Duke Ellington Circle

Duke Ellington Circle is a traffic circle located at the northeast corner of Central Park at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 110th Street in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City. The traffic circle is named for the jazz musician Duke Ellington.

Duke Ellington Circle
Frawley Circle
The amphitheater at the center of the circle, with Central Park North in the background
Harlem, Manhattan
Coordinates40.796872°N 73.949236°W / 40.796872; -73.949236
Roads at
Fifth Avenue
Central Park North
East 110th Street
TypeTraffic circle
Maintained byNYCDOT


Formerly named "Frawley Circle", the traffic circle was renamed "Duke Ellington Circle" in 1995.[1] 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[2] 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.

A new main location for the Museum for African Art designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects is scheduled to open at the circle in 2011 and will be the first addition to New York City's Museum Mile in decades.


Duke Ellington Circle connects the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem with East Harlem. Harlem, which since the 1920s has been as a major African-American residential, cultural, and business center is to the north and west of the intersection, while East Harlem is located to the east. The nearest area of Central Park to the circle is the Harlem Meer.


The M1, M2, M3 and M4 New York City Bus routes serve the vicinity of the circle. In addition, the 2 and 3 trains of the New York City Subway stop nearby at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, while the 6 and <6> trains stop at 110th Street and Lexington Avenue.


  1. Duke Ellington Memorial Dedicated in Harlem, artnet. Accessed September 16, 2007.
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