Press coverage of Bryant Park

Media coverage of Bryant Park has included feature articles and highlights in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, Crain's, The New York Observer, The Washington Post and many others. Regional coverage has also been extensive on radio, television, and the Internet.

BPC maintains a large archive of these files, and this list is just a sample of the press we have received recently.

Study: Parks Make Valuable Neighbors
Real Estate Weekly, September 5, 2012
Bryant Park took the top spot in a new study from CBRE that determined property value increases for buildings that border five of the city's major parks.
Parks Elevate Office Rents
The Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2012
Bryant Park, once a haven for drug dealers and drifters, gave one of the biggest boosts to office rents, according to the CBRE study, which found that asking rents for buildings by that park were 63% higher than comparable Midtown properties.
Rescued Exotic Birds Delight Children at Bryant Park
The Epoch Times, August 22, 2012
Every Tuesday, from May to September, the sanctuary brings a different set of birds to Bryant Park to interact with people for free - a chance for people to see the exotic feathered creatures.
Painting Bryant Park, While Adding to Its Charm
The New York Times, August 10, 2012
Bryant Park's pristine lawn, lush hydrangeas and movable bistro tables have been well documented in photographs and videos, but not so much in paint. This summer, to correct that situation, the Bryant Park Management Corporation, which operates the park, chose four artists to be painters in residence...
Fully Booked at the Park
The Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2012
New York City's Bryant Park installs 42 electrical outlets for its visitors
New York Daily News, April 12, 2012
Now you can relax and recharge your laptops at the same time
Inside the transformation of Bryant Park
New York Daily News, February 23, 2012
When flying over New York City in the dark of night, look down. Two areas shine with white light.
Kids Learn About Healthy Eating in Bryant Park
DNAInfo, January 23, 2012
Snowfall in Bryant Park turned a celebration of healthy eating into an arctic adventure this past weekend.
Ugly Sweaters Battle it Out in Bryant Park
DNAInfo, December 22, 2011
Ugly holiday sweaters came out of the closet Wednesday night, squaring off in a competition that would have made grandmothers proud.
Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink Opens Ahead Of Wintry Weekend
The Midtown Gazette, October 31, 2011
The Bryant Park ice skating rink, Citi Pond, opened on Friday, October 28, with hundreds of New Yorkers and tourists lining up for opening day of its seventh annual season.
2,753 empty chairs mark loss of 9/11 victims in haunting Bryant Park memorial
New York Daily News, September 11, 2011
A sea of empty seats, 2,753 in all, flooded the lawn of Bryant Park in waves of loss Sunday. A poignant exhibition featured one vacant folding chair for each person who died at the World Trade Center ten years ago.
Hold On to Your Brie: A Movie-Night Ritual That Starts in a Sprint
New York Times, August 14, 2011
Just before showtime, however, any tensions are released when the audience jumps up and starts hopping and clapping to HBO's traditional theme music, as a promo appears on screen. It is a one-minute boogie whose origins are unclear but that has gone on for at least a decade.
Bryant Park's lost items always returned by eagle-eyed guards on security patrol
New York Daily News, August 3, 2011
The veteran guards pace the park behind the New York Public Library with an eye for items left behind by absent-minded guests - laptops, cell phones, shopping bags, purses.
Foursquare Exec Checks In at Bryant Park for Summer Breakfast Series
DNAinfo, June 28, 2011
Dozens of Midtown tech-lovers checked in to Bryant Park Tuesday morning to check out Foursquare, the location-based social networking platform, which officially surpassed 10 million users last week.
Director Milos Forman Opens Bryant Park Summer Movie Festival
DNAinfo, June 21, 2011
It takes a lot to improve a summer's evening relaxing in front of a movie in Bryant Park. But, at Monday night's screening of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," an appearance by the film's Oscar-winning director, Milos Forman, added an extra treat.
A Touch of France in Bryant Park
The Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2011
Three thousand miles from home, Martial Raissiguier stumbled across the familiar feel of the south of France in the northwest corner of Bryant Park.
A Wild Time in New York City: Migratory birds drawn to city's green spots
The Epoch Times, April 25, 2011
The city's birders flock to the larger tracts of wild habitat like Central Park, Prospect Park, or Jamaica Bay in Queens, but Willow said even in Midtown Manhattan, on the small strip of green known as Bryant Park, a wealth of bird species can be found.
Bushwick's Maria Hernandez Park Getting Bryant Park-like Makeover
New York Daily News, April 4, 2011
Bryant Park Corp. President Daniel Biederman said the rehabilitation of Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick, Brooklyn, will continue apace, using many of the same techniques that have made Bryant Park one of the most popular urban landscapes in the country.
Bryant Park's New Electrical Station to End Need for Noisy Generators
DNAinfo, March 2, 2011
The Bryant Park Corporation is in the process of securing permission to build a new on-site electrical station that would eliminate the need for renting generator trailers and running wires across walkways to power the park's annual winter ice skating rink and numerous other events.
Inside Art: Brightening the Outdoors
New York Times, January 27, 2011
Two glass kiosks that served as pop-up holiday shops near the ice skaters in Bryant Park might have been dismantled, but instead they have been retrofitted into miniature art galleries.
Bryant Park Corp & 34th Street Partnership Support Park Landscaping & Maintenance
Broadway World, December 21, 2010
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York Restoration Project, Bryant Park Corporation, and 34th Street Partnership present the gift of 74 trees to tornado-torn Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick.
Breaking Points: For some city workers, lunch hour is not just for eating
New York Post, November 21, 2010
Every day when noon rolls around, the 38-year-old Queens resident sheds his academic adviser cap at Berkeley College and escapes to the southeast corner of Bryant Park to juggle.
The Eternal Spring Tai Chi Program at Bryant Park, New York
Examiner, October 27, 2010
In 2004, Tai Chi Chuan Center started to offer free classes in Bryant Park on every Tuesday and Thursday from the beginning of May through the end of September.
Bryant Park one of US's 'Great Spaces'
Metro, October 13, 2010
Bryant Park was named as one of the 10 best "Great Public Spaces" in the nation yesterday by the American Planning Association.
The Best Cities for Recycling
Gardening Gone Wild, August 12, 2010
The most elegant solution for trash and recyclables goes to Bryant Park in NYC.
Latinos make a pitch for French-game petanque
New York Daily News, July 24, 2010
On a hot afternoon last week, the petanque courts on the northwest corner of Bryant Park were all hushed concentration...
Pigeon Poop And Other Misadventures of Funny Writers in Bryant Park
New York Observer, July 22, 2010
Laughs abounded and pigeons circled overhead as the four authors read selections from their books and answered questions as part of the FUNny Writers panel at the Bryant Park reading room.
French Game Draws Melange To New York City Park
NPR, July 21, 2010
In Bryant Park, only a block from Times Square, there is a little corner where people play petanque...
Where Is the Best Throne in New York?
New York Times Blog, July 2, 2010
The public bathroom in Bryant Park could be voted best bathroom in the country.
Tulip-Shaped Trash Cans Arrive in Bryant Park
DNAinfo, June 30, 2010
Bryant Park will soon have more than a hundred trash bins in "botanical-themed" colors and shapes.
Own a piece of the park
Crain's, June 21, 2010
Bryant Park's business improvement district tries some creative fundraising
Artist Struts Her Stuff in Others' Shoes
New York Times, May 11, 2010
Thousands of birds, like the hermit thrush, make a pit stop at NYC parks during spring migration
New York Daily News, May 1, 2010
Earlier this week, naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow spotted one of his favorite birds, an American woodcock, as it hunkered down on vegetation near the Mid-Manhattan Library in Bryant Park. But the next day, the shorebird was gone.
High BIDs
Worldmag, April 24, 2010
The Bryant Park Corporation is one of the best-known and most successful business improvement districts (BIDs), in which a private entity takes over the management of a public space. Biederman took over Bryant Park in 1986, crowding out drug dealers and bringing in movies and restaurants and Broadway music and ice skating to make it one of the biggest and most successful BID ventures.
Sunday in the Park, Feeling Nature's Call
New York Times, April 16, 2010
...None can compare to the grace, the elegance, the downright untoiletness of the public restroom in Bryant Park. Your first hint is the enormous arrangement of fresh flowers...
Saying Goodbye to Bryant Park Christmas Tree, Decades After Climbing It
New York Times, January 7, 2010
A woman who knew the tree as a yearling returns to see it decades later as the Christmas Tree in Bryant Park.
Holiday on ice: A week's worth of fun, indoors & out
New York Post, December 26, 2009
Work off some of that figgy pudding at The Pond at Bryant Park. Not only is the skating free, the surroundings are glorious.
Ice, Served Two Ways: Plain or Glamorous
New York Times, December 24, 2009
The setting - in one of the city's prettiest parks, between the Grace Building to the north and the old American Radiator Building to the south - is so inherently glamorous that when the Zamboni comes out, accompanied by the lush strains of "You Go to My Head," it feels as though a star has graced the adoring crowd with yet one more curtain call.
A Place Is Better Than a Plan
City Journal, October 19, 2009
Revitalizing urban areas (such as Bryant Park) is best done through small improvements, not grand designs.
Bryant Park offers reading material: Books, magazines available in Manhattan green space
The Baltimore Sun, September 13, 2009
You can picnic in a park, walk in a park or sleep in a park. You can also read in a park, but it is the rare park that provides the reading material for you. One that does is Bryant Park, a little gem of green space in the heart of Manhattan where the skyscrapers provide shade.
In Praise of Bryant Park: The joys of New York's most idyllic public space
Patrol Magazine, July 7, 2009
Perfectly proportioned to give the passing pedestrian or lunching office drone a substantial drink of nature without being large enough to significantly obstruct traffic patterns, Bryant Park works beautifully with the pace of urban life.
Table Tennis in Bryant Park
wnyc, June 10, 2009
Table tennis anyone? That's a question that can now be heard in Bryant Park, where two ping pong tables have been permanently set up.
Young Poets Show a Love and Gift for Language At Poem In Your Pocket Day
New York Sun, April 30, 2009
The Bryant Park Reading Room welcomed many creative students to share poems on the seventh annual citywide Poem in Your Pocket Day
Sun Spots: With Temps in the 80's, Get Ready to (Sun)Bathe!
New York Post, April 25, 2009
The New York Post lists Bryant Park as one of the best places in the city to catch some solar rays.
NYC Fashion Week to move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, away from Garment District
USA Today, February 3, 2009
Every year during New York Fashion Week, designers can be seen wheeling racks of clothes in their new collections to the tents at Bryant Park, just blocks from their studios in the garment district.
Bryant Park: A Stunning Urban Garden
Gardening Gone Wild, November 20, 2008
What makes Bryant Park such a jewel is that it feels like a Parisian park transported smack in the middle of traffic jammed, gritty NYC.
NYC Central Park's rival steals the scene
eTurboNews - Global Travel Industry News, October 2, 2008
This is now the talk of the town--a green park right at the heart of midtown Manhattan. Bryant Park, an 8-acre, urban park surrounded by numerous high-rise office towers, retail stores and the New York Public Library, is the latest flavor of the island of Manhattan.
Splendor on the Grass (and Near It)
New York Times, September 7, 2008
Bryant Park has come far since it was rescued from urban decay in the 1980s. There's the vast green lawn, the shade of London plane trees, plentiful green chairs and tables you can move as you'd like (try that in the '80s), an outdoor Reading Room, a carousel playing French music and the Manhattan equivalent of a Saharan oasis: public bathrooms so clean and attractive that you'll think they must be a mirage.
Bryant Park Movie Series Perseveres
New York Sun, June 23, 2008
… one outdoor movie series is different than all the others. The Bryant Park Summer Film Festival doesn't take people away from the skyscrapers, but instead lures them into the heart of Midtown, into a park that is encased within the steel and glass of the surrounding real estate. It is, perhaps, the most striking park space in all the city.
Bryant Park Braces for a Tidal Wave of Traffic
New York Times, June 5, 2008
Bryant Park in Midtown may soon confront a fate that only Yogi Berra could have described: It will be so crowded, nobody will go there anymore. Will it all be overrun when the hordes descend? "We don't envision that we'll be in a Yogi Berra situation," Mr. Biederman said.
A passerby's journal of a busy year in Manhattan's Bryant Park
International Herald Tribune, February 28, 2008
In the course of each year, the broad Bryant Park lawn gets remade over and over - from springtime garden and summer theater venue to autumn capital of fashion runways and twinkling winter holiday village. The turf itself, as long as a football field and framed by London plane-tree walkways, gets dug up and replanted from scratch twice a year. It's a changing stage for a cast of thousands, including regular passersby like me.
THIS JUST IN...
Free Ice-Skating Returns to Manhattan
Budget Travel Blog, October 30, 2007
Workers out in midtown yesterday afternoon may have been surprised to find Bryant Park, a popular lunchtime retreat, transformed into a scene recalling Will Ferrell's hit comedy, "Blades of Glory."
The Talk of the Town
Girl Counter
The New Yorker, September 7, 2007
For the past month, the keepers of Bryant Park have employed a system of electronic sensors to count the number of people using the park's public rest rooms. In September, they're going to test the system at a couple of the park's entrances, with the goal of refining their park-traffic assessments, which they rely upon to measure the health of the park and the success of the various programs they've introduced to lure people there.
A Moist Finale to a Summer of Movies in Bryant Park
New York Times, August 22, 2007
At the drizzling dot of 5 on Monday evening, security guards dropped the barriers to the Bryant Park lawn. Hundreds of people began a slow-motion dash across the lawn for the park's final night of free outdoor movies this summer. By the time "Psycho" started four hours later, about 2,000 people had grabbed a few square feet of grass and the unlimited romance of a city night outdoors.
Arias Alfresco, Siren Accompaniment
New York City Opera, Bryant Park
New York Times, August 16, 2007
"You tend to forget how good opera is until you actually hear it," Tony Zertuche, a 36-year-old playwright. He was waiting in a long line in Bryant Park to buy $25 tickets to coming New York City Opera productions.
Magic Wands and Quill Pens
Time Out New York Kids, August, 2007
Bryant Park, Manhattan's summer staple, caters a Saturday afternoon especially for young ones.
New Report Could Boost BIDs
New York Sun, July 26, 2007
Large business improvement districts in New York City increase the value of commercial properties within their borders by 15% on average. Smaller districts, however, have no effect on commercial property values, a new study released yesterday by New York University's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy says.
Work, Unplugged
New York Daily News, July 9, 2007
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers are logging onto free networks offered at parks, coffee shops and other small businesses throughout the city. Some surf for fun, others complete school assignments, but a growing number are at work.
Real Splendor in the Grass
New York Times, July 1, 2007
Prime blanket real estate, a hot property at Bryant Park's summer film festival.
Uniform Stylings by Mother Nature
Fashion FORWARD, May/June, 2007
Bryant Park employees' uniforms needed a facelift, and the inspiration came from the uniquely colored London Plane trees.
Public Parks Landing Private Owners
Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2007
Supported entirely by commercial sponsors and fees, Bryant Park is an ambitious experiment in the private operation of public places, one that is being watched by urban planners and city managers worldwide.
MY NEW YORK
Skating on a Gershwin Set, Whatever the Tune
New York Times, December 29, 2006
The New York Times rates The Pond at Bryant Park NYC's best ice skating rink, and "a yearly miracle that materializes on the lawn behind the New York Public Library."
View From the Market Booth
The Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2006
Behind the counters, a group of diverse artisans brave cold to sell at thriving U.S. Fairs
PUBLIC LIVES
A Park Cleans Up Its Act (Gum Removal Aside)
New York Times, October 20, 2006
The park has come a long way since then, when Mrs. Astor was, as the saying goes, "accosted by a youth" (species: Adolescentis drug-dealeum) and the Rockefeller brothers pitched a fit.
A Resplendent Park Respite, Mosaic Tiles Included
New York Times, April 4, 2006
To call it a bathroom, perhaps, gives insufficient respect to a landmarked 95-year-old building that reopens today in Bryant Park after two months and $200,000 of renovations.
Raising Private Funds To Remake a Public Park
New York Sun, January 26, 2006
If you called Daniel Biederman an urban planner, you'd be right. You'd also be right if you called him a proselytizer for the private sector or an aficionado of New York City's architecture. You'd be right, most of all, if you called him a rehabilitator of neighborhoods.
Tourist Trap Smackdown
The New York Post, November 19, 2005
Slip-sliding away: the Rink at Rockefeller Center vs. Bryant Park ... for our money, the new Bryant Park rink (Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street) has the edge.
Skating in Bryant Park JPG
Metro, October 31, 2005
Skaters took to the ice yesterday at Bryant Park's new rink, called "The Pond."
Splendor in the Grass
The New York Times, October 23, 2005
Ever since the park was renovated 13 years ago, it has been a remarkable space, and one of its most remarkable aspects is that the number of men and women is about equal, a balance that is carefully monitored as a barometer of the park's health.
Bryant Park Forecast: Ice in October
The New York Times, October 6, 2005
The Bryant Park lawn, well known for its pristine grass and the near-perfect bodies that lounge upon it in summer, will soon also be known for the blades gliding across it in winter.
A Park with its Own Library (JPG)
The Journal News, May 2004
What was once a broken-down symbol of a city trying to stagger out from under debt, crime and neglect has become a crown sapphire in the heart of Midtown.
The Fall and Rise of Bryant Park
New York Sun, January 21, 2004
Bryant Park's successful privatization is a tribute to a selfless innovation by the public sector – permitting the private sector to step in with resources and operational skills to restore and manage a splendid public space. Most public officials wouldn't have had the courage to let the private sector take over.
A downtown park really can make a difference
Dallas Morning News, November 05, 2003
Bryant Park is a wonderful gift to New Yorkers and visitors alike. The park has been around since the 1850s. But its role never has been more significant than it is today.
Original Penguin Debuts First Retail Store
Daily News Record, November 2003
"We chose this location because Bryant Park area is evolving, with New York Fashion Week located here and other activities…"
Town Square of Midtown
The New York Times
A park transformed from drugs and crime to an after work entertainment oasis
NYC Park Expert Offers a Proven Growth Plan
The Boston Globe
Bryant Park Restoration Corporation's Executive Director, Dan Biederman gives advice on planning for and running a successful park in an urban setting
Send Round the Clowns
Daily News, March 21, 2003
Bryant Park carousel opens for business on the first day of spring with help from Barnum & Bailey clowns
Walker in the Wireless City
The New York Times, November 24, 2002
Bryant Park is transforming into a new kind of urban space because of wireless technology
Top Five Wireless Access Sites
CUE November 11, 2002
Bryant Park is listed as the #2 top wireless access site
Sending a Message in Bryant Park
Crains New York Business, October 28, 2002
Featuring a photo of "NYC 2012" mowed into the Bryant Park lawn to promote New York City's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics
Leave the Wires Behind
The New York Sun, September 30, 2002
Wireless access in New York City, featuring Bryant Park
A Break from the Grind
The Poughkeepsie Journal, August 8, 2002
Highlights Bryant Park as a day trip excursion
Across From Bryant Park, A Block With Personality
The New York Times, August 4, 2002
Architectural tour of 40th Street's amazing buildings
Celebrating Bryant Park Love
Daily News, July 1, 2002
Bryant Park Restoration Corporation holds a couples event for all those who met, became in engaged or married in Bryant Park

Did you know?

Bryant Park commissioned two custom designed newsstands to complement the park design. They are located North of the park, on the 42nd Street sidewalk.