Bryant Park

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Bryant Park information

New York City , USA
42nd St
btwn Fifth & Sixth Aves
+1 212 768 4242
Getting there
Subway: B/D/F/M to 42nd St-Bryant Park, 7 to Fifth Ave
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Opening hours
7am-midnight Mon-Fri, to 11pm Sat & Sun Jun-Sep, shorter hrs rest of yr
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European coffee kiosks, alfresco chess games, summer film screenings and winter ice-skating: it's hard to believe that this leafy oasis was dubbed 'Needle Park’ in the ’80s. Nestled behind the beaux-arts New York Public Library building, it's a whimsical spot for a little time-out from the Midtown madness.

Among the park's attractions is the French-inspired, Brooklyn-made Le Carrousel offering rides, as well as frequent special events. These include the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, popular with post-work crowds lugging cheese-and-wine picnics. Come Christmastime, the place becomes a winter wonderland, with holiday gift vendors lining the park’s edge and a popular ice-skating rink sprouting in its middle. Lovely Bryant Park Grill is the site of many a New York wedding come springtime, and when it’s not closed for a private event, the patio bar is a perfect spot for a twilight cocktail. Next door you'll find its more casual alfresco sibling Bryant Park Café , a much-loved spot for after-five catch-ups.