Bryant Park is the home of the Main Branch of the New York Public Library. The lawn is built over the library’s underground book stacks.
It’s a beautiful park at all seasons. In spring, the park hosts outdoor dance parties. In summer, it hosts picnic performances and movies. In winter, it’s the home of a really fun Winter Village holiday market with an ice rink. It’s one of the great places for holiday shopping with kids.
The park is managed by the Bryant Park Corporation. bryantpark.org
Bryant Park News
Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely sing American soul music from gospel to funk for Carnegie Hall Citywide in Bryant Park on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 7pm. FREE 🇺🇸
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra plays salsa dura for Carnegie Hall Citywide in Bryant Park on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 7pm. FREE 🇵🇷
Riley Mulherkar and Ella Bric (Linda Briceño, 1st female Latin Grammy Producer of the Year) perform jazz and Latin jazz for the Greenwich House Music School in Bryant Park on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 7pm. FREE 🇻🇪
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective with the Turtle Island Quartet celebrate Wayne Shorter (Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, Weather Report) for Carnegie Hall Citywide in Bryant Park on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 7pm. FREE 🇺🇸
Craig Harris’s Nocturnal Nubian Ball tributes Sun Ra for Harlem Stage in Bryant Park on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7pm. FREE 🇺🇸
Young Stars of Jazz play for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Bryant Park on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 7pm. FREE 🇺🇸
Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quintet reimagine Burt Bacharach for Jazz at Lincoln Center on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 7pm. 🇺🇸
Limón Dance Company performs Limón repertory and Music from the Sole dances Afro-Brazilian tap in Bryant Park on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 7pm. FREE 🇲🇽🇧🇷
New York City Opera presents a family concert of opera favorites in Bryant Park on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 7pm. FREE 🇮🇹
New York City Opera performs a new version of Verdi’s Italian opera “Rigoletto” in Bryant Park on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 7pm. FREE 🇮🇹
Visit Bryant Park
The park’s main entrance is on Sixth Avenue at 41st St. If you are on Fifth Avenue, the park is behind the New York Public Library.
Sixth Ave | Bryant Park | Fifth Ave
(B)(D)(F)(M) to 42nd St – Bryant Park
(7) to Fifth Ave – Bryant Park
(N)(Q)(R)(W) to Times Sq – 42nd St
(S) to Times Sq – 42nd St
(1)(2)(3) to Times Sq – 42nd St
(4)(5)(6) to Grand Central
[TO BE CONFIRMED]
October 28 2022 – Jan 3, 2023
CARNEGIE HALL CITYWIDE
Garment District/Midtown South
Friday, July 16, 2021, 7pm
Friday, July 2, 2021, 7pm
May 2 – June 8, 2018
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Latin dance party in Bryant Park. FREE
A Lot of History in One Place
During the U.S. Revolutionary War (1775-1783), George Washington fought the British here. Like many open areas that later became parks, it was once a potter’s field where poor and unclaimed people were buried.
In the mid-1800s, the Croton Reservoir (1837-1842) held the city’s water supply. During the U.S. Civil War (1860-65), Union troops drilled here.
During the City’s decline in the 1980s, the park was a scary place, but the community got together to clean it up. It’s a beautiful park now and an example of what can be done when people come together.