Winter village bryant park 2015


winter village bryant park 2015

October 27, 2015 2. Holiday Shops at Bryant Park's Winter Village (40th to 42nd Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues). Winter Village: During the months of November through February, Bryant Park's lawn is transformed into an ice skating rink, surrounded by a deck for public. Bryant Park's signature grassy lawn is removed during the winter and recycled, to make room for the ice rink. Daily News, November 13, 2015.

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The Winter Village at Bryant Park

Kicking off at the end of October, Bryant Park’s Winter Village opens the holiday market season in New York. Besides being the first to open, it’s also the longest-running, inviting visitors to explore their impressive array of booths all the way through New Year’s Day.

Debuting in 2002, Winter Village in Bryant Park is one of the most festive Christmas markets in NYC. The center of the city is a truly inspiring place to drink in the splendor of winter as you and your loved ones stroll down aisle after aisle of specialty vendors and themed attractions. Winter Village has lots to offer: an ice skating rinkwith free admission, holiday stands to offer seasonal bites, beverages to refuel, local crafts, jewelry, clothes, and many more cute baubles.

TRY THE CZECH TRDNLIK PASTRY INSIDE THE LODGE!

Though the Winter Village Chrismas market at Bryant Park closes on January 2nd, events run through January and February. The program for 2021 includes live performances at the Lodge, kids week, bumper cars, winter fitness, broomball, and exerskate.

New York’s Best Christmas Market

Midtown‘s winter wonderland is once again open for the season. With NYC’s only free admission ice rink, a huge variety of holiday shops, and even a full-fledged restaurant the Winter Village at Bryant Park is definitely the best Christmas market in NYC.  The market offers new and creative gift ideas, activities, food and a whole lot more. The atmosphere is always festive and is the perfect opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit right in the middle of Manhattan.

After a long day of sightseeing, the Winter Village at Bryant Park is a great place to grab a bite to eat. You will find everything ranging from mac & cheese to authentic German bratwurst.

The Winter Village at Bryant Park has a huge amount to offer. Countless stores ranging from home decorations, artwork, and jewelry to food sweets and gifts give you plenty to explore. You can really spend a whole afternoon here, ice skating, eating, drinking and enjoying the pre-Christmas atmosphere. It really is a magical place for kids and adults alike and is the only European inspired Christmas market of its kind in NYC. When we visited in 2016, we ended up going multiple times because there was so much to explore and it only gets bigger and better every year.

If you are looking for a unique place to have dinner definitely check out the Overlook restaurant. Located above the rest of the Winter Village, it gives you some amazing views of the surrounding skyscrapers, the ice rink, and the rest of the beautifully decorated Bryant Park. For us, this is definitely the highlight this year and we highly recommend you visit.

Overview of all the stores and food vendors

To take a look at what you can expect once you get there in terms of food, shopping and more, click the button below. You will find a filterable list of all the stores and shops so you can already take a look at which ones might be interesting for you!

View all shops at the Winter Village

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Источник: https://loving-newyork.com/winter-village-at-bryant-park/

It is that time of year when New York City comes alive with all things Christmas. The lights, the Christmas trees, the music, the markets, the food! New York City is just bursting with holiday cheer. I love being a tourist in my own city during the holidays. There are just so many twinkling lights to see and so many pop-up markets to enjoy.

2013 Bryant Park Christmas Tree

One of the popular holiday markets in New York City is the Bryant Park Holiday Shops, formally known as the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. This “village” takes over the entire park with it’s crown jewel, an ice skating rink, at the center of the park. Gone is the lush grass of summer with the newly laid ice for the winter!

According to the Winter Villagewebsite, “The Holiday Shops include more than 125 boutique-like shops offering exquisite gift ideas from distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more. There’s something for everyone – adults, kids, and even pets.”

I noticed that the 2014 Winter Village has more gluten-free choices than ever before. You can now shop, ice skate, see the Christmas tree, and eat your way through the Bryant Park Winter Village.

Bryant Park Winter Village
Holiday shops open daily through January 4, 2015
Ice skating until March 1, 2015

***Tree lighting! December 2 ,2015!***

Bryant Park Winter Village Gluten-Free Options
This list in alphabetical order, see the Bryant Park Winter Village map for kiosk location details.

Big Apple Cider: Serving up fresh, New York State, hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks.

Big Apple Cider

Blossom Du Jour: An offshoot of the popular restaurants, this 100% vegan kiosk sells some gluten-free, packaged snacks such as gluten-free gingersnaps and gluten-free chocolate cupcakes. They also sell packages of goji berries, gluten-free energy squares, and dark chocolate. According to the packaging, the products are produced in a shared facility with wheat so use caution when eating.

Gluten-free snacks from Blossom du Jour
Gluten-free gingersnap from Blossom du Jour
Gluten-free cupcake from Blossom du Jour

MissTea’s Organic Tea: Made in Brooklyn, these local, organic teas come in both caffeine-free and with caffeine. You can purchase hot tea to go or you can buy a nice gift set for friends and family.

MissTea's Organic Hot Tea

No Chewing Allowed: This kiosk is incredibly sweet-smelling and the guys working inside entice you with free samples of their chocolate French truffles. They also sell hot chocolate and chocolate bars. Note, the truffles are not made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.

No Chewing Allowed Candybars
No Chewing Allowed Truffles

Pickle Me Pete: Pickles, lots and lots of pickles!

Pickles!

Raaka: This chocolate is not only gluten-free, but it is USDA organic, nut-free, soy-free, vegan, and Kosher!

Raaka Chocolates

The Jam Stand: At this self-proclaimed “Brooklyn’s happiest food company”, you can buy jam in many delicious flavors. The thing that caught my eye is that you could sample the jams on little wooden spoons and not the usual pieces of bread that usually are a major concern for cross-contamination. The jams are made in a gluten-free facility and all are gluten-free except for the Bourbon Jam. The company was quite knowledgeable about alcohol distillation but they said to be on the safe side they would not list the Bourbon Jam gluten-free.

The Jam Stand jams

The Lucky Sailor: FRENCH FRIES!!! This stand has three dedicated fryers and all it sells is gluten-free Belgian fries. The sauces are produced off-site and while the producer says they are gluten-free, the owner of The Lucky Sailor says he cannot guarantee 100%. If you are celiac, you might want to skip the sauce and just go for the fries.

FRIES!!!
The Lucky Sailor Belgian Frites. YUM!

This Pie is Nuts: I first learned about this company over the summer at the Astoria Flea. Since then, I have followed Diana, the founder of This Pie is Nuts, on Instagram and watched her work like a machine to build her business. I swear, Diana and her husband never sleep! These pies are paleo, vegan, and gluten-free!

This Pie is Nuts

Top Arepa: “The traditional Arepa is a staple food in Colombia & Venezuela and consists of flat round cakes with melted cheese inside.” Arepas are traditionally gluten-free and this kiosk keeps a separate griddle for the gluten-free areaps/toppings.

o separate griddles

Two Tablespoons:Two Tablespoons gets around… in a good way! I’ve seen them at Madison Square Eats and at Broadway Bites. Now they are in Bryant Park serving up gluten-free chili and loaded baked potatoes. A healthy and gluten-free way to warm up in the park!

Two Tablespoons gluten-free, vegan, and organic!

Woops Macarons: Macarons are made from egg whites, sugar, and almond flour, making them naturally gluten-free. The macarons are filled with either buttercream, jam, or chocolate ganache and come in a wide variety of flavors and beautiful colors. They are not made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. The cookies at Woops are NOT gluten-free.

These macarons are naturally gluten-free
Beautiful rainbow of macarons

 

 

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Living with celiac disease since 1981 and eating gluten-free long before it was "trendy", Erin Smith has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community; Founded Gluten-Free Fun in 2007; Founded Gluten-Free Globetrotter® in 2011; Founded GlutenFreelancer® in 2014. Erin was the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community of more than 2,000 members for over a decade. She is the founder of the Santa Cruz Celiac support group. Erin currently resides in New York City and lives 100% gluten-free. View all posts by Erin Smith

Источник: https://glutenfreeglobetrotter.com/2014/11/24/glutenfreebryantparkholiday/

 

ABOUT BRYANT PARK SHAKESPEARE

FOR CURRENT SEASON INFO VISIT
BRYANT PARK WEBSITE

 

ADMISSION IS FREE
Performances are Thursdays at 9:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM; some Sundays at 2:00 PM
(Check each individual show's info for exact schedule.)
Food kiosks serve affordable meals.
Capacious rest rooms are close at hand.
Seating on bistro chairs is guaranteed for everyone.
Best of all, there will be no waiting in line for tickets.

 

PRODUCTION CHRONOLOGY

First Season - 2014 - The Drilling Company
Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Bash
Hamlet, director Hamilton Clancy

Second Season, 2015 - The Drilling Company
Shakespeare's 451st Birthday Bash
The Two Gentlemen of Verona, director Hamilton Clancy
Romeo and Juliet, director David Marantz
The Taming of the Shrew, director Alessandro Colla

Third Season - 2016 - The Drilling Company
Shakespeare's 452nd Birthday Bash and 400th Anniversary of his Death
Much Ado About Nothing, director Hamilton Clancy
As You Like It, director Hamilton Clancy
Measure for Measure, director TBA

 

 

ABOUT THE VENUE

Productions are staged on the upper terrace of Bryant Park, which is located behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Subways: Take the B, D, F, or M to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; 7 to 5th Avenue. MAP

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park, one of the busiest public spaces in the world, without government or philanthropic funding. In addition to providing security and sanitation services, and tending the lawn and seasonal gardens, BPC creates amenities and activities in Bryant Park for over 6 million visitors each year. BPC's website, www.bryantpark.org, has more detailed information plus a complete schedule of upcoming free events, activities, and programs. BPC invites New Yorkers and visitors to Midtown Manhattan to experience live theatrical productions of Shakespeare plays, as well as the NYC summer traditions of HBO/Bryant Park Summer Film Festival and Broadway in Bryant Park.

Patrons of Bryant Park are subject to the rules of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

 

MORE INFO & CONTACT

All productions are presented by Bryant Park Shakespeare and produced by The Drilling Company (Hamilton Clancy, Artistic Director), producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.

Contact Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Contact Bryant Park

Info on Bryant Park events: www.bryantpark.org, @bryantparknyc and #bpshakespeare.

 

 

GRATEFUL THANKS

Productions of The Drilling Company are supported in part this season by a grant from the Brad and Melissa Coolidge Foundation. Supporters also include the Department for Cultural Affairs and the the New York State Council on the Arts.

 


PHOTOS AND WRITEUPS OF PAST SEASONS IN BRYANT PARK

2015

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park announces new partners for 2016


Ahh, don’t you just love the holidays in New York? Out of all the things to do in fall in NYC, everyone looks forward to the return of The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park the most. Why? Because once the 17,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink and more than 100 shopping and food kiosks open for business, this means that Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are officially right around the corner. The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us!

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in New York

The legendary holiday market will open to the public on Saturday, October 29 (similar to 2015’s speedy opening date). However, unlike last year, Bryant Park Corporation has teamed up with some new and interesting local business partners.

Remember Bryant Park’s rink-side pop-up restaurant, Celsius? Well, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group is taking over by opening a fine-casual, seasonal eatery dubbed Public Fare—like Meyer’s former Central Park takeout spot. The grub hub will sit on the northeast corner of The Rink, and will operate food concessions inside the Skating Pavilion. This all-day operation (open from 8am to 10pm) will serve locals and tourists tasty food such as sandwiches, soup and coffee, and will then transition into a wine and cocktail bar at night. The spot will also be co-designed by Crate and Barrel, so you know it will be festive and cute as f*ck.

Another change is that Urbanspace (y’know, the brand that’s responsible for Union Square’s and Columbus Circle’s holiday markets as well as Mad. Sq. Eats), is operating the Winter Village holiday shops, bringing its vast collection of local and handmade retailers in New York, as well as an amazing lineup of food vendors. We’ll be sharing the full holiday vendor list soon!

And Rink Management Service Corporation, which basically knows a thing or two about seasonal ice skating rinks, is officially taking over “The Rink.” But don’t worry—new management doesn’t mean new prices. The Rink will still remain the city’s only free admission public ice skating venue. 

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Bryant Park with Winter Village and Skating Rink at Night

New York, USA - December 14, 2018: Aerial View of Bryant Park at night showing the Winter Village, retail shops, Christmas Tree, Skating Rink, plane trees, people walking on 42nd Street, skating, with New York City Library building, The Bryant,, Bryant Park Hotel, Bank of China Building in the background, and cars lined up on 42nd street in the foreground

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New York City, New York, USA - December 13, 2013: Ice skaters on Citi Pond in Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan on December 13, 2013. This popular park is located behind NY Public Library features ice skating and holiday boutiques at Christmastime

Ice At Night Bryant Park

New York, NY, USA - December 10, 2013: Ice skaters and tourists near the Christmas tree in Bryant Park on December 10, 2013 in Manhattan.

Bryant Park NYC

New York City, New York, USA - December 13, 2013: Ice skaters on Citi Pond in Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan on December 13, 2013. This popular park is located behind NY Public Library features ice skating and holiday boutiques at Christmastime

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SNOWMAN New York Down jacket Outerwear high quality down design collection women New York City NYC fashion winter clothing  high-end fashionable Downjacket

A frosty November air requests a frosty feat -- on the ice! Unleash your athletic side for Bryant Park’s ice skating rink is back! With free general admission, there’s no reason to let the crisp breath go to waste with friends and family this winter.

An eventful evening is the perfect opportunity to sport “Polished” from the /3 Collection. With flap pockets and hidden side pockets, all essentials are secure while keeping your hands warm. The faux fur strips across the pockets also make this coat unique. A faux fur hood keeps your head warm and it is detachable for a clean look. If it gets too warm or if you need more leg room to show off your skating skills, the two-way zipper can create more flexibility.

Another piece to consider is “Crown” from our 42 Bryant Park collaboration. Even if your skating skills aren’t perfect, this piece will make you look slick. The elegant faux fur trimming around the collar and sleeves along with the smooth, black color gives this jacket an edge. It’s the perfect balance between masculinity and femininity; poise and cool. The partnership with Bryant Park will especially make this piece feel special as you skate in the historical park.



Bryant Park skating hours:
October 30, 2015 - March 6, 2016
Daily: 8am - 10pm

Источник: https://snowmannewyork.com/blogs/news/69092229-ice-skating-at-bryant-park-with-snowman-new-york

184Images

Bryant Park with Winter Village and Skating Rink at Night

New York, USA - December 14, 2018: Aerial View of Bryant Park at night showing the Winter Village, retail shops, Christmas Tree, Skating Rink, plane trees, people walking on 42nd Street, skating, with New York City Library building, The Bryant,, Bryant Park Hotel, Bank of China Building in the background, and cars lined up on 42nd street in the foreground

Bryant Park NYC

New York City, New York, USA - December 13, 2013: Ice skaters on Citi Pond in Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan on December 13, 2013. This popular park is located behind NY Public Library features ice skating and holiday boutiques at Christmastime

Ice At Night Bryant Park

New York, NY, USA - December 10, 2013: Ice skaters and tourists near the Christmas tree in Bryant Park on December 10, 2013 in Manhattan.

Bryant Park NYC

New York City, New York, USA - December 13, 2013: Ice skaters on Citi Pond in Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan on December 13, 2013. This popular park is located behind NY Public Library features ice skating and holiday boutiques at Christmastime

Источник: https://www.istockphoto.com/photos/bryant-park-christmas

The Winter Village at Bryant Park

Kicking off at the end of October, Bryant Park’s Winter Village opens the holiday market season in New York. Besides being the first to open, it’s also the longest-running, inviting visitors to explore their impressive array of booths all the way through New Year’s Day.

Debuting in 2002, Winter Village in Bryant Park is one of the most festive Christmas markets in NYC. The center of the city is a truly inspiring place to drink in the splendor of winter as you and your loved ones stroll down aisle after aisle of specialty vendors and themed attractions. Winter Village has lots to offer: an ice skating rinkwith free admission, holiday stands to offer seasonal bites, beverages to refuel, local crafts, jewelry, clothes, and many more cute baubles.

TRY THE CZECH TRDNLIK PASTRY INSIDE THE LODGE!

Though the Winter Village Chrismas market at Bryant Park closes on January 2nd, events run through January and February. The program for 2021 includes live performances at the Lodge, kids week, bumper cars, winter fitness, broomball, and exerskate.

New York’s Best Christmas Market

Midtown‘s winter wonderland is once again open for the season. With NYC’s only free admission ice rink, a huge variety of holiday shops, and even a full-fledged restaurant the Winter Village at Bryant Park is definitely the best Christmas market in NYC.  The market offers new and creative gift ideas, activities, food and a whole lot more. The atmosphere is always festive and is the perfect opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit right in the middle of Manhattan.

After a long day of sightseeing, the Winter Village at Bryant Park is a great place to grab a bite to eat. You will find everything ranging from mac & cheese to authentic German bratwurst.

The Winter Village at Bryant Park has a huge amount to offer. Countless stores ranging from home decorations, artwork, and jewelry to food sweets and gifts give you plenty to explore. You can really spend a whole afternoon here, ice skating, eating, drinking and enjoying the pre-Christmas atmosphere. It really is a magical place for kids and adults alike and is the only European inspired Christmas market of its kind in NYC. When we visited in 2016, we ended up going multiple times because there was so much to explore and it only gets bigger and better every year.

If you are looking for a unique place to have dinner definitely check out the Overlook restaurant. Located above the rest of the Winter Village, it gives you some amazing views of the surrounding skyscrapers, the ice rink, and the rest of the beautifully decorated Bryant Park. For us, this is definitely the highlight this year and we highly recommend you visit.

Overview of all the stores and food vendors

To take a look at what you can expect once you get there in terms of food, shopping and more, click the button below. You will find a filterable list of all the stores and shops so you can already take a look at which ones might be interesting for you!

View all shops at the Winter Village

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Starting almost immediately after Thanksgiving, several beloved bars in NYC string up holiday decorations—then go a step further, converting into full-blown seasonal pop-ups. In 2020, a true bar crawl may be difficult to pull off, but booking reservations is a smooth way to continue the tradition. Start at Miracle on 9th at Cabinet (on Resy), in Alphabet City, where the bathrooms sport subversive old-timey Santa scenes on the walls and the drinks menu is always different. This year, the SanTaRex—a play on mulled cider—is served in a T Rex mug. A 10-minute walk south, in the Lower East Side, is Beachbum Berry's Sippin Santa at Boilermaker, which brings a tiki touch to all the holiday accoutrements (reservations via 212-995-5400 or via email at [email protected]). Yet further south in Brooklyn is Boerum Hill's beloved Leyenda (on Resy), which becomes Sleyenda this season. It carries on the Latin theme with disco balls, Day of the Dead nutcrackers, and seasonal cocktails that make use of mezcal and tequila as creatively as they do rum and bourbon. If committing to a full mug is too much, tiny spiced shots are on offer, too. —Corina Quinn

Источник: https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/christmas-in-new-york-city

Monitor Installed at Sixth Avenue Subway Entrance

February 2, 2015, 7:00 am

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The BDFM subway entrance on the northwest corner of 40th Street and Sixth Avenue is one we've been working to improve for some time.

We last wrote in March about our efforts to improve the subway entrance appearance, which is dark and drab. We found a short-term solution in brightly colored graphics that were used to promote our free, open to the public events, like #BPSquareDance and Bank of America Winter Village.

The second phase of brightening the subway entrance has just finished. We installed a television monitor that will serve as a rotating carousel of park events, and give real-time information on time and weather. Best yet, the monitor will add more light to a dim entrance, making the stairs safer and more pleasant.
Our Capital Department works to install the monitor. The open space where the man is crouching is the ground floor of 5 Bryant Park; the Capital Department went through the wall in the vacant retail space to reach the subway entrance.  

The monitor greets those ascending and descending the stairs. With the Bryant Park text prominently displayed at the bottom of the monitor, there is no mistaking where you are!

Aside from showing beautiful Bryant Park photos, the monitor will soon give real-time information on weather and time, and offer information about upcoming park events. 


February 3, 2015, 10:32 am

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Bryant Park on the Web brings you the latest news clippings about Bryant Park. We'll be checking in every few months to keep you up-to-date on the activities, sites, and stories that everyone is talking about. 

In this Q&Awith lauded landscape planner Mia Lehrer in Los Angeles Magazine, she mentions her admiration for Bryant Park's approach to making public space.

The Baltimore Sun's put together a list of the Best 100 Things to do in NYC. We were thrilled to see that Bryant Park came out on top as #1!

A Jacksonville paper, Metro Jacksonville, discusses what a local park called Hemming Plaza can learn from Bryant Park's successful turnaround.

Upon the opening of Winter Village on October 21st, the Daily News shot a great pieceat our very own free-admission rink (and featuring Bryant Park Corporation's very own Sarah Stutman!).

One of our favorite newsclips of the season was put together for the NYU newspaper, NYULocal. A student wrote a humorous piece entitled How to Enjoy Yourself at Bryant Park's Winter Village (After Getting Dumped).


There was lots to do in NYC during the holidays, but nothing quite like Bryant Park. AP included Winter Village on their list 5 Free Things: NYC lit up and lovely at Christmas.

February 4, 2015, 2:22 pm

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Join us on Saturday, February 14 for a Mardi Gras celebration at Le Carrousel. The free, kid-friendly program features music by Jambalaya Brass Band and a magic show by our magician in residence, R.J. Lewis. Add festive masks and you'll feel like you're in the Big Easy.

Mark your calendar for February 14.


R.J. Lewis captivates young and old alike with his magic skills.
Photo: Jusay Photography. 

Mardi Gras at Le Carrousel
Saturday, Feburary 14
1pm
Le Carrousel

February 5, 2015, 10:39 am

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We celebrate the 20th year and 1,000th issue of MidCity News, your source for event information and public space updates on 34th Street and at Bryant Park.

In response to a board member’s request for regular reports about the management of the park, the staff at Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership decided to institute a weekly newsletter. MidCity Newsmade its debut on November 27, 1995 and has continued to be published every week since then.

Previously, board members learned about the progress and achievements of our organizations via annual financial reportsand, in the case of 34th Street, a short-lived “Shop Talk” newsletter. We quickly realized that a newsletter with wider release was a great way to connect with the public and draw in a wider range of visitors from throughout the city. MidCity News began with modest numbers, but now our subscriber list has grown to over 20,000, from every corner of the globe.

Reflective of our organizations’ mission to make consistent improvementsin New York’s public spaces, the MidCity News format has changed over the years. It began as a one-page faxand then, for a time, we emailed two versions, a Word document and a PDF, to recipients. In 2009, (Issue 692 on March 27, to be exact) we changed to a digital format accessible immediately by email. 200 issues later, on January 30, 2013, we further upgraded to the current graphic format which includes articles and links to provide readers with essential information needed to enjoy our parks to the fullest.

This is an excerpt from Bryant Park's weekly newsletter, MidCity News, written by Terry Benoit. MidCity News keeps park enthusiasts informed about our events, milestones, operations, and all of the detailed maintenance work that goes into caring for the park. Weekly updates are sent with our sister organization 34th Street Partnership. 

You can view this week's edition of MidCity News online, or sign up to receive it in your inbox.

February 6, 2015, 3:06 pm

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Charlotte lends her palate to taste test different coffee shops in the Bryant Park neighborhood. 

I am as revved up as possible, a little shaky, and filled with coffee fueled inspiration that I can impart some arabica wisdom on you. If you are looking for an above average coffee shop around Bryant Park, look no further than the following establishments. Each prides itself for preparing superlative coffee drinks, and they don't call a medium sized cup a small. A small is a small, am I right?

Blue Bottle, a new addition to the park's perimeter, is located in the WeWork building on 40th Street. The shop is minimally decorated with gorgeous tiling on the floor and the behind-the-counter setup evokes the feeling of being in a hipster coffee laboratory. If you order a regular coffee be prepared to wait (it's worth it) as they use a drip method, bringing the customer the freshest possible cup of joe. So yes, the regular coffee is good, but I have a sweet tooth and a preference for iced coffee so I opted for the New Orleans. It's a cold brew coffee mixed with milk, cane sugar and roasted chicory. To be frank, that's one special iced coffee.

The aromatic New Orleans ice coffee from Blue Bottle (psst, check out that tiling. Am I right?)

Next stop Fika, also new to the neighborhood on 41st Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. This particular coffee shop is expansive with high ceilings and a lot of extra space. The room is sparsely decorated with clean modern furniture and pops of color in orange and red. It seems to me to be the perfect place to hold a meeting over coffee as the atmosphere is quiet despite the slightly cavernous feel. Ambiance aside, the coffee is good, its full flavored (ie not burnt or watered down) and sold at a pretty reasonable price compared to it's boutique counterparts. They are also known for their chocolates, so I paired my black cup with their award winning hazelnut and quinoa bonbon. If chocolates not your thing but you want to enjoy food with you beverage they dish out a mean oatmeal for breakfast.

One regular coffee paired with Fika's award winning hazelnut and quinoa chocolate bonbon

The last and final stop on my tour-de-cafe is Zibetto Espresso Bar on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue. The space is small, similar decorative elements as the first two, but with a more classic aesthetic. So far I have indulged in the coffee drink category aiming to save the espresso drinks for store for whom it is named. I love cappuccinos so ordering one was the obvious choice. Ordinarily I would ask them to make it bone dry, but since I am trying this place out I thought it would be a better idea for them to brew this creation the way they would without instruction. It was perfecto and I enjoyed drinking this delightful beverage at the white marble counter, it felt very European.

Swirly and delicious cappuccino from Zibetto's

If there is any lesson that I have learned while preparing, researching and writing this post it's that yes, you can have too much coffee and no, not all coffee shops are the same. Each brew had a different taste and focus. I enjoyed every caffeinated minute of it.

February 9, 2015, 8:37 am

Next Winter Village Map Update: After the Holiday Shops

Previous Great Cups of Joe By Bryant Park

It's never too early to start thinking about being a Holiday Shops vendorfor our upcoming season at Bank of America Winter Village! We have a limited number of Holiday Shops in the park every year, which means they fill up fast. Each year we receive inquiries from interested vendors long after all the Holiday Shop slots have been claimed.

E-mail Deborah DiPriscoat Upsilon Ventures, our market producer, with your name, contact information, and a description of your business and what you'd like to sell in the park.

Time flies and spots fill up quickly, so act now!

Claim your piece of the action at New York City's most exciting Holiday Market.
Photo: Colin Miller.  

January 12, 2015, 12:09 pm

Next Make Memories With Those You Love in Bryant Park

Previous Join Us as a Vendor at Next Year's Holiday Shops

Enjoy our updated park map, below, showing Winter Village post-Holiday Shops. We are sad, as always, to see the Shops go, but you can still skate Bryant Park and dine at select Holiday Shops food vendors through March 1st!

Click for the big view

February 10, 2015, 2:24 pm

Next Project Safe Flight Comes to Bryant Park

Previous Winter Village Map Update: After the Holiday Shops

Based on the number of proposalsthat take place year round in Bryant Park it's safe to say that it's a pretty romantic place, no matter what the temperature is. Below are a few suggestions for all the love birds out there, or families, or best friends or whoever you are spending this Saturday with. While  you are out on the ice or in the park look out for the Bank of America brand ambassadors handing out conversation hearts.

A wonderful way to tell your loved ones how you feel
Photo: here
The Bank of America Winter Village's prime attraction is The Rink, and what a great attraction it is. The admission to The Rink is free so for lovers on a budget this could be the ideal way to glide into each other's hearts. Skating is also a wonderful activity for families and friends alike. There are no shortages of laughs and opportunities to get closer to those who mean most to you, especially on this special day.

The Rink from above in the evening
Photo: Angelito Jusay
If you want to enhance your skating experience with a dinner or lunch date afterward the park offers a few options for any budget or atmospheric desire. If you are interested in a more casual experience perhaps some delicious Turkish treats from Mmm...Enfes will do the trick with a little something sweet from Wafels & Dingesor Chimney Cakesfor dessert.

Chimney Cakes - The Rolling Pretzel is one of the kiosks by the Fountain
Perhaps eating outside is not your thing and you would like be seated and served. Celsius, with views of The Rink, is offering a Prix Fixemenu for $80 a person and is taking reservations for parties of two and four. The menu features baked oysters, Mahi-Mahi, chocolate cake and specialty cocktails.

View of The Rink from Celsius' second floor
For a more refined celebration of Valentine's Day The Bryant Park Grillstill has a few reservations available (they will also seat walk-ins in the garden tent). The menu will remain the same, but feature a few additional items such as lobster pot pie, lamb sliders, shrimp & wonton soup, and chocolate fondue for two to name a few.

For those of you with children looking for a kid friendly event look no further than Mardis Gras at Le Carrousel. Come for the masks, beads, and chocolate coins, stay for the magic performed by Magician R.J. Lewis and music by Jambalaya Brass Band.


No matter who you love, Bryant Park is the perfect place to observe Valentine's Day.

The Rink
Daily, 8am - 10pm
#WinterVillage

February 11, 2015, 3:31 pm

Next What Happens When a Bistro Chair Needs Repair?

Previous Make Memories With Those You Love in Bryant Park

With its location at the nexus of several bird migratory routes, New York City is a natural stop for birds heading south in the fall and north in the spring. To take advantage, Bryant Park offers free birding toursduring both these seasons.

While New York City’s parks offer inviting havens for birds needing a rest, other aspects of the city aren’t so good for their health. Tall buildings, clad in reflective glass, pose a real threat and cause thousands of bird deaths annually. NYC Audubon’s Project Safe Flightprogram aims to track and alleviate this problem. Last year, we told you about Lights Out NY, when owners and managers of tall buildings were urged to turn off unnecessary lights at night, and office workers were asked to draw blinds or use area lighting when working at night. 34th Street Partnership spread the word to its constituents, and Vornado Realty Trust, which has 11 properties in the district, led the way.

Kenrick Carvan, a member of the Bryant Park sanitation crew, poses with a representative from NYC Adubon as he accepts a certificate recognizing his contribution to Project Safe Flight.

Bryant Park is also involved in this effort. A recent newsletter from NYC Audubon explained how the park’s sanitation team contributes through data collection. Bryant Park staffer Kenrick Carvan found a dead hermit thrush which showed signs of having crashed into a window. He took a photograph of the bird and sent it to NYC Audubon, along with all the details, and the organization entered the information into a database that extends 15 years back.  

This is an excerpt from Bryant Park's weekly newsletter, MidCity News, written by Terry Benoit.MidCity News keeps park enthusiasts informed about our events, milestones, operations, and all of the detailed maintenance work that goes into caring for the park. Weekly updates are sent with our sister organization 34th Street Partnership. 

You can read MidCity News online, or sign up to receive it in your inbox.

February 12, 2015, 9:45 am

Next The Fountain Has Frozen...Too Well

Previous Project Safe Flight Comes to Bryant Park

Each year, our 4,000 iconic green bistro chairs experience heavy wear and tear. The wooden slats and metal crossbars take a beating from exposure to the elements and from the thousands of people who sit on them. As a result, chairs take on a lovely vintage look (and are available for purchase through the Bryant Park Shop).

As Sanitation and Hospitality workers make their daily rounds, they keep an eye out for chairs that are broken or damaged. The most common problem is loose or broken wooden slats across the back or seat of the chair. Damaged chairs are taken to our Park House, on 40th Street, for repair. Often, slats from a chair damaged beyond repair will be harvested and installed in another chair that needs only a few replacement slats. As a result, some of our chairs sport parts from many different chair generations.

This chair repair program helps to save money on re-ordering chairs, thus freeing more money that can be put into free public programming and events. Plus, recycling chair parts makes the chairs "green"-er!
Park worker Joseph Rice is one of several staffers who maintain the chairs. Here, he fits a new slat into a chair, making it good as new. 

February 13, 2015, 2:52 pm

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Previous What Happens When a Bistro Chair Needs Repair?

The recent cold snap, which still has another two weeks to go, has made some incredible photo opportunities at our frozen Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain. Seeing the photographs on social media is a treat, and we get a kick of seeing how the Fountain's icicles change from day to day. 

Unfortunately, all this beauty is causing the Fountain pain. The weight of the icicles is putting undue strain on the Fountain's granite bowls. This hasn't been a problem in past winters, because the temperature has fluctuated enough for some of the icicles to melt off, but this year's prolonged freeze means that layers of icicles have been building up for the past several weeks. Each drop of frozen water adds more weight to the Fountain's structure.

The strain is endangering the structural integrity of the Fountain, so we'll be chipping off some of the ice in an attempt to lighten the load. In addition, we're going to turn the water off so that new icicles do not form. Don't worry, we'll be turning the water back on when Mother Nature warms up enough that the Fountain has thawed and handling a safe weight of ice. 

The Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain wears her icicles well. 

February 17, 2015, 10:45 am

Next Bryant Park Luminaires Launch Event Recap

Previous The Fountain Has Frozen...Too Well

If you're looking for a way to get more involved at Bryant Park, consider applying for our seasonal positions. Gain experience in a range of fields, from event production to recreation management, business operations to graphic design.

Seasonal employment with Bryant Park is a great way to contribute to the public good. 
The ongoing mission of the Bryant Park Corporation is: to create a rich and dynamic visual, cultural and intellectual outdoor experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike; to enhance the real estate values of its neighbors by continuously improving the park; to burnish the park's status as a prime NYC tourist destination by presenting a meticulously maintained venue for free entertainment events; and to help prevent crime and disorder in the park by attracting thousands of patrons, at all hours, thus fostering a safe environment.

Most positions are part-time with flexible hours.

Positions available at time of publishing this post are the following:
Games Host
Public Programming Assistant
Events Internship
Graphic Design Intern

February 18, 2015, 1:55 pm

Next What Happens When You Order a Chair Plaque

Previous Apply For Our Seasonal Staff Positions

Last week, we celebrated the kickoff eventof Bryant Park Luminaires, the park's brand-new young professionals group. The event featured a pre-skate at the Bank of America Winter Village Rink, followed by a 2 hour open bar and networking at Celsius. The event welcomed approximately 150 young professionals into the Bryant Park community.

If you weren't able to join us last week, Luminaires will be hosting monthly events. The next, on March 18, will center around March Madness. Check the Bryant Park Luminaires Facebook pagefor details as they emerge.

For more information, please visit the Luminaires pageon our website.

Luminaires events are a great way to deepen your involvement at the park...
Photo: Angelito Jusay. 

February 19, 2015, 2:47 pm

Next Special Olympics Skating Showcase Returns to the Rink

Previous Bryant Park Luminaires Launch Event Recap

Park aficionados know that our Bryant Park bistro chairs are an important part of the park's identity. For many people, our movable seating is the highlight of a Bryant Park visit. Our vintage bistro chairs (available a la carte or as a set) are available for purchase.

The bistro chairs are lovely, but they are even more lovely when adorned with a plaque. Look around the park and you'll notice nearly 1,000 chairs that have special messages on them, ranging from commemorations of a life well-lived, to a memento of the place where a couple met the first time. We understand how meaningful chair plaques are, so we take the process very seriously.
Chair plaques have meaningful messages on them. 
When you order a chair plaque on our online shop, the order is processed by the Bryant Park staff. After the plaque has been checked for spelling and quality, it is installed by our park staff on a chair in good condition. After all, the plaques are guaranteed to be in the park for at least a year, so the chair must be able to last that long! 

Richard from the park staff works to install and polish chair plaques. 
We snap a photo and send it to whomever purchased the plaque. Many people want to visit the chair in the park, and then we work with purchasers so they can enjoy the chair in person. For an additional fee, the chair with plaque can also be purchased.

We take a photo so you have a memento of the chair plaque. 
Now, next time you're in the park and are touched by a chair plaque inscription, you know exactly how the plaque came to be.

February 20, 2015, 10:25 am

Next Fondly Remembering Signature Winter Village Events

Previous What Happens When You Order a Chair Plaque

One of the highlights of our end-of-season activities at Bank of America Winter Villageis the Special Olympics Skating Showcase.Join us on Tuesday, February 24, at 6pm for a showcase of skating talent from Special Olympians and professionals alike!

The event will be co-hosted by Olympic medalist and personality Johnny Weir. Ashley Wagner, U.S. National Champion, will perform. John Coughlin and Caydee Denney, who wowed the crowd with their pairs skate at our Tree Lighting, will return to The Rinkfor more high-flying lifts, and athletes from Special Olympics New Yorkwill show their skills on the ice.

Caydee Denney and John Loughlin return after their dazzling Tree Lighting performance.
Photo: Angelito Jusay. 

An athlete shows his finesse on ice at last year's Skating Showcase. 

Bank of America Special Olympics Skating Showcase
Tuesday, February 24
6pm - 7pm
The Rink
#WinterVillage

*The Rink will close to the public at 4pm in preparation for the event, and reopen at the conclusion of the Skating Showcase. 

February 23, 2015, 11:55 am

Next People Watch at Bryant Park

Previous Special Olympics Skating Showcase Returns to the Rink

We made memories to last a lifetime during this year's Bank of America Winter Village. Time has flown and we can't believe that there is only one week left in the season! The final day to skate and dine at Winter Village is Sunday, March 1. Thankfully, we'll have the memories forever. Here is a look back at some of the signature Winter Village events.

The Winter Village season kicked off in high style with the Tree Lighting. With headliner Ingrid Michaelson and featuring skating performances by Olympians and synchronized skaters, the ceremony drew thousands of guests to the park. Bank of America presented a check in the amount of $6 million to (RED), which aims to end mother-to-child HIV transmission. The spectacular ceremony ended with Santa himself lighting the tree.

Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, who performed songs off her new album as well as winter standards.
Photo: Angelito Jusay.
Olympic medalist Evan Lysacek skated beautifully through a fine mist.
Photo: Angelito Jusay.

The Tree Lighting concluded with our 50-foot Norwegian spruce donning over 30,000 LED lights.
Photo: Angelito Jusay.

Santa's Corner was a brand-new addition to the Winter Village lineup. For a week leading up to Christmas, hundreds of park visitors had the opportunity to pose with the man of the hour, Santa.

Guests could use their own device to snap a photo, or a park representative snapped a photo with a professional camera. Enjoy Santa's Corner photos on our Flickr page. 

Winter Carnivalgave us something to look forward in the post-holiday season. This late January event featured a silent disco, summer skate, ice golf, hockey shoot outs, curling lessons, a Brew House, and much more. We are already looking forward to next season's Winter Carnival.

The Bryant Park jugglers lit up the night with glow-in-the-dark clubs.
Photo: Phillip Angert.

The Brew House created a German-style beer house, fully stocked with food, drink, long wood tables, and heat lamps.
Photo: Phillip Angert.

The silent disco capped off the last evening of Winter Carnival. Over 500 people simultaneously danced to music spun by three different DJs.
Photo: Phillip Angert.

And don't forget, there is one more signature event to enjoy at Winter Village. The Special Olympics Skating Showcase, co-hosted by Johnny Weir, is tomorrow at 6pm, and will feature performances from Special Olympians and Olympic medalists alike.

February 24, 2015, 1:38 pm

Next Bryant Park Contributes over $15,000 to Community Parks Initiative

Previous Fondly Remembering Signature Winter Village Events

Bryant Park fans know that one of the park's signatures is our 4,000 pieces of movable furniture. Our bistro chairs also bear their owninteresting personal histories, and are the perfect perch from which to observe others' personal histories unfolding. Simply put, Bryant Park is one of the premiere people-watching spots in the city.

We're not the only ones who think so, either!

Bill Cunningham, photographer of street style for the New York Times, has been photographing the fashions and people in Bryant Park for years. Though he typically photographs people, one of his favorite Bryant Park characters is our magnificent Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain, which has already appeared in two of his photo essaysin 2015 alone.

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