SOURCE: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

November 01, 2013 14:39 ET

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Debuts to Public

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 01, 2013) - One of Manhattan's most beloved parks has been transformed into a wonderland of twinkling lights, crackling fires, and skaters gliding on ice with the opening of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The seasonal destination features a 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink, a glass-enclosed restaurant, and an open-air market for holiday shopping under the glow of the city's lights.

"With Bank of America's support, we have created a holiday retreat in the heart of Midtown," says Dan Biederman, President of Bryant Park Corporation. "The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park offers families, friends, couples, colleagues, and travelers a central destination to celebrate the winter season in a magical setting."

The enclave's centerpiece is The Rink, an outdoor skating area, whose free admission is reflective of Bryant Park's mission to create a dynamic and cultural experience for the public. To accommodate a pre-work skate around the ice, a romantic evening date, or a spin under the stars at a holiday party, The Rink offers skate rentals and lockers for a nominal charge. The rinkside, two-story restaurant, Celsius, overlooks the ice, providing a vantage point to view the wintry festivities from glass-enclosed lounges or a heated outdoor terrace.

"There's no better way to extend our commitment to the cultural vibrancy of New York City than by partnering with our neighbors at Bryant Park to create a world-class winter venue," said Jeff Barker, New York City president, Bank of America. "Winter Village will provide lasting memories for residents and visitors alike, while helping area businesses succeed."

The historic landmark park also offers a resting place for tired feet with outdoor fireside seating, complete with sleeved blankets to keep warm. Adirondack chairs line the Southwest Porch, a café space to eat and drink, inviting visitors to relax and enjoy the holiday atmosphere under heated lamps, or use the space as an outdoor office with the park's free WiFi.

To complete the village experience, more than 125 boutique-style Holiday Shops will line the park's allées. Local, artisan and pop-up retailers are represented in the marketplace, which will remain open until January 5, 2014. Patrons of the park are given unrestricted access to The Christmas Tree, offering a tactile, sensorial Christmas experience to children and adults alike.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is located at W. 40th and W. 42nd Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, next to the New York Public Library and a short walk from Times Square and Grand Central Station. Winter Village will stand until March 2, 2014; The Rink hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight.

For more information on Holiday Shop and Celsius hours, special events, and activities, visit wintervillage.org.

About the Bryant Park Corporation:

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic monies. In addition to providing security and sanitation services and tending the park's lush lawn and seasonal garden displays, BPC provides public amenities and activities, including movable chairs and tables, cafe umbrellas, restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms, and a wide range of free events throughout the year. The Midtown park, conveniently located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets, is visited by more than five million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. BPC's Web site, http://www.bryantpark.org, is available for more detailed information and a schedule of upcoming events.

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