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Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Top 10 Greatest Public Fountains in NYC — #4

City Hall Park Fountain Erected in 1872 on the site of the old Croton Fountain – the first public fountain in the U.S. – Jacob Wrey Mould’s beautiful bronze and granite monument is beautifully situated between the park benches of City Hall Park.  At Christmas time, when the water is turned off for the winter, …

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Top 10 Greatest Public Fountains in NYC — #5

The Neptune Fountain Based on an 1893 zinc original, this bronze sculpture of the Roman God of the Sea was cast and rededicated in 1994 on the east lawn of Snug Harbor in Staten Island.  Cleaned up and preserved in 2012, the statue of Neptune, trident in hand, still graces as cast iron basin.  The …

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ANSWER:

There are no lighthouses at the Lighthouse Museum. Congratulations to Kevin Walsh for getting the correct answer first!

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QUESTION:

There is a new cultural institution in the works: The Staten Island Lighthouse Museum, which will commemorate the importance of lighthouses in New York Harbor and the surrounding area.  In spite of the many interesting artifacts the museum will hold and tours it will launch, one important feature will be conspicuously absent from the museum.  …

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Top 10 Greatest Public Fountains in NYC — #6

The Untermeyer Fountain In the French section of Central Park’s stunning Conservatory Garden, the Untermeyer Fountain is a delicious symbol of unmitigated joy, thanks to Walter Schott’s 1910 bronze sculpture of Three Dancing Maidens.  The giddy German girls are perpetually bathed in a narrow spray from either side of the oval pool while a third …

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Top 10 Greatest Public Fountains in NYC — #7

Reflecting Absence Known to many simply as “the pools”, Michael Arad’s twin waterfalls serve as a memorial to those who were killed on September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993.  Set in the footprints of the Twin Towers, the giant squares feature the names of the victims engraved around there edges as the water cascades …

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Top 10 Greatest Public Fountains in NYC — #8

The Rockefeller Fountain Imported from Como, Italy, and once simply called “The Italian Fountain”, this trickling bit of nautical whimsy was installed at the north gate of the Bronx Zoo by William Rockefeller in 1902.  Restored in 2008, the granite and limestone sculpture features charming sea horses, swans, cherubs, etc. and enchants the eyes of …

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Top 10 Greatest Public Fountains in NYC — #9

Lincoln Center Fountain Also called the Revson Fountain, this ring of clustered water jets was made famous in Mel Brooks’ classic movie, The Producers, when Gene Wilder loses his mind while prancing around its edge.  Redesigned in more graceful granite by a team of architects during Lincoln Center’s early 21st century facelift, the fountain now …

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Top 10 Greatest Public Fountains in NYC — #10

Public art, whether permanent or temporary, classical or modern, is often one of the great signatures of a beautiful city. And, frequently, one of the most beloved ways of expressing this is in the design of a stunning public fountain that serves as the visual heart of a metropolitan center.  All over the world, beautiful, …

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ANSWER:

Brighton Beach Memoirs Congratulations to Riley Kellogg for getting the correct answer first!

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