Bryant Park - Photo #1 - Historic Photos

Bryant Park in 1935, shortly after it was rebuilt by New Deal CWA and PWA architects, engineers, and workers [5,6,8,9,11,12,13,15,16,20] in 1934, looking east-southeast towards the New York Public Library.  Robert Caro [4:p.373] says:
On a sunny saturday, the fence around Bryant Park came down and thousands of spectators in a reviewing stand set up behind the Lowell Fountain saw that the weed-filled lot had been transformed into a magnificent formal garden. Two hundred large plane trees, grown in Moses' Long Island Park Commission nurseries, trucked to the city and then lifted over the fence and lowered into prepared holes by giant cranes, had been planted along its edges, and their broad leaves shaded graceful benches and long flower beds bordered by low, neat hedges. The four acres they surrounded were four acres of lush and neatly trimmed grass, set off by long, low stone balustrades and flower-bordered flagstone walks, that looked all the greener against the grayness of the masses of concrete stores and office buildings around it.
Bryant Park today (2018) retains the exact same configuration: green, plaza, fountain, pathways, statues, balustrades, stairs, exterior walls, and iron fencing, except that the decorative "hedge scroll" has been removed from the green, and the outer granite walls have been reduced in height from about 4.5 feet to about 2.5 feet.