Bryant Park

This park in the middle of Midtown is filled with things to do in all seasons

Winter Village holiday shopping, ice skating and dining for the family

Daily Oct 31, 2019-Jan 5, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Great place to take your family to do holiday shopping and have some fun in Bryant Park

Mexican President Benito Juárez worked for democracy and Indigenous rights

Saturday, March 21, 2020
SAN PABLO GUELATAO, Oaxaca, Mexico ~ The Indigenous founding father of the modern Mexican state was born on March 21, 1806. There is a statue of Juárez in the northwest corner of Bryant Park.


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Previously in Bryant Park

New York City Opera in the Park in Bryant Park

May 14 – Sep 17, 2018
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Opera in Bryant Park. FREE

Bryant Park Dance Party

May 2 – June 8, 2018
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Latin dance party in Bryant Park. FREE

Bryant Park in summer. Courtesy of the Bryant Park Corporation.

Bryant Park in summer. Courtesy of the Bryant Park Corporation.

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.

A Graveyard

Bryant Park was once a graveyard for the poor. Don’t worry, the dead were long ago transferred to Wards Island.

The Crystal Palace

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 1970s

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.

Bryant Park Today

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

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 11am – 7pm.


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Visiting Bryant Park

Bryant Park is next to (and underneath) the New York Public Library between at Sixth Avenue between 40th & 42nd St
in Midtown, Manhattan

Open daily from 7am – 11pm

Subway

  • (7) to Fifth Ave – Bryant Park
  • (E) to 42nd St – Bryant Park
  • (B) (D) (F) (M) to 42nd St – Bryant Park
  • (N) (Q) (R) (W) to Times Square – 42nd St
  • (4) (5) (6) to Grand Central – 42nd St