When you want to get away from the city but can’t, you go to Central Park. You can find a spot there that makes you forget you live in New York. But, if you want an oasis right in the middle of skyscrapers and the busy streets of midtown Manhattan, you go to Bryant Park.
Located next to the New York Public Library building, this park is one of my favorites in the city. It packs a lot in a small space. You can listen to music, watch movies, play petanque, ping pong and chess, and learn how to knit! It has fencing, juggling, tai chi, and yoga. It has free wifi, a restaurant, a sandwich and coffee kiosk, by Tom Colicchio no less, and a….
…carousel! While these are all great reasons to love this park, its pièce de résistance is that it’s built on books. Bryant Park sits on top of underground storage stacks containing several million books!