Columbus Circle is the intersection of Eighth Ave with 59th St and Broadway at the southwest corner of Central Park.
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Latin Culture in Columbus Circle
Jazz at Lincoln Center is the world’s leading Jazz institution. It presents, preserves, educates and…
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s supper club. It has incredible Central Park views…
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is a museum of artisanal handicrafts in jewelry…
Visit Columbus Circle
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Columbus Circle was originally designed as one of the corners of Central Park. The plaza was rebuilt over a subway station in 1901.
The Circle is the home of NYC’s Columbus Monument, the Time Warner Center mall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club and MAD, the Museum of Arts and Design.
The Mandarin Oriental is the big hotel. It has great views over Central Park.
There are two giant Botero 🇨🇴 sculptures in Time Warner Center, “Adam & Eve.”
Columbus Day Wreath Laying
The Columbus Day Parade organizers lay a wreath every year on Columbus Day.
Columbus is the Italian American icon. America’s Columbus Day celebration was founded to stop the lynching of Italian Americans in the American South. It was the tipping point that changed Italians from “others” to just Americans.
Columbus and the U.S.S. Maine
There is some unspoken tension between the Columbus Monument and the USS Maine National Monument at the Merchant’s Gate to Central Park.
Columbus, though Genovese, Italian, worked for Spanish monarchs. He is deified in parts of Spain and there are Columbus statues in town squares all over the Hispanic Americas.
Cuba was the jewel of the Spanish Empire that Columbus founded. The explosion of the USS Maine (now believed to be accidental) in Havana Harbor was used as the pretext for the Spanish-American War of 1898 which ended the Spanish Empire and began the American one.
So facing a memorial to American imperialism towards the back of a memorial to Spanish imperialism is dipped in double meaning.