Manhattan is New York’s most famous borough. In fact, most people believe Manhattan to be a synonym of New York City.
Manhattan is a long island bounded by the Hudson River (to the west), by the East River (to the east) and Harlem (to the north). It has a land area of 22.83 square miles (59.1 km²).
Districts of Manhattan
- Lower Manhattan: Is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan and the point where New York was founded. In this area you will find the business district and various governing bodies. The boundaries of Lower Manhattan go from the south of the island to 14th Street.
- Midtown Manhattan: Runs from 14th Street to 59th Street (southern part of Central Park). Its most famous area, with the greatest amount of skyscrapers, begins on 33rd Street, where the legendary Empire State Building is.
- Upper Manhattan: Upper Manhattan starts in Central Park and finishes in 96th Street. The western part also includes Columbia University and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
- Harlem: This area begins after Upper Manhattan and finishes on 155th Street. Its most famous street is 125th Street, where you will find the Apollo Theatre.
- Washington Heights: This area is found in the northern part of the island (220th Street). It is named after Fort Washington, a fort built during the eighteenth century to protect the area from the British.
Top attractions in Manhattan
Ninety per cent of the most popular attractions are found in Manhattan and on the island. Most of what is to be seen can be found in Midtown, north of 31st Street. In Manhattan you will find the unequalled Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center, the surprising Chrysler Building, the fascinating Times Square, the controversial MoMA, and other top attractions.
Lower Manhattan was as important in the past (the development of New York happened here) as it is presently (in this area you will find Wall Street and the financial district that determines the world's economy).
You will get to experience the "other Manhattan" by visiting Harlem.
Other boroughs of New York City
- With a population of over 2,600,000, Brooklyn is the most populated borough of New York. Woody Allen and Mike Tyson are just a few of those born here.
- Since the twentieth century, Queens is a borough that is quickly growing and is becoming an attractive spot for tourists thanks to its museums and art galleries.
- The Bronx is undoubtedly the most controversial and conflictive borough of New York. Learn more about this borough and how and when to visit it.
- Unknown to many, Staten Island is the least populated borough. This island offers more colonial buildings than any other part of New York.