Bryant Park | Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

You are welcome…

  • to enjoy the park, including the great lawn, when open
  • to spread blankets on the lawn, but not plastic material or tarpaulins
  • to enjoy the gardens without entering flowerbeds or picking flowers
  • to use a park chair or one seat on a bench designed for sharing
  • to deposit waste in trash or recycling receptacles
  • to walk your dog, on a leash and not on the grass, if you clean up after it
  • to take souvenir photos, commercial photography by BPC permit only

Park guidelines prohibit…

  • drug use
  • alcohol use outside the Grill, Café, and Southwest Porch
  • open flames, as well as all cooking and grilling
  • smoking
  • organized ballgames
  • sitting or standing on balustrades
  • entering the fountain
  • feeding pigeons
  • rummaging in trash receptacles
  • amplified music that disturbs others
  • performances, except by permit
  • commercial activity, except by permit
  • obstructing park entrances
  • bicycle riding and parking, skateboarding, or rollerblading

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

Smell Flowers, Not Smoke


  • Extinguish cigarettes in receptacles outside the park before entering
  • Call 311 for help to quit

Smoking is prohibited in NYC's public parks by law that went into effect on May 23, 2011. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the law early in 2011 to limit exposure to secondhand smoke, improve air quality, and reduce litter.

Find out more about New York’s city parks.