Bryant Park


Park Sidewalks Bustling at Height of Winter

Even during a brutal winter, pedestrian counts taken on sidewalks adjacent to the park are high. The entrance at 41st Street saw an average of 525 people per hour entering the park at lunchtime.

Angelito Jusay

The east side of Avenue of the Americas between 40th and 42nd Street is a busy stretch of sidewalk, poised in the center of a bustling office building district and on the border of Bryant Park. To get an idea of just how busy these sidewalks are, Bryant Park Corporation periodically conducts pedestrian counts at three key locations. The latest counts, conducted early last month, demonstrated just how vibrant our neighborhood is.

We performed the counts at three times each day on two separate weekdays: at 7:45am-9:15am, 11:45am-1:15pm, and 4:45pm-6:15pm. The locations were the northeast corner of 40th Street and Sixth Avenue, 41st Street and Sixth Avenue, and the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. We took the raw numbers and calculated hourly averages and peaks for each time slot.

The results show that, even in the midst of a cold winter, our sidewalks are packed. Each of the corners registered averages of more than 3,000 people, walking north, south, east, or west each hour, no matter which time of day. The corner adjacent to Heiskell Plaza, on the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, registered peak totals of 2,460 walking east and west, and 3,756 walking north and south. At 41st Street, at the entrance to the Fountain Terrace, the peak was 2,544 pedestrians walking north and south.  

As for people entering the park, lunchtime saw the highest averages, with 969 entering at Heiskell Plaza each hour, and 525 entering at the 41st Street steps. 

These figures demonstrate the park’s year-round popularity and are good news for the burgeoning retail scene near the park, as each pedestrian represents a potential customer. If you would like a copy of the full report, contact Claire Austin at  

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