Fodor's Expert Review Columbus Circle
This busy traffic circle at Central Park's southwest corner anchors the Upper West Side and makes a good starting place for exploring the neighborhood if you're coming from south of 59th Street. The central 700-ton granite monument (capped by a marble statue of Christopher Columbus) serves as a popular meeting place. To some people, Columbus Circle is synonymous with the Time Warner Center building (212/823–6300 www.theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com) and its several floors of shops and restaurants, including the underground food hall Turnstyle (on the subway-station mezzanine)—a good spot to pick up fixings for a Central Park picnic. It's also home to the Rose Hall performing arts complex, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center.