Charles B. 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 the bench perfect for sharing confidences, it also offers charming views of the English-style Shakespeare Garden and nearby Delacorte Theater.

Dedicated in 1936, this bench is named in honor of former NYC Parks Commissioner Charles Stover. Stover, who helped found the Outdoor Recreation League to serve children of the densely populated Lower East Side, also initiated the idea for Shakespeare Garden.