The West Side Story Before “West Side Story”

Janes Walk

Led By Nancy DiFrancesco

We’ll begin at Columbus Circle with a discussion of its farmland origins, its evolution into being one of the city’s theatre districts, and its juxtaposition to San Juan Hill, once considered one of the most dangerous parts of the city and the backdrop for “West Side Story.” We’ll discuss the development and impact of Lincoln Center, and overall, the history and rich diversity of the area from Central Park to Broadway, ending at The Dakota.

Sunday, May 5
9:00 AM
2-3 hours

Walk Details
Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture
Accessibility: Family-friendly, Wheelchair-friendly, Pet-friendly
Traffic on Central Park West looking North
Central Park West looking North. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Jim Henderson. Modifications: photo cropped and made black and white.
Meeting Location

Inside Columbus Circle, on the south side (front) of the statue.


Columbus Circle Subway Station (59th Street)

Finding your walk leader

I should be easy to find standing in front of the statue. I will wear something red.

Ending Location

The Dakota at 72nd and Central Park West

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