Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Beautiful Bryant Park

Last night was one of those pre-summer nights that Manhattanites long for all winter.  The Yankees were playing, the weather was warm enough to sit outside, and all felt right.  I met with a friend of mine at the Bryant Park Grill for drinks and gossip.  I'd been lucky enough to attend a few fashion shows in Bryant Park over the past couple of years but beyond that, hadn't spent much time there, it did not disappoint.

Once known as "needle park" for prevalent drug deals and related crimes, Bryant Park's nine beautiful acres were fully restored after four years of hard work in 1992 and have been wonderfully maintained ever since.

The lush gardens, old-fashioned carousel, and delightful and yummy restaurants that occupy the space would be a wonderful place for a number of events.

I love the ivy covered trellis and potted florals that decorate the entrance.

Bistro chairs, benches, and umbrellas make for a great casual outdoor experience.

The New York Public Library provides a wonderful literary backdrop.

Tents and indoor seating still provide plenty of light.

The carousel is a likely favorite for wedding photos.

A well-lit promenade.

Decorated for Christmas.
Images via: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, and Eleven.

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