Bryant Park / 34th Street


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.

Bryant Park

  • At the Word for Word Series, we welcomed Philippe Petit, Dan Savage, Raúl Esparza, Wendy Williams, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, Colum McCann, Chuck Klosterman, Lauren Weisberger, Hoda Kotb, Meredith Whitney, Sheila Blair, Aisha Tyler, Ben Mezrich, John Fugelsang, Amir Oz, and Amber Tamblyn.
  • Masters of the Piano in Bryant Park keyboard included Junior Mance, Terry Waldo, Todd Robbins, and Daryl Sherman.
  • Breakfast Briefings at Southwest Porch featured informal talks with Toni Collette, Bobby Flay, and Sebastian Junger. 
  • Naomi Campbell and Nigel Baker appeared at Bryant Park for a The Face television shoot.
  • Alyssa Milano and the Project Runway designers came to the park to shoot a segment.
  • Every All-Star from the National and American Leagues gathered at Bryant Park Grill before climbing onto vehicles that carried them down 42nd Street for the All-Star Parade.
  • Mets pitching sensation Matt Harvey did a comedy ‘bit’ for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at the park.
  • We also spotted former Mets and Yankees player Daryl Strawberry enjoying the park on a nice day. 
  • To wind up the MLB theme, former Mets closer John Franco handed out Good Humor ice cream bars at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.
  • Tony Award winning actor Billy Crudup, currently performing in Waiting for Godot, was interviewed at the Bryant Park Grill on November 24. 
  • Actress Jamie Chung was spotted at The Rink around Thanksgiving Day.  
  • Five for Fighting performed at Southwest Porch.
  • Shakira performed at Bryant Park for a T-Mobile promotional event. The show was opened by Swizz Beatz.
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlined The Tree Lighting Show at Bank of America Winter Village. Carly Rose Sonenclar also sang, Olympic Gold Medal winner Sarah Hughes and three-time U.S. Men’s Champion Johnny Weir performed on the ice, and Yankee legend Mariano Rivera led the countdown. 

34th Street

  • UFC fighters Ronda Rousey, Anthony Petis, Chris Weidman, and Urijah Faber appeared at a UFC Takeover event on Broadway Boulevard.
  • Knicks legends Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Bernard King, Earl “Pearl” Monroe, Larry Johnson, Dean Meminger, Cal Ramsey, and the Knicks City Dancers joined faithful fans at the Knicks Fan Fest event.
  • Diana Nyad, Ryan Lochte, Nikki Reed, and Richard Simmons were active at a Swim for Relief event.
  • Big Freedia came for a FUSE TV promotional event.
  • Minka Kelly promoted her FOX TV series Almost Human.
  • Blake Shelton performed live in Greeley Square in December.  

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.

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

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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