New Yorkers love this small, sculptured park behind the library. With its French benches, colorful flower gardens, green lawn and numerous cultural events, Bryant Park is a peaceful place to take a moment to watch the world go by. Named after poet William Cullen Bryant, the site of this historic park has played an important role in New York City. George Washington's troops fought the redcoats here during the Revolutionary War and Union Soldiers trained here during the American Civil War. In 1853, the famous Crystal Palace was built here for the World's fair, but later burned. Once the reservoir was built (it stood where the Library is today), the land was used as a public space. After being officially designated a public park in 1874, the site's fortunes rose and fell with the times. A brilliant restoration in the 1990s transformed the space into the beautiful midtown oasis it is today. For an event schedule and tour information, check the website.
- Open Hours: Monday to Thursday from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Friday to Saturday from 07:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Sunday from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries
- Credit Cards Accepted: mastercard, amex, visa
- Nearest Train: 42 Street - Bryant Park