Bring a friend or be paired for a game and discuss your next move with our host

Visit our Activity Station at the Reading Room to borrow chess sets.

Per New York City law, gambling is illegal in all city parks. The games area is provided for your recreation and enjoyment, gambling of any kind will not be tolerated; violators will be asked to leave the park.


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Fifth Avenue Terrace, in front of the New York Public Library

Activity Station

​Visit our Activity Station at the Reading Room to borrow a chess set.
Open daily, 11:30am-6:30pm, weather permitting. ​Find more information and guidelines on the Activity Station page.

COVID-19 precautions

To ensure the safety of our visitors and our staff, we have introduced enhanced sanitizing measures for the Games area.

  • Games are sanitized after use. Additionally, visitors are welcome to sanitize a game before use themselves using provided disinfectant wipe.
  • Table tops and chairs will be wiped down between uses.
  • We have selected a variety of games that are easily cleaned and have limited pieces.
  • Furniture is spaced out to accommodate social distancing.
  • Games Host onsite can assist in setting up socially distant games (example: two people play chess at nearby tables each with their own board, and echo one another’s moves on their own board).