Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy 220th Birthday to our Namesake, William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant, the person for whom the park is named, turns 220 years old today. The bio below is excerpted from the Bryant Park Book, available for purchase at the Bryant Park Shop. Stop by his statue on the Upper Terrace to wish him a happy birthday!    

Born in a log cabin near Cummington, MA, Bryant was a poet who supported himself by practicing law. He eventually settled in New York City, where he was hired in 1825 as a magazine editor at the New-York Review. Two years later, he became assistant editor of the New-York Evening Post, the newspaper founded by Alexander Hamilton. Within two years, he'd become part owner and editor-in-chief, a job he held for the next 50 years. The newspaper not only provided him with his fortune, but allowed him to wield power throughout the city, state, and country. His influence helped get the Metropolitan Museum of Art built. Bryant also led the campaign to create Central Park. Six years after his death, Reservoir Park was renamed in his honor.

Everyone likes cake on their birthday! William Cullen Bryant is enjoying this cupcake from Blossom du Jour, kiosk C12 at the Bank of America Winter Village Holiday Shops.  

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