Columbus Circle is built in 1905 and as part of Central Park. It is the southwestern entrance to the park and New York City’s media and entertainment center. During the holiday season, a cute market is set up here, and it looks like a delicate little town inside a magnificent big city. Shopping in the big malls is dazzling to the eyes, while wandering through small markets is warming to the hearts.
There is a obelisk in Central Park just behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The obelisk, called “Cleopatra’s Needle,” came from Egypt and is much older than most of the artifacts collected by the museum. It is also the oldest artifact in Central Park and free for all to see.
One of my favorite stop-over in Central Park is where Christian Andersen reads on the bench with a duckling beside him. When the weather is warm, kids gather here to listen to fairy tales. The kids love to climb the sculpture, which is made by Georg John Lober in 1956, and donated by Danish-American Women’s Association and Danish and American schoolchildren. The location of the sculpture is 74th Street near Fifth Avenue, west of Conservatory Water.