Exploring Bryant Park’s Winter Wonderland

Each November, Bryant Park transforms into a resplendent winter wonderland nestled in midtown Manhattan.

The Citi Pond ice rink is a centerpiece of Bryant Park’s winter season, and this November Citi Pond kicked off its sixth consecutive year as New York City’s only free-admission ice-skating rink.

In addition to the 170’ x 100’ ice rink, from November 2010 to February 2011 Bryant Park also features holiday shops, a restaurant and ice skating performances.

Before reopening in 1992 as a 7-acre verdant oasis for lunching office workers, seasonal outdoor movies, Fashion Week and beleaguered tourists, Bryant Park was once a burial ground, an encampment for the Union Army, and a reservoir.

Tugba Albayrak, a business analyst from the Netherlands, has been to New York City twice over the past four years, but never managed to fit Bryant Park into her sightseeing itinerary.

This is Albayrak’s third visit to the Big Apple, and this time around, she perused the holiday shops at Bryant Park and partook in a quintessential New York activity: ice skating.

“What better way to experience New York than to do something with a ton of New Yorkers,” said Albayrak.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Bryant Park?

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