Bethesda Terrace, New York City

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Bethesda Terrace and Fountain overlook The Lake in New York City's Central Park. The fountain is located in the center of the terrace.Bethesda Terrace is on two levels, united by two grand staircases and a lesser one that passes under Terrace Drive. They provide passage southward to the Elkan Naumburg bandshell and The Mall 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 paving of Roman brick laid on edge.Bethesda TerraceBethesda Terrace became a site for an outdoor luncheon restaurant at the end of the 1960s, then became a congregating spot for the Hair generation before devolving into a drug-trafficking venue in the 1970s. The fountain, which had been dry for decades, was restored in its initial campaign, in 1980 and 1981, by the Central Park Conservancy as the centerpiece of its plan to renovate Central Park. The Terrace, designed by Vaux with sculptural decoration by Mould, was restored in the following season, its stonework disassembled, cleaned, deteriorated surfaces removed, restored and patched and reset.Resodding, and 50 new trees, 3,500 shrubs and 3,000 ground cover plants specified by Philip Winslow followed in 1986, most of which, having matured into dense blocks, were removed in 2008, to make way for plants native to the United States. The Minton encaustic tiles of the ceiling of the arcade between the flanking stairs, designed by Mould, were removed in 1987, cleaned, restored, completed with additional new tiles and reinstalled in 2007.
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  • When we were here, there were some street musicians standing under the roof and singing which created a great sound thanks to the acoustics. In addition, I did not experience that there was so much to see, the ceiling is adorned but that's it.
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  • Amazing colorfully culturally creation! If you be there do not miss out to wonder it all of corners under the bethesda terrace  more »
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  • Absolutely loved this part of central park. Beautiful historical structure with the lovely surprise of the ceiling underneath the terrace. I had no idea this was here before my trip but I'm very glad to have found it. If you're walking around central park you must find the Bethesda Terrace and spend a bit of time looking around. Theres also public restrooms hidden underneath the steps in case you need to take nature's call.
  • Photographer picked this location for maternity shoot. It was a bit dank and dim because of winter and cold to boot, but, the lighted painted ceiling is gorgeous and frescos on the wall are nice to look at. The columns frame a large staircase which are also ideal for photos as is the massive fountain at the end. Quite lovely overall.
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