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Old May 31st, 2005, 09:52 PM   #1
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Columbus Circle Renovation

Olin Partnership is overseeing the renovation.

Here is how Columbus Circle will look when completed:







Progress:

Posted by Lockart on curbed (May 3):







Posted by WhatISee on WhatISee.org (May 27):



The circle is almost finished!

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Old May 31st, 2005, 10:12 PM   #2
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Big improvment, but it will take a few years for those trees to mature nicely.
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Old June 1st, 2005, 04:31 AM   #3
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Old June 19th, 2005, 01:41 AM   #4
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I heard that recently the fence was taken down.

Originally posted by NYatKNIGHT on Wired NY.
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Old June 24th, 2005, 06:23 PM   #5
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when i was in midtown on 6/12, the circle was already open. it still looked rather desolate though, since they haven't turned on the fountains yet.
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6/28/05

Two Years and $20M Later, Traffic-Plagued Columbus Circle Near Completion

By DAVID LOMBINO, Special to the Sun

Soon, for a time at least, the circle will be unbroken.

The eternally clogged intersection at Columbus Circle seems to have been under construction forever. After two years and $20 million, however, the latest of its construction projects is essentially complete, slightly late but slightly under budget. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg is being planned for later this summer.

The circle, at the southwestern corner of Central Park, was enlarged, landscaped, and outfitted with a high-tech fountain that encircles the monument. The surrounding streets were rebuilt with new sidewalks, curbs, lights, water mains, and sewers.

"This was not our everyday project," the assistant commissioner of the city's Department of Design and Construction, Evans Doleyres, said. "Our normal problems were magnified tenfold." The agency oversees and executes city construction projects.

The project was scheduled for completion in late 2004, but builders had to reroute traffic from six major thoroughfares, carve an underground control room the size of an apartment into a bed of solid underground rock, and juggle jurisdictions with an alphabet soup of city agencies.

Stakeholders included the departments of transportation and environmental protection, Con Edison, New York City Transit, Parks and Recreation, the Central Park Conservancy, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Art Commission, the Municipal Art Society, local community boards, and the big construction project next door: the $1.7 billion Time Warner Center.

Last to be completed is a fountain with two concentric rings of arching water, which was developed by WET Design, the team that built the fountains at Las Vegas's Bellagio Hotel and Casino and the Brooklyn Museum. An underground computer coordinates the sequencing of water spurts, adjusting for wind changes, and is connected by modem to the designer's office in Los Angeles.

Long, curved benches made from ipe, a tropical hardwood, surround the basin.

"When you go in there, hopefully the noise of the city will be drowned out. The water is a clue that you are in a special place," a representative of the landscape architecture firm Olin Partnership, Allan Spulecki, said. "The center emanates out, becoming a bull's-eye in an urban center. Columbus Circle is in a very special spot in New York."

The monument is the point where distances to and from the city are officially measured.

The 40-foot marble monument of Columbus, by the Sicilian sculptor Gaetano Russo, was erected in 1892, the 400th anniversary of the explorer's journey to what became America.

In 1991, the statue was restored in preparation for its centennial, and seven years later, the city turned Columbus Circle into a real circle, changing traffic configuration, improving pedestrian access, replanting, and installing benches. The current project began in 2003.

Its completion, however, will not forever banish the orange cones. The statue is to undergo another restoration before Columbus Day this October, and the Museum of Art and Design hopes to proceed this fall with its controversial plan to renovate and move into the "lollipop motif" building, designed by Edward Durell Stone, at 2 Columbus Circle.
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August 4, 2005

An Island of Sanctuary in the Traffic Stream

By DAVID W. DUNLAP


Columbus Circle, at the confluence of thoroughfares at a corner of Central Park, has a whole new look. Children evaded the heat by playing in the new fountains.


Randal Yang and his daughter, Haley, enjoyed the cooling spray.


A view of Columbus Circle in a less-trafficked time around 1925, from a postcard of the era.

At last, the circle has a center.

Columbus Circle was once one of the least approachable of New York's great public intersections. The architecture critic Paul Goldberger described it in 1979 as "a chaotic jumble of streets that can be crossed in about 50 different ways - all of them wrong."

Today, there are three different ways to cross Columbus Circle. And they are leading a growing number of pedestrians to a surprisingly generous sanctuary at the heart of a busy traffic rotary, cocooned inside a wrap-around fountain with 99 jets whose arcs suggest the circle itself and whose changing sound masks the surrounding hubbub.

"Even incomplete, you see the potential for a glorious public space," said Amanda M. Burden, the director of the City Planning Department, which has worked for nearly two decades to put the fragmented circle back together.

The new Columbus Circle has not yet officially opened. (Monday, Oct. 10, suggests itself as a possibility for that ceremony.) But New Yorkers have already arrived. Forgoing the air-conditioned Time Warner Center a few yards away and unfazed by the lack of benches - they are due any day from Milwaukee - people hang out on the tiered, octagonal base of the Columbus Monument as if it were a front stoop, with a view of Broadway, Central Park West, Central Park South and Eighth Avenue.

"We've actually opened it up ahead of having benches," said David J. Burney, the commissioner of the city's Department of Design and Construction. "Every time I was there, there were people at the barriers to the entrances saying: 'I want to get in. I want to get through.' There are quite strong desire lines for pedestrian traffic."

Around 9 o'clock on Tuesday night, three dozen people were gathered around the monument, eating, drinking, smoking, reading the paper, playing games on a cellphone, nestling affectionately, staring into space. Others sprawled languorously on the granite edges of the fountain, where a terrier chased water spouts and a little boy dipped his hand into the spray. An ill-kempt man bathed his feet furtively - but, it seemed, gratefully.

"The good thing is being able to get to the center," said Ethel Sheffer of Community Board 7 on the Upper West Side, who was the chairwoman of a Columbus Circle task force that also included Boards 4 and 5. "We all wanted New Yorkers to be able to go there."

In the decades after the Columbus Monument was dedicated in 1892, the Grand Circle (as it was once called) was exactly that, a broad rotary for vehicles and streetcars with a circular public space at its center not much larger than the monument's base.

Things were never the same after 1929, when Police Commissioner Grover Whalen ordered an end to the circular traffic flow. By the 1960's, despite the installation of a fountain around the monument, the central area had become an unwelcoming and amorphous archipelago where motorcycles parked but pedestrians crossed at some peril.

COLUMBUS CIRCLE is like a black hole," Ms. Sheffer said in 1987. "Cars go in, cars go out, but you never know what's going on inside." That year, in a report to the planning department, the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill proposed a larger, more circular island.

As finally realized under a $20 million city contract, Columbus Circle was redesigned by the Olin Partnership, working with Vollmer Associates. The fountain is by Wet Design. Tully Construction Company is the contractor.

The new Columbus Circle gives New Yorkers the chance to understand a critical element of the future World Trade Center memorial: how the sound of water can muffle distracting urban noise.

Almost inaudible outside the four-foot-high landscaped mound surrounding the circle, the fountain dominates the experience within. "It gives you that sense of being in the heart of the city with a sense of insulation from traffic," said Joseph B. Rose, who worked on the project when he was Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's planning director.

Depending on the force and size of the fountain jets, which alternate, the sound can evoke a swollen river, a rushing brook, a driving rain or a gentle shower.

At the trade center memorial, cascading water walls will surround each of the voids that are to mark the absence of the twin towers. The Columbus Circle fountain begins to suggest how important sound will be. "I've always tried to impress upon people that it's a sensory experience," said the architect Michael Arad, who won the memorial design competition in 2004 with Peter Walker & Partners.

Anna Hayes Levin, the chairwoman of the Clinton-Hell's Kitchen land-use committee of Community Board 4, said she was discouraged by the extent of hard, unshaded space within Columbus Circle. But she praised the restoration of the circular traffic flow, the creation of clear pedestrian access and the limited disruption caused by construction.

And she said, "I'm glad they finally have the fountain on, because for the last couple of months, it has been a skateboard park."

Mr. Burney said that would soon end with the installation of small stainless-steel clips on the sloping surfaces around the fountain "that spoilsports like me put on skateboarding walls."

So what about all those children wading in the fountain? Are they allowed to do that? "No, they're not," Mr. Burney answered. "But it was so hot last week, one could hardly blame them. I felt like jumping in there myself."

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Old August 12th, 2005, 01:33 AM   #8
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they turned the water on! finally the circle's coming to life.

now all we have to do is wait for the trees to grow...
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yay! its good to see when a project is finished!
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Awesome! Simply awesome! I miss New York
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Old September 18th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #12
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it's starting to look like an urban oasis, and a grand plaza for time warner center. in the above pic, the circle and time warner center almost look like they're on the same block.
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PR- 357-05
September 19, 2005

MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES THE REOPENING OF COLUMBUS CIRCLE


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Mayor Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today joined Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner David J. Burney, Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Iris Weinshall and Department of City Planning Director Amanda M. Burden to announce the completion of Columbus Circle in midtown Manhattan. The $23 million project included a new streetscape design, granite curbs and sidewalks, distinctive wooden benches, a breathtaking central fountain, and new landscaping as well as the restoration of underground and above ground utilities, water mains, and the roadway.

“Columbus Circle has always been one of New York City’s most beloved historic spaces, and it is now even more pedestrian-friendly,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “With lush plantings and a beautiful water fountain that screens the area from the passing traffic, one can sit at the heart of one of the busiest intersections in our City and still find the tranquility to relax and read a good book. The multi-agency effort not only transformed the circle into a beautiful public space for New Yorkers and visitors, it also greatly improved traffic conditions making the area safer for pedestrians.”

“For much of its history Columbus Circle was neither a circle nor a good public space,” said Commissioner Benepe. “A multi-agency effort has created one of New York’s great new public plazas, with a glorious new fountain, lush plantings, and a place of respite for residents, workers, and visitors.”

“Columbus Circle is one of New York’s great public spaces and DDC is proud to have managed this major reconstruction project,” said Commissioner Burney. “The new central pedestrian and seating area, screened from traffic by trees and fountains, will provide a tranquil plaza that all can enjoy.”

The design was based on an interim space created in 1999 that combined segmented traffic islands, which at that time, made up Columbus Circle. Construction began in July 2003 and was a multi-agency effort. DDC oversaw the final design by Vollmer Consultants and construction by general contractor Tully Construction Company. The Department of City Planning worked closely with Olin Partnership to create the project’s overall plan and landscape/urban design features. The $23 million reconstruction was funded by $21.3 million from the City, with $1.2 million from the Transit Authority and $500,000 for the fountain equipment from Related Companies, L.P. and Apollo Real Estate. Prior to construction, the design was partially supported by $500,000 from the Related Companies and Apollo Real Estate.

The circle is laid out in a series of concentric rings consisting of a broad, gently raised area of plantings and a ring of fountains in its interior that buffer the traffic noise and provide a serene, pedestrian plaza around the Christopher Columbus Statue. The pedestrian plaza is set inside of the fountain, and includes three new benches made of curved wood, large enough to allow individuals and groups to sit comfortably back to back, facing either the fountain or the monument. The new fountain includes 99 fountain heads and nearly 300 fountain lights, and was designed by WETdesign, who also designed the fountains at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Rockefeller Center Prometheus Fountain.

The Department of Parks & Recreation was responsible for the center public space and provided the scope and funding for the fountain, benches, landscaping and upcoming renovation of Columbus Statue. DOT provided scope and funding for the improved traffic and pedestrian flow and surrounding roadwork. The DEP provided funding for water main and sewer improvements for the surrounding area. The Central Park Conservancy provided assistance to DDC throughout the project.

“Columbus Circle is now a destination rather than just an intersection,” said Commissioner Weinshall. “The redesign allows for a more orderly movement of traffic and most importantly creates a safer route for pedestrians to cross.”

“DEP’s role was mostly on belowground infrastructure, but we’re pleased to be part of this marvelous civic effort that revamped Columbus Circle,” said Commissioner Lloyd. “Over $2 million of new water mains likely won’t be noticed by the millions of people who pass through each year, but they will play an important role for many decades to come – particularly, getting water to the new central fountain.”

“The renewed Columbus Circle has become a magical and compelling open space marking the location of one of the most important crossroads of the City,” said City Planning Director Amanda M. Burden. “The graceful fountains, generous seating, plantings and lighting have transformed a neglected traffic island into a vibrant destination for all New Yorkers. We were pleased and proud to work with Laurie Olin on the design of this splendid new public space.”

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Old September 21st, 2005, 11:11 PM   #14
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I thought that Columbus Circle was already reopened.
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yeah, it was already reopened for months as long back as june, but not officially i guess...

whatever, the official opening doesn't really mean anything anyways.
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I'm looking forward to the cleaning of the monument.
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^Oh... I though they did that already. But yeah it needs cleaning.
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