Found But Not Lost

Bryant Park Corporation

Press event at Bryant Park's Winter Village

BRYANT PARK, NEW YORK, NY (February 3, 2021)

Hundreds of colorful scarves – hand-knit by volunteers – will be distributed to homeless shelters and local charities this month.

Participants in the park’s free knitting classes, along with the general public, created the scarves. The program is coordinated with Knitty City, the famed Upper West Side yarn emporium, whose owner, Pearl Chin, passed away in November. This year’s distribution of more than 600 scarves also paid tribute to Ms. Chin, who opened Knitty City in 2006.

“This year marks the tenth anniversary of Bryant Park’s association with Knitty City and sixth for the ‘Found but Not Lost’ program,” said Dan Biederman, executive director of Bryant Park Corporation. “It’s great to have a partner dedicated to a community service that provides a measure of warmth to those who need it. I particularly thank our program coordinator Alice Cashman, who developed the concept with Ms. Chin.”

Various groups, including the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) in Harlem and Barrier Free Living in the Bronx were among those who came to Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park on February 3rd to accept the scarves, which they will distribute to their constituents.
“The generosity of the Found but Not Lost community of knitters will keep so many of our fellow New Yorkers warm this winter,” said Celeste Finet, Associate Director, Development and Communications at CUCS. “We are delighted once again to be the recipient of these scarves for the individuals we serve who are experiencing street homelessness.”
Scott Hess, Director of Communications for Barrier Free Living said, “We are incredibly grateful to Bryant Park Corp. for the scarf donations again this year. Receiving a beautiful new scarf means so much to the residents and their kids at our domestic violence shelter and programs! It truly offers a ray of light."

As an homage to Ms. Chin, Bryant Park dedicated one of its iconic green bistro chairs inscribed with her name and Knitty City’s motto, “We’ll Keep You in Stitches.” Ms. Chin’s son Zac accepted the honor.

In past years, the scarves have been draped on benches and trees in the park, with each bearing a “Found but Not Lost” tag which instructed the taker to use it if they needed it, or to donate it. Due to the pandemic, the park suspended that aspect of the program and instead give the scarves directly to charitable non-profit organizations. Also, scarves are normally knitted at Bryant Park’s summer knitting classes, but because of COVID-19 volunteers made them at home.