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 founded in 1980 to renovate and operate Bryant Park in New York City. 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 BPC. The park reopened in 1992 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.
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 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.
BPC is privately funded, and operates Bryant Park with private sector techniques and management methods. Working as agent for the City of New York, 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. 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, 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
Evan Chesler, Douglas Durst, Stan Herman, Robert Liberman, Anthony Marx, Abby Milstein, Robert Morelli, Clyde E. Rankin III, Katharine J. Rayner, Marshall Rose, Iris Weinshall.
Frederic S. Papert
Mitchell Silver and Vikki Barbero
Bryant Park Management Corporation
Tim Callahan, L. Robert Lieb, and Clyde E. Rankin III
Daniel A. Biederman
Adam Abramson, Robert H. Arnow, Laura Belt, Harry Blair, Galina Breslav, Eric Burl, Tim Callahan, David Cheikin, Phil Columbo, Frances Delgorio, Eben Dorros, Eli Elefant, Preston Henske, John Herman, A. Eugene Kohn, Steve Lefkowitz, Arthur Levine, Marla Minns, Robert Morelli, William H. Nickerson, Marc Seeherman, Greg Sutherland, Sean Porter, Clyde E. Rankin III, Dena Roady, Scott Wachenfeld, Iris Weinshall.
Hon. Bill de Blasio, Hon. Scott Stringer, Hon. Corey Johnson, Vikki Barbero
Kati Solomon, Director of Operations
Maureen Devenny, Deputy Director of Operations
Izzie Deixel, Operations Manager
Rachel Zurier, Operations Associate
Brian Schliessman, Park Manager
Owen Harrang, Operations Analyst
Victoria Kam, Streetscape Inspector
Max Wycisk, Receptionist / Office Manager / Research Assistant
Dick Dillon, Vice President, Security & Operations
Jim Albert, Chief of Security
Craig LaCaruba, Vice President, Capital Projects
Don Bussolini, Project Director
David Martin, Project Director
Rich DeRancy, Senior Project Manager
Robert Crews, Senior Maintenance Manager
Scott Giles, Electrician
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, Director of Visitor Services
Nancy Ng, Deputy Director of Visitor Services
Susie Sigel, Special Projects
Tricia Lewis, Director of Digital Media
Kevin Clyne, District Planner
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
Aamina Ganser, Graphic Designer
Brand Partnerships and Events
Irene Vagianos, Director of Brand Partnerships and Events
Alice Cashman, Associate Director of Events
Rossini Yen, Senior Events Manager
Matt Castellan, Associate Director of Brand Partnerships
Dan Fishman, Public Events Manager
Erika Wendel, Events Manager
Willa Brock, Events and Programming Associate
Jenna Stein, Events and Programming Associate
Peter Ciriello, CFO
Inessa Kanevskaya, Deputy Controller
Claire Austin, Administrative Assistant
Tomo Nakanishi, IT Manager
Jayson Negron, IT Support Engineer
Reports and financial statements
Awards + Press
Since the launch of the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation in 1980, Bryant Park has consistently been credited as an innovator in the realm of public space management. As efforts to improve the park have grown, the corporation continues to receive distinction for work, winning awards and garnering mentions in some of New York’s most prominent media outlets.
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
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
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.
Please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 commercial activations. The Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a non-profit organization, carefully considers proposals for events in the park in light of their potential to support its commitment to free cultural programming for the public.
See our Events and Sponsorship Overview for why Bryant Park would be a perfect fit for your event.
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 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.
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
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: email@example.com, Attn: Photo/Video Shoot Coordinator
Come work with us!
Bryant Park Corporation
1065 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are from the press, and would like PR information about Bryant Park or Bryant Park Corporation, please email email@example.com.
If you would like more information about events or would like to find out how to hold an event in Bryant Park, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.