The redesign of New York’s Bryant Park accompanied expansion of the New York Public Library and recaptured a derelict public space. The introduction of amenities, careful interventions in the landscape, and proper maintenance have made the park a safe, tranquil urban oasis.
To draw pedestrian traffic, the design removed unruly hedges and created openings in the central lawn’s balustrade. New entrances and ramps to the north and south were added, and access points were altered to encourage easy visitation.
The park is anchored by four food kiosks and the Bryant Park Grill and Café. The restaurant and café allow patrons to dine inside, outside, and on a roof terrace. These delicate-looking buildings feature lattice pavilions with natural plantings that blend with the landscape.
The kiosks, on the edges of the park, serve both passersby and patrons; loose furniture and tables are offered for quick snacks. Their color scheme, of green and brown, is also meant to blend with natural park hues, and their roofs are ornamented with a central open globe and spire. These modest buildings have become a permanent part of the library’s landscaped perimeter, unanimously approved by the Landmarks Commission and universally praised by visitors.