Events Calendar

Week of May 29 - June 4, 2016

Calendar
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
May 19 - June 4
Upper Terrace (10 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, May 29, 3pm

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 
Monday, May 30, 2016

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

A Note on Bertha: 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker.

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

 

Learn to play the American version (National Mah Jongg League standard) of the ancient Chinese game of tiles, with instruction by Linda Fisher. This game draws in a friendly crowd!

 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Free classes for all ages and experience levels. 

Bryant Park Tai Chi is provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Jeremy Hubbell.

Classes are rain or shine.

 

Perfect your downward dog under the trees at our 13th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal. Athleta provides a colorful selection of mats - no need to bring your own.

Today's class is led by Julie Brazitis. Julie moved to New York City from San Francisco two years ago and instantly fell in love with Baptiste yoga after taking her first class. As a former gymnast and a full-time professional at Google, she found yoga as a way to cope with injury, transition and the demands of her career. In 2014, Julie took her practice to the next level and is thrilled to be a leader & lioness at The Den and is a 200-hour Baptiste Certified Teacher.

RSVP online at http://bryantparkyoga.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins are welcome as well. 

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

A Note on Bertha: 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker.

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

Stop in during our weekly Game Socials to play multi-player co-op, strategy, and party games. The first session is structured as a game demo so you can learn the basics. In the weeks following, join the social to develop strategy and skill.

Tuesdays: Forbidden Island and Shadows Over Camelot
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne
Fridays: Wits & Wagers and King of Tokyo

 

Featuring the Poets:

Jason Schneiderman
Jennifer Knox
Ada Limón

Rain information: In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Join The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, for a Boot Camp on the Fountain Terrace, on the Sixth Avenue side of the park. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back--and seeing results. 

No equipment necessary; smiles and high-fives encouraged. Rain or shine.

For more information, check out our blog post.

 

This class, presented by the Shinnyo Center for Meditation & Well-Being, translates fundamental Buddhist principles into experiences that can be accessible to anyone in contemporary society. The Walking Meditation classes will begin at the Upper Terrace gravel (across from the Bryant Park Cafe) with opening remarks and instruction; then, the class will conduct a slow and mindful turn about the park. With the Walking Meditation class, you'll have already had a powerful experience by the time you go into work!

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, Bestselling Author Bittersweet

June

Murder, blackmail, and betrayal bring Hollywood to Ohio as a young woman discovers the secrets behind her surprise inheritance. 

Hosted by Bestselling Author of the Brenna Spector Series Alison Gaylin, What Remains of Me

Rain information: In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

A Note on Bertha: 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker.

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

 

Cuban Salsa

Los Hacheros
Dance instructors: Ethan Wagner, Liethis Hechevarria

Dance Party, hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, includes superb bands and expert dance instruction for extraordinary dancing experiences each Wednesday evening. All-ages are welcome to explore a different dance genre each week, including swing, tango, salsa, bachata and more. The extra special opening and closing nights (5-10pm) with three bands and three dance lessons are events where the audience is encouraged to come dressed up for a night of dancing.

 

Stop in during our weekly Game Socials to play multi-player co-op, strategy, and party games. The first session is structured as a game demo so you can learn the basics. In the weeks following, join the social to develop strategy and skill.

Tuesdays: Forbidden Island and Shadows Over Camelot
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne
Fridays: Wits & Wagers and King of Tokyo

 

Add some competition to your regular table tennis game in our fun single-elimination, bracket-style tournaments.

Pre-registration at Eventbrite is required. On-site registration will open at 6pm if space allows. Please check-in with host when you arrive for the tournament. We will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Registration will close, and spots will be turned over to wait-listed registrants, beginning at 6:20pm. Registration for each tournament will open one month in advance.

USATT ranked players with a rating of 2000 or higher are not eligible to play. 

 
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Free classes for all ages and experience levels. 

Bryant Park Tai Chi is provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Jeremy Hubbell.

Classes are rain or shine.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

A Note on Bertha: 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker.

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

 

Perfect your downward dog under the trees at our 13th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal. Athleta provides a colorful selection of mats - no need to bring your own.

Today's class is led by Bethany Lyons. Bethany is a powerful leader, community builder and co-founder of the only Baptiste-style yoga studio in Manhattan: Lyons Den Power Yoga. She has appeared as a yoga and fitness expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and has been featured in Forbes, New York Magazine, US Weekly, SELF, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. In co-founding Lyons Den Power Yoga, Bethany seeks to showcase the endless possibilities all around us and to show up in a big way for her students and in her life.

RSVP online at http://bryantparkyoga.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins are welcome as well. 

 

 

Welcome beginners! Learn to setup a chess board and map out your next move with assistance from our Chess Host. Kids welcome.

 

With comedic host Andy Ross and music by DJ Flip Bundlez 

FREE to play. 
Prizes for every win.

Game on! 

Pre-registration suggested. 

Eventbrite - BINGO! Bryant Park 

In case of rain, BINGO! Bryant Park will be cancelled. 

 

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
May 19 - June 4
Upper Terrace (10 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, May 29, 3pm

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 
Friday, June 3, 2016

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

A Note on Bertha: 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker.

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 

 

Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center.

No prior experience needed and equipment is provided.

Pre-registration is rqeuired at www.manhattanfencing.com or by calling Manhattan Fencing Center at 212-382-2255. Drop-ins will only be accepted if space allows. Must be 16 or older to participate.

For more information, check out the Fencing post on the Bryant Park Blog.

 

Stop in during our weekly Game Socials to play multi-player co-op, strategy, and party games. The first session is structured as a game demo so you can learn the basics. In the weeks following, join the social to develop strategy and skill.

Tuesdays: Forbidden Island and Shadows Over Camelot
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne
Fridays: Wits & Wagers and King of Tokyo

 

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
May 19 - June 4
Upper Terrace (10 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, May 29, 3pm

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Learn the basics of fly fishing for free!

Join expert instructors from Orvis for lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Equipment provided. For more information, check out this Fly Fishing post on the Bryant Park blog.

Class spaces are first come, first served. To register, visit orvis.com/newyorkcity and click the blue and gold "Join Us" banner. Class meets at the Orvis store on Fifth Avenue across from Bryant Park, then walks over together

Saturdays
April 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18
July 9, 16, 23

 

Experience the joy of movement and dance.

Free classes are led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company, Limon Dance

Open to all levels and ages.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

 

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
May 19 - June 4
Upper Terrace (10 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, May 29, 3pm

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 

2016 Events Brochures

Bryant Park Presents

Bryant Park Presents

Immersive and adventurous dance, theater, and music experiences, these free events are easy to access with no lines and no tickets.

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Fencing

Fencing

Learn to lunge, parry, and riposte with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Equipment is provided.

Read more about Fencing
Southwest Porch

Southwest Porch

Located near the southern end of the Fountain Terrace, Southwest Porch offers all visitors the perfect spot to relax and recharge.

Sip, smile, stay for a while
Petanque

Pétanque

Pétanque is a French game of "boules" played in the park. Try your hand after a free lesson from La Boule New Yorkaise.

Learn more about Pétanque