First time in New York, my bucket list was full of obvious superstars like the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Empire State Building. But while running around the world's most famous concrete jungle, I stumbled across a small green oasis between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues.
Bryant Park at first sight is a fresh break from the sky scrapers and the taxis, with trees with red and yellow autumn leaves painting an inviting picture this time of the year. The tree-lined green space is filled with interesting stalls that sell things from food to animal shaped slippers to bury your feet in the biting cold. One of my favourite shops was the one that sold Christmas decorations called 'it's always Christmas in NY'. After gazing and drooling over hundreds of glittery snowflakes, stars and elves I finally decided to invest in a snowman globe that carried the well-known 'I heart NY' lettering within.
Another favourite of mine was the hot apple cider sold here. During the one week I've been here, I have tried hot apple cider from three different places and I can vouch that this was by far the best, the cinnamon infused sourness and sweetness balanced just right, not to mention that a warm drink is always appreciated in the cold weather!
The other main attraction at Bryant Park is the 'City Pond' skating park. Nestled among the trees, shops and the cloud piercing buildings it is a very scenic spot for some fun on the ice! There are also other services offered including skating lessons, skate sharpening, a gift shop and party venue for kids.