Columbus Circle, Manhattan(History)

neighborhoods_manhttan_columbus_circle_300x300Columbus Circle, named for Christopher Columbus, is a traffic circle and heavily trafficked intersection in the New York City borough ofManhattan, located at the intersection of Eighth Avenue, Broadway, Central Park South (West 59th Street), and Central Park West, at the southwest corner of Central Park. It is the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured. The name is also used for the neighborhood a few blocks around the circle in each direction. To the south of the circle lies Hell’s Kitchen, also known as “Clinton”, and the Theater District, and to the north is the Upper West Side.