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Merchant’s Gate is one of the many entrances that lead to the beautiful Central Park. Located in front of this gate on the southwestern end of the park sits a bustling plaza. This impressive plaza is covered in granite and is lined with stone walls that double as benches. Across this plaza sits the Columbus Circle, which features a monument that is dedicated to the late explorer Christopher Columbus.
Standing at the southwest corner of Central Park at Merchant's Gate, the park's main entrance, is the massive Maine Monument. Standing at over 44 feet (13.4 meters) tall, the monument honors the 260 American sailors who died in the explosion of the battleship Maine. The bronze figure atop the towering limestone pylon depicts Columbia Triumphant riding a chariot of three hippocampi (mythological Greek sea-horses). At the bottom of the pylon is the prow of a ship surrounded by four figures representing Fortitude & Justice, Victory, Peace, and Courage.
Built in 1927, this theater became the 1950s and 60s home to television's 'The Ed Sullivan Show'; most famously, this program introduced The Beatles and Elvis Presley to middle America. Today, 'The Late Show with David Letterman' is filmed inside from Monday to Thursdays. Limited standby tickets are offered at noon on the day of the show, but get there early, as some people begin lining up before dawn.
6 1/2 Avenue is a pedestrian-only street that is located between West 51st and West 57st Streets. The Avenue is located in the big corporate buildings starting from the AXA Equitable Building and ends at the Metropolitan Tower. The street is well designed with a visible pathway and overhead roofs. This is a faster route for pedestrians as they do not have to face the city's harsh traffic.
If you are a fan of jazz music, then Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is the place to be at. Hosting jazz concerts five nights every week, this club has witnessed performances by numerous well-known artists and has been called the best jazz venue by music legend, Tony Bennett. Along with tasteful music and decor, the club also offers a range of soul food items and a panoramic view of the stunning Manhattan skyline and Central Park.