an afternoon in bryant park

June 9, 2010 |  Category:   life nyc outings

Central Park and Prospect Park might be larger and more grand, but Bryant Park has my heart. Located right behind the majestic New York City Public Library in midtown, it’s a perfect one city block long oasis of grass lined with tables and chairs, fountains, a carousel, gardens and an outdoor reading room. Unlike Central and Prospect Park, you never forget that you’re in an urban setting when you’re spread out on the lawn – 360 degree views of buildings and skyscrapers loom above you on all sides, but it’s bucolic all the same. Plus, it feels a little like Paris, no?

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  • Melissa June 9, 2010 at 1:32 am

    My first job out of law school was just two blocks from Bryant Park. I used to eat my lunch out there whenever I had enough time to actually take a lunch break. When did they add the carousel? And the reading room is a great idea. I’ll have to remember to take my little boy there the next time we visit NYC.

  • lori June 9, 2010 at 1:33 am

    great pictures! claudine looks like she’s having a blast!

  • Caddy June 9, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Whenever I think of Bryant Park I think of Lucinda Wyman from the book Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer.

    I loved the idea of that reading corner in the park. You take lovely pictures so summery and idyllic. 🙂

  • Vera June 9, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Yes it does feels like Paris! But in a NY way ;-).

    I went to NY last summer with my best friend and we also went to see a movie in the evening in the park. Loved it! Maybe my best memory of a great vacation!

  • Roos June 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Yes, it does look like Paris! Just a comment from Amsterdam saying your pictures provide me with the much needed summer feel… it’s pouring and we have a crappy Dutch summer so far. Glad I found your blog 😉

  • Sophia June 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Magical! I want to step right into your photos, sit down and read a book.

  • Karin June 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I love all the photos from Bryant Park…summer is definitely here!

    This is totally unrelated to this post, but I have been meaning to send you a message regarding an old post you wrote that mentioned the organic skincare line Amala. I work at a spa, and the owner was looking into offering a fully organic facial, as well as, sell the products. I had remembered reading your blog about the Amala products you received, so I did a little research on the company and passed the info onto my boss. Well, we just received our samples of products this week…and I can tell that I am going to love these products! And not to mention the gorgeous packaging! Anyways, I just wanted to thank you for your recommendation of these products…you’ve helped our spa find the organic skincare line we were looking for! : )

    (p.s. sorry for the long comment)

  • Anna @ D16 June 9, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Okay, I’m definitely eating lunch in Bryant Park tomorrow. Back in the days before I felt it necessary to eat my lunch at my desk while working (sigh), I brought my lunch there every single day that the weather was nice.

    It’s one of my favorite places in the city, and I’m so glad to have an office nearby.

  • bronwyn June 9, 2010 at 11:49 am

    That does look like a great park. I love the idea of an outdoor reading room. That last picture made me smile. The woman is totally checking out how cute Claudine is. 🙂

  • Claudia June 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Amazing pictures! Very inspiring.

  • Adele @ modernemotive June 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Looks like a great park. I just hit the parks more throughout the day. Even if it’s just to take a break for lunch. Beautiful photos as always.

  • Adele @ modernemotive June 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    just = should :/

  • Amy June 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    As a lifelong, suburban Minnesota girl, I never thought the day would come when I would say this; But you make me want to live in NYC!

  • monica of hola!design June 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    It’s my favorite park, too! Great pictures.

  • Nidhi June 11, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I love it too…it’s perfect for a quick break from all the walking too. And the Kinokuniya across from it…oh man!

  • Emine June 11, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I am so happy to have “discovered” this blog and look forward to reading it daily. You have a beautiful family and have provided me with the inspiration I needed to keep my small jewelry business going. Thank you! 🙂

  • Olga June 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Looks like you had a great time at Bryant Park! And it definitely feels a little bit like Paris. Maybe it’s the green chair/ fountain combo? Reminds me of the Tuileries Garden.