Observations – Bryant Park
In collaboration with Leyla Novich and Tongwen Ding, we decided to conduct our experiment at Bryant Park. We spent three different days observing the morning, afternoon, and evening activity to find what exactly sets this park apart from all the others in New York. Here are our results:
Afternoon: Sunday, September 20, 12pm – 4:30pm
- Sun bathers in the middle lawn.
- North side: children seating area with a small library of books
- North side: board games available to play (chess, backgammon, Connect4, Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples)
- West side: fountain with lots of chairs (mostly empty at 1pm)\
- South side: 2 ping pong tables
- Observation between 12:30-1:15pm, people bringing lunch from other vendors to tables
- Select food stands and bar on west side
- Two full restaurants on east side
- Observation at 2pm: performance of the Shakespeare play “Taming of the Shrew” on east side platform with audience on the middle lawn.
- Lawn hosts free yoga class till Sept 24
- Skating rink available in November 2015
- Overall observation: Park is designed to keep visitors seated for long periods of leisure time
Morning: Monday, September 21, 7:30am – 10am
- Light amount of people sitting at tables with breakfast from outside vendors.
- Groups of people are walking diagonally through park. Looks like they are cutting crowds on the 6th Ave sidewalk and rushing to work.
- Games, carrousel, and libraries are closed for the morning.
Evening: Friday, September 25, 4pm – 7pm
- Post work crowd
- Groups of people gathered at tables planning their Friday evening
- Square Dancing event on the lawn starting at 6pm (event happening all weekend!)
- 4 – 5pm lawn was closed for event setup; as a result, chairs and tables were crowded during that time.
- Live country band playing with an MC hosting the square dance.
- There is a section for food/drinks, cornhole tournament, learn to “lasso” with ropes, and….a mechanical bull.
- Cowboy hat rentals. Long lines are forming as a people are becoming curious.
- People of all ages are participating in square dance.
- The amount of people square dancing = amount of people photographing people square dancing.