December 11, 2017
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Pétanque in Bryant Park

As part of my New York Scenes series for The New Yorker I recently drew the Bocce (or Pétanque) players in Bryant Park.  These guys play at lunch time and have a ball (actually more than one). The first piece was deemed too observant: the main fellow might not like all this attention.  So a second was done. Now the main guy was smaller and much less himself.  Note the change of seasons.  It ran about a month later than planned.


  1. Michael Freitas says:

    I love the intensity and depth of field.


  2. Steve says:

    Thanks Mike.

  3. Lorissa says:

    Hey – just wanted you to know that all of the Bryant Park petanque players really enjoyed your illustration. Thanks so much!

    ~ Lorissa

  4. Steve says:

    My best regards to all and thanks. It was a lot of fun drawing them.

  5. Chadney Spencer says:

    Wow! My petanque fellas at Bryant Park told me about this today. They said, “Dude! You need to see the picture of you by a cartoonist of the New Yorker.” I was awestruck, and now that I’ve seen it, I LOVE IT!! Thank you Steve Brodner. You drew me very well. You really captured my intensity for “perfection”. :))

  6. Steve says:

    Glad you liked this. You are a real sport. Good luck with the game and everything else!

  7. Andy says:

    My wife and I love watching the petanque players at Bryant Park. In fact, it’s a shame that the park in general is so often overlooked by people visiting NYC. There’s nothing better on a sunny day than sitting on the little green chairs and people watching. We’ve also highlighted the park in our free guide to New York…

  8. Megan says:

    I completely agree with Andy. I used to love watching the petanque players at Bryant Park too. And yes, there’s nothing better or more relaxing than sitting on the little green chairs and people watching. I hope those days would come back… 🙂