One little park, tucked behind the New York Public Library and surrounded on all sides by office buildings new and old, hotels and Broadway theaters right around the corner - it's Bryant Park. When I first moved to New York in 1981, this was just about the last place any New Yorker would think of to spend time, unless you were a drug dealer or customer. Now, it's simply amazing. Yesterday's 73 degrees at lunchtime proved it. The park is not only extremely well-located for midtown workers to have a breath of fresh air during lunch, but this small location packs a punch with creative and ambitious programming:
|Southwest Porch, complete with beach-style seating and bar|
|Free sun and grass|
|The fountain - a good place to meet|
|The Reading Room, with books, etc. from the Public Library|
|Almost a little bit of Paris in midtown NYC|
Movies in the summer evenings, ice skating in the winter, as well as take-out sandwich stands and the Bryant Park Grill for dining or drinking indoors or out, Bryant Park is my favorite bit of sanity in the middle of the city.