Monday, March 14, 2011
In the winter, they clear out the center area of the park and build an ice rink for public skating that is much more roomy than the rink at Rockefeller Center--I saw them in the process of dismantling the rink today (see foreground of photo above right). In the summer, they have a nicely kept lawn open for folks to picnic and lay out blankets for outdoor classic movies--you can order a pizza and have it delivered to your blanket if you remember to take a helium balloon to help mark your spot. At other times throughout the year, they also host shopping fairs where vendors set up temporary kiosks to sell their wares--there is a great regular kettle corn vendor.
At most times, the park is set up for chess games, bocce, and plain lounging around at bistro tables for people watching. The park is also very kid friendly, with a carousel (see left) as well as a little collection of children's books for perusing.
While this park may not be unique to NYC, such parks play an important role in making NYC a more pleasant place to live and be. If you are interested, there is also a free audio tour narrated by Matthew Broderick available at http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/audio_tour.html.
Posted by CraftyPaws at 8:39 PM