Bryant Park

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Looking back on a successful winter season that included skating, shopping, and dining.

Erin Kestenbaum

The first day of spring this year is on March 20, and surely we’re all looking forward to being able to say that winter is officially over. As we experience the last throes of this rough-weather winter, let’s remember some of the season’s bright spots, especially those at Bryant Park.

There was Bank of America Winter Village, where crowds enjoyed four months of free ice skating at The Rink, 125 Holiday Shop kiosks with a variety of rare gift offerings, and Celsius, which provided a warm, glamorous spot for a drink or bite to eat. Bank of America Winter Village will return next year with these wonderful seasonal amenities.

But that wasn’t all that went on at Manhattan’s Town Square this past season. Le Carrousel and Southwest Porch were open all through the holiday season, and we moved two popular summer series inside for special winter sessions: WSJ Live, which temporarily moved from Southwest Porch to inside Celsius; and Word for Word Poetry, which moved across the street to the friendly confines of our retail partner, Kinokuniya Books. For a glimpse of WSJ Live at Celsius, click here.   

Our friend Bill Cunningham of the NY Times once again included the park in one of his video reports, as he recorded some park visitors creating a snowman. And winter wouldn’t be complete without a shot of Lowell Fountain in its frozen glory, provided here in a video clip from NY1.

During its final week of operation this season, The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village was one of the venues for GMA’s epic, nationwide Frozen Sing-A-Long. The Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team performed on the ice, while the Liberty Elementary School Choir from Basking Ridge, NJ joined performers from all over the U.S. in a rousing rendition of the theme song from Disney’s Frozen.

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