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Of the five New York City boroughs, Manhattan is the one where the city's business, entertainment and culture converge. Only twelve miles long and three miles wide, Manhattan is an island packed with impressive business and corporate buildings such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Some of New York City's best known attracions and landmarks are in Manhattan: Central Park, news and entertainment centers such as Rockefeller Plaza, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, just to name a few.

Also in Manhattan are cultural neighborhoods such as Harlem, Chinatown and Soho - a major shopping destination. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum are accessed by ferry from the lower (southern) part of the island.

Times Square is a symbol of New York City's revitalization and a focal point of the city's nightlife. Broadway and Off Broadway theaters draw visitors from around the globe to Manhattan for top of the line theater perfomances.

Macy's Department Store is also a major shopping destination. Macy's Department Store, Times Square and Broadway also have major annual events: Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, New Year's Eve Countdown, and the Tony Awards.


Even though the land area of Manhattan is small, there is much to see and do there. Streets on the island run east and west. Avenues on the island run north and south. Fifth Avenue separates the east side of the Island from the west side. To become oriented to the borough, visitors and newcomers are advised to take a Manhattan double decker bus tour. Admission to many of Manhattan's attractions are included in the New York Explorer Pass.

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