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Bryant Park

Stop for a picnic lunch at a shaded table, create some art, ride the carousel or play chess, ping-pong or boules at this amazing multi-use park in midtown Manhattan.

With a storied past, midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park has become very popular with tourists and residents for relaxing or getting active. Walk around the grounds or engage in one of the park’s many games and activities.

Glance around the park to see what other visitors are doing. Then decide where to start. Tables are set up for chess and backgammon. A Games Host provides supplies and instructions for more than 50 board games.

For more action, play ping-pong or practice putting on the 5-hole green. Try unusual activities for this part of the world. Kubb is a form of Scandinavian lawn bowling. Pétanque is a French game of boules, a bit like bocce. In winter, rent skates and skate for free on the outdoor rink. Visit 125 holiday shops selling all kinds of gifts.

Buy tickets for the kids to ride on Le Carrousel. Bring them to the Art Cart from April to October, where they can be creative using free art and craft supplies and helpful instruction.

The park’s grounds include wide promenades lined by tall London plane trees, several flower beds of colorful bulbs and perennials and a spacious lawn perfect for picnicking. Stop at the kiosks and food carts in the park and restaurants along the street for a wide selection of simple treats and gourmet items.

Borrow books and magazines from the Reading Room. Listen to a public reading or casual concert, watch a film, see a Shakespearean play or take classes in subjects ranging from juggling to foreign languages. Check the busy events schedule online.

The site served many purposes over its history, including potter’s field, exhibition center and army encampment site, before becoming Bryant Park in 1884. After years of occupancy by drug traffickers, city planners turned the park around. Enjoy their efforts today in this pleasant spot.

From Times Square, follow Broadway’s pedestrian mall for 10 minutes to reach Bryant Park. Relax or energize in the park between early morning and late evening. You can even work here, using the free Wi-Fi while sipping a coffee at one of the small green tables.


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Lodging Near Bryant Park

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The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

45 E 45th Street, New York
3.7
of 5, from 21,291 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located at the corner of East 45th Street and Madison Avenue, the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, provides ready access to shopping, as well as Broadway theaters, 3 blocks away.

$142
Grand Hyatt New York

Grand Hyatt New York

109 East 42nd Street, New York
4.1
of 5, from 8,878 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This luxury New York hotel boasts a prime location on the city's East Side adjacent to Grand Central Station. Times Square, Broadway theaters, Central Park, Bryant Park, and Fifth Avenue's world-class shopping are within walking distance.

$125
Park Central Hotel New York

Park Central Hotel New York

870 7th Ave, New York
3.9
of 5, from 5,601 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Midtown New York hotel, renovated October, 2013, offers a desirable location diagonally across from Carnegie Hall, 1 block from Broadway, 2 blocks from Fifth Avenue shopping, and 2 blocks from Central Park. The Theater District and Times Square are within 1 mile.

$86
The Watson Hotel

The Watson Hotel

440 West 57th Street, New York
4.0
of 5, from 1,132 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hell's Kitchen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 5, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Broadway and Rockefeller Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$254
New York Marriott Marquis

New York Marriott Marquis

1535 Broadway, New York
4.4
of 5, from 6,274 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located on Broadway in the midst of Times Square, this award-winning hotel is within three blocks of 30 theaters; Fifth Avenue shopping is two blocks east. Ideally located for viewing the New Year's Eve ball drop.

$90
Pod 51

Pod 51

230 E 51st St, New York
4.1
of 5, from 13,545 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The innovative Pod Hotel offers compact, cleverly designed rooms and a prime location 4 blocks from Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, less than 6 blocks from the Theater District, and 2 blocks from subways.

$194
Royalton Hotel

Royalton Hotel

44 W 44th St, New York
4.3
of 5, from 1,515 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Central New York City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Broadway, Times Square, and Bryant Park. New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal are also within 10 minutes.

$269
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton New York City - Times Square

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton New York City - Times Square

1568 Broadway, New York
4.4
of 5, from 8,750 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Times Square is the only all-suite hotel on Broadway, in the heart of Times Square, steps from Broadway theaters, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Hard Rock Cafe, and much more.