Central Park is a no brainer location to visit in New York City. However a destination within Central Park is the Bethesda Terrace. You will find some amazing local talent at the Bethesda Terrace. The underpass is optimal for sound, therefore many musicians, from opera singers to cellists, have found it to be a great place to perform. While these are street performers often playing for tips, they are also very talented artists from all walks of life - some being Juilliard trained while others are self taught. Also, the Bethesda Terrace is just a beautiful structure to view. It is right next to the Bethesda Fountain and the Mall in Central Park so it is a great destination when walking through the park.
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