Columbus Circle is named after Christopher Columbus! The City of New York made it a project for the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage, hiring traffic planners, architects, and artists to design the circle. In the middle is a column with a statue of Christopher Columbus, created by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo. Thousands of Italian-Americans raised money to pay for this tribute to their countryman. Over the years, New York has grown and changed around the circle, but it is just as beautiful as ever.