Bryant Park Scarf Giveaway To Honor Beloved Yarn Shop Owner

Patch.com
February 2, 2021
Nick Garber

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — An annual giveaway of hand-knitted scarves will return to Bryant Park on Wednesday, distributing the warm garments to groups helping homeless New Yorkers.

For the 10th time, the Bryant Park Corporation has partnered with the beloved Upper West Side yarn shop Knitty City to coordinate the event, dubbed "Found but Not Lost." This year's giveaway will be the first, however, without Knitty City founder Pearl Chin, who died in October at the age of 71.

Bryant Park will dedicate one of its green bistro chairs in Chin's honor, organizers said, inscribed with her name and Knitty City's motto: "We'll Keep You in Stitches."

In non-pandemic years, the scarves have been draped on benches and trees around the park, with tags attached to each scarf instructing the finder to take one if they needed it, or donate it to someone else.

Things will look a bit different Wednesday afternoon, when 600 scarves will be given to groups including the Center for Urban Community Services in Harlem and Barrier Free Living in the Bronx. The groups will then give the scarves away to those in need.

The scarves, normally knitted at Bryant Park during summer knitting classes, were made at home this year by volunteers.

"It's great to have a partner dedicated to a community service that provides a measure of warmth to those who need it," Dan Biederman, executive director of the Bryant Park Corporation, said in a statement. "I particularly thank our program coordinator Alice Cashman, who developed the concept with Ms. Chin."