For those that have never been, Bethesda Terrace in the middle of Central Park is one of the most beautiful spots in New York. A two-tiered plaza leads to an incredible fountain and a lake beyond, in which people row boats around. The area is lush with foliage, and on a warm, blue-sky summer day like yesterday, nothing compares to it.
When you walk into the plaza, your eye is immediately drawn to the fountain, which might cause you to miss the incredible design work on the sides of the staircase (something I only noticed for the first time today):
It’s really amazing: a three-dimensional stone rendering of animals and plantlife, all of which I imagine can be found in the park.
If you get close, you’ll see that the craftsmanship is incredible – every animal looks perfectly frozen in time.
There is a variation on the other side, which feels a bit more static
Definitely worth a look if, like me, you’ve been to the Bethesda Fountain a million times and never noticed.