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Columbus Circle, New York, USA, 2008[open in full screen]  

 
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One of the most impressive of all the urban squares in New York is Columbus Circle. Southwest corner of the Central Park is touching the square, and it is also crossed by 8th Avenue, Broadway and Central Park Street. Fantastic new Time Warner building is occupying one third of a circle opposite the park. Next to it making the gateway to the south Broadway is new home of the MAD - Museum of Arts and Design.

  The monument at the centre, by Italian sculptor G. Russo, was erected as part of New York's 1982 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the Americas. Renovations to the circle completed in 2005 included new water fountains, wooden benches and plantings encircling the monument. The redesign, by the Olin partnership of Philadelphia, was the recipient of the 2006 American Society of Landscape Architects’ general design award of honour.   Close by – on the small photo right – small portion of the famous “Berlin wall" is exposed.

Very rarely squares of this monumental proportions and significant motorized traffic surrounding the monument are pleasant for pedestrians but this one is definitely exception.

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