Manhattan is one of the five boroughs of New York City. It consists mostly of Manhattan Island, bounded by the East, Hudson, and Harlem Rivers, but also includes several small islands, as well as Marble Hill, a small neighborhood on the U.S. mainland. Altogether, it is the most densely populated of New York’s boroughs. Although it has the third-largest population, after Brooklyn and Queens, it is the smallest borough in terms of land area.
Manhattan is considered the economic and cultural center of the United States and serves as home to the United Nations Headquarters. Wall Street, in Lower Manhattan, has been called the financial capital of the world, and is home to the New York Stock Exchange. Many multinational media conglomerates are also based in the borough.
Many districts and landmarks in Manhattan have become well known to New York City’s approximately 50 million annual visitors. Times Square, usually referred to as “The Crossroads of the World” and “The Center of the Universe”, is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry.
The borough also hosts many world-renowned bridges, skyscrapers, and parks. Manhattan’s Chinatown incorporates the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village is considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.
Numerous colleges and universities are located in Manhattan as well, including Columbia University, New York University, and Rockefeller University, considered among the top 35 in the world. Since the city of New York was founded at the southern tip of Manhattan, the borough houses New York City Hall, the seat of city government and a National Historic Landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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