A gorgeous day at Bethesda Fountain

Rowing in Central Park’s lake and gathering on Bethesda Terrace appear to have been as popular 100 years ago as they are today.

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The fountain, unveiled in 1873, is topped by a sculpture called “Angel of the Waters,” by Emma Stebbins. She was the first woman commissioned to create art in a city park.

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9 Responses to “A gorgeous day at Bethesda Fountain”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    I remember back during the hippie 1960s when the area was filled with thousands of strollers, pot smokers, and couples, who just met, making love so casually that it was the common thing to do. As boats commonly changed hands without spending a dime, each one taking it for a boating trip around the lake and dropping it wherever they pleased as another took command and set off again. I had dozens of boat rides there and even a few times made love in the bushes…ahh, those were the days…

  2. Sally Miller Says:

    Funny, I would have said, fucked in the bushes! To me, making love needs a comfortable bed! My Central Park fucking was right in the middle of the grassy part, just before the Harmonic Convergence in 1987.

    My memory of the fountain is being there with two little kids, both splashing about, both happy to be out with Mom and Dad. Mid to late 60’s. Yes, those were the days.

    But boy, I sure wouldn’t trade them for today. Even though those kids are all grown up — well, maybe I should say, thank god those kids are all grown up, and I can look back with a smile for that moment, and continue on with the current project.

    Keep posting those great pix.

  3. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Doing on a bed is certainly okay but sometimes you have to do it in the forest and ask: “did she run off naked in the night, pursued by someone equally naked, like satyrs and nymphs gadding about in forests and woods, free and uncaring of who saw or condemned or even joined in?”

    from my ‘Baby Doll’ chapbook

  4. JP Says:

    it gets much more crowded than pictured above, these days.

  5. The birds and rosebuds of Bethesda Terrace « Ephemeral New York Says:

    [...] the site of some of the park’s most beautiful features: Bethesda Fountain, the “Angel of the Waters” sculpture, and the tiles adorning the ceiling of the [...]

  6. The birds and rosebuds of Bethesda Terrace | MadisonvilleArts Says:

    [...] the site of some of the park’s most beautiful features: Bethesda Fountain, the “Angel of the Waters” sculpture, and the tiles adorning the ceiling of the [...]

  7. The dazzling tiles of a Central Park ceiling « Ephemeral New York Says:

    [...] magical is at the Bethesda Arcade—the arched walkway in the center of the park that brings you to Bethesda Fountain and the Central Park [...]

  8. A whimsical Victorian fountain in Central Park « Ephemeral New York Says:

    [...] Bethesda Fountain is the one tourists flock to. But just to the west is an ornate beauty dating to 1860, made with frosted glass bowl lamps, gilded black goblets, Minton tiles and topped by a golden spire. [...]

  9. A spooky look at Bethesda Terrace at night | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] It’s one of the most enchanting parts of Central Park: two elegant staircases uniting two levels in the middle of the park, linking the Mall to the Lake and culminating at Bethesda Fountain. […]

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