Bryant Park / 34th Street

What Was New in 2013

We're always inventing ways to draw in the crowds. Here's a list of new programs, amenities, and features in our public spaces.

Bryant Park

  • Bryant Park Corporation installed The Green, near Southwest Porch, with separate areas for Kubb and a putting green. 
  • Magnum Ice Cream opened its first North American ‘Make My Magnum’ kiosk in the 40th Street Allee. ’wichcraft served gourmet grilled cheese and soup at that location in the fall and winter months.  
  • Bank of America worked with our own designers to bring a fresh new look to Bank of America Winter Village. Our design and information systems teams also created a new website for the winter amenity. 
  • Bryant Park Shop products were available for purchase at the Bryant Park Games cart during the summer and at a pop-up holiday shop kiosk during December.
  • To make it simple for the public to make suggestions on how to improve Bryant Park, we created online drawing boards via
  • Bryant Park Shop added many items to its array of elegant products, including baby and kids tees, tote bags, and the Meet Me in Bryant Park Envelope Pendant.
  • We installed a new sign system that includes wayfinding signs, regulation signs, and history panels. In December, winter-specific maps of the park were added.
  • Southwest Porch reopened in April after a major renovation.
  • Bryant Park Games added activities, a moveable cart for storage and displays, and new furniture.

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34th Street

  • Working with Stan Herman Studios, our designers created new uniforms for sanitation and security staff members. 
  • Wafels & Dinges began operations at the Herald Square food kiosk, and Nuchas moved in at Greeley Square. 34th Street Partnership’s design team worked with each company to refit the kiosks. 
  • Broadway Bites, produced by UrbanSpace, brought some of the city’s finest food vendors to Greeley Square for a successful four-week run.


  • Chelsea Improvement Company, working with Google, officially launched the city’s first free WiFi-enabled neighborhood in January. 
  • CityBench, originally designed and developed by Ignacio Ciocchini for Chelsea Improvement Company, popped up all over the city, including in Hudson Square, Harlem, Flatiron District, and Jackson Heights.

More from January 7, 2014


It was another productive, event-filled, and prosperous year for Bryant Park Corporation, 34th Street Partnership, and Chelsea Improvement Company. This special edition of MidCity News recounts the events, achievements, and people who make our public spaces among the cleanest, safest, and most interesting in the world.

Here is a glimpse at some of the special events that brought excitement, glamor, and revenues to our public spaces.

Many celebrities made district appearances in 2013 to participate in an event, shoot a video or film, or just to enjoy our public spaces. Here's a list of who was where.

In 2013, we saw more national and international retailers flock to 34th Street, and local NYC icons underwent lavish renovations. Bryant Park received its own bright retail news as well.

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