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Bethesda Terrace and Fountain are two architectural features overlooking The Lake in New York City's Central Park. The fountain, with its Angel of the Waters statue, is located in the center of the terrace.
Bethesda Terrace's two levels are united by two grand staircases and a lesser one that passes under Terrace Drive. They provide passage southward to the Central Park Mall and Naumburg Bandshell at the center of the park. The upper terrace flanks the 72nd Street Cross Drive and the lower terrace provides a podium for viewing the Lake. The mustard-olive colored carved stone is New Brunswick sandstone, with a harder stone for cappings, with granite steps and landings, and herringbone pattern paving of Roman brick laid on edge.
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This is such a pretty place not to be missed if visiting Central Park. My 10 year old daughter immediately recognized it from Home Alone 2. There were multiple people taking pictures with... more »
Bethesda Terrace in Central Park is one of the iconic places in New York. It is well known thanks to movies like Home Alone 2 and others. If you are a movie fun, it's a must see place. If not, it's... more »
We visited Central Park on the last day of our trip for a few hours. Would love to go back and spend more time there. Bethesda Terrace was my favorite part of the park that we visited. The ceiling tiles are amazing and unique. There were musicians present during the time we were there and we enjoyed listening to them. There is a bathroom on site but is very crude but functional.
This is just an iconic place, great for photo ops. The lighted ceiling underneath is gorgeous. It's architecturally stunning. The steps are a great place for a picture, as is the fountain. You have to go early if you want to get there when it's not crowded. Early morning is is a great time to see lots of puppies. At night its beautifully lit. Worth the treck through the park. Also, there are bathrooms on the staircase down to the terrace.
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