“I don’t like music,” said no one ever. When I think of New York City in the summer, I think of the black concrete streets trapping in the heat for all of the New Yorkers to sweat in unity. As I walk down 6th avenue in midtown, I have found that the best way to cool off this summer for free. The free music concerts at Bryant Park are rampant. This week, Dona Carter the pianist, composer, and music educator will be in Bryant Park during the afternoon. This Friday, JACK Quartet is preforming on the Upper Terrace and Lawn Gravel.
Beyond music, Bryant Park offers events for dance, books, readings, lectures, classes, and specific kid-friendly activities. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at yoga, fly fishing, tai chi, fencing, or juggling, Bryant Park offers free classes! There are games like chess and ping pong where players can come freely during park hours. Without a doubt Bryant Park is a must-see for any New Yorker that wants to enjoy an inexpensive and fun summer.
My biggest recommendation at Bryant Park is the Southwest Porch. The restaurant and al fresco lounge is an ode to Southwest Airlines which offers $8 beers and $10 entrees. If you’re familiar with Manhattan prices, this is quite a steal! All of their sandwiches and burgers are served with chips. Even better than these fair prices and this great location is the service. The waiters are extremely friendly. Guests are encouraged to stop by and use the power outlets to recharge their devices while enjoying a Vodka Watermelonade. Stop by Bryant Park, eat a Horseradish Cheddar Burger, crack open a Mama’s Little Yella Pills beer with a friend, and enjoy the sounds of classical, contemporary, and jazz ensembles.