Sunday, January 31, 2010

This Week in the Park

Video of September Fashion Week set up, created from park webcam images. Found here.

Please pardon our appearance as tents are set up one last time for Fashion Week in Bryant Park. Ignore the construction, brave the chilly weather, and come enjoy a ride on Le Carrousel in Bryant Park, guaranteed to warm you up. Single tickets are $2 or buy a discount card for 10 rides at $15.

February Hours at Le Carrousel
Thursday – Sunday, 11:00am – 6:00pm
40th Street side of the park
Weather permitting

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Bryant Park on the Web

New York on the Clock from WNET Thirteen
Meet Maureen Hackett, the woman behind the beautiful plants, flowers, and horticultural elements in and around Bryant Park.

On the Street Critters from The New York Times
Fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, spots funky winter hats at The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park and throughout NYC.

Scenes from Bryant Park

The Chairs at Bryant Park by holly_northrop from the Bryant Park Flickr Pool

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

We're Moving!

After 10 long and productive years in our headquarters on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Bryant Park Corporation is packing up and relocating to a different corner of the park.

As of February 1, our new address will be:

Bryant Park Corporation
1065 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 2400
New York, NY 10018

Situated at the west side of the park, the new offices offer more room for our growing staff, and have wonderful views of the beautiful green space we work hard to maintain and improve every day.

Please note that for short periods of time during our transition this weekend (from Friday, January 29 through the morning of Monday, February 1) the company phone lines and website may be temporarily unavailable. Please be patient, as all inquiries will be responded to as soon as possible on Monday.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Season Highlights from The Pond

Skating season ended just yesterday at Bryant Park, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to share our top five highlights of 2009 at The Pond.

1. Modelquins on Ice

This year, The Pond landed a starring role in an Old Navy commercial alongside the famous Supermodelquins in their Alpine Hoodies. Filmed just one day before The Pond opened to the public, the commercial appeared on television sets all over the country throughout the holiday season.

2. Grand Opening Celebration

The fifth season of free ice skating at Bryant Park began on a beautiful day in November with live music performances and routines by Stars on Ice and synchronized skating champions, The Haydenettes. For the first time, The Holiday Shops opened to eager crowds on the same day as the rink.

3. Let There Be Light

An annual tradition at the beginning of December, the park’s Tree Lighting Ceremony featured ice performances from Olympic skater, Elene Gedevanishvili, and synchronized team, The Lexettes. The public skated to live music and counted down as the tree was lit for the holiday season.

4. Toys for Tots

For the team’s 16th annual Holiday Toy Drive, the New York Rangers returned to Bryant Park. Rangers, including Christopher Higgins, Michal Rozsival, and Ryan Callahan, signed autographs in exchange for toys donated to the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Team alums Adam Graves, Brian Mullen, and Ron Duguay also visited The Pond to skate with fans.

5. Elves Take Over

In early December, 607 men, women, and children donned costumes and congregated at The Pond to help ABC Family successfully break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Santa’s Elves. It was quite a sight to see!

What were your favorite moments this year at The Pond?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bryant Park on the Web

Bryant Park on Yelp!
Read visitor reviews of the park and share your own

Bryant Park on Midtown Lunch
Articles and reader forums reveal the best inexpensive dining options around the park

On our radar this week

“Wither the Ugly Sidewalk Shed, Slayer of Urban Vitality?” from The New York Observer
NYC chooses winner in design competition to beautify construction sheds around buildings

Scenes from Bryant Park

ants on ice by dsottavio from the Bryant Park Flickr Pool

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fall in Love at Bryant Park? Tell Us Your Story

Bryant Park is, of course, one of the most romantic spots in New York City. The park's beauty, location, and fabulous amenities make it a natural destination for singles in search of that special someone, couples seeking the perfect rendezvous location, or soul mates looking to marry. We are constantly hearing from folks who met their future spouse, became engaged, or even tied the knot beneath the great plane trees.

To honor the hundreds of couples in whose love story Bryant Park has played an important part, we are planning a special celebration within the coming months. But first, we need your assistance. If you know of anyone who has met their spouse, become engaged, or took their vows in Bryant Park, please contact us at or (917) 438-5151. We are looking for stories and we are counting on you to help.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Receptacle Roundup

The polls are closed and new litter receptacles have been ordered for Bryant Park!

We asked for your feedback on three potential litter receptacle designs and colors for the park and received a total of 2,711 votes in the polls, as well as many thoughtful comments on the blog and our Facebook page.

Do you want to know what the winning receptacle looks like?

Well friends, you’ll have to check back here (and in the park) this spring for the big reveal!

We also took your comments into consideration for new litter receptacles we ordered for the parks managed by our sister company, 34th Street Partnership. New receptacles will debut in the spring at Herald Square Park, Greeley Square Park, and sections of Broadway Boulevard from 33rd to 36th Streets. They will be different from the receptacles in Bryant Park, so if your favorite design/color combo didn’t win, you may be able to see it on 34th Street!

For now, here is a breakdown of your votes on the litter receptacle prototypes:

In the design category, the Linear and Organic styles tied, as each received 36% of the 1,509 votes. The Plain receptacle design came in close at 28%.

In the color category, Reseda Green led the pack with 38% of 1,202 votes. Fern Green received 32% of the votes, followed closely by Grass Green at 30%.

Thank you to everyone who voted and left comments on the blog and Facebook, and thank you to Curbed for picking up the story in December!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

This Week in the Park

Like all good things, the 2009-2010 ice skating season at Bryant Park must come to an end. Beginning on January 25, The Pond will be dismantled to make way for Fashion Week in the park. Skate the week away and join us as we look forward to next season when the city’s only free admission ice rink will operate into March!

The Pond at Bryant Park
Daily through January 24, 2010
Sunday – Thursday, 8:00am – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 8:00am – Midnight
Weather permitting

For more information, visit

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Bryant Park on the Web

“STK on menu at Grace Building” from the NY Post
Trendy steakhouse, outdoor dining space, and takeout kiosk planned for Grace Building on 42nd Street

“Disney On Ice Joins Olympians At Bryant Park” from NY1
Video coverage of Tuesday’s Disney on Ice event with Special Olympics at The Pond

“On the Street | Coated” from The New York Times
Legendary fashion photographer praises Southwest Porch and park’s frozen fountain in weekly fashion slideshow

On our radar this week
Innovative blogger creates portable surfaces, seating, and dining accessories to help transform NYC sidewalks and other public spaces into desirable lunch spots

Scenes from Bryant Park

Cartoon from Time Out New York (issue 746, January 14 - 20, 2010; page 6 in print)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lunch With a View

You’ve seen the structure in the park, but what can you expect inside?

Celsius at Bryant Park is a two story restaurant and lounge that accompanies The Pond every winter season. Both levels provide excellent views of the ice skating rink. Indoor and outdoor heating, and a menu of comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, and chili, create a toasty venue for business lunches, leisurely meals, after work drinks, or parties.

Four coworkers and I headed to Celsius for lunch last week. We opted for an indoor table and were seated on the second floor next to the westward facing wall of windows. As expected we engaged in some spectacular people watching during the meal.

On to the food. Two plates were ordered to share as appetizers: the Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (described on the menu as mixed greens, roasted beets, goat cheese, spiced walnuts and white balsamic vinaigrette) and Potato and Cheese Pierogies (with pomegranate-apple compote, sour cream and caramelized onions).

The beets and greens were fresh, the goat cheese creamy, and the dressing was tangy but not overwhelming…

Monday, January 11, 2010

Help Us Decide: One Week Left

A few weeks ago, we requested feedback on three litter receptacle prototypes for the park, designed and developed by Bryant Park Corporation’s Director of Design, Ignacio Ciocchini. The response in the polls and comments section of the post has been incredible. To those who have voiced an opinion, thank you! If you haven’t yet, there is still time to vote for your favorite receptacle design and color.

The polls will close at midnight on Friday, January 15. Visit the park this week to view the prototypes in person, then share your opinion of the most suitable receptacle for Bryant Park here on the blog.

Location Update: Because we will create close to 100 litter receptacles of the chosen design and color, it is important for us to see how the prototypes look in various locations throughout the park. The litter receptacle prototypes are now located near the entrance to the park at the corner of 42nd Street and 6th Avenue, across from the Ping Pong Area. Originally placed on the Fountain Terrace against a bluestone backdrop, this new location allows the receptacles to be seen against one of the park’s many green ivy beds (see photo sets below).

If seeing the receptacles against a different backdrop affects your thoughts on the color and design choice for the final receptacle, you can vote again or leave a comment explaining your change in opinion.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

This Week in the Park

Join lighting designer Leni Schwendinger for an evening walk around Bryant Park. Explore the secrets of nighttime lighting from its atmospheres and forms to its techniques and symbols.

The tour is free and open to all. Please RSVP to 212-947-6282 or at

For an introduction to Leni’s philosophy of the nighttime environment, watch Night City on the Light Project YouTube channel. Read more about Leni’s involvement with lighting at Bryant Park here.

Bryant Park Lightwalk with Leni Schwendinger

Tuesday, January 12
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Meet outside entrance of Celsius

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Farewell, Balsam Fir

Images courtesy of The New York Times

After a journey to the city from Nanuet, New York, 3,000 ornaments, 30,000 lights, an appearance on QVC, two articles in the New York Times, and countless photo ops with smiling visitors, the Bryant Park Holiday Tree will be removed from the park tomorrow night. This weekend is the last chance to experience the tree’s beautiful presence in the park.

Many thanks to the Zoda family for donating the tree and helping to make Bryant Park’s holiday season a success!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Bryant Park on the Web

“Saying Goodbye to Bryant Park Christmas Tree, Decades After Climbing It” from The New York Times
Touching story of a woman who grew up with the Bryant Park Tree and her visit to see it in the park.

“Largest Cup of Hot Chocolate - world record set in New York” from World Records Academy
American Dairy Association event at The Pond achieves World Record status.

“2009 Almanac for Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership” from MidCity News
Summary of last year’s notable projects and events in Bryant Park and the 34th Street area.
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On our radar this week

“Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District Moves Forward” from Courier Life Publications
A new Business Improvement District grows in Brooklyn.

Scenes from Bryant Park

“Bryant Park Christmas II” by bytegirl24 from the Bryant Park Flickr Pool

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Blast From the Past

During the April 4, 2009 broadcast of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor paid tribute to Bryant Park in a poem about springtime in New York City.

Forget the frigid winter weather for now and let Keillor’s voice transport you to the park in April as the sun shines, flowers bloom, and people emerge from indoors to enjoy the Bryant Park Cafe, Reading Room, free WiFi, and a breath of fresh air in midtown Manhattan.

Hit ‘play’ on the media player above or click here to read the poem.

Monday, January 4, 2010

This Week in the Park

The cast of Broadway’s The Fantasticks will appear at The Pond to sing a few numbers, meet fans, and raffle off tickets to their hit show.

Broadway’s The Fantasticks at The Pond
11:30am – 1:00pm, performance at 12:00pm
Thursday, January 7
The Pond at Bryant Park

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Bryant Park on the Web

“For Family’s Spruce, a Life of Glamour in New York” from The New York Times
The life story of this season’s Holiday Tree in the park.

“Overly Confiding Ovenbird at Bryant Park” from 10,000 Birds blog
Expert birder observes and photographs a species rarely seen during Northeastern winters in the park.

“Skating Under A New Sustainable Light” from PR Newswire
Enhanced lighting is brighter and more environmentally friendly this year at The Pond at Bryant Park.

“Ice, Served Two Ways: Plain or Glamorous” from The New York Times
The Pond is compared to City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City, Queens.

On our radar this week

“Ready, set, change San Jacinto” from El Paso Inc.
Developers list Bryant Park as inspiration for public park in downtown El Paso, Texas.

Scenes from Bryant Park

Bryant Park Lights

“Bryant Park Lights” by Milli Mike from the Bryant Park Flickr Pool