Duke Ellington Circle
Originally Frawley Circle, Duke Ellington Circle was named after the celebrated composer and musician in 1995. Two years later artist Robert Graham’s rather arresting memorial to Ellington was installed, showing Ellington and his piano aloft on a platform borne up by nine nude caryatids.
The Circle marks the boundaries between Harlem and East Harlem and the northeastern most point of Central Park.
As the 500th post on “Every Building on Fifth”, the Circle is the gateway to our last, largest and in some ways most complex neighborhood, Harlem.