Aymar Embury II Gallery of NYC New Deal Projects - Photo #113 - Bryant Park - Manhattan

Photo: NYC Parks Department archive
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Bryant Park in Manhattan. Prior to 1934, it was a ground-level park with few features. It was completely redesigned and rebuilt by the Parks Department in 1934 with New Deal CWA funding and labor, including that of the architect Aymar Embury II. The newly remodeled park is shown above on opening day, September 14, 1934. For more Bryant Park history and images, CLICK HERE.

  1. Aymar Embury II, The Cultural Landscape Foundation: "Embury was hired by the City of New York for many ... projects from the 1930s to the 1950s, working frequently with Moses. Embury was the chief or consulting architect for numerous projects and supervised the design of hundreds of public projects. Surviving public and private commissions include the Central Park Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo and Bandshell, the New York City Building at the 1939 New York World's Fair, Orchard Beach, Jacob Riis Park ... (he was married to) landscape architect Ruth Dean, who in addition to architect Lusby Simpson, Gilmore Clarke of Clarke & Rapuano, and Betty Sprout, collaborated with Embury on the redesign of Bryant Park under Parks Commissioner Robert Moses in 1934."