Bryant Park and a Bit North

It’s a very popular lunch spot in the heart of Midtown, but it’s also one that is filled with various construction obstructions a good chunk of the year be it an ice rink, a shopping mall, and/or a movie screen. We call it Bryant Park. Personally I prefer the park when there aren’t the seasonal attractions – less tourists and crowds, unless it’s lunch time and the lawn isn’t open. While the park is technically the backyard of the main branch of the New York Public Library, it is usually the first view people have of the library since they are walking over from Times Square. The centerpiece of the park is the lawn and the Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain found in the center of the area – the first public memorial dedicated to a woman by NYC. Countless tv shows and movies have been shot here as well.

The park in winter with the ice rink and a Christmas Tree in the background.

The park in winter with the ice rink and a Christmas Tree in the background and the Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain.

The outside of the park is surrounded by this marble bannister.

The outside of the park is surrounded by this marble bannister.

The design of the lamps is particularly interesting.

The design of the lamps is particularly interesting.

A view from the northwest corner up 42nd St and towards the Chrysler Building.

A view from the northwest corner up 42nd St and towards the Chrysler Building.

A statue of William Cullen Bryant presides over the park from the east end upper terrace.

A statue of William Cullen Bryant presides over the park from the east end upper terrace.

The early lunch groups of the fountain terrace.

The early lunch groups of the fountain terrace.

The sun shines across the lawn and more bannister work.

The sun shines across the lawn and more bannister work.

The lawn during lunch.

The lawn during lunch.

Bryant Park version of a TARDIS?

Bryant Park version of a TARDIS?

The seating for Bryant Park Cafe is up and running in late spring, complete with flowers.

The seating for Bryant Park Cafe is up and running in late spring, complete with flowers.

The staircase entry on Ave of the Americas at 41st St.

The staircase entry on Ave of the Americas at 41st St.

A different angle of the staircase shows the shelter of the trees.

A different angle of the staircase shows the shelter of the trees.

The lawn in all it's glory.

The lawn in all it’s glory.

Tons of shade available to the diners.

Tons of shade available to the diners.

The north end of the park, complete with tunnel of trees.

The north end of the park, complete with tunnel of trees.

A few weeks ago I also headed up the Ave of the Americas and saw a few memorable sights.

Always remember to look up through the trees.

Always remember to look up through the trees.

Look closely at the sculpture, you might see me in the reflection.

Look closely at the sculpture, you might see me in the reflection.

Nothing like variety of foods on this corner.

Nothing like variety of foods on this corner.

Cleverly landed birds as sculpture heads.

Cleverly landed birds as sculpture heads.

It's tough to get a shot of this without people crawling and climbing all over it.

It’s tough to get a shot of this without people crawling and climbing all over it.

A spherical fountain.

A spherical fountain.

A covered alleyway.

A covered alleyway.

That's a weird pairing of architecture.

That’s a weird pairing of architecture.

If you look closely through the water you can see MTC.

If you look closely through the water you can see MTC.

Next week: The West Village – in cloud and sun.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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