BRYANT PARK, MIDTOWN, October 27, 2018 – January 2, 2019, daily ~ Family-oriented holiday shopping, dining & ice skating. Skating continues through March 3, 2019.
Bryant Park is built over the underground archives of the New York Public Library. The Park has been a public space since the 17th century and has been repurposed many times.
Bryant Park was once a graveyard for the poor. Don’t worry, the dead were long ago transferred to Wards Island.
Bryant Park was the site of the famous New York Crystal Palace, an arboretum-like exhibition space built for the 1853 World’s Fair. New York’s Crystal Palace was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace. The atrium in Battery Park City across from the World Trade Center is a modern building with the same inspiration.
The Park was the site of a famous Vietnam War protest in 1969. It’s hard to imagine it today, but in the 1970s, the Park was taken over by drugs, prostitution and the homeless. In those days, it was a no-go zone for most New Yorkers.
In the 1980s, the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation reclaimed the Park and it was completely rebuilt over the new archives of the New York Public Library.
Today Bryant Park is a lovely public space with regular programs in summer and a holiday market at the end of the year.
Le Carrousel is a modern children’s carousel that was inspired by the Park’s baroque style torchères along 40th Street. $3 per ride.
Summer hours 11 am – 7 pm.
Bryant Park is behind (and over) the New York Public Library
Sixth Avenue between 40th & 42nd St
Daily 7 am – 11 pm