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Five Great Places to visit Just Minutes from Columbus Circle, New York City

Columbus Circle is a must see landmark and iconic attraction in the city that never sleeps, New York. Named after Christopher Columbus, Columbus Circle is located just off Central Park, at the intersection of Eight Avenue, Broadway and Central Park South-in Manhattan. Designed by William Enos, constructed and completed in 1905, and then renovated in 2005, Columbus Circle is the reference point for all official measurements in New York City, and is a premier spot surrounded by over a dozen must-see tourist hotels, top cultural institutions and high-end shopping. There are so many amazing places but will only cover five.

1. Lincoln Center
Make the first stop at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - the home of The Metropolitan Opera, The New York Philharmonic and The New York City Ballet. Tucked away in the Manhattans Upper West Side neighborhood, you will find a particularly rich mix of culture, history and urban life.

Carnegie Hall2. Carnegie Hall
The breathtaking and awe-inspiring Carnegie Hall stands to the south of Columbus Circle, where many legendary performances have been held. Your trip to New York is incomplete without a visit. Since its opening in 1891, Carnegie hall continues to inspire many musicians to their prominence.

3. American Museum Of Natural History
15 minutes North of the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts, is the American Museum of Natural History. The place you can view the great dinosaurs in their former glory. With over 32 million artifacts and specimens on display, you will enjoy discovering natural history and the impressive cultures that were practiced long before modern man.

4. Central Park
This public park at the center of Manhattan first opened in 1857 and stands on 843 acres of sheer beauty. Some of the activities you can participate in include boating, bird watching, horse carriage riding, rock climbing and Ice skating. During summer, you can also enjoy open-air theater productions.

5. The Time Warner Center
The Time Warner CenterEncircling the western side of Columbus Circe and worth $1.1 billion, the pair of interconnected skyscrapers is home to at least three jazz halls, restaurants run by world re-known chefs, Manhattans largest food market, offices for CNN and numerous shops. The first major building to be completed after the September 11 attacks, you find something for everyone at the Time Warner Center. Also of repute is the Luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

There are so many places to see in this great city, it is true to say that your tour only starts at Columbus Circle.

Location/Map: W 58th St, New York, NY 10019