in the Public Realm
Columbus Circle

The Columbus Circle Station
Jeffrey Dugan
Sites at this Tour Stop...

U.S.S. Maine Monument

Columbus Monument

Museum of Arts and Design

Trump International Hotel & Towers

Whirls and Twirls

IRT 59th Street / Columbus Circle Station Complex

Columbus Circle

About this Tour Stop...

The 'Grand Circle' fronting Central Park at the 59th St entry, was originally envisioned by Olmsted and Vaux as a wide open vista for visitors entering the park. Crossing the circle became a pedestrian nightmare. In 2005, after a 2 year makeover, Columbus Circle was renovated into a more pedestrian friendly environment anchored by the Columbus Statue. Around the circle are noteworthy monuments such as the USS Maine Monument and the Globe.