Welcome to Manhattan
The city that never sleeps
Welcome to the greatest city in the world! This is where it all happens. From humble origins in 1624 as a Dutch trading post known as New Amsterdam, this borough of New York City grew into the cultural and financial capital of the country—indeed, the world. It is home to the United Nations, Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Statue of Liberty. It is also home to some of the top universities in the nation, and it is the fashion capital of our country.
Manhattan is divided into three sections—Lower Manhattan, Midtown, and Upper Manhattan. Within these sections, however, there are dozens of very different and unique subsections. For example, there’s Little Italy, Chinatown, Harlem, Wall Street, SoHo, and Greenwich Village, to name just a few. In the center is the green island known as Central Park, which is a veritable oasis of greenery and nature, and it perfectly balances urban living with a suburban feel. Manhattan real estate varies from historic mansions to beautiful old brownstones, postwar walk-ups, opulent condominiums, and lavish townhouses.
What to Love
- The historic and beloved Statue of Liberty
- Over 10,000 places to eat
- The incomparable Central Park
- Countless museums, art galleries, and live music venues
- A theater lover’s paradise on Broadway
- Exciting nightlife that never stops
You can own a car in the city if you want, but it’s not necessary. Whatever residents need is right at their fingertips, from daily personal needs to food and drink, the latest fashions, comedy and theater, museums and galleries, exotic imports—to about anything imaginable. If it’s out there, it’s in Manhattan. The public transportation system with trains and buses is phenomenal, reliable, and always available to quickly shuttle residents throughout Manhattan and the other boroughs that comprise New York City.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Some old favorites: Katz’s Delicatessen, since 1888, has the best corned beef and pastrami you have ever had. Lombardi’s, since 1905, is known for being America’s very first pizzeria and for developing New York-style pizza. Try the eggplant and ricotta.
The hallmark Tavern on the Green, since 1934, in Central Park, is a New York City icon and boasts the best Long Island duck breast. The Russian Tea Room, since 1927, next to Carnegie Hall, still has its treasured, magical, enchanting, and whimsical Russian-style décor. Try their afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and cakes.
Manhattan is THE shopper’s paradise, the mecca to end all meccas. Fifth Avenue should be on everyone’s bucket list with its endless shops—from Saks to Bergdorf Goodman to Rolex to Tiffany & Co. Seventh Avenue is also known as Fashion Avenue, and this is and always will be the center of fashion in New York City with the famed Garment District. Shop until your heart’s content. The old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!” is still funny and true. Here you’ll find the most extraordinary music and musicians in the world.
Things to Do
Choose a Broadway show if you’re a theater lover. For a concert, you’ll never forget, see the latest at Carnegie Hall. Go for a stroll, a jog, or a picnic in the beautiful 843 acres of Central Park. Enjoy over two million prehistories to contemporary works at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Get lost in a medieval world of art, artifacts, architecture, and gardens at The Cloisters.