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Central Park Bethesda Terrace

WHEREAS, The Bethesda Terrace Arcade is located mid-park along the 72nd Street Cross Drive and is part of the larger Bethesda Terrace, completed in 1869 by Olmstead and Vaux and is  considered the architectural centerpiece of the park; and

WHEREAS, The richly decorated Arcade, with walls ornately carved in New Brunswick   sandstone, is consistent with the sandstone detailing found throughout the entire Bethesda  Terrace; and

WHEREAS, The ceiling of the Arcade was decorated with beautiful encaustic tile panels, made by the Minton  Company in England, which deteriorated during the years and  suffered extreme water damage; and

WHEREAS, Now with grants to complete restoration, the following work will be done:

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval and strongly supports the Restoration of the Bethesda Terrace, Arcade and Ceiling in Central Park and looks forward to seeing the magnificent Minton Tiles back in their rightful place in the ceiling of the Arcade.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 28 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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