Duke Ellington Circle
Duke Ellington Circle is a traffic circle located at the Northeast corner of Central Park at the foot of Fifth Avenue and of 110th Street in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The traffic circle is named for the legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington.
Formerly named "Frawley Circle", the traffic circle was renamed "Duke Ellington Circle" in 1995. In 1997, a 25 feet (7.6 m) tall statue by sculptor Robert Graham, depicting the Muses — nine nude caryatids — supporting a grand piano and Duke Ellington on their heads was erected in the middle of the shallow amphitheater composing the circle. Though the circle diverts the flow of 110th street, Fifth Avenue maintains a direct route through the intersection.
Duke Ellington Circle connects the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem with Spanish Harlem. Harlem, which since the 1920s has been as a major African-American residential, cultural, and business center is to the North and East of the intersection. The nearest area of Central Park to the circle is the Harlem Meer.