and learn a new skill at the same time. You're sure to make new friends with the enthusiastic instructors and regulars. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience level. You'll find them every day at The Green by 41st Street and Sixth Ave. Check out the jugglers' blog to find out what you're getting into.
Extra layers and frozen fingers make this experience more challenging, but even more rewarding when you're impressing friends and passers by with your skills. Photo via Jacob Alex Dyer.
Word For Word
Longing for the days of Bryant Park Reading Room events?  Not to fear, our poetry series has merely sought shelter from the cold across the street at the cozy Kinokuniya Bookstore. Every third Tuesday of the month from now until April, Kinokuniya will be hosting intimate poetry readings that are sure to warm your heart. 
Stop by on Tuesday January, 19th at 6pm for an event featuring the poets of Ugly Duckling Presse.
Poets from Graywolf Press featured new works in our 2014 Winter Word for Word series.

Bryant Park Fit Club
Join The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, for a free boot camp every Wednesday of the month. The rotation of exercises, a mixture of cardio and strength training, is the perfect incentive to keep up that New Year's resolution.

No equipment is necessary and sessions will be rain or shine. From now until January 6th, Fit Club meets on the Fifth Avenue Terrace in front of the New York Public Library. From January 13th on, boot camp will see a triumphant return to the Fountain Terrace on Sixth Avenue.

Make new friends and build mutual accountability with this free series. Communal crunches couldn't be more inciting. Photo via The Rise NYC.
Public Tours
Ever wonder how Bryant Park became such a vibrant public space amidst all the skyscrapers and concrete? Join our knowledgeable tour guides for free public tours every Wednesday at 11am near the Fountain for an insightful tour focusing on urban preservation and restoration. Advanced registration is required.
Think the Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain is a cool water feature? In a past life Bryant Park played home to the Croton Reservoir which held 20 million gallons of New York City's drinking water.
Winter Village mainstay, The Rink, continues to operate for another two months of skating and merriment. Admission is free, so you wont break the bank as you practice your pirouettes. 
Open until March 6th, group reservations and skate lessons can also be arranged.
Impress your friends. Bryant Park is one of NYC's most Instagramed locations (Just please no phones on the ice.) Photo by Colin Miller Photography.
Grab a Bite
While the Holiday Shops have moved out for the season, food options are still plentiful in the park. Stop by Celsius for a scenic meal overlooking The Rink, or at the Bryant Park Grill for new-American fare in an intimate setting. The Southwest Porch offers a chance to eat and people watch in this open air/heat lamp heavy restaurant.

Low on time and need a quick meal? We've got you covered with Ice Bites and the food kiosks; Breads Bakery, Le Pain Quotidian, Wafels and Dinges, and Coffeed. Perfect for you to grab and go enjoy more of the park!

Our movable outdoor seating allows you to sit and enjoy your meal from any part of the park you'd like.
While this is just a small taste of some of our on-going activities, be on the lookout for info on some of our special events, including the return of Winter Carnival, and the Pond Hockey Classic.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dust Off Your Instagram Filters, It's Frozen Fountain Time!

This week's plummeting temperatures means that it is finally cold enough to talk about our Frozen Fountain contest. You'll remember that our Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain has frozen over spectacularly in previous years (and quite famously, last year).

The contest goes like this: after the Fountain has frozen, Instagram your most artistic photo of the icy Fountain with the hashtag #bpfrozenfountain. The person with the best photograph of the Fountain will win a Winter Village prize.*

Be warned, a ring of icicles around the Fountain's top bowl isn't "frozen" enough for us. We want you to capture the Fountain at its iciest--we're talking a wall of icicles from bowl to basin. Luckily, you can submit more than one Instagram photo for consideration, so you can post day after day as the Fountain continues to encase itself in ice.

Don't forget to check out the hashtag #bpfrozenfountain on Instagram to check out your competition!

This photo was from last year's freeze. Just an icicle or two won't qualify as "frozen" for us.
We'll be peeping your photos and keeping an eye on the Fountain's frozen progress, and we should be able to pick a winner (if our current cold snap continues) in just a few days. But if temperatures rise, you have plenty of time to take some practice shots before the Fountain freezes again!

Happy Instagramming!

*Contest open to residents of Continental U.S. only. Winner and runner-up will be chosen by park staff. Winners will be notified via Instagram. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Keep Your New Year's Resolution in Check at Bryant Park

It's that time of year again: gyms are a little more crowded, wallets are a little slimmer, and there's a higher-than-usual amount of leafy greens in the fridge. We're talking about resolution season of course, and what better way to keep your resolution in check than with the help of your favorite neighborhood park?

Winter tends to be a tough time to find resources to help you achieve your goal, so we've put together this list of winter resources in the park to enable you to stay on track.

Stay Healthy
Starting and staying active is now easier than ever at Bryant Park. With dozens of free fitness classes and other activities, there's something for everyone.
  • Ice Skating at The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village is both free-admission and easy on the joints. The Rink is open until March and with the help of some pro tips, grabbing a quick morning skate is easy.
  • Kick-start your day with The Rise NYC Bootcamp at Bryant Park. Tone up before work with crunches, squats and more. You'll be feeling rejuvenated all day long. 
  • Did you know that juggling burns 280 calories an hour? It's a good thing we've got daily lessons so you can sneak in a quick and fun workout during your lunch break.
  • It's not too late to register for The Pond Hockey Classic. Grab yourself and two of your buddies and show of your ice skills in this one-of-a-kind open air tournament.

The Rise draws a crowd year-round and in all weathers.

Learn Something New
It's not always easy to get outside your comfort zone and learn something new, but with so many unique and free classes right in your backyard, there's little excuse not to stop by and learn a new skill.
  •  Bring a friend or challenge a stranger to ping pong, one of the park's most popular activities.
  •  Learn and master the obscure sport of Curling right in the middle of NYC during Winter Carnival.
  • Join us in the park for free public tours outlining the history of the park and its' relationship with the city. 

You can learn to play ping pong, and you might just learn that you're good at it too!

Treat Yourself!
Sometimes self care is the best resolution, and that comes in many forms. Whether indulging in savory delights at the park's restaurants, or taking time to enjoy a moment with your family and friends, Winter Village is the perfect place to take time for yourself.
  • Enjoy a meal our our seasonal pop-up restaurant, Celsius, and be rewarded with panoramic views of The Rink. Stop by park mainstay the Bryant Park Grill for new American fare in a classic Parisian garden setting. 
  • Take a spin on Le Carrousel, our park carousel styled in a French classic facade, and create lifelong memories.

Save Money
At Bryant Park, we pride ourselves on the hundreds of free events year-round.
  • New York's only free admission ice skating rink is located in the park until March.
  • Sign up for our Winter Village loyalty program Polar Perks and enjoy rewards for frequenting the park.
  • Hurry into Winter Village before the kiosks close on January 3rd for some end of season sales.
  • We're always churning out new and exciting free programs, so be sure to check out the events calendar for updates on future programs. 

Ice skating isn't just a holiday affair, stop by The Rink until March for a hint of whimsy amidst the hustle and bustle. Photo by Colin Miller

Get Outside More
It's way too easy to get caught up indoors, especially when in New York "the outdoors" usually means crowded and loud sidewalks. Make Bryant Park your winter escape.
  • Heatlamps at the Southwest Porch provide the perfect environment to get cozy while enjoying some fresh air, which is hard to do in the dead of winter. Take advantage of our free park wifi, and make Bryant Park your home office.
  • The winter is a peculiar time for people watching. Our iconic movable bistro chairs provide the best vantage point to observe fellow parkgoers. 
See you at the park!