Columbus Circle

Eighth Avenue at 59th Street

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to America, editor Carlo Barsotti raised money from Italian-Americans through his paper Il Progresso to pay for a memorial. The thirteen-foot high statue was sculpted by Italian Gaetano Russo and placed on a twenty-six foot high granite column in the center of a traffic circle at the intersection of 59th Street and Eighth Avenue / Central Park West. 10,000 gathered on Columbus Day, 1892 for the dedication. (Rosenzweig, pp 329)

Plans to develop the area as a public space were never realized largely because of the volume of traffic on the surrounding streets. In 1999 the bland 50's era New York Coliseum was demolished and the traffic pattern was rerouted as a legitimate traffic circle. The area around the fountain was made into a pleasant but rather noisy public area.

1901 - Building the subway under Columbus Circle
1901
1901 - Building the subway under Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle viewed from the south
9/1/2001 12:00 AM
Columbus Circle viewed from the south
Columbus Circle fountain
9/1/2001 12:00 AM
Columbus Circle fountain
East side of Columbus Circle
9/1/2001 12:00 AM
East side of Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle
9/1/2001 12:00 AM
Columbus Circle

With the completion of the new headquarters for TimeWarner on the west side of Columbus Circle in the Spring of 2004, the circle was again rebuilt, providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see the foundation for the monument, resting over the IRT subway line.

Columbus Circle
5/26/2004 03:19 PM
Columbus Circle
5/26/2004 03:21 PM
Columbus Circle
5/26/2004 03:21 PM
Columbus Circle
5/26/2004 03:22 PM
Columbus Circle
5/26/2004 03:22 PM
Columbus Circle
5/26/2004 03:23 PM
Columbus Circle
5/26/2004 03:24 PM
Columbus Circle
5/26/2004 03:26 PM

The 2004-2005 reconstruction also involved creating a much more attractive and substantial fountain and seating area

Columbus Circle
5/17/2006 02:04 PM
Columbus Circle
5/17/2006 02:04 PM
Columbus Circle
5/17/2006 02:05 PM
Columbus Circle
8/2/2006 08:12 AM
Columbus Circle
8/2/2006 08:13 AM
Columbus Circle
8/2/2006 08:13 AM
Columbus Circle
8/2/2006 08:14 AM
Columbus Circle
8/2/2006 08:14 AM
Columbus Circle
8/2/2006 08:15 AM
Columbus Circle
8/2/2006 08:15 AM
Columbus Circle
8/2/2006 08:16 AM
Columbus Circle
8/2/2006 08:18 AM
Columbus Circle
9/28/2006 06:36 PM
Columbus Circle
9/28/2006 06:36 PM
Columbus Circle
6/7/2009 08:38 AM
Columbus Circle
6/7/2009 08:38 AM
Columbus Circle
6/7/2009 08:39 AM
Columbus Circle
5/11/2007 08:16 PM
Columbus Circle
5/11/2007 08:18 PM
Columbus Circle
5/11/2007 08:19 PM

Following the rebuilding of the circle, work commenced on a complete renovation of the station.

60th Street / CPW entrance
5/18/2007 07:03 PM
60th Street / CPW entrance
American Encaustic Tiling ghost sign
9/14/2007 05:14 PM
American Encaustic Tiling ghost sign
American Encaustic Tiling ghost sign
9/14/2007 05:15 PM
American Encaustic Tiling ghost sign
New 60th Street / B'way entrance
11/29/2007 08:09 PM
New 60th Street / B'way entrance