Bryant Park

40th Street at Sixth Avenue

Summer attractions include Bryant Park Film Festival. As far back as 1686, New York’s colonial governor Thomas Dongan designated as public property the land that is now Bryant Park. Officially dedicated in 1842, it was not until New York City’s p... more

Summer attractions include Bryant Park Film Festival. As far back as 1686, New York’s colonial governor Thomas Dongan designated as public property the land that is now Bryant Park. Officially dedicated in 1842, it was not until New York City’s powerful parks commissioner, Robert Moses, undertook to rescue and redesign the park in 1930 that the park took its present shape. Under Moses the redesign saw a classical scheme of a large central lawn, formal pathways, stone balustrades, and borders of London plane trees, together with an oval plaza, containing the Lowell Fountain, at the west end, separated from Sixth Avenue by a broad flight of steps. Situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the Moses redesigned park was initially very popular with Midtown workers and residents. By the seventies, however, Bryant Park gave way to neglect and was home to drug dealers, muggers and vagrants. In 1980 the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation was formed with the goal of revitalizing the park. The BPRC built new entrances for increased visibility from the street, enhanced the formal French garden design, ... more

Summer attractions include Bryant Park Film Festival.

As far back as 1686, New York’s colonial governor Thomas Dongan designated as public property the land that is now Bryant Park. Officially dedicated in 1842, it was not until New York City’s powerful parks commissioner, Robert Moses, undertook to rescue and redesign the park in 1930 that the park took its present shape. Under Moses the redesign saw a classical scheme of a large central lawn, formal pathways, stone balustrades, and borders of London plane trees, together with an oval plaza, containing the Lowell Fountain, at the west end, separated from Sixth Avenue by a broad flight of steps.

Situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the Moses redesigned park was initially very popular with Midtown workers and residents. By the seventies, however, Bryant Park gave way to neglect and was home to drug dealers, muggers and vagrants.

In 1980 the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation was formed with the goal of revitalizing the park. The BPRC built new entrances for increased visibility from the street, enhanced the formal French garden design, and improved and repaired paths and lighting. BPRC’s plan also included restoration of the park’s monuments, and renovation of its long-closed restrooms. In 1992 the park reopened to lavish praise.

Today lunch hours in warm weather months can see over 5,000 business people using the park. Among the amenities available to visitors are a French-style carousel, a boule board, chess tables, free yoga classes, over 25,000 varieties of flowers, the Bryant Park Grill, as well as 2,000 moveable chairs.

In winter months, Bryant Park hosts a Winter Village with 7,000sq Foot Ice Skating Rink, food and holiday shopping stalls. Check the calendar on their website for list of events including art shows, music and skating exhibitions

In the warm weather outdoor film screenings are a popular event. You can find a schedule here: Bryant Park Film Festival


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40th Street at Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 768-4242
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