Even though I live in New York City, there are places that I don’t get to visit often because the city is just that huge. Central Park is, unfortunately, one of those places. And the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park is my magical meeting place. The Bethesda Fountain is romantic, serene and beautiful. And I’m thinking, there have been quite a few proposals planned here as well.
I’m sure that you’ve seen it on social media snapshots many times without realizing where it’s located. It is a really romantic spot to sit after a long walk in the park. The boathouse is on the other side of the terrace with rowboats to rent and if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can hire the gondolier. The day that I was enjoying the fountain, there was a ballerina dressed in black, performing in front of the fountain. So fancy!
I’ll fill you in on some history behind the fountain and why it is so special. The topper to the fountain itself is an angel, called the Angel of the Waters. And that angel is said to be keeping the waters clean and disease free because it is facing what was then the city’s reservoir supply and sculpted by Emma Stebbins, the first woman given a major commission to sculpt for the city. The interesting and sad part of this story is that her partner Charlotte Cushman, a famous actress at the time, suffered from breast cancer. She later died after trying water therapy didn’t work to cure her cancer.
The fountain is where the Susan G. Komen walk for breast cancer research ends every year. It’s a sad addendum but lovely to think there was that much love put into the sculpture because Stebbings thought of Cushman as her angel. The sculpture is meant to represent healing, purity love and serenity. And even though the park and fountain had become neglected during the 1980’s, it has since been restored to its former glory.
The next time you are in Central Park, make sure you take a picture under the Angel of the Waters and watch the people of the city pass you by in one of the most serene spots in the city. You can let the city fall away while you stare at the rowboats gliding across the water, ballerinas in tutus or the opera singers under the stairs.
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Until our next rendezvous my lovelies…