The star shape base around the statue is a remnant of Fort Wood, built in 1807 as one of the harbor forts to protect the city.
Looking NE on 5th Ave from the 23rd St. subway station toward 33rd St.
At 45 E 22nd St (Broadway/Park Ave), Madison Square Park Tower was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Height: 777 ft., 237 m. Opens 2018. 63 floors. Construction started 2015