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
Daniel A. Biederman, Douglas Durst, Michael Fuchs, 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.
Frederic S. Papert
Mitchell Silver and Vikki Barbero
Bryant Park Management Corporation
Clyde E. Rankin III, Michael W. McMahon, and L. Robert Lieb
Daniel A. Biederman
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.
Ben Brown, Brookfield Properties
Gerry Byrne, Penske Media Corporation
Phil Columbo, Bryant Park Hotel
Frances Delgorio, Jack Resnick & Sons
Eben Dorros, Gabriel Kreuther
Eli Elefant, PBC USA Real Estate LLC
Ugo Fiorenzo, Campari
Preston Henske, Bain & Co.
John Herman, Movable Ink
A. Eugene Kohn, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Chris Laul, HOK
Arthur Levine, Elie Tahari
David Levy, Adams & Company
L. Robert Lieb, Mountain Development Corp.
Gentry Lock, Stantec
Art Lowenfish, Tishman Speyer Properties
Bill Lovejoy, Masterworks Development Corp.
Scott Mason, Takenaka Corporation
Katherine Mayo, Grubhub
Michael W. McMahon, Hines
Marla Minns, TJX
Robert Morelli, HSBC Bank USA
Ines Olenes, Nuveen
Sean Porter, Dechert LLP
Kerry Powers, Savanna Fund
Clyde E, Rankin, III, Baker McKenzie
Marc Seeherman, 40th Street Tenants Corp.
Greg Sutherland, Elk Management Realty Corp.
Scott Wachenfeld, Bank of America
Iris Weinshall, New York Public Library
Jason Wild, Salesforce
Hon. Bill de Blasio, Gale Brewer, Jonnel Doris, Hon. Scott Stringer, Hon. Corey Johnson, Vikki Barbero, Hon. Keith Powers
Kati Solomon, Vice President, Operations
Rachel Zurier, Manager, Operations
Brian Schliessman, Park Manager
Izzie Deixel, Special Projects
Max Wycisk, Operations Associate
Kevin Capuno, Operations Associate
Liz Riegel, Receptionist/Office Manager/Research Assistant
Brand Partnerships and Events
Irene Vagianos, Vice President, Brand Partnerships and Events
Matt Castellan, Director, Brand Partnerships
Dan Fishman, Director, Public Events
Eric Mueller, Director, Graphic Design
Thomas Hamilton, Associate Director of Graphic Design
Alice Cashman, Associate Director of Events
Rinesty Rusli, Events and Programming Associate
Kevin Ward, Vice President, Security and Operations
Bob Link, Assistant Chief, Security
Craig LaCaruba, Vice President, Capital Projects
Don Bussolini, Project Director
David Martin, Project Director
Neha Sabnis, Director, Urban Design
Rich DeRancy, Senior Project Manager
Robert Crews, Senior Maintenance Manager
Scott Giles, Senior Electrician
Emma Winick, Architectural Designer
Maureen Hackett, Director, Horticulture
Amadou Thiam, Assistant Director, Horticulture
Dan Pisark, Vice President, Retail Services
Nancy Ng, Director, Special Projects
Tricia Lewis, Director, Digital Media
Susie Sigel, Producer, Special Events
Quentin Robbins, Vice President, Visitor Services
Jason Feliciano, Manager, Visitor Services
Accounting and Administration
Peter Ciriello, CFO
Inessa Kanevskaya, Deputy Controller
Kathleen Chalmers, Accountant
Claire Austin, Executive Assistant
Tomo Nakanishi, Director, IT
Reports and financial statements
Brand Partnerships + Advertising
For street pole banner advertising inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 renowned amenities and iconic public programs and authentically touch the 12 million people who frequent Bryant Park each year.
Please email our team if you have a vision you would like to see come to life in Bryant Park.
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 email@example.com.
If you are from the press, and would like PR information about Bryant Park or Bryant Park Corporation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more information about events or would like to find out how to hold an event in Bryant Park, please email email@example.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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 contact the events department at 917-438-5119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership are hiring part-time, seasonal staff responsible for overseeing game areas in their parks and public spaces. Game areas are designated zones for playing board games, ping pong, and other activities. Hosts serve two valuable functions:
- Act as an ambassador of the parks and public spaces, and interact with the public.
- Facilitate 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 area at the start of the day and making it available for public use; maintaining game areas throughout the day by sanitizing 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. Hosts can expect to work at most, if not all, of the game areas at some point during their employment.
Hosts are 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.
Hosts work 10-40 hours per week.
- 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 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
- Communicate politely and positively with the public and serve as an ambassador of the parks and public spaces
- Maintain appearance of game areas and sanitize shared equipment
- Facilitate game play and enforce area and park and public space 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
This position begins with a three-week trial period. Hosts
who receive a passing evaluation after 3 weeks will be invited to continue in
The game areas generally remain open from April through October.
Hours are typically 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.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Games Host” in the subject line.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Games Host” in the subject line.
Public Programming Assistant
***Applicants must email email@example.com with “Public Programming Assistant” and your name in the subject line. A cover letter is required to be considered for this position.***
Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership seek seasonal, part-time Public Programming Assistants (PPAs) to work at free public events. PPAs work under the supervision of Program Managers to ensure successful event execution. Events and programs the PPAs can expect to assist with will include: literary events; music, dance, and theater performances; children’s events; fitness classes, and more events to be determined. PPAs who demonstrate impressive customer service skills and/or interest in retail will also be given the opportunity to supplement their event work with shifts in the Bryant Park Shop + Info kiosk, selling park merchandise and providing information to visitors.
Public Programming Assistants must be energetic and assertive, enjoy working extensively outdoors, and be willing to get their hands dirty. PPAs must be passionate and think critically about the public events and activities hosted in Bryant Park, Herald Square Park, Greeley Square Park, and Broadway Boulevard public plazas.
Public Programming Assistants can expect to work a range of irregular shifts as the parks’ and plazas’ robust event schedules dictate. Ideal applicants are college graduates with an open and flexible schedule, or with consistent evening and/or weekend availability. The position is expected to suit those looking to supplement a part-time job.
Applicants must be available to work from early May through September (exact dates are flexible). Training will take place in late April or early May – if hired, PPAs will be expected to make themselves available.
Compensation is $15 per hour.
Assistants may work anywhere between 15 - 35 hours per week, depending on how personal availability and the event schedule overlap.
Public Programming Assistants are expected to uphold the mission of creating a rich and dynamic cultural, visual, and intellectual outdoor experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike in some of the greatest public spaces in the world.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable event production experience by working for two organizations that are dedicated to making New York City safer, cleaner, more beautiful, and more engaging. The PPA Program also offers opportunities for professional development, to allow participants to develop skills and knowledge relevant to the event planning, production, and public space management fields.
- Execute public programs and activities in the parks, including equipment setup, communication with instructors and/or performers, crowd management, and supervision of the event
- Serve as a park ambassador and interact with visitors politely and patiently
- Troubleshoot logistical event issues and manage accordingly
- Coordinate with other park staff for event setup and breakdown
- Document events by conducting attendance counts and taking photos as needed
- Opportunity to work at the onsite Bryant Park Shop & Info kiosk, providing information and selling park merchandise
- Prepare timely reports on event execution for Program Managers
- Prepare materials for upcoming events, including informational signage and brochures
- Fulfill administrative duties, including data entry, as needed and as scheduling allows
- Four-year college degree, completed or in progress, is preferred
- Flexibility to work non-traditional/irregular hours – must be available Thursday and Friday evenings and some weekends for most of May through September, especially June, July, and August
- Responsible, proactive, mature, and outgoing
- Possess strong communication and observational skills
- Possess a “no job too small” attitude, willing to get hands dirty to produce a successful result
- Ability to think critically about successes and flaws of an event
- Ability to maintain high energy and friendly attitude throughout entire shift
- Ability and willingness to work outdoors in most weather conditions
- Ability to take direction, but also problem-solve individually as needed
- Ability to lift 20 pounds regularly and 50 pounds occasionally, and stay on feet for extended periods of time
- Experience in event planning, event staffing, retail and/or customer service preferred
- Interest in event planning, production, recreation, and/or public space management
Interested candidates must email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Public Programming
Assistant” and your name in the subject line. In the body of the email, include a cover letter expressing your unique qualifications and interests—a cover letter is required to be considered for this position. Please attach your resume in .doc or .pdf format.
Bryant Park Corporation / 34th Street Partnership
1065 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018
Bryant Park is a public park conveniently located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets in midtown Manhattan. It is visited by over 12 million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world.
The park hosts approximately 60 large-scale events each summer from May – September. More detailed information about our events can be found on our website, bryantpark.org. A large amount of manual labor is needed to produce these events. The job of a PA is to assist with those events by setting up and breaking down furniture and other equipment under the direction of park supervisors.
Being a PA is very physically demanding. This is NOT a technical position – knowledge of camera/light/sound operation will not be used. Experience as a PA should not be considered an opportunity to further your career in the film/tv/audio/broadcasting industries.
- Prepare the park for events. This includes removal of park furniture, placement of chairs in rows,
- and arrangement of barricades and signage
- Work outdoors in any weather condition
- Stay focused on a single task
- Answer questions about the park from park visitors in a friendly and professional manner
- Facilitate guest entry procedures for larger scale events
- Other duties not mentioned in this description, as needed
- Able to understand written and spoken English
- Able to lift 50 pounds, and stand and walk for long periods of time
- Able to read maps of the park to complete supervisors’ instructions
- Ready access to internet, able to use email and respond quickly
- Possess a positive, “no job too small” attitude
- Possess at least a high school diploma
- Perceptive to surroundings
- Prompt in completion of assigned tasks
- Tidy in appearance and grooming
- Polite and friendly demeanor when interacting with members of the public
- Willingness to take on other duties not mentioned in this description, as needed
This is a part-time, seasonal position with varying hours. PAs will be able to choose their own shifts on a first-come, first-served basis. A motivated PA with open availability can expect up to 25 hours of work per week, on average, from May through September.
Applicants with previous event setup and production experience are given preference in hiring. The ideal candidate is available on evenings and weekends, Thursday – Monday, as this is when most shifts will be scheduled. Pay is $15/hour.
Interested candidates should email a resume with job history to email@example.com . In the subject line, write “Production Assistant Application” and your name. Phone calls and office visits will NOT be accepted. Due to number of applications, we will only be contacting applicants with whom we wish to move forward.
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