Emma and the angel of Central Park

Nov 8, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
Open to Coffee House, Salmagundi members, and their guests
Eventbrite RSVP required
Program is FREE to attend
You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the event alone, or for both the event and dinner. A la carte dinner is paid separately (card only).
For any questions, please email Brittney at coffeehouseclub@hotmail.com

About the Event

Please join us for a fascinating talk, featuring Maria Teresa Cometto, author of Emma and the Angel of Central Park: The Story of a New York Icon and the Woman Who Created It.

The cover of the book "Emma and the Angel of Central Park" ny Maria Teresa Cometto.The Bethesda fountain with the Angel of the Waters is one of the most popular icons of New York City. Scenes from countless movies have been filmed at its feet. But very few people know who created it and that it is a symbol of love, harmony, healing and rebirth, as the historical motivation for its creation affirms. The sculptor who created it is Emma Stebbins, the first woman to receive a public art commission in New York City. Born in New York in 1815, Emma moved to Rome in 1856 because at that time Rome was “the place to be” for an artist. Maria Teresa Cometto, the author of the first biography ever of Emma Stebbins, will talk about the history of the Angel of the Waters and her creator.

As always, the conversation and conviviality will continue over dinner afterward.

About the Author

Maria Teresa Cometto is an Italian American journalist and author based in New York City. She was born in Novara, Italy. In 2000 she moved in New York with her family. She has been working for almost 30 years for the leading Italian daily Corriere della Sera. She has written several books including Emma and the Angel of Central Park (2023 Bordighera press), La Marchesa Colombi (2020, Solferino) and Brothers of the Mountains (2020 KDP). You can find more details about her books, here.

A woman with short hair, tortoiseshell glasses, and red lipstick smiles at the viewer.


Ticketed guests are welcome to stay for dinner by indicating so in their Eventbrite RSVP.

There will be an a la carte menu to choose from. You can pay for your meal with a card or your membership account (no cash).

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