Bryant PArk

explanatory Essay
887 words
887 words

Though the land that is now Bryant Park was set-aside in 1686 as a public space, it became designated as Bryant Park in 1884. The site was originally a potter’s field, or a cemetery for the poor. After being a cemetery, the site held a reservoir, which helped supply the city with water. The site was originally called Reservoir Square in honor of the reservoir. However, it was later destroyed when the park was chosen as a site for the New York Public Library in 1899 and Bryant Park was truly born. The new name was chosen as a way to honor William Cullen Bryant who was not only a popular poet but also a famous abolitionist. The library was built for free from the Tilden Trust and is still part of the site to this day. Though Bryant Park was closely associated with a famous New York landmark, the park eventually became known as an unsavory part of the city. After being redesigned in 1934, the park became a crime-ridden area and was generally unsafe. However, a renovation of the New York Public library helped prompt another redesign in the early 1980s. This overhaul of the park completely changed the landscape of the park and added new amenities. The park was also privatized during this time period and is now controlled by the Bryant Park Corporation. The privatization of the park allowed some the new redesigns because it was important for local businesses to save the park. The park is now a safe, celebrated part of New York that has numerous events and attractions. The park even got wifi in 2002 making it the first wireless park in New York City.
The redesigned Bryant Park is a delightful destination for any busy urbanite. Located in downtown Manhattan, the 9,600 acre park is a breath of fresh air from the bustling city atmosphere. B...

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...enovating the library, the park itself went through an overhaul. The landscape architecture firm Hanna and Olin headed the landscape part of the redesign. Their vision included returning the park to street level and generally opening it up to the public to increase safety. Not only did the landscape of Bryant Park change, but also new amenities and attractions were put in place to make the park popular again. This included adding new statues while fixing up old ones, renovating bathrooms, adding new gardens and generally making the site more attractive. Some of the most popular changes has been a new café and flexible seating which make it an attractive lunch-time spot. The new and improved Bryant Park reopened in 1992 to much praise. Since the redesign, crime has dropped significantly and the park has become a popular destination for both tourists and New Yorkers.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that bryant park was set-aside in 1686 as a public space, but was later designated as the new york public library, which was built for free from the tilden trust.
  • Explains that bryant park, located in downtown manhattan, is a delightful destination for any busy urbanite.
  • Explains that the public's need for public parks was already apparent in europe, especially in urban areas like london. bryant park was set aside as a part of new york city as early as 1686.
  • Explains that bryant park is a popular spot to go at all times of day and throughout the year. it is well used during the workday with office workers taking advantage of the food options and seating available.
  • Explains that bryant park is an interesting example of a recent innovation of public parks: privatization.
  • Explains bryant park was originally designed in a victorian style, with curving paths, dotting and clumping of trees and wooden benches set around the site. the distinguishable large lawn in the center of the park has been there since its creation in 1899.
  • Explains that the first redesign of bryant park took place in 1934 and was headed by robert moses as a public works project in the great depression.
  • Explains that the reading room was opened in 1935 as a place to give out of work depression workers access to books and the outdoors together. it closed in 1944 but was reopened in 2003.
  • Explains the second major redesigning of bryant park began in the early 1980s and continued for the next decade.
  • Explains that the landscape of bryant park was overhauled, and new amenities and attractions were put in place to make the park popular again.
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