Bryant Park


Looking Back on Bank of America Winter Village

A new design and new partners ensured this year's success.

Jane Kratochvil

The recently concluded Bank of America Winter Village season at Bryant Park was the best yet, and many factors helped us achieve this success: 

  • New Design: Our award-winning in-house Design Department was tasked with creating a new overall design, and as always, delivered spectacularly. Incorporating some of the best elements from seasons past, including dasher boards surrounding The Rink, and a helpful, attractive sign system, the team also came up with a new overall design that was more visually appealing and more user-friendly. The entrance to the Skating Pavilion was relocated, additional ticket booths were added, and a second floor was added to the Skating Pavilion itself, creating Overlook, a cozy space for visitors to watch the skaters below, play games, or just relax.

  • Holiday Shops: This year, we sought an experienced operator that knew NYC well and had a lot of experience managing multiple vendors.  Through our experience working with them at Broadway Bites and Penn Plates, we knew that Urbanspace would fit the bill.  

  • Public Fare: Famed restaurateur Danny Meyer’s company, Union Square Events, took over operation of the rink-side eatery Public Fare and offered great food and drink all season long.

  • The Rink: Rink Management Services Corp, The largest operator of public ice rinks in the United States assumed responsibility over The Rink, resulting in increased attendance and revenues.

New programming, including Lunch Break Lessons, morning Exerskate sessions, and Read-to-Skate StoryTime at Overlook were also introduced, adding more ways to enjoy Manhattan’s only free-admission skating rink. Anyone familiar with Bryant Park knows that, as successful as this season was, we never stop trying to improve. We’re already thinking of how to improve next year’s Winter Village.     

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