About Us

A popular, year-round New York City destination with lush seasonal gardens and a multitude of free activities

Management + Board

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC) is a not-for-profit, private management company and a cooperating business improvement district of neighboring property owners. It was established by Daniel A. Biederman and Andrew Heiskell, with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. BPC was formed to restore historic Bryant Park, which had suffered a severe decline in conditions in the 1970s. A 15-year agreement was signed in 1988, entrusting management and improvements to the BPC. The park reopened in 1991 after four years of renovation with a budget six times the level under prior city management. It is the largest effort in the nation to apply private management backed by private funding to a public park, and it has been a success with public, press, and nearby institutions. BPC shares its management team with the 34th Street Partnership. The two companies share a management philosophy.

Mission Statement

The Bryant Park Corporation was founded in 1980 with a charge to reclaim Bryant Park for the people of New York City. Since then, the talent, dedication and execution of the BPC board and staff has transformed the park into the greatest public space in the world. The ongoing mission of the BPC is: to create a rich and dynamic visual, cultural and intellectual outdoor experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike; to enhance the real estate values of its neighbors by continuously improving the park; to burnish the park’s status as a prime NYC tourist destination by presenting a meticulously maintained venue for free entertainment events; and to help prevent crime and disorder in the park by attracting thousands of patrons, at all hours, thus fostering a safe environment.

The BPC is privately funded, and operates Bryant Park with private sector techniques and management methods. Working as agent for the City of New York, the BPC provides sanitation, security services, spotless restrooms, colorful gardens, and seasonal horticultural installations for the park, and maintains a lush lawn that is open to the public. The BPC also works with civic minded corporations and park patrons to offer interesting amenities, free educational programs and free high-level entertainment for people of all ages. Careful selection and management of concessionaires ensures that park visitors have access to high quality food and merchandise. As it strives to improve the park each year, the BPC pays close attention to other models and constantly seeks innovations, whether from its own staff or from outside, always with an eye on the ultimate goal: presenting the perfect park to the public.

Board of Directors

Bryant Park Corporation


Chairman

Michael Fuchs

Executive Director

Daniel A. Biederman

Directors

Evan Chesler, Douglas Durst, Stan Herman, Robert Liberman, Anthony Marx, Abby Milstein, Robert Morelli, D. Kenneth Patton, Clyde E. Rankin III, Katharine J. Rayner, Marshall Rose, Iris Weinshall.

Founding Director

Frederic S. Papert

Ex Officio

Mitchell Silver and Vikki Barbero


Bryant Park Management Corporation


Co-Chairmen

L. Robert Lieb and Clyde E. Rankin III

President

Daniel A. Biederman

Directors

Robert H. Arnow, Laura Belt, Harry Blair, Dennis Brady, Galina Breslav, Eric Burl, Melissa Coley, Eben Dorros, Eli Elefant, Preston Henske, A. Eugene Kohn, Steve Lefkowitz, Robert Morelli, William H. Nickerson, Marc Seeherman, Christopher Shehadeh, Greg Sutherland, Scott Wachenfeld, Iris Weinshall.

Past Co-Chair

Douglas Winshall

Ex Officio

Hon. Bill de Blasio, Hon. Scott Stringer, Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito, Vikki Barbero

Staff

Dan Biederman, President

Operations

Kati Solomon, Director of Operations
Maureen Devenny, Operations Manager
Izzie Deixel, Operations Associate
Rachel Zurier, Operations Associate
Michael Sampson, Operations Data Analyst
Brian Schliessman, Park Manager
Owen Harrang, Operations Analyst

Security

Dick Dillon, Vice President, Security & Operations
Jim Albert, Chief of Security

Capital Projects

Craig LaCaruba, Vice President, Capital Projects
Don Bussolini, Project Director
David Martin, Project Director
Rich DeRancy, Senior Project Manager

Horticulture

Maureen Hackett, Director of Horticulture
Amadou Thiam, Assistant Director of Horticulture

Retail and Visitor Services

Dan Pisark, Vice President, Retail Services
Paul Romero, Director of Tourism and Visitor Services
Quentin Robbins, Deputy Director of Tourism and Visitor Services
Nancy Ng, Manager of Visitor Services
Susie Sigel, Special Projects
Jenna Stein, Assistant Manager, Special Projects
Tricia Lewis, Director of Digital Media
Kevin Clyne, District Planner

Design

Ignacio Ciocchini, Vice President, Design
Julie Ember, Associate Director of Design
Eric Mueller, Senior Graphic Designer
Thomas Hamilton, Graphic Designer
Neha Sabnis, Senior Urban Designer
Alexa Gonzalez, Senior Urban Designer

Public Events

Ethan Lercher, Director of Public Events
Dan Fishman, Public Events Manager

Brand Partnerships

Irene Vagianos, Director of Brand Partnerships
Alice Cashman, Associate Director of Events
Rossini Yen, Events Manager
Nina Coveney, Events Manager
Matt Castellan, Brand Relations Manager
Willa Brock, Events and Programming Associate

Finance

Peter Ciriello, Comptroller & CFO
Inessa Kanevskaya, Deputy Controller
Claire Austin, Administrative Assistant
Tomo Nakanishi, IT Manager
Matthew Giris, IT Support Associate
Max Wycisk, Receptionist / Office Manager / Research Assistant

Reports and financial statements

Awards + Press

Since the launch of the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation in 1980, then one of New York’s first Business Improvement Districts, Bryant Park has consistently been credited as innovators in the realm of public space management. As our efforts have grown, we continue to receive distinction for our work in the form of awards and mentions in some of New York’s most prominent media outlets.

Awards

The Bryant Park Corporation has received various awards and honors in areas ranging from Design and Landscape Architecture to Neighborhood Development and Social Entrepreneurship. Read More

Press

Media coverage of Bryant Park has included feature articles and highlights in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, Crain’s, The New York Observer, The Washington Post and many others. Regional coverage has also been extensive on radio, television, and the Internet. Read More

Brand Partnerships

The success of Bryant Park’s exciting amenities and programs is linked to Bryant Park Corporation’s ability to partner with leading brands and corporations. With six million annual visitors, outstanding demographics and an unsurpassed ability to use the park’s assets to leverage and express a partner’s message, we are ready to work with your company to bring your offering to our patrons. Past partners include Google, Citibank, HBO, Bank of America, the New York Times, Lululemon, Southwest Airlines, HSBC Bank, Evian, Clearchannel, the Wall Street Journal, and many more.

Contact us

Please email our team at sponsorships@urbanmgt.com if you have a vision you would like to see come to life in Bryant Park.

Hold an Event

As the only large-scale public park in Midtown Manhattan, Bryant Park is a much sought-after location for concerts, product launches, and many other types of public and private events.

Bryant Park has a commitment to serve the public and enhance the neighborhood by providing green space and cultural enrichment. The Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a non-profit organization, carefully considers proposals for events in the park in light of their potential to support this commitment. Please view our Events and Sponsorship Overview to see why Bryant Park would be a perfect fit.

To book a private event at the Bryant Park Grill, please contact Ark Restaurants at 212- 840-6500.

Event locations

Please review the following typical event spaces and determine which space works best for your event. Please keep in mind that no event can completely close the park to the public.

The Upper Terrace
The Upper Terrace overlooks the Lawn and offers 136’ x 56’ of space with a grand staircase leading down to the lawn level.

The Lawn
The jewel of Bryant Park, the 280’ x 180’ Lawn is well-known as a lush, green oasis hosting thousands of visitors each day. Structures, equipment, and materials are not allowed on the Lawn, however, it may be used as a viewing area for your event.

The Fountain Terrace
Featuring the park’s unmistakable pink granite fountain, the 67’ x 87’ terrace by the entrance on 6th Avenue at 41st Street has been the host of many events ranging from product launches to art installations.

The 40th and 42nd Street Plazas
The park’s two 59’ x 36’ bluestone plazas serve as the main entrances to their respective streets.

42nd Street Entrance of New York Public Library
Events taking place inside the New York Public Library are able to extend their set-up outdoors onto the steps and side terrace at the Library’s 42nd Street entrance.

Fifth Avenue Terrace
All events on the Fifth Avenue Terrace are subject to approval by the New York Public LIbrary. The Terrace offers approximately 15,000 square feet of space below the Library’s main staircase.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Between October and February, Bryant Park is transformed into a winter wonderland. With over 170 holiday shops and a 17,000 square foot skating rink, the winter setting is the perfect backdrop for your event.

Submitting an event proposal

To hold an event in Bryant Park, please submit a proposal with adequate time for review. For large-scale events, it is recommended to submit a proposal three to six months prior to the preferred event date(s). Proposals for smaller events may be considered with one to two months of lead time.

The event planning guide, below, provides instructions on how to prepare a complete proposal. Please refer to the map and guidelines if you have any questions. If you have a question that is not answered on the website or in the event planning guide, please contact the events department here or 917-438-5119.

Complete proposals will be reviewed as soon as possible, usually within one week, at which point one of our events associates will contact you.

Estimated fees cannot be given until a complete proposal has been submitted and reviewed by the Events Department.

Event Planning Guide

Film + Photography

All film, video, and photo shoots taking place in Bryant Park require a permit.

A Bryant Park permit is required for shooting in the entire park, stairs, entrances, sidewalks surrounding the park (5th Avenue, 6th Avenue, 42nd Street, and 40th Street), and the terrace in front of the New York Public Library. Permission from the Library may be necessary if the building facade, marble steps, or lions are included in a shot.

Fees

Most shoots will be required to pay a site fee. Bryant Park receives no city money and is funded entirely by earned funds. A large part of this revenue comes from fees charged to those who wish to use park space for their own profitable, promotional, or exclusive use. All site fees are used to maintain and improve the park’s beauty and functionality.

Site fees are determined by the following criteria:

  • Type of shoot (editorial, commercial, etc.)
  • Duration of shoot
  • Crew size
  • Amount of equipment and complexity of setup
  • Location and amount of space used within the park
  • Wedding photography is free, but still requires a permit

Guidelines

Below are the standard guidelines for filming in Bryant Park:

  • Neither people nor equipment are allowed in the flower beds at any time
  • When the lawn or rink is closed to the public it is also closed to film and video crews
  • BPC must have advance notice of all electrical needs, generators are not allowed in the park
  • If you plan to conduct interviews of park visitors, BPC must pre-approve interview questions
  • BPC must pre-approve the script for scenes to be shot on park grounds
  • All fees, insurance certificates, city permits, and final permit application must be received before permission to film will be granted

Applying for a permit

  • Complete the application, including a site map indicating the exact location in the park where you wish to shoot
  • “Contribution” slot should be left empty, as a site fee will be determined by BPC
  • Upon receipt of your application, you will be notified of a site fee and if a certificate of insurance or damage deposit will be necessary
  • Your completed application should be emailed to: events@urbanmgt.com, Attn: Photo/Video Shoot Coordinator

Job Openings

Winter Village Project Manager

Bryant Park Corporation seeks a Project Manager to oversee all aspects of development and execution of Winter Village, a seasonal venue including a 17,000 sq.ft. skating rink and visitors pavilion, approximately 200 holiday shops, and a dining/private party space situated within a scenic landmark. It is the Project Manager’s responsibility to manage and coordinate between the three separate contractors operating the Rink, Shops, and Restaurant, ensuring that all plans integrate seamlessly into the overall event operation.

Bryant Park Corporation is an award-winning, not-for-profit Business Improvement District that seeks to create a rich and dynamic visual, cultural and intellectual outdoor experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike. The successful candidate will be expected to take on our mission quickly, look beyond the job parameters and see the bigger picture, and be confident in voicing opinions at weekly staff meetings. We like ideas, and the success of our organization depends on open communication between personnel and departments.

Planning

  • Implement project timelines, permitting, construction, and installation while working with BPC team, operators, licensees, contractors and vendors
  • Oversee research and sourcing of contractors, vendors and materials, as needed; Negotiate, manage review and selection process, presenting recommendations to BPC team
  • Develop and maintain project timelines, contact lists, production schedules, budgets and other relevant documents
  • Coordinate and manage the schedule of deliveries from various vendors and operators
  • Think creatively on ways to improve the project and offer new experiences to the public

Production

  • On site lead for installation and breakdown
  • Ensure event installation and breakdown run smoothly and on schedule, providing a daily detailed report of the construction progress
  • Conduct daily inspections and weekly reports ensuring event is on par with BPC standards

Management

  • Prioritize work based on established deadlines, including management of administrative or support personnel
  • Coordinate between internal BPC departments, mainly Design, Capital Projects and Operations Dept
  • Coordinate contractor and vendor billings with BPC team
  • Respond to requests for information about and assist in production of sponsor events and programs
  • Perform follow-up duties; relay information to or make requests of key departmental employees, contractors and vendors
  • Stay informed as regards to development of project and assignments
  • Facilitate communications, including BPC’s priorities and aesthetic standards, between members of BPC team and operators, licensees, contractors, vendors
  • Oversee seasonal maintenance of the venue space, coordinate repairs with respective vendors as needed throughout season
  • Monitor and maintain budget

Evaluation

  • Prepare post-event reconciliation, reports and recaps
  • Present recommendations and improvements on event, including planning process, management, communications, and budget

Skills Required

  • Must have strong leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team structure
  • Must be detail-oriented and solution-driven
  • Must be able to understand basic construction drawings and schedules
  • General knowledge of power, lighting, connectivity, and A/V
  • Must be willing to work in an outdoor environment, overnights and weekends as needed
  • Must work well under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Intermediate/Advanced MS Office Skills (Word, Excel, PPT); MS Project a plus
  • Excellent organization, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Must have strong follow through
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • Ability to communicate and take initiative, be proactive
  • Ability to clearly express thoughts in writing

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of seven years relevant work experience in large scale public event management and production
  • Construction management, architectural, or engineering experience preferred (not required)
  • Experience in long, multi week load-ins and load-outs

Apply here.

Winter Village Rink General Manager

Bryant Park Corporation seeks a General Manager for the Winter Village Rink and Skating Pavilion. The General Manager will work under the supervision of Rink Management Services (RMS), manage the entire scope of the skating facility, represent RMS and BPC in a professional manner.

This position oversees a high-volume seasonal ice rink facility that operates late October through early March. During the operating season, it is expected that the GM work shifts according to volume, with a minimum of 50 hours/week, and 6-day work weeks during the busiest weeks of operation. This facility is open 8 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week, including holidays. In the off-season (late March through September), the GM works reduced hours according to workload.

Due to the high-profile nature of this position and job expectations, we are offering a highly competitive compensation package.

Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, driven to achieve objectives, a team player, and have excellent supervisory skills. Candidates with experience in logistics and short and long-range planning are preferred.

  • As the on-site representative of RMS, must uphold a professional appearance and demeanor at all times
  • Effective recruitment, hiring, and processing of all facility employees
  • Effectively uses administrative and leadership skills to supervise employees
  • Responsible for ensuring all proper training modules are completed for all employees, including staff training sessions on site and online programs
  • Ensures and promotes excellent customer service
  • Scheduling staff with attention to volume and payroll budget
  • Management of day-to-day operations that include, but are not limited to: programs, events, staff and physical facilities
  • Project management of rink installation and take-down
  • Ability to perform all job duties at facility
  • Executes policies and procedures professionally and accurately
  • Communicates professionally verbally and in writing
  • Promptly responds to emails and phone calls
  • Immediate and complete reporting of all liability issues
  • Responsible for all cash handling including reconciling petty cash, ensuring daily bank deposits, and sound accounting methods
  • Daily revenue reporting
  • Maintains a clean and safe facility
  • Responsible for generating daily, weekly and monthly reports
  • Responsible for maintaining all office equipment, facility equipment and materials
  • Must be able to adeptly utilize Microsoft Word and Excel, create and maintain spreadsheets, reports and other necessary electronic information
  • Performs any other related or similar duty as assigned

Work Environment and Conditions

  • This position can involve sitting, standing, walking, running, stooping, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and ice skating
  • An office environment
  • A recreational facility
  • Working indoors and outdoors
  • Some off-site promotion
  • Facilities which include working on ice

Machines and Equipment Used

  • Standard office equipment that includes computers, scanners and copy machines, telephones, and cash registers. Maintenance and cleaning equipment that include ice resurfacers, ice maintenance equipment, skate sharpeners, vacuums, mops and any other equipment associated with use in a recreational facility.

Qualifications

  • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree
  • Two years’ experience as a facility manger or equivalent
  • Must be highly organized
  • Have experience using Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Excel
  • Work experience at an ice facility and resurfacing is preferred
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays

Apply here.

Winter Village Events/Sales Coordinator

This is a SEASONAL position through the beginning of March. There is a strong potential for part-time hours after March.

​Bryant Park Corporation seeks an Events/Sales Coordinator for the Winter Village Rink and Skating Pavilion. Under the supervision of the General Manager, oversees group bookings, parties and events at BUSY seasonal ice rink. This position has a very lucrative base pay and commission structure.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, energetic and sales-focused. MUST be able to articulate in a professional manner verbally and in writing; as well as have a professional appearance.

Responsibilities

  • Communicates professionally verbally and in writing
  • Answers emails and returns phone calls in a timely manner
  • Knowledgeable about company policies and procedures and able to clearly communicate these effectively
  • Interacts with Site Staff and Corporate Office Personnel
  • Works with accounting team to ensure proper invoicing and reporting
  • Works with individuals and groups to plan and implement all details specific to individual bookings
  • Performs various administrative duties which include filing, copying, faxing, etc.
  • Uses Square POS system
  • Sales focused, and attentive to promoting facility to groups
  • Develops plan to increase profits through group sales
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with firm deadlines simultaneously
  • Must have strong attention to details and is highly organize
  • Must be able to work in a team environment
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Conditions

  • An office environment
  • A recreational facility
  • Working indoors and outdoors
  • Facilities which include working on ice

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Administrative experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

Apply here.

Winter Village Manager on Duty

This position is for the 2017 - 2018 Season. Expected start will be in late September 2017, with an end date being sometime in late March 2018.

Bryant Park Corporation seeks a Manager on Duty for the Winter Village Rink and Skating Pavilion. Under the supervision of the General Manager, assists with the management of the entire scope of the facility.

Responsibilities

  • Must uphold a professional appearance and demeanor at all times
  • Supervise rink employees
  • Assists in scheduling staff with attention to payroll budget
  • Management of day-to-day operations that include, but are not limited to: programs, events, and physical facilities
  • Ability to perform all job duties at facility if necessary
  • Executes policies and procedures professionally and accurately
  • Maintains a clean and safe facility
  • Communicates professionally verbally and in writing
  • Promptly responds to emails and phone calls
  • Ensures and promotes excellent customer service
  • Immediate and complete reporting of all liability issues
  • Working knowledge of POS system
  • Responsible for all cash handling including reconciling petty cash daily, and daily bank deposits
  • Responsible for leading training sessions and meetings for staff under the direction of the General Manager
  • Generates reports under the direction of the General Manager
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Performs any other related or similar duty as assigned

Work Environment and Conditions

  • This position can involve sitting, standing, walking, running, stooping, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and ice skating.
  • An office environment
  • A recreational facility
  • Working indoors and outdoors
  • Some off-site promotion
  • Facilities which include working on ice

Machines and Equipment Used

  • Standard office equipment that includes computers, scanners and copy machines, telephones, and cash registers. Maintenance and cleaning equipment that include ice resurfacers, ice maintenance equipment, skate sharpeners, vacuums, mops and any other equipment associated with use in a recreational facility.

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Management experience is preferred
  • Ice resurfacing experience is preferred
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Certifications in CPR, AED, and First Aid are preferred

Apply here.

Contact Us

Bryant Park Corporation
1065 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 2400
New York, NY 10018

Phone: 212-768-4242
Fax: 212-719-3499

We are always interested in hearing your thoughts and comments about Bryant Park. If you have a comment, suggestion, question or complaint, please direct it to one of the following email addresses.

Questions + comments

If you have a question, comment or complaint about the park, please email info@bryantpark.org.

Press

If you are from the press, and would like PR information about Bryant Park or Bryant Park Corporation, please email press@urbanmgt.com.

Events information

If you would like more information about events or would like to find out how to hold an event in Bryant Park, please email events@urbanmgt.com.

Information can also be found in the Hold an Event section of this site.

Bryant Park Grill & Cafe

For information and reservations at the Bryant Park Grill, please call 212-840-6500.