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When is the Bryant Park Winter Village 2020?
By the time you choose a costume at a Halloween store in NYC, The Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park will already be open for business. The Winter Village is set to open on October 30, 2020 and will be open through March 7, 2021.
What are the hours of operation for the Bryant Park Winter Village?
The Rink and Lodge Deck is open daily, 8am-10pm; and the holiday shops are open Mondays through Fridays, 11am-8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-8pm.
What is there to do at the Winter Village this year?
Not only is there free ice-skating on Bryant Park's 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink (you may bring your own skates or rent them), Urbanspace—the brand that’s responsible for Union Square’s and Columbus Circle’s holiday markets as well as Mad. Sq. Eats—is bringing about 60 holiday shops, including a bunch of new kiosks and eateries for your shopping and eating pleasure. There is also a different rinkside pop-up restaurant this year called The Lodge Deck that'll have festive cocktails and delicious food.
What safety precautions will be in place?
This year, reservations and skate rentals must be made in advance online (rental prices change depending the day and time), and fewer skaters will be on the ice at one time. High-touch surfaces and rental equipment will be sanitized throughout the day.
As for shopping, there will be a reconfigured layout with fewer shops that will give people to walk through spacious walkways to avoid congestion.
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The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park announces new partners for 2016
Ahh, don’t you just love the holidays in New York? Out of all the things to do in fall in NYC, everyone looks forward to the return of The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park the most. Why? Because once the 17,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink and more than 100 shopping and food kiosks open for business, this means that Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are officially right around the corner. The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in New York The legendary holiday market will open to the public on Saturday, October 29 (similar to 2015’s speedy opening date). However, unlike last year, Bryant Park Corporation has teamed up with some new and interesting local business partners. Remember Bryant Park’s rink-side pop-up restaurant, Celsius? Well, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group is taking over by opening a fine-casual, seasonal eatery dubbed Public Fare—like Meyer’s former Central Park takeout spot. The grub hub will sit on the northeast corner of The Rink, and will operate food concessions inside the Skating Pavilion. This all-day operation (open from 8am to 10pm) will serve locals and tourists tasty food such as sandwiches, soup and coffee, and will then transition into a wine and cocktail bar at night. The spot will also be co-designed by Crate and Barrel, so you know it will be festive and cute as f*ck. Another change is that Urbanspace (y’know, the brand that’s responsible for Union Square’s a
Here's the vendor list for the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
On October 29, the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will open for the 2016 holiday season! (Yes, we know it's not even Halloween yet). We've already told you about all the changes and new partners set for the Winter Village last month, but the good news just keeps rolling in with the announcement of this year's vendor list. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Bryant Park Winter Village As we previously mentioned, the Winter Village teamed up with Urbanspace—the brand that handles the holiday markets in Union Square and Columbus Circle—for this year's Christmas utopia. And Urbanspace's roster of makers, creators and food purveyors certainly doesn't disappoint. This year's holiday shops will feature over 125 boutiques hawking everything from jewelry and decorative goods to beauty products and food. Speaking of the grub, the culinary section features over 30 of the best eateries in the city. Check out the highlights from the vendor list below. The shops:New York Puzzle Co.R. Nichols StationaryVosges ChocolatesMarc TetroPop Chart LabSoap and Paper FactorySaskia De VriesLe Souk CeramiqueTate’s BakeshopStrand Bookstore The food:Home FriteMeatball ObsessionMr. BingVeselkaConey ShackBaked Cheese HausBolivian Llama Party
Johnny Weir is named the first Winter Village Skating Ambassador
On the same day that the United Nations made history by designating Wonder Woman as an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, NYC's Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park has announced a rather bold ambassadorship of their own. Starting on November 1, everyone's favorite ice skater with attitude, Johnny Weir, will serve as the park's first-ever Winter Village Ambassador. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Bryant Park Winter Village What exactly does a Winter Village Ambassador do with one's time, you might ask if you are a sane human being. Apparently, the two-time Olympian and reality TV favorite will perform feats on ice throughout the season, serve as a creative consultant for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, and welcome guests to the park. This year's Winter Village promises to have more colorful perks than ever, with UrbanSpace bringing in new retailers and vendors including Strand Book Store and Farm to People. The Village is open November 1–March 5, 8am–10pm, with special holiday shops through January 2nd. A photo posted by 马洁 (@sakimmma) on Jul 19, 2016 at 11:01pm PDT The polls are open! Vote for your favorite spots that deserve a Love New York Award.
Best things to do this fall in NYC
Be a shutterbug at Photoville
Photoville is back in its 10th year and the second to bring photography to every borough of New York City. The free, outdoor, pet-friendly photography exhibition is packed with 75 exhibits outside and free online programming for photo lovers between September 18 and December 1, including panel discussions, interactive workshops, and a "Community Day: Photo Festival Opening" on September 18.
Gawk at the Dior exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum
Fashionistas will freak when they see the Brooklyn Museum's newest exhibit, "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams" this fall. The exhibition will present over 200 haute couture garments as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, and accessories.
Get lit at the Illumination Light Art Festival
As the days get darker, a sprawling, multimedia experience that explores light as an artistic medium will roll into Brooklyn October 7-9 underneath the K Bridge Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Guests will have the chance to view ten light installations crafted by artists Paolo Montiel, Robert Montenegro, and Darrel Thorne along with artworks showcased at the popular Burning Man festival. And there will also be a dance floor experience and performances! The best part? It'll be free!
See incredible art at the Armory Show
After a crazy year, The Armory Show is back! This time though, it's at the Javits Center. Rivaled only by Frieze New York, the exhibitors taking part in this year’s festivities number 200 art galleries from 33 countries, 59 of which are making their Armory Show debut. If you want a comprehensive look at the latest trends in contemporary art, a visit to the Armory Show is a must.
Attend the Feast of San Gennaro
We all need a good Italian feast right now. Luckily, the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy is back. During this beloved festival, you'll eat at some of the best Italian restaurants in the city, watch colorful parades, catch free concerts and of course, see the world-famous cannoli eating competition.
Return to Refinery29's 29Rooms
Escape your same-old rooms for some exciting ones at Refinery29's popular 29Rooms experience this December in Manhattan (for the first time ever). It'll celebrate 2021 with a "Make Contact" theme, i.e. the opposite of social distancing. The event is renowned for ample selfie opportunities with sensorial experiments, disarming first encounters and art-based installations that explore new ways of dating, dancing, socializing and celebrating.
Laugh it up at the New York Comedy Festival
The week-long festival, November 8-14, is set to feature some of the most exciting voices in comedy right now, such as Vir Das, Tim Dillon, Colin Quinn, Michelle Wolf, Norm MacDonald, Megan Stalter, Ronny Chieng, Jon Lovett’s Lovett or Leave It, Nick Kroll, Alok, Marc Maron, Brian Regan, Gary Gulman, Bill Maher, Michelle Buteau, Andrew Santino and more. It'll be a chance to laugh hard and often, which is what we need right now.
Go to Brooklyn Made's opening
There's a new music venue on the scene starting September 30 called Brooklyn Made. The 500-person capacity space in Bushwick will offer all musicians who play there pretty awesome perks, from access to a private outdoor swimming pool to a second-level carriage house and a loft apartment with unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline. For audience members, Connie's offers a late-night bar next door and Standing Room, also next door, will be where you can get a cocktail, wine and tapas. Singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy will kick off the opening with two nights of performances beginning September 30.
It's finally spooky season and already there's a scary number of Halloween events planned for NYC. Don't miss the Village Halloween Parade, Madame Morbid's Trolley Tours, the House of Spirits cocktail experience, the Central Park Pumpkin Flotilla, and of course, The Great Pumpkin Blaze (outside of NYC). Check our Halloween guide for more chilling fun!
Ascend Summit One Vanderbilt
There's a heart-pounding experience opening above Manhattan at the massive Summit One Vanderbilt 1,401-foot-tall skyscraper. Starting October 21, guests will be able to look over NYC from at least 1,000 feet with only glass between them and the view. "Ascent," is an all-glass enclosed elevator that travels up the outside of the building to 1,210 feet while "Levitation," is a series of transparent glass sky-boxes that jut out of the building at 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. The Summit aims high with a forthcoming all-day cafe and bars, too, by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events.
Hark, Christmas lovers! The Bank of America Winter Village will be open for the holiday season before you can say “trick or treat.”