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Columbus Circle

In the middle of this traffic circle is an iconic monument that celebrates the great explorer and marks the transition from the city to the relaxing atmosphere of Central Park.

Columbus Circle is a roundabout at the southwest entry point to Central Park. Within this grand memorial space are places to sit, unwind and watch the passing rhythms of this “city that never sleeps.”

Columbus Circle is one of four individual plazas that act as a gateway between the city and Central Park. The open, circular area was originally a turning place for horse-drawn vehicles. The monument at the center was created by Sicilian artist Gaetano Russo and in 1892, on the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, it was donated to the City of New York by the Italian-American community.

Stroll around the sculpture and admire the Carrara marble figure of Christopher Columbus. He stands atop a foundation of water fountains that are modeled on the water features in Rome. Notice on the base the allegorical Genius of Discovery as well as the bronze reliefs showing images of Columbus’s travels, a lotus crest and a bald-headed eagle. On the granite column see the bows of ships and anchors.

Take a seat near the monument, people-watch and admire the buildings and the open views. Listen to the sounds of the water fountain, watch street performers and pick up an Italian snack at one of the surrounding cafés. Visit at night to see the monument illuminated by lights.

Explore the buildings surrounding Columbus Circle. Check out the Time Warner Center and the Museum of Arts and Design. Surrounding the monument is a great selection of shops, including men’s and ladies’ fashion, homewares and beauty stores. During the Christmas season, shop at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Afterwards, head to Central Park for a relaxing stroll amongst nature.

Columbus Circle is located at the intersection between 59th street, Eighth Avenue and Broadway, and sits atop a subway station by the same name.

It's worth giving yourself heaps of time at Columbus Circle. Below are the most popular things to do:

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Park Central Hotel New York ¥9,081
Park Central Hotel New York

Park Central Hotel New York

870 7th Ave, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carnegie Hall, Central Park, and Broadway Theatre. Columbus Circle and 5th Avenue are also within 10 minutes. 7 Av. Station (E 53rd St.) and 50 St. Station (Broadway) are within a 5-minute walk.

    Park Lane Hotel ¥12,609
    Park Lane Hotel

    Park Lane Hotel

    36 Central Park S, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from Central Park and 5th Avenue. Madison Avenue and Tiffany & Co. are also within 5 minutes. 57 St. Station is only a 3-minute walk and 5 Av.-53 St. Station is 6 minutes.

      YOTEL New York ¥10,311
      YOTEL New York

      YOTEL New York

      570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 12 minutes by foot and 34 St. - Penn Station is 14 minutes.

        Paramount Times Square ¥7,915
        Paramount Times Square

        Paramount Times Square

        235 West 46th Street, New York, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midtown, this romantic hotel is steps from Richard Rodgers Theatre, Times Square, and Music Box Theatre. Broadway and Minskoff Theater are also within 5 minutes. 49th St. Station is only a 3-minute walk and Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 8 minutes.

          Hotel Pennsylvania ¥6,068
          Hotel Pennsylvania

          Hotel Pennsylvania

          401 7th Ave, New York, NY
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's, and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within 15 minutes. 34 St. - Penn Station (Fashion Av.) is only a 2-minute walk and 28 St. Station (7th Av.) is 4 minutes.

            The Watson Hotel ¥8,275
            The Watson Hotel

            The Watson Hotel

            440 West 57th Street, New York, NY
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Park, Columbus Circle, and Metropolitan Opera House. Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall are also within 10 minutes. 50 St. Station (8th Av.) is 7 minutes by foot and 59 St. - Columbus Circle Station is 7 minutes.

              Empire Hotel ¥13,905
              Empire Hotel

              Empire Hotel

              44 W 63rd St, New York, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Times Square, Broadway, and Rockefeller Center. Grand Central Terminal and Empire State Building are also within 2 mi (3 km). 66 St. - Lincoln Center Station and 59 St. - Columbus Circle Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Hudson New York, Central Park ¥7,979
                Hudson New York, Central Park

                Hudson New York, Central Park

                358 W 58th St, New York, NY
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Central Park and Columbus Circle. Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Opera House are also within 10 minutes. 59 St. - Columbus Circle Station is only a 5-minute walk and 57 St. - 7 Av Station is 5 minutes.