The present view of Bryant Park was painted in New York in 1928-1929, when Rubin lived and worked in a nearby rented studio at 90 West 40th Street. Rubin, a native of Rumania, settled in Tel Aviv in 1922, his paintings of the burgeoning young town are memorable and for the most part serene. The 1920s in Rubin's work are mostly characterized by naive compositions depicting interesting inhabitants of Eretz Israel, or its idyllic landscapes.
Rubin arrived in New York in 1928. He described the period in his memoirs: "Everything seemed pink, it seemed that even the people in the streets radiated happiness ... I finally understood - it was 1928, the most prosperous year since the great depression" (H. Gamzu, Rubin, Givataim, 1984, p. 173). Bryant Park demonstrates Rubin's fascination with the hectic urban pace of the city. The park is portrayed as a windswept public space bustling with life. The El train travels above Broadway and vehicles scurry along one side of the Park. The high rise buildings frame the scene like the hills of Jerusalem in his Israeli paintings. Rubin was fascinated by the richness of the great metropolis and its pulsating rhythm of life.