Columbus Circle is located at the South West corner of Central Park and the end of Central Park West.
It is home to one of the main entrances to Central Park, the Trump International Hotel and the new 80-storey Time Warner skyscrapers.
In the centre of Columbus Circle is a statue of the explorer Christopher Columbus.
There is also this impressive looking Globe outside the Trump Hotel.
New York may so sadly have lost the original Twin Towers, but here at Columbus Circle are some new skyscrapers worthy of that name. They may not be as spectacularly tall as the originals, but they look stunning, especially on a bright crisp morning such as we had for our visit. These are the world headquarters of the Time Warner Corporation
At the base of the towers is a smart shopping mall, the “Shops at Columbus Circle”. When we were there at about 9.00 AM most of these shops were still closed but we really enjoyed browsing around the wonderful wholefoods store in the basement, full of natural and organic goodies. There are plenty of salads and other take-away options if you fancy a picnic in Central Park, only a stone’s throw away. Everything looks very stylish and this would be a good place to shop for gifts for foodie friends back home, but we rather reluctantly resisted as we didn’t want to have to carry any purchases around all day.
Back outside, I loved the striking steel sculpture of a skeletal globe which marks the entrance to the Trump International Hotel and Tower (photos 2 and 3).
In the centre of the circle is the structure I should perhaps have mentioned first, as it gives this huge traffic island its name – the column dedicated to Christopher Columbus. This is the point at which distances to and from New York City are officially measured. It was erected in 1892 to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus' first voyage to the Americas. On the top of the 70 foot granite column is a marble statue of Columbus and around it bronze reliefs of his ships: the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María. The building of the column was funded through donations from US Italians.
Columbus Circle is a major landmark and point of attraction. It is located at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park West, Central Park South (59th Street), and Eighth Avenue, on the southwest corner of Central Park in Manhattan. The traffic circle was designed by William P. Eno, a businessman who pioneered many early innovations in road safety and traffic control, as part of Frederick Law Olmsted's vision for the park, which included a circle at its Eighth Avenue entrance.
Named for Christopher Columbus, it encircles a monument erected as part of New York's 1892 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' first voyage to the Americas. Constructed with funds raised by Il Progresso, an Italian-language newspaper, the monument consists of a marble statue of Columbus atop a 70-foot granite column decorated with bronze reliefs representing Columbus' ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Mar?a. Its pedestal features an angel holding a globe.
Time Warner Center, the world headquarters of the Time Warner corporation, is located on the west side of Columbus Circle on the site of the old New York Coliseum. The complex also hosts the Shops at Columbus Circle, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York City studio headquarters of CNN. On the north side of Columbus Circle is the Trump International Hotel and Tower.
On the northeast lies the Merchant's Gate to Central Park, dominated by the Maine Monument. An imposing Beaux-Arts edifice of marble and gilded bronze, it was built in 1913 as a memorial to sailors killed aboard the battleship USS Maine, whose mysterious 1898 explosion in Havana harbor precipitated the Spanish-American War.
The neighborhood around Columbus Circle is vibrant and eclectic. Within one mile are Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, the Plaza Hotel near Grand Army Plaza, and Times Square. The Hell's Kitchen and Midtown neighborhoods lie to the south and the Upper West Side to the north.
We walked out of central park and we were at Columbus circle which is at the head of Broadway street.
It was very congrested with traffic, so we had to be very careful crossing the street and taking these pictures..