NYC- Bryant Park

What was at 42nd ST and 6th Avenue before Bryant Park?

Question: When you stand in Bryant Park,

  1. a.      you stand in a Native American hunting ground in the pre-colonial era
  2. b.      a potter’s field in which unclaimed corpses were interred (1823-1840)
  3. c.      the “back yard” of the Croton Distributing Reservoir (1847-1890s)

Answer:  All the above

New York’s first midtown carousel in the modern era, Le Carrousel of Bryant Park opened March 21, 2003. It features 10 brilliantly painted ponies, a frog, a cat, a deer and a rabbit.

Facts:

  •  Military drills were held in Reservoir Square, as the yard was called, during the Civil War
  • In 1884 Reservoir Square was renamed Bryant Park in honor of recently deceased poet, editor and civic reformer William Cullen Bryant. Some people think it was named after William Jenning
  • Bryant Park is full of statues of historic and literary personages, some old, some new; acre for acre, it has more than any other NYC park.
  • Part of the genius of the restoration – To the south is the distinctive black with gold trim American Radiator Building (now the Bryant Park Hotel). He park echoes this building using black and gold paint on the fleur-de-lis’ed fence that surrounds Bryant Park on three sides, and the motif even extends to the IND subway entrance on the 6th Avenue side.

     

     

Throughout the park city people as well as travelers find green metal tables and folding seats, and the north side of the park near West 42nd Street features a daily magazine rack. The seats and magazines remain in the park mainly by the honor system, though I suppose cops and park workers have eagle eyes for anyone trying to remove them.

NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade – “People Watching”

Special Edition

The Puerto Rican Day parade is one the largest parades held in NYC. I think it has thousands of people marching and probably a million people watching. It is a very joyous and happy event. I have tried to capture the color and spirit of the day.Hopefully, the photos speak for themselves.

NYC Grand Army Plaza Manhattan

So what is so special about the corner of 5th avenue and e 59th street?

Answer: The corner is the location of the famous “Plaza Hotel”, The Apple Store and several prominent 5th  avenue shops – It’s a busy area.

The Plaza Hotel faces the Grand Army Plaza – southern entrance to Central Park. I encourage you to go inside and experience the feel of this grand hotel. Definitely see the Oak Room and the Palm Court.Also, the hotel has been the site for famous performers and guests.

Lisa Minnelli     The Beatles    Charlie Sheen     Michael Douglas    Catherine Zeta Jones

                                   

The fountain outside the Plaza Hotel, at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, will be home to 12 monumental bronze animal heads sculptured by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei starting May 2 and continuing through July 15.The sculpture, “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,”  is quite interesting..

Facing the hotel is the Grand Army Plaza the south-eastern entrance to Central Park.The area is a lively place  as there are horse-carriages for hire, colorful flowers and definitely, plenty of people. Go in any direction from here to make your own discoveries.

The Mall

This is going south from the 72nd street cross road

At the end of the Mall there are many places to enjoy. The following places are in this area:

  • The Carousel
  • Tavern on the Green –Closed
  • Wollman Rink – winter: ice-skating  Summer: a carnival
  • The Dairy
  • The Pond
  • The Zoo