Bryant Park

New York, New York City

4.5

Bryant Park is a public park located in Manhattan. Bryant Park is located entirely over an underground structure that houses the library's stacks, which were built in the 1980s when the park was closed to the public and excavated; the new library facilities were built below ground level while the park was restored above it. By the 1970s, Bryant Park had been taken over by drug dealers, prostitutes and the homeless and was considered a no-go area by ordinary citizens and visitors. From 1979 to 1983, a coordinated program of amenities, including book and flower markets, cafes, landscape improvements, and entertainment activities were managed to improve conditions in the park. Bryant Park is one of the signature examples of New York City's revival. With a low crime rate, the park is filled with office workers on sunny weekdays, city visitors on the weekends, and revelers during the holidays. Daily attendance counts often exceed 800 people per acre, making it the most densely occupied urban park in the world. The dramatic rise in real estate values in the area around the Bryant Park, as well as new construction in adjacent areas, is a consequence of the park's improvements. Numerous events are hosted on the Great Lawn at Bryant Park, such as The Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. The park also has The original Reading Room which is open to the book lovers.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    07:00 - 22:00

  • Tue

    07:00 - 22:00

  • Wed

    07:00 - 22:00

  • Thu

    07:00 - 22:00

  • Fri

    07:00 - 22:00

  • Sat

    07:00 - 22:00

  • Sun

    07:00 - 22:00

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Reviews

  • Ash Hoi

    4
    - 04 June 2018 -

    Its a park in a city. its interesting that you sit in the park... relax have a coffee, snacks.. read a book. at the same time the busy city life surrounding you just a few meters away goes by. Felt like time stand still for a moment. people r not rushing in the park... playing table tennis , chess... or just having a chat. 😌

  • Glenn Polin

    5
    - 26 May 2018 -

    Bryant Park is one of my most favorite New York locations. A beautiful Green Lawn in the summer, ample chairs and tables and the New York buildings surrounding the park make for an irresistible View and beautiful photography. Food options are available around the perimeter of the park and Berry from inexpensive to fine dining. Last winter that was a skating rink and shopping and food to brighten the winter experience. Under the full moon, New Yorkers interests are out at night enjoying the moonlight. The park is kept immaculately clean and it has the finest most attractive public bathroom in New York City that I have ever seen.

  • Ji In Park

    5
    - 15 May 2018 -

    My second favorite park in NYC (after gantry)! I often stop by to take a breather from this very crowded and busy city. It’s small enough where you can see the entire park but big enough to feel like you’re in a park. They have ice skating and holiday market available during winter which is great. There are also many restaurants and dessert shops within the block that are great.

  • Hari swaminathan

    5
    - 13 May 2018 -

    This is an excellent park to chill at. On a warm day, people just gather here to play table tennis; paint; play chess; sit and watch the people passing by; get a drink or snack on something. It’s so awesome because you have a normal park with a large rectangle of grass that is surrounded by the hustle and bustle and the skyscrapers of New York City! It’s a great spot to just sit and stare and zone out. I love it

  • Jimmy Unitas

    5
    - 13 May 2018 -

    One of my favorite places on the planet! Get the feel of my other favorite, Central Park, with a far more robust people watching scene. Head over on a random early morning and you could run across an A List concert. Come during the day in the winter and watch the ice skaters, or even join them. Come on the right Summer evening and catch a crowd gathering for the summer film series...and after you may just find the woman of your dreams...like I did!

  • Yechezkel Vogel

    5
    - 09 May 2018 -

    First of all Bryant Park is gorgeous! Second they have so many cool and fun things to do there!!! For example, they have chess tables and a game cart, with all the popular card and board games you can dream of (Did I mention it's All FREE)!!!! In addition, they have a carousel and a FREE Art Cafe, where you can paint and draw to your hearts content! In conclusion, You should definitely visit this Park if you are in New York City!!!! I highly recommend going!!!!!

  • Noel Kepler

    4
    - 01 May 2018 -

    Greatest hang-out park in Manhattan, hands down. If you're a tourist, this has exactly what you're looking for - cafe's activities, and a great fountain overlooking the lawn in front of the main library building which makes for incredible vacation photos. If you're a NYC resident then you know how hard it is to find great spaces in Midtown - this is it. If you live within walking distance, you should spend the summer here. If you work in Midtown, the bars and restaurants int his park are great for after work, and the cafes make for a good lunch-time chill. I go out of my way by one trian stop to make sure I have to walk through this park every day on my way to work!

  • Adam G

    5
    - 01 February 2018 -

    Not as large or as busy as Central Park however, with its spacious lawn, lovely trees, numerous tables and chairs, and free wifi, Bryant Park can be a better option for enjoying your lunch, going for a walk or just relaxing in the sun and a green open space environment right smack in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. It's also a great place in the winter when during the holiday festive season the Park celebrates with Christmas decorations, a winter village full of unique vendors selling gifts, crafts and delicious artisan food, and The Pond, a free ice skating rink. To hit the rink bring your own or you can rent skates at $20. Hard to believe that Bryant Park was considered a no-go area in 1970s. Cleaned up in the late 1980s - early 1990s and today it's a beautiful and well maintained place. It has the cleanest public toilets that I've ever seen anywhere in the world.

  • Jerry Thomas

    5
    - 31 January 2018 -

    Nice bright tree a spacious ice skating rink. Great views of all the skyscrapers, especially the Empire State building. Super cold weather but plenty of warm shops to warm up in while browsing for Christmas presents. Will definitely go back next year!

  • Angie Cruz

    5
    - 17 January 2018 -

    If you do not like the rustle and bustle in central park. BRYANT PARK is a very enjoyable place to be at. Not too big ,but just enough what you will have stuff to do..in the winter season they have the Christmas village with independent shops and hipster trends as well as a tree of there own and ice skating. Free to ice skate with your own skates and 20 dollars to rent skates. Love to go to this park, during the summer locals go for ping long tournaments

  • Denise D. Gibson

    - 18 April 2018 -

    Sat and had a chat with coworkers on a beautiful day at the park

  • Daniela Martinez Denaro

    - 15 April 2018 -

    One of my favorite places in the middle of New York! After visiting the library you have to go to Bryant Park!

  • Hedonist Traveller

    - 14 April 2018 -

    Beautiful park, well maintained!

  • David

    - 09 April 2018 -

    Nice place to relax. In summer there is a small library with a fine collection of classic authors, and in winter there is a icerink to enjoy with your friends.

  • Mia Perković

    - 29 March 2018 -

    I liked it

  • May ♍

    - 28 March 2018 -

    A hidden treasure slapped in the middle of Midtown. Perfect in size and just right for a tourist, native New Yorkers & anyone who desire a sense of greenery. There's always something fun to see and do

  • Katie J

    - 23 March 2018 -

    Love the winter village

  • Benazir Martinez

    - 26 February 2018 -

    Love it better in the summer

  • Linda King

    - 13 February 2018 -

    Skating is great

  • Angela Isabel

    - 11 February 2018 -

    Ice skating and the winter villages!

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