Bryant Park is located behind the famous 5th Avenue Library in Manhattan. Before I left New York in 1967 it was a place you walked past quickly or avoided (if you can avoid walking around 6th Avenue and 42nd Street)
It remained a dark and mean place for several decades. And then in the early 1990s it got a makeover and new lease on life. The gentrification made the park livable once again and folks took to eating lunch there on nice days buying coffee and sandwiches at the kiosks. Add some outdoor concerts and other activities and the whole citiscape felt friendlier and safer.
Imagine an island of calm, where you can come with children, choose a book and spend some time reading. And guess what? There's an adult section too!
I love this sign!