Bryant Park is where New York’s financial, media, technology, advertising, fashion and arts communities mingle and interact. Named for William Cullen Bryant, a poet and author who became one of the most influential newspaper editors of the nineteenth century, the park and the New York Public Library share the rectangle bounded by West 42nd and 40th Streets, Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas.

The midtown areas near the park are dense with the headquarters of leading media companies, banks, insurance companies and hedge funds. Major news organizations – The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, ABC News Good Morning America — are within six blocks of the park. More than 1,300 editors, journalists and broadcast professionals work within 15 minutes of the Bryant Park neighborhood. On the park’s downtown side lies the Fashion District and the beginning of New York’s fast-growing technology and social media industry, dubbed “Silicon Alley.”

On a typical day, hundreds of New Yorkers from surrounding businesses throng the park, settling into the 1,400 bistro-style chairs around it central oval, a scene reminiscent of the Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris. The park’s fountains and antique carousel contribute to the international atmosphere, as does its collection of monuments. Around the park’s central oval are statues of Bryant (featured on our home page); the American writer Gertude Stein, José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva, a leader of Brazilian independence; Benito Juarez, Mexico’s first president of indigenous descent, and a bust of Goethe.

Bryant Park hosts many cultural events. For more information about the park’s history and activities, visit their site here.

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