17 August 2008

Sunday in the Park.

Central Park.

Steps away from Jean Georges and 15 CPW is Bethesda Terrace in New York City's Central Park. I have always said that nothing says class like a fountain. Well, The Bethesda Fountain is all that and then some. One of the most recognizable icons in all of Central Park, this Most Excellent fountain looks over the hundreds of visitors that come every day to enjoy the view of the Lake and relax at the "heart" of Central Park.

The sculpture that tops it, The Angel of The Waters, was designed by Emma Stebbins in 1873. Stebbins designed the statue to celebrate the new Croton Aqueduct which not only fed the fountain, but also supplied fresh water to a city that had long been plagued by infectious diseases caused by an unsafe water supply. Besides being a favorite destination of park visitors in search of a cool place to spend a summer afternoon The Fountain is also a celebrity in its own right. It has probably appeared in more movies than any other monument in the park, exuding a timeless romantic charm that makes it a perfect backdrop for cinematographers.

In the TV Series, Gossip Girl, the terrace is a sanctuary for Serena van der Woodsen, (I just love that name), when she is troubled. The statue plays a part in the play and movie, Angels in America by Tony Kushner. The 1973 movie version of the musical play Godspell opens at the Bethesda Fountain. The fountain is also the final scene of the song "That's How You Know" in the 2007 film Enchanted.

This is a destination worth adding to any New York City visit.

"That's How You Know". Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey in the motion picture Enchanted