Citi Pond(sm) At Bryant Park Kicks-off Its Sixth Year As Nyc's Only Free-admission Ice Skating Rink

An Earlier and Longer Season of Smiles for New Yorkers and Visitors as Upsilon Ventures and Founding Sponsor Citi(R) Invite Visitors to "Take A Snow Day" With More Than Thirty Additional Days of Ice Skating Fun
Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Oct. 29, 2010 - PRLog -- NEW YORK - Manhattan's most celebrated holiday epicenter, Citi Pond(SM) at Bryant Park opens today, Friday, October 29th with a new, extended season.  Bryant Park will transform, once again, into an outdoor shopping, skating, entertainment and people-watching destination for its sixth consecutive season. In addition to more than thirty additional days of free-admission ice skating with a season lasting through February 27, 2011, Celsius, a restaurant, lounge and event space will debut with new décor and food and beverage additions; while The Holiday Shops will open November 5 and feature 125 plus vendors ranging from unique craft vendors to well established specialty retailers.

Citi Pond at Bryant Park, formerly known as The Pond at Bryant Park, will open its season with a new identity, incorporating edgy, personified branding inspired by 1940's and 1950's classic Bryant Park images.  Visitors are also encouraged to engage with Citi Pond's user-friendly social media platforms for promotions and news updates via Facebook:

"Citi is thrilled to be part of yet another season of Citi Pond at Bryant Park which continues to become a bigger and bigger part of the New York experience," said Bill Brown, Citibank's Manhattan Division Manager.  "Our goal has always been to give back to the New York community and this year we hope guests will join us in 'Taking a Snow Day'. We're excited to see Bryant Park transform into a winter wonderland for New Yorkers and visitors alike to come, play shop and skate."

The new identity demonstrates the destinations continued evolution; but the favored daily attractions remain the same, many with even more enticing updates. Celsius dining and entertainment, shopping at The Holiday Shops, free-admission ice skating, corporate and social holiday parties and the famed Annual Tree Lighting event are unsurpassed at this Midtown Manhattan must see.  Building on the success of the past five years, Upsilon Ventures, Citi and Bryant Park Corporation have decided to extend the season from past years, opening a week earlier and closing nearly a month later.

"We are excited and privileged to continue to evolve Citi Pond at Bryant Park as the place to celebrate and share the holiday spirit with our guests, vendors and partners.   We enjoy offering a platform for entrepreneurs to launch their brands at The Holiday Shops just as we take pleasure in creating an affordable destination for families and friends at our free-admission ice skating rink.  Both offerings have become increasingly important as consumers maximize every dollar in today’s down economy," said Itai Shoffman, Founder and President of Upsilon Ventures, the company that produces Citi Pond at Bryant Park.  

Citi Pond at Bryant Park has continued to grow through the dedication of Upsilon Ventures, and Citigroup, striving every year to develop new content and programming to make this destination and small community one that New Yorkers and visitors look forward to year after year. Daniel A. Biederman, Executive Director of Bryant Park Corporation, comments on the growth and its importance to Bryant Park:

"We are delighted that Citi Pond at Bryant Park continues to grow in size and scope offering New Yorkers and visitors a place to enjoy food, shopping, crafts and entertainment from across the qflbg world.  This project brings together entrepreneurs and large companies, friends and families, locals and visitors together to celebrate the season. We couldn't have envisioned anything better for Bryant Park."

For more information on Citi Pond at Bryant Park, as well as for advance and group reservations and not-for-profit and school visits, please call 212-661-6640 or visit:

Upsilon Ventures, LLC, is a project development, marketing and production firm specializing in private-public partnerships and the utilization of public spaces and real estate for innovative attractions, concessions, and temporary retail events. Providing complete turnkey services, Upsilon Ventures, LLC manages critical elements ranging from project creation through implementation and operations. Upsilon Ventures, LLC produces, develops and operates Citi Pond at Bryant Park ice skating rink facilities, Celsius at Bryant Park (Restaurant, Lounge and Event Space) as well as The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, an open-air boutique holiday marketplace.

Citi(R), the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. Additional information may be found at or

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City.  BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic monies.  In addition to providing security and sanitation services and tending the park's lush lawn and seasonal garden displays, BPC provides public amenities and activities, including movable chairs and tables, café umbrellas, restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms, and a wide range of free events throughout the year.  The Midtown park, conveniently located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets, is visited by more than five million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world.  BPC's Web site,, is available for more detailed information and a schedule of upcoming events.

Media Contact:  

Karlie Kayser, Quinn & Co., 212.868.1900 x239,
Danielle Pagano, Quinn & Co., 212.868.1900 x238,
Stephen Silverman, Citi, 212.793.0321,  
Joe Carella, Bryant Park Corporation, 212.262.8800,
Source:Karlie Kayser
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