Bryant Park

Bryant Park, one of the most scenic parks in New York City, is a popular spot for movies and TV shows to film. You can see the park on the NYC TV & Movie Sites Tour.

Named after New York Evening Post editor and abolitionist William Cullen Bryant, the historic Bryant Park was first opened in 1847 in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Formerly named Reservoir Square due to its proximity to the Croton Distributing Reservoir, the site has undergone many changes since it was first recognized as a public space in 1686. Acquired by the city in 1822, the land that Bryant Park now sits on was used as a potter’s grave for the poor for nearly 20 years, as well as a site for military drills during the American Civil War. The land that the park now occupies was also crossed by George Washington’s troops in their retreat from the Battle of Long Island in 1776. 

Today the park is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Street, and also houses the Main Branch of the New York Public Library on the park’s eastern boundary. It is used mostly as a passive recreation space, with one of its main features being the large lawn located slightly below the level of the surrounding walkways. The park is frequented by native New Yorkers, midtown office workers, and tourists. It has plenty to offer including food kiosks, holiday shops, an ice rink in the winter months, and many other special events throughout the year. 

Movies and TV shows filmed in Bryant Park:

 

  • Sex and the City: While lunching on the New York Public Library’s steps, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) tells two strangers “he’s just not that into you.” Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) also becomes “fashion roadkill” on the runway at a charity show in the park.
  • Spider-Man: Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is dropped off by his Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) at the New York Public Library. The Library and Bryant Park serve as the backdrop for the scene where Uncle Ben gives the famous line, “With great power comes great responsibility.” 
  • Glee: The Bryant Park Ice Rink was featured in the 2012 Christmas Special “Glee, Actually.”
  • Person of Interest: Madeleine Enright’s (Sharon Leal) wife Amy works at her art show in the park in episode 2×07 “Critical.”

 

  • Jessica Jones: Jessica (Krysten Ritter) examines security footage of the park to identify who was photographing her in episode 1×04 “AKA 99 Friends”.

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