Thursday, October 31, 2019

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park 2019

Okay, I know today is Halloween BUT one of my favorite spots in the city is opening today for the winter/holiday season. Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park opens today! I cannot believe the time is here already for this wonderful spot to be open again. 

I have been enjoying this winter village for many years, and usually spend Christmas Eve here, which makes me feel like I am on a movie set. Christmas music playing, folks ice skating and some of the BEST hot chocolate on earth from No Chewing Allowed. They have many shops that have been here for years, but each year new vendors pop up which keep the winter village fresh. If you have never visited, I highly recommend it and skating here is cheaper than Rockefeller Center (and I think prettier too!). Here are some of the great places I have visited through the years at this wonderful holiday tradition.  The chocolate selections here are just amazing and great for grabbing a gift for the chocoholic in the family! 

Every year I look at these lights and I never buy one. This year just may be the year I break down and get one. So. Much. Fun.  

William Cullen Bryant for whom Bryant Park was named in 1884 was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.

Gertrude Stein was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life.  She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, Sherwood Anderson and Henri Matisse, would meet. Two quotes from her works have become widely known: "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," and "there is no there there", with the latter often taken to be a reference to her childhood home of Oakland.

Winter Village opens noon Thursday, October 31, for the 2019/2020 season. New this season: plan ahead and reserve your skate time online!

October 31, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Monday – Friday: 11am-8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-8pm

Many Shops are open on major holidays and after Thanksgiving will be open later than 8pm

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