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New York City comprises the central island of Manhattan along with four outer boroughs - Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Manhattan, to many, is New York
- whatever your interests, it's here that you'll spend the most time and are likely to stay. New York is very much a city of neighborhoods and is best explored on foot.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island comprise the first section of New York that most nineteenth-century immigrants would have seen. The Financial District takes
in the skyscrapers and historic buildings of Manhattan's southern reaches. Just northeast is the area around City Hall, New York's well-appointed municipal center, which adjoins TriBeCa , known for its restaurants, galleries, and nightlife. Moving east, Chinatown is Manhattan's most populous ethnic neighborhood, a vibrant locale that's great for food and shopping. Nearby is Little Italy, and the Lower
East Side, the city's traditional gateway neighborhood for new immigrants, is scattered with trendy bars and clubs.






To the west, SoHo is one of the premier districts for galleries and the commercial art scene. Continuing north, the West and East Villages form a focus of bars, restaurants, and shops catering to students and tourists. Chelsea is a largely residential neighborhood that is now mostly known for its gay scene and art galleries that borders on Manhattan's old Garment District. Murray Hill contains the city's largest skyscraper and most enduring symbol, the Empire State Building. Beyond 42nd Street, the main east-west artery of midtown, the skyline becomes more high-rise and home to some of New York's most awe-inspiring architecture. There are also some superb museums and the city's best shopping as you work your way north up Fifth Avenue as far as 59th Street. Here, the classic Manhattan vistas are broken by the broad expanse of Central Park, a supreme piece of nineteenth-century
landscaping. Flanking the park, the mostly residential Upper West Side boasts Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and Riverside Park along the Hudson River.

On the other side of the park, the Upper East Side is wealthier with its nineteenth-century millionaires' mansions now transformed into a string of magnificent museums known as the "Museum Mile," the most prominent being the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alongside, is a residential neighborhood and a nest of designer shopping along Madison Avenue. Above Central Park, Harlem, the historic black city-within-a-city, has a healthy sense of an improving go-ahead community; a jaunt further north is most likely required only to see the unusual Cloisters, a nineteenth-century mock-up
of a medieval monastery, packed with great European Romanesque and Gothic art.






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