3. Heinrich Heine Fountain
Located in Joyce Kilmer Park, the Heine Fountain was inspired by Heine’s poem “Die Lorelei,” which is German for siren or mermaid. It tells the story of sailors who, distracted by the Lorelei’s singing, crash their vessels upon the rocks. The fountain was designed by Ernst Herter in 1888 for Heine’s hometown of Dusseldorf. The citizens refused the fountain because of their “dislike of the Jews.” The Heine Fountain ended up in the Bronx where it remains today. To read more about the Fountain check out our previous article The Sirens of Joyce Kilmer Park.