Charles B. Stover Bench

Charles Stover Bench

The Charles B. Stover Bench is a 20-foot granite bench that curls in at each end. It is also known as the “Whisper Bench,” because a whisper spoken into one end of the bench travels so clearly to the other side. Not only is it perfect for sharing confidences, the bench also offers charming views of the English-style Shakespeare Garden and nearby Delacorte Theater.

The bench was dedicated in 1936 and named in honor of former New York City Parks Commissioner Charles Stover. Stover, who helped found the Outdoor Recreation League to serve children of the densely populated Lower East Side, initiated the idea for Shakespeare Garden.


West Side at 79th Street

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