Pulitzer Fountain

Pulitzer Fountain sits at the center of the southern half of Grand Army Plaza. Above the tiered granite basins is a bronze sculpture representing Pomona, the Roman goddess of abundance, carrying a basket of fruit. With plenty of surrounding seating, the fountain is a popular spot for tourists and New Yorkers alike.

Karl Bitter, an Austrian sculptor, originally proposed a symmetrical plaza for the area, designed to look like the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Twelve years later, a $50,000 gift from Joseph Pulitzer finally made his vision possible. Bitter and architect Thomas Hastings were chosen through a closed design competition to create the fountain.

To make the plaza symmetrical, the William Tecumseh Sherman monument was moved 16 feet west to its present location, and Bitter designed the statue of the goddess to match the Sherman monument.


Pulitzer Fountain


East Side at 59th Street & 5th Avenue

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