Like Times Square, Union Square and other bustling intersections found throughout New York City, Columbus Circle is full of zooming cars and quick-footed pedestrians. As one of the more heavily trafficked areas in Manhattan, it’s a noteworthy tourist attraction and busy commercial center, located at the southwest corner of Central Park. There are multiple places worth visiting nearby: the Time Warner Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Shops at Columbus Circle, and the newly opened subterranean mall, TurnStyle. With such a wide array of retail shops and stunning landmarks, the traffic circle is much more than a channel to ferry cars and the occasional horse-pulled carriage through NYC’s rush hour gridlock.

10. Columbus Circle Was Part of the Original Plan for Central Park

Just like the Grand Army Plaza – the only corner of Central Park that’s officially included in its 843-acre landscape – Columbus Circle was part of the original vision for what would eventually become the most visited urban park in the United States (and one of the most filmed locations in the world). Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and designer Calvert Vaux, who designed Central Park, envisioned a “grand circle” at the 8th Avenue entrance. Just like the traffic circle around the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile in Paris, the entryway was intended to provide an open view of the park as people approached to visit.

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3 thoughts on “The Top 10 Secrets of Columbus Circle in NYC

  1. You are correct about #5: It is a Philadelphia location. At lower left is the plaza at the base of the stairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At upper right is the start/end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which leads to City Hall.

  2. Your continued falsehood of the neighborhood that once was where Lincoln Center is now, shows that you publish an article with minimal research.

    I lived in that neighborhood!. It was a true NYC “neighborhood” for generations of families. I can assure you where Lincoln Center now sits was not a “slum.” Would parents from all over NYC have sent their high school aged sons to a school in a “slum?” The school was Power Memorial. Would the parents from all parts of NYC have sent their post high school daughters to a school in a “slum?” The school was Grace Institute. If it were such a slum why did “Professional Children’s School” which still remains, not relocate? Within one block of what you report as a slum, was four schools. The fourth being St. Paul the Apostle, the neighborhood parochial school.

    Robert Moses and his crony NYC cohorts edited the history and dynamic of the “neighborhood” to justify their agenda, Lincoln Center. Dismayed that “untapped cities” continues to taint the memory of a once thriving neighborhood with lies and propaganda perpetrated by Robert Moses.

  3. The original renovation of Columbus Circle was entirely scrapped and re-done. I wonder if you could find out why. The original renovation and fountains can be seen in an episode of Sex in the City during which Carrie’s boyfriend Aiden proposes. Right in the middle of the fountains. They were beautiful, but shortly after completion (like, within the year) were torn up and replaced with the current more utilitarian version. Could you find out what happened? It must have cost millions. I live in the area and occasionally wonder about this. Great piece btw.

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