Pocket Parks of NYC
409 E. 59th St.
I am always amazed at how much New Yorkers care about their city, at least most of the time. Those who have the means often try to contribute to making this place beautiful. The Evangeline Blashfield Fountain is one of these instances. Dedicated in May 1919 in honor of a patron of public space in New York City, this fountain was built to provide water for the vendors at the open-air market that originally stood on the site. In 2002, various patrons and economic agencies combined to restore it to its original beauty.
It sits at the end of the plaza attached to Guastavino’s, a banquet hall that is home to weddings, corporate events and other lush events. When the hall is not engaged, the plaza is open to the public. You must be warned that it is rather loud with its location directly below the 59th Street Bridge. Even so, it is worth a trip to visit this magnificent testimony to a benevolent person and the magnificent fountain created in her honor.