You might be surprised to discover that New York City has more than 1700 parks and playgrounds across its five boroughs, all varying in shape and size. This may sound like a lot of ground to cover—we agree—so we’re filtering it down to include our favorite water features. Here are New York’s prettiest fountains.
Found at the center of Washington Square Park is one of the city’s largest and most impressive watering holes. The fountain was closed for renovations for six or so months during the beginning of 2018 but has now officially reopened just in time for summer. Kick your shoes off and have a splash around.
Washington Square Park; 5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St.
Located in Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace, Bethesda Fountain is one of city’s most treasured works of art. Emma Stebbins, the first woman to ever receive a public commission for a major artwork in NYC, designed the fountain (an 8-foot statue with a winged angel) in 1868 as reference to the mystical healing powers of the “Pool of Bethesda” in the Gospel of John.
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Travel up to East 161st street in the Concourse section of the Bronx and you’ll catch a beautiful white marble fountain, in memory of German writer, Heinrich Heine. The Lorelei Fountain, unveiled in 1899, features a lifesize ‘Lorelei’ accompanied by three mermaids resting at the fountain’s bowl.
Depicting characters (Mary and Dickon) from The Secret Garden the Burnett Memorial Fountain celebrates the works of author Frances Hodgson Burnett. Found in Central Park’s Conservatory garden, the whimsical and quaint fountain is set against the backdrop of the park’s gorgeous vibrancy.
Built in 1964, the Revson Fountain by Lincoln Center has played cameo in a number and film and television scenes (from Ghostbusters to Sex and the City). The 2009 redesign of the fountain was led by world-renowned architect, Mark Fuller, also responsible for the largest fountain in the world, Dubai Fountain.
This massive, jetted fountain marks the grand entrance to Prospect Park, across from the Brooklyn Public Library and the plaza’s iconic archway. Built in the 1930s, it’s an Art Deco masterpiece.
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