- Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Just east of Times Square lies one of the most beautiful four-acres in Manhattan -- Bryant Park. Though its lush green space has existed for more than 150 years, it was a revitalization project of the 1990s that made it a sanctuary for locals and tourists alike. This is the preferred place where Midtown Manhattan professionals come to eat lunch, where fashionistas come to strut during fashion week, and where performers showcase during Broadway in Bryant Park, Piano in the Park, and the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.
You don't need a pre-planned event to enjoy Bryant Park -- you could simply come here to enjoy the scenery or use the free Wi-Fi. Recent visitors do offer a few suggestions though, like stopping in the New York Public Library (which sits facing the park's Great Lawn), ice skating around the Pond, or riding on the French-style carousel. The list of activities doesn't stop there. Bryant Park also hosts yoga and tai chi classes, knitting circles, chess tournaments, and literary events. Unsure of where to start? Mull over your choices in the park's eateries: Bryant Park Grill, Bryant Park Café, and the 'wichcraft sandwich stand.
You'll find Bryant Park at Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street; take the B, D, F or Q trains to 42nd street or the 7 train to Fifth Avenue. Hours change dependent on season and activity, so visit the official website for details on hours and events.