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Bryant Park Now Offers Language Classes
There is much you can learn at Bryant Park – yoga, tai chi, knitting, juggling, fencing, and dance movement. Beginning Monday, June 4, you’ll also be able to brush up on your foreign language skills. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, Italy, or any part of the French or Spanish speaking world, this will come as great news.
Bryant Park Language Classes bring skilled instructors from Inlingua to the Upper Terrace at Bryant Park to perform free lessons in Beginner and Intermediate French, Beginner and Intermediate Spanish, Beginner Italian, and Beginner Japanese to anyone who wants to attend. The classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm, through September (with a week off for Independence Day). Each session is stand-alone, and persons of all skill levels are invited. Registration is required. Just check out the full schedule of classes here, click on the one(s) you want to attend, and find the ‘Register’ link. Classes are filling up quickly, so act now to ensure a spot. If the class is full, you can put your name on the wait list.
And to keep your language skills sharp in a more informal setting, BPC, Inlingua, and ’wichcraft invite you to Sip and Speak: Language Match-Ups at the Southwest Porch. Come to The Porch, get a drink, and sit in on a discussion led by an Inlingua instructor. It’s fun, and there’s no purchase necessary (though if you’re going to speak French, a glass of wine wouldn’t be out of line). Sip and Speak is on Tuesday, June 19, 5:00-7:00pm.
Sunset Salsa Heats Up Chelsea Triangle June 7
Okay, salsa fans, your time is almost here. Sunset Salsa, the Chelsea Improvement Company’s sensational free salsa dancing classes presented by After Work Salsa Mondays at TAJ and led by Talia Castro-Pozo, makes its 2012 debut next week on Thursday, June 7. The program returns to the Triangle every Thursday through August 30.
The lessons themselves are from 6:30-7:30pm, but the music keeps playing until 9:00pm for everyone who wants to dance – even those who didn’t participate in the lesson. If the past is any indication, there’ll be plenty of dancers. If you need a little refresher on just what the atmosphere is like at Sunset Salsa, here’s a New York Times article from 2010.
The Chelsea Improvement Company is also pleased to announce the debut of a new series of free classes. Family Yoga presents free classes conducted by instructors provided by our old friends at Laughing Lotus, and is open to parents and kids of any age. It’s a fun and healthy way to bond. The first class is 9:00-10:00am, Saturday, June 9 at 14th Street Park, and they return every Saturday through August 25 (with the exception of June 23). Keep up on all of CIC’s classes by regularly consulting the Events Calendar at our website, or by following us on Twitter.
Bryant Park Real Estate Market Thrives
In a recent article by Sarah Trefethen in Real Estate Weekly, Marc Miller, Executive VP at Winoker Realty, was profiled. Mr. Miller, described as a renaissance man, works exclusively as a commercial tenant representative and takes seriously his duty to match client and location. He “credits his artistic eye and sense of history” in helping him bring a multi-dimensional experience to bear in serving his clients.
No wonder that he estimates that in recent years, over half of his business has resulted in leases on or near Bryant Park. “I see value there,” he told REW. As he explained, not only does the park provide a place to escape work, but also, with the block occupied by the NYPL and BP, “any view or light is unlikely to be lost.”
Mr. Miller is onto something. Twenty years after its reopening, Bryant Park is the nexus of a thriving neighborhood, has added value to the surrounding real estate, and its name has been incorporated into the addresses of many prestigious buildings and businesses.
One of those buildings is Bryant Park Place (32 W. 40th Street), a historic co-op with a dramatically rising retail profile. Seven months ago, Gotham Beauty Lounge, a luxury salon offering an extensive line of cosmetics, as well as an anti-aging compound for men and women, took over the lobby’s western retail space. Here’s an article about GBL at Racked.com. Later this summer, Lady M Confections will open at the lobby’s eastern space. The high-end, Japanese-owned cake boutique, which offers a dazzling array of baked goodies, has operated a successful outlet at 41 East 78th Street at Madison Avenue for seven years.
Bryant Park After Work Kicks Off Wednesday
Midtown office workers, it’s time to once again enjoy some “music to start the end of your day.” Bryant Park After Work, the musical series presenting concerts perfectly timed for folks heading home after a hard day’s work, returns to the park. The concerts, performed by jazz musicians and singer-songwriters in alternating weeks, are scheduled for the Fountain Terrace each Wednesday, 6:00-7:00pm, through August 29.
The series kicks off next Wednesday, June 6, with a performance by the Armen Donelian Trio. Mr. Donelian, who will also perform at Piano in Bryant Park all week, has been described in the New York Times as “a pianist with a crystalline touch, but a penchant for avant-gardism.” He and his trio will perform original jazz compositions. That’s just the first of thirteen fantastic concerts slated for the series. Click here for the complete schedule.
First Breakfast Briefing Rescheduled
Due to inclement weather, Bryant Park Corporation was forced to postpone the first installment of the 2012 Breakfast Briefings at Bryant Park series. Originally scheduled for May 22, this event has been rescheduled for 8:30-9:30am on June 26. Lizzy Klein, Vice-President of Product at Seamless, will be the featured speaker, and Neil Janowitz, Senior Editor at Fast Company, will serve as host. Breakfast Briefings are produced in partnership with Southwest Airlines and Fast Company, and coffee and breakfast is provided by ’wichcraft. Everyone is invited, but you must reserve a spot. Register here. By the way, you can be kept informed of the status of events at Bryant Park by following us on Twitter.
The Bottom Line
The Spring 2012 Bryant Park Birding Tours concluded on May 24, and it was a record-breaking season in more ways than one. On Thursday, May 17, 33 birders accompanied Gabriel Willow of New York City Audubon on the tour. That’s the most we’ve ever had at a session. That brings the number of species we’ve spotted at Bryant Park since 2002 to 74. Alas, peak migratory season is over and so are our Spring Birding Tours. Look for Fall Birding Tours to return next September. By the way, you can read about each session on the Bryant Park blog.
34th Street District
Thursdays: 5:30-6:30pm, Broadway Boulevard between 34th and 35th Streets
Le Carrousel Spring Hours – through May 31
Le Carrousel Summer Hours – begins June 1
The Reading Room
The Southwest Porch
Weekly Activities and Classes
Bryant Park Yoga
Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00am, Upper Terrace
Thursdays: 6:00-7:00pm, Lawn
Bryant Park Tai Chi
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7:30-8:30am, Fountain Terrace
Meet the Birds
Tuesdays: 11:30am-2:00pm, Le Carrousel
Bryant Park Juggling
Tuesdays: 5:30-7:30pm, 40th Street Plaza
Bryant Park Fencing
Tuesdays: 1:00-2:00pm, Fifth Avenue Terrace at 41st Street
Bryant Park Moves: with Limon Dance
Saturdays: 10:00am-11:00pm, Lawn
Bryant Park Fly Fishing
Saturdays: 10:00am-12:00pm, Fifth Avenue Terrace at 41st Street
Chess and Backgammon
Monday-Friday: 11:00am-6:00pm - Free Lessons
Ping Pong at The Tables
Bryant Park Games – Scrabble, Quoits, Bananagrams and more
Monday-Friday: 11:00am-7:00pm, 40th Street Plaza
Piano in Bryant Park: Terry Waldo – Protégé of Eubie Blank – Ragtime
Monday-Friday: May 28-June 1, 12:30pm-2:30pm, Upper Terrace
Bryant Park Language Classes – Beginner French
Monday: June 4, 11:30am-12:30pm, Upper Terrace across from BP Grill
Piano in Bryant Park: Armen Donelian – International Pianist, Composer, and Bandleader
Monday-Friday: June 4-June 8, 12:30pm-2:30pm, Upper Terrace
Bryant Park Accordion – Rachelle Garniez
Monday: June 4, 12:30-2:30pm - Check bryantpark.org for location
Word for Word Author: Co-Authors Scott Jurek and Steve Friedman (Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness). Hosted by Christopher McDougall (Born to Run), with Special Guest Peter Sarsgaard.
Tuesday: June 5, 12:30-1:45pm, Reading Room
Bryant Park Accordion – Harlan Muir
Tuesday: June 5, 12:30-2:30pm - Check bryantpark.org for location
Word for Word Poetry: The Poets of Cave Canem with Malakani Bandele, Rio Cortez, and Ama Codjoe
Tuesday: June 5, 7:00-8:30pm, Reading Room
Bryant Park Language Classes – Intermediate Spanish
Wednesday: June 6, 11:30am-12:30pm, Upper Terrace across from BP Grill
Word for Word Author: Jen Lancaster (Jeneration X) and Jennifer Weiner (Then Came You and The Next Best Thing).
Wednesday: June 6, 12:30-1:45pm, Reading Room
Bryant Park After Work – Armen Donelian Trio
Wednesday: June 6, 6:00-7:00pm, Fountain Terrace
Ping Pong Tournament
Wednesday: June 6, 6:00-9:00pm, The Tables in the 42nd Street Allee
20 Years of Bryant Park – A Photo Exhibit
Daily: May 4-June 29, All Hours, Bryant Park Fence
14th Street Park at Tenth Avenue
Family Yoga – Begins June 9
Chelsea Triangle at Ninth Avenue and 14th Street
Sunset Salsa – Begins June 7