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 and the Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain.
The outside of the park is surrounded by this marble bannister.
The design of the lamps is particularly interesting.
A view from the northwest corner up 42nd St and towards the Chrysler Building.
The early lunch groups of the fountain terrace.
The sun shines across the lawn and more bannister work.
The lawn during lunch.
Bryant Park version of a TARDIS?
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.
A different angle of the staircase shows the shelter of the trees.
The lawn in all it’s glory.
Tons of shade available to the diners.
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.
Look closely at the sculpture, you might see me in the reflection.
Nothing like variety of foods on this corner.
Cleverly landed birds as sculpture heads.
It’s tough to get a shot of this without people crawling and climbing all over it.
A spherical fountain.
A covered alleyway.
That’s a weird pairing of architecture.
If you look closely through the water you can see MTC.
Next week: The West Village – in cloud and sun.