Columbus Circle is an NYC landmark and considered by many the nucleus of Manhattan. With the sun shining down and the temperatures on the rise, the city is finally beginning to catch a glimpse of the beloved summer months many overworked New Yorkers cherish. The summer means less strict schedules and visits from friends and family making it the perfect season to explore the city.
The humid weather and hot pavement covering the city can deter some travelers from trekking to outside attractions. Exploring the winding terminals of Grand Central, for example, in the heat can make the experience far less appealing taking into account the 90 degree temperatures and mysterious smells. Thankfully, the city offers many air-conditioned activities to explore, Columbus Circle being no exception.
A perfect summer day escaping the heat can be had at Columbus Circle, located in the heart of Manhattan at Eighth Avenue/Broadway and West 59th Street.
A traffic circle surrounds the statue allowing visitors to get a glimpse at the high speed lifestyle that is Manhattan. If the journey from the car to the circle leaves you heat-stricken, head straight inside to the luxury oasis of shopping that can be found at The Shops at Columbus Circle. Here, patrons can indulge in the decadence of Godiva chocolates or marvel at every kitchen item available in Williams Sonoma, all in close proximity to a wide collection of other luxury stores.
Renew the calories you burned shopping at one of the many restaurants in Columbus Circle. Be sure to check out Robert Restaurant at MAD. For the extra dose of sugar to get you through the day, head to Bouchon Bakery & Café for macaroons and other treats. The Shops also provide the opportunity for a night out on the town with restaurants such as Porter House New York or Per Se, both elegant dining options.
Once you have cooled off in the air condition of the shops, head outside, for as long as you can stand the heat, to gaze at the high-reaching statue of Christopher Columbus that was inaugurated in 1892. The Circle was first built in 1905 and has been continuously renovated throughout the years. It is now home to the famous Time Warmer Towers Center and The Trump International Hotel and Tower, both towering high rise buildings with glass facades that reflect the beauty of the city.
Whether you choose to arrive by subway or car, Columbus Circle is conveniently located near the subway and various New York City parking locations. If you prefer to drive into the area, parking is always a consideration in the busy city center. Luckily, Icon Parking offers a parking spot nearby at 330 West 58th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues, within walking distance to the Circle. Coupons for this location are available on the website. The nearest subway station is at 59th Street and Central Park West, also within walking distance to the Circle.
As a newbie to the city or a seasoned local, use this summer to explore the many attractions New York City has to offer. Columbus Circle is the perfect location to start with, as it provides a glimpse into the past while offering a day of luxury, two qualities that make New York City one worthy of exploring.