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2010: From jazz pianists to singer-songwriters and accordionists, music is in the air in Bryant Park with over 170 performances this summer.

2010: Inspired by the park's 1930s lending library, the Bryant Park Reading Room opened in 2003, with free books, newspapers and magazines, and over 80 free literary events.

2010: Yet another restored element from the "old" Bryant Park: these granite balustrades lead up to the William Cullen Bryant Monument.

2010: Bryant Park's custom designed, nature-inspired trash and recycling receptacles turn trash disposal into accents to the park's landscape.

2010: 80 umbrellas keep park visitors shaded during the dog days of summer.

1982: Before: Though mostly rid of crime, Bryant Park was still desolate and unwelcoming.

1983: Urbanist William H. Whyte advocated movable seating in public spaces, citing the social limitations of fixed seating, such as benches and railings. Bryant Park is now undeniably social, with 4,120 chairs.

2005: Joining the park furniture family in 2004, the "lunch chair" gives visitors an easy option to eat, or use the free WiFi. Photo by Marco Castro.

1937: Looking west toward Sixth Avenue, the Bryant Park lawn of the 1930s was bordered by curved hedges. Photo by New York City Parks Photo Archive.

2012: Bryant Park's pint-sized guests are not forgotten. The mini bistro chairs and tables are ideal spots for budding artists to practice their coloring skills.