Charles B. Stover Bench
This 20-foot granite bench is one-of-a-kind in Central Park, distinguished by the fact that it curls inward at each side. Colloquially, it is known as the "Whisper Bench" because if you whisper into one corner, the sound of your voice travels to the other side. Tucked amidst the floral beauty of Shakespeare Garden, this bench is a charming spot for visitors to sit, reflect, and share whispered secrets.
Named in honor of former New York City Parks Commissioner Charles Stover, the bench was dedicated in 1936. Stover, who helped found the Outdoor Recreation League to serve children of the densely populated Lower East Side, also formalized the creation the Shakespeare Garden.