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 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.

Mission Statement

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


Chairman

Michael Fuchs

Executive Director

Daniel A. Biederman

Directors

Douglas Durst, Stan Herman, Richard H. Levy, Robert Liberman, Anthony Marx, Abby Milstein, Robert Morelli, Gennaro Oliva, Clyde E. Rankin III, Katharine J. Rayner, Iris Weinshall, Carrie Welch.

Founding Director

Frederic S. Papert

Ex Officio

Mitchell Silver and Vikki Barbero


Bryant Park Management Corporation


Co-Chairmen

Clyde E. Rankin III and L. Robert Lieb

President

Daniel A. Biederman

Directors

Adam Abramson, Abramson Brothers Inc.
Laura Belt, 58-65 West 40th Street Corp.
Eric Burl, Man Investments Inc
Daniel A. Biederman, BPMC
Harry F. Blair, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Galina Breslav, TIAA-CREF
Ben Brown, Brookfield Properties
Phil Columbo, Bryant Park Hotel
Frances Delgorio, Jack Resnick & Sons
Eben Dorros, Gabriel Kreuther
Eli Elefant, PBC USA Real Estate LLC
Arthur Levine, Elie Tahari
Phil Columbo, Bryant Park Hotel
Frances Delgorio, Jack Resnick & Sons
Eli Elefant, PBC USA Real Estate LLC
Preston Henske, Bain & Co.
John Herman, Movable Ink
A. Eugene Kohn, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Chris Laul, HOK
L. Robert Lieb, Mountain Development Corp.
Gentry Lock, Stantec
Art Lowenfish, Tishman Speyer Properties
Bill Lovejoy, Masterworks Development Corp.
Scott Mason, Takenaka Corporation
Michael W. McMahon, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Marla Minns, TJX
Robert Morelli, HSBC Bank USA
Sean Porter, Dechert LLP
Clyde E, Rankin, III, Baker McKenzie
Brian Reiver, Savanna Fund
Marc Seeherman, 40th Street Tenants Corp.
Greg Sutherland, Elk Management Realty Corp.
Scott Wachenfeld, Bank of America
Iris Weinshall, New York Public Library

Past Co-Chair

Douglas Winshall

Ex Officio

Hon. Bill de Blasio, Hon. Scott Stringer, Hon. Corey Johnson, Vikki Barbero, Hon. Keith Powers

Staff

Dan Biederman, President

Operations

Kati Solomon, Vice President, Operations
Maureen Devenny, Deputy Director of Operations
Izzie Deixel, Operations Manager
Rachel Zurier, Operations Manager
Brian Schliessman, Park Manager
Owen Harrang, Operations Associate
Max Wycisk, Operations Analyst
Rinesty Rusli, Receptionist/Office Manager/Research Assistant

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
Robert Crews, Senior Maintenance Manager
Scott Giles, Electrician

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, Director of Visitor Services
Nancy Ng, Deputy Director of Visitor Services
Susie Sigel, Special Projects
Tricia Lewis, Director of Digital Media

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

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

Finance

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.

Awards

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

Partnerships

Brand Partners

Bryant Park offers countless opportunities to tie your brand to unforgettable New York City experiences. The success of Bryant Park’s exciting amenities, programs, and tentpole events is linked to our ability to partner with leading brands. With 12 million annual visitors, impressive demographics, and an unsurpassed ability to leverage the park’s prime visibility and assets to express key messaging, we’re confident your brand will see a lasting impact when you partner with Bryant Park. Current and past partners include Netflix, Bank of America, the New York Times, Lululemon, Southwest Airlines, Citibank, HBO, Old Navy, Evian, Clearchannel, the Wall Street Journal, and many more.

Premier Partners

The outstanding brands that comprise Bryant Park’s Premier Partnership program are recognized as the park’s most valued partners. Premier Partners receive substantial additional benefits for their impactful contribution to Bryant Park’s continued success. These brands live in harmony with Bryant Park’s renown amenities and iconic public programs and authentically touch the twelve million people who frequent Bryant Park each year.

Contact us

Please email our team 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.

To inquire about availability and pricing, please contact events@urbanmgt.com.

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 contact the events department at 917-438-5119 or events@urbanmgt.com.

For large-scale events, it is recommended to call or email 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.

Proposals will be reviewed as soon as possible, usually within one week.

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

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

Come work with us!

Art Cart Host

$15/hour

Bryant Park Corporation seeks part-time staff with fine arts or education experience to oversee the Art Cart amenity. The Art Cart is a free-standing cart located on the Fifth Avenue Terrace (in front of the New York Public Library) that must be supervised, offering free drawing and craft supplies to the public.

While the Host will spend the bulk of their time at the Art Cart, they will occasionally be asked to work shifts at the park’s game areas, which include ping pong, board games, and a putting green. They are expected to be enthusiastic and flexible when working at these other areas.

Responsibilities for each area vary slightly but all include: setting up each activity area at the start of the day and making it available for public use; maintaining appearance of activity areas throughout the day by cleaning equipment, picking up litter, and neatly storing equipment not in use; engaging the public, fostering participation, and ensuring respectful use of the space; considering ways to improve the activities offered to the public, then reporting observations accurately and comprehensively to supervisor.

Host is expected to uphold the employer’s mission: to create a rich and dynamic visual, cultural, and intellectual outdoor experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike in one of the greatest public spaces in the world. Successful hosts may have opportunities for growth, including working in the Bryant Park executive office, proposing new programs for the public, and supervising daily operations.

Applicants can preview the Art Cart and other game areas by visiting bryantpark.org and looking under the ‘Things to Do’ tab.

Qualified applicants may be recommended for similar Host positions at Plaza33 and Herald & Greeley Square Parks in Midtown. Hosts work 20-40 hours per week.

Qualifications:

  • BA preferred – consideration given to undergraduate work plus experience in arts education, arts therapy, or similar
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work in a team environment
  • Willingness and desire to get hands dirty
  • Outgoing, playful, mature, positive, and proactive
  • Experience in customer service
  • Responsible and detail-oriented with excellent observation skills
  • Ability and willingness to work exclusively outside and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability and willingness to lift 25 pounds or more
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to staff large Bryant Park events, including Film Festival and Musical Chairs
  • Ability to update an online spreadsheet on a tablet to document visitor counts and daily observations
  • Access to a cell phone with photo and texting capability
  • Access and responsiveness to email

Duties

  • Communicate politely and positively with the public and serve as an ambassador of the park
  • Open and close the Art Cart on a daily basis, on a strict schedule.
  • Teach basic drawing and art skills, and adapt teaching to different age and skill levels.
  • Manage the amount of materials released to each Art Cart participant; report supply needs and behavior incidents in a timely manner.
  • Enforce area and park rules.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization at the Art Cart.
  • Staff and assist with special workshops and events at the Art Cart.
  • Lead weekly “Kids Corner” sessions at the Art Cart.
  • Record and report the number of visitors.
  • Fill in for other amenity areas as needed, and follow procedures for these areas.
  • Take direction from management staff regarding special assignments.

Position begins with a three-week trial period. Hosts who receive a passing evaluation after 3 weeks will be invited to continue in their position.

Position runs from mid- April through mid-October. Hours are generally 11am-7pm, with some exceptions that will be discussed in advance. Preference will be given to candidates with flexible schedules, and a genuine desire to work hard.

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and work sample (as an artist or teacher) as attachments to rzurier@urbanmgt.com. Put “Art Cart Host” in the subject line. Applications that do not meet these requirements will be discarded.

Games Host

$15/hour

The organizations that manage Bryant Park and 34th Street Partnership seek part-time, seasonal staff responsible for overseeing game areas. Game areas are designated zones for playing board games, lawn games and ping pong, putting, and doing art projects. Host serves two valuable functions:

(1) serves as an ambassador of the park and interacts with the public

(2) facilitates activities, which includes being aware of the rules of play, actively demonstrating and explaining games to participants, enforcing area rules, managing inventory, and maintaining equipment

Responsibilities for each game area vary slightly but all include: setting up each activity area at the start of the day and making it available for public use; maintaining appearance of activity areas throughout the day by cleaning equipment, picking up litter, and neatly storing equipment not in use; engaging the public, fostering participation, and ensuring respectful use of the space; considering ways to improve the activities offered to the public, then reporting observations accurately and comprehensively to supervisor.

Host is expected to uphold the employer’s mission: to create a rich and dynamic visual, cultural, and intellectual outdoor experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike in one of the greatest public spaces in the world. Successful hosts may have opportunities for growth, including working in the Bryant Park executive office, proposing new programs for the public, and supervising daily operations.

Applicants can preview Bryant Park’s game areas by visiting bryantpark.org and looking under the ‘Things to Do’ tab.

Qualified applicants may be recommended for similar Host positions at Plaza33 and Herald & Greeley Square Parks in Midtown. Hosts work 20-40 hours per week.

Qualifications:

  • BA preferred – consideration given to undergraduate work plus experience in recreation, coaching or park management
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work in a team environment
  • Willingness and desire to get hands dirty
  • Outgoing, playful, mature, positive and proactive
  • Experience in customer service
  • Responsible and detail-oriented with excellent observation skills
  • Ability and willingness to work exclusively outside and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds or more
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to staff large Bryant Park events, including Film Festival and Musical Chairs
  • Ability to update an online spreadsheet on a tablet to document visitor counts and daily observations
  • Access to a cell phone with photo and texting capability
  • Access and responsiveness to email

Duties

  • Communicate politely and positively with the public and serve as an ambassador of the park
  • Maintain appearance of game areas and equipment
  • Facilitate game play and enforce area and park rules
  • Report equipment needs and behavior incidents in a timely manner
  • On a daily basis, setup and takedown free activities offered to the public
  • Record and report the number of participants
  • Staff special events or tournaments
  • Take direction from management staff regarding special assignments

Position begins with a three-week trial period. Hosts who receive a passing evaluation after 3 weeks will be invited to continue in their position.

Position generally runs mid-April through November. Hours are generally 11am to 7pm with some exceptions for special events. Preference will be given to candidates with more flexibility in their schedules, and a genuine desire to work hard.

To apply, email resume and cover letter as attachments with “Games Host” in the subject line to gamesjob@urbanmgt.com. Applications that do not meet these requirements will be discarded.

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.