Everything that people seem to know about New York is mostly concentrated in the smallest of its five boroughs – Manhattan. It carries the fifth-largest concentration of people in NYC. It is also the location of many world-renowned monuments and edifices, as well as top-notch entertainment, recreation, retail, and business districts. So, it comes as no surprise that this area has been considered synonymous (albeit, mistakenly) with New York City.
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Homes for Sale in Manhattan NY
Real estate for sale is teeming in the areas from Lower Manhattan to Upper Manhattan. Apartments for rent also abound. With the bustling financial district in Lower Manhattan, it comes as no surprise that people would want to live within its periphery.
Multi-family homes and condos dominate Manhattan’s real estate scene, with prices reaching approximately $69 million. Amenities reflect the cosmopolitan flair of this borough, from the latest kitchen appliances to modern interior designs. Condo units with huge windows allow for the best views of the New York cityscape. The penthouses, however, bring all the drama and color of New York to your doorstep as you bask in spectacular 360-degree views of the entire city and Central Park from your balcony.
Manhattan is made up of the following districts:
- Lower Manhattan
- Midtown Manhattan
- Upper Manhattan
- Washington Heights
Learn more about this melting pot of history, culture, and urban chic here.
Same as with the rest of the counties situated on Long Island, NY, Manhattan’s recorded history begins with the colonization of the Dutch in the 1600s. But prior to that, the land was inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans. The name, Manhattan, is lifted from their language (Algonquian) which means “island of many hills.”
The 1800s saw Manhattan being engulfed in what was called the Great Fire. By the late 1800s, several colossal structures were constructed like the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) and the Statue of Liberty (1886).
The Great Depression of the late 1920s hit Manhattan hard. After measures were put into place to regulate trading in the stock market and avoid a repeat of the crash that fueled the Depression, the area undertook aggressive revitalization projects up to the 1970s. Serving as a testament to the area’s recovery was the World Trade Center. However, these twin towers and the people in them fell victim to the infamous attacks of 9/11. In its place now stands a memorial that celebrates the memory of these people.
Here is a brief rundown of some of the must-see attractions that you will find in Manhattan:
- Empire State Building. Touted as the bastion of American innovation, this highlight in Manhattan’s skyline was built in 1931. Due to its massive size, it was given its own zip code – 10118.
- Central Park. Nothing can be as rugged-looking in the midst of a bustling metropolis than Central Park. At 1.317 square miles, it houses a lake, a zoo, two skating rinks, an art gallery, and a castle, among many other amenities and structures.
- Times Square. Come here on New Year’s Eve for the countdown and take part in the colorful street parties and fireworks displays to usher in the New Year.
- Fifth Avenue. This stretch of road is the mecca of upscale shopping and dining.
- Flatiron Building. Unconventionally shaped, this architectural wonder along Fifth Avenue has graced many Instagram feeds.
- Statue of Liberty. A gift from the French, this monument on the New York Harbor stands as America’s most iconic symbol of freedom.
It’s not hard to deduce the kind of companies that flourish in Manhattan, considering that Wall Street and Fifth Avenue are located here.
Wall Street has become synonymous with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which is among the most influential securities exchanges in the world. Many industries in the financial arena have made Manhattan their primary business address for the proximity to Wall Street. One of them is Citi or Citigroup, Inc. which employs approximately 219,000 people, making it one of NYC’s top employers.
Nasdaq, Inc. also operates in Manhattan and works simultaneously with the NYSE in providing the indices that reflect the US stock market climate.
Meanwhile, Fifth Avenue presents a bevy of stores that truly define class and luxury. Familiar names here are:
- Louis Vuitton
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Salvatore Ferragamo
Famous Restaurants and Dishes
Fifth Avenue not only holds the trophy for being a paradise of upscale retail but it also is home to some of New York’s most famous restaurants and their specialty dishes. Here are some of them:
- Armani Ristorante. Featured dishes here include the Agnello (grilled lamb), Dentice (red snapper), and Melanzane (eggplant preparations)
- Bill’s Bar & Burger. CNN, OpenTable, and other food critics are all praises for the burgers here.
- Del Frisco’s Grille. Enjoy the trendy twist to your standard grill place here. The steaks and fresh seafood are worth coming back to.
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