Friday, August 7, 2015

Behind the Scenes: Pre-Movie Activities

It's no secret that the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America can be a bit of a marathon. The lawn opens at 5pm, but the film doesn't start until 30 minutes after sunset. Of course there's the Hester Street Fair and 5 new food kiosks, plus a free raffle and popcorn giveaway courtesy of Bank of America, but that still leaves 2 or 3 hours to kill. With Desk Set on the horizon, we scoped out the best ways we've seen to pass the time, and assembled them below.

Chess has long been a welcome activity in Bryant Park, and you don't have to bring your own board or pieces--we have our own Chess Tables open 11am-7pm daily. To bring a board onto your blanket, though, it has to be your own. The gentlemen below show us how it's done.

For those seeking a more physically active past-time, look no further than the eastern gravel area between the lawn and the Upper Terrace. Here you'll find two Cornhole sets, provided free for public use by Bank of America. The youngsters below took turns tossing the bean bag. The fellow in red was particularly talented.

The Film Fest is, like any NYC outing, a chance look your best. The ladies below were braiding each other's hair, ensuring that they all ended up with the perfect movie-going 'do.

Sometimes you've just got to do your taxes. It's no use putting them off, especially when the park boasts free WiFi and outlets. You, too can move one step closer towards fiscal perfection by doing your taxes in our park, especially since all our events and programs are wallet-friendly in the first place.The woman below was filing her returns as the sun began to set.

Card games are always a good option, as they're cheap, portable, versatile and entertaining. The shiny gold ones below managed to stand out in the crowd.

Finally, this gentleman spent his pre-movie hours playing Skip Bo. What is Skip Bo, you may ask? It seems very complicated, but according to that big smile below, it may just be worth the effort.

Know what's definitely worth the effort? Waiting for the movie to begin. With three great films left, you're in for a treat--as long as you can be patient for the sun to sink. We'll see you Monday for Desk Set.
Screen legends Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy do office politics and romance better than just about anyone. He's an efficiency expert who wants to update her TV research department by installing a room-sized computer. She vows to fight any attempt to replace her brain with a mechanical one. Based on a Broadway comedy, this is the eighth of their nine movie pairings. (1957) 103 min. (NR) Fox
Mondays, June 16 through August 18
Lawn opens at 5pm
Films start 30 minutes after sunset

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