Relax, dine al fresco, and enjoy our free programs and amenities
January – February
While Winter Village is operating
After Winter Village closes for the season
April - May
August – October
New Year’s Eve the park closes early at the discretion of the NYPD
Park hours are subject to change.
Management may close the park when conditions are considered unsafe for patrons as a result of weather or necessary maintenance.
Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park.
Take the 7 train to 5th Avenue.
Driving directions to the park.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please adhere to these rules while enjoying the park:
Your Health and Safety
• If you are feeling sick, do not visit the park
• You are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering in the park
• Please use the hand washing stations that are provided around the park
Moving Around the Park
• Follow all pathway signs, and keep to the right on two-way paths
• Try to stay six feet apart from other park visitors
• Treat others with patience and respect
• Some events and programs have been canceled, or changed in size or location
• Masks or face coverings may be required to participate in some activities or events
Thank you! Your compliance will help keep the park safe for all to enjoy. Bryant Park is monitoring and adhering to local, state and federal guidelines regarding our operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public places where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting Bryant Park, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19.
Open daily, noon-6pm*
Staffed daily with piped in classical music, Italian tiles, automatic toilets and fixtures by top luxury brand Toto, and a changing station, you’ll feel safe and pampered inside our landmarked comfort station. Located on the northeast corner of the park by 42nd Street.
*Hours are subject to change
Stay tuned for 2020 brochures. Visit our calendar page to search events by day.
Map + Park Areas
Bryant Park is a great place to stretch out, dine al fresco, and relax. It also provides a multitude of free and engaging activities for those looking for some challenging fun.
During these challenging times, we ask that visitors please maintain six feet of social distance and wear masks while in the park. Thank you!
Rules + Regulations
You are welcome...
- ○ to enjoy the park, including the Lawn, when open
- ○ to spread blankets on the Lawn, but not plastic material or tarpaulins
- ○ to enjoy the gardens without entering flowerbeds or picking flowers
- ○ to use a park chair or one seat on a bench designed for sharing
- ○ to deposit waste in trash or recycling receptacles
- ○ to walk your dog, on a leash and not on the grass, if you clean up after it
- ○ to take souvenir photos, commercial photography by Bryant Park Corporation permit only
Park guidelines prohibit...
- ○ drug use
- ○ alcohol use outside the Bryant Park Grill, Bryant Park Cafe, and Southwest Porch
- ○ open flames, as well as cooking and grilling
- ○ smoking
- ○ organized ballgames
- ○ sitting or standing on balustrades
- ○ entering the fountain
- ○ feeding pigeons
- ○ rummaging in trash receptacles
- ○ amplified music that disturbs others
- ○ performances, except by permit
- ○ commercial activity, except by permit
- ○ obstructing park entrances
- ○ bicycle riding and parking, skateboarding, or rollerblading
- ○ Patrons of Bryant Park are subject to the rules and regulations of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
From potter's field to reservoir to one of the world's busiest public spaces, Bryant Park has a rich and storied history.
Bryant Park is not your everyday city park. At its center is a meticulously groomed lawn of one acre. Bordering the lawn are 600 linear feet of perennial planting beds with 7,000 square feet of planting area. Other planting beds include those on the 40th Street, Sixth Avenue and the Fifth Avenue perimeters, containing another 10,000 square feet of seasonal planting and shrubbery. Throughout the year, discover 20 varieties of perennials, 13 varieties of shrubs, and over 50 varieties of seasonal annuals and spring bulbs. On the northern and southern sides of the park you’ll walk through a gorgeous promenade formed by the allées of London Plane trees. This is one of the most dramatic aspects of the park and contributes to the formal European design and feel. Click on the slideshow below to view all aspects of the park.
Landscape Architecture + Planning
The grounds are maintained and planned with great attention to detail and present a private, estate- like feel. Any landscape is always in a process of change and evolution, and Bryant Park is no exception. During the past 20 years the grounds have continued to transform to create a more satisfying experience for park visitors, and also to accommodate the changing patterns of use. Over 10,000 seasonal summer annuals and 17,000 spring bulbs are planted each year, and new plants are introduced and tested every year.
The Horticulture Department has implemented many key design changes with plant material, pathways and other landscape elements to ensure that the park is a welcoming and beautiful refuge all year long. A custom gravel mixture is used on the paths, and there are over 200 planters and urns including five different types of architectural styles. The lawn is replaced every year after the winter ice rink. Click on the slideshow to view the harmonious relationships between the landscape and architectural elements, and to see how the landscape changes throughout the seasons.
The most defining and important planting in the park is the monoculture of our hundreds of London Plane Trees (Plantanus acerifolia), situated in allées on the outer perimeters and planted over 30 years ago. The close planting of the trees encouraged the trunks to grow thin and tall as they reached for the sun. The linear pattern and unusual bark of the tree trunks make a dramatic architectural statement. The formal parterre design also incorporates alternating beds of English Ivy (hedera helix) and crushed gravel under the trees.
Although new plants are introduced and tested every year at the park, old favorites and successful plants always make their way back into the displays each season. Click on the slideshow below to view a selection of signature plants of Bryant Park.
The lawn is lush and green and the flowers change seasonally but Bryant Park is more than a garden. When you first discover it, nestled in its canyon of skyscrapers, it’s like an oasis–a refuge of peace and calm. But Bryant Park is a city park, full of historical monuments and urban amenities. The park is a social place where friends meet, eat lunch, chat, stroll, listen to music, work on the wireless network, or simply sit and think. Winter, summer, spring, and fall, New Yorkers love this park.
Facing onto Bryant Park from both 40th Street and 42nd Street are several noteworthy buildings of the kind that have long defined Midtown Manhattan as one of the architectural showplaces of the world.
A guide to the monuments of Bryant Park
The park strives to design public spaces, structures, furniture and objects with a respect for nature and the end user. Attention to detail and useful elegance are some of the qualities you’ll experience with as you discover the park.
Tussock Moth Caterpillar Season
Attention Bryant Park visitors: keep an eye out for this caterpillar, which could affect your visit if you suffer from allergies or have sensitive skin.
Park-ify your video chat with Bryant Park photos! Our lush lawn, spring tulips, summer allées and more are available for your virtual meeting background pic.
Scroll through photos above, choose your favorite(s), and:
- PC computer: right-click on the image, choose “Save Image As” and put in your preferred location.
- Mac computer: hold the control button down while clicking, choose “Save Image As” and put in your preferred location.
- Phone: touch and hold the image, then click “Save” or “Add to Photos”.
Then, follow these steps to change your Zoom background. Take a screenshot once you’ve got your Bryant Park background and share with us by tagging @bryantparknyc on Twitter and Instagram!
Want to use our photos for other purposes? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.