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New York City is made up of five parts; Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island. For most tourists to NYC, Manhattan is the only place of interest. Here we will describe the sections of the island of Manhattan, mainly of interest to tourist, starting at the southern tip of the island.
BATTERY This section has Battery Park, here you get a the best view of New York Bay, The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn to the east and New Jersey to the west, the first pier holds the NYC Fireboats. You also get the boat to the Statue of Liberty and further south the Staten Island Ferry. Close by is the Custom House. Just north on the Hudson River is the relatively new Battery Park City. This is all new fill land that now houses many financial institutions.
FINANCIAL DISTRICT This is the area east of Broadway from Exchange Place north to Pine Street, this includes Wall St. In this area is the New York Stock Exchange, Trinity Church and many large banks and insurance companies.
WORLD TRADE CENTER Along the North River from Liberty St north to Vesey St. Besides having the two towers of the World Trade Center, below is the PATH train station to Jersey City, was the site of the ferry terminal to Jersey City. Just north along Broadway is the Woolworth Building and City Hall. Just east of City Hall is the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge Just south of the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River is the South Street Seaport Museum, in the past the Fulton Fish Markets was also located close by.
CHINA TOWN Just northeast of City Hall you come to China Town, here live and work many of the NYC Chinese. You will find many Chinese restaurants and food markets in this small area. Canal St. is the north border of the area. Driving east you will go over the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn , heading west on Canal St will take you to the entrance of the Holland Tunnel to Jersey City.
SOHO DISTRICT a small area, from Canal St to Houston St. between Ave of Americas and Broadway. Here are many art galleries and restaurants, also residential area for young people.
LITTLE ITALY just east of Soho to the Bowery, as one would expect in this area are many Italian restaurants, food shops and bakeries.
GREENWICH VILLAGE is located north of Soho to 14th St on the west side of Manhattan. Like Soho this area has many art galleries and restaurants.
GARMENT DISTRICT starting at 34th St north to 40th St. between 5th and 10th Aves. On 31st St is the the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel to NJ, main post office and Pennsylvania RR Station. On 34th St. at Broadway is Macy's large department store, further east at 5th Av is the Empire State Building.
THEATER DISTRICT starting at 43rd St north to 49th St between 8th and 10th Aves. Here you will find most of the large legitimate theraters just to the west of this area are many of the restaurants that serve the theater goers.
TIMES SQUARE from 42nd st north to 47th St between Broadway and 7th St. This is the 'Great White Way' holds mainly shops that cater to tourist. At 47th St you will find the small building where one can buy discount tickets to the theaters in the area. Going east on 42nd St you come to the main library on 5th Ave. At Park Ave. You will find Grand Central Station continuing east on Lexington Ave is the Chrysler Building and at First Ave you come to the United Nations.
ROCKEFELLER CENTER from 48th St north to 51st St, between 5th Ave and Ave of Americas. Here you will find Radio City Music Hall, the offices and studios of NBC. Along 5th Ave in this area you will find many airline offices and expensive shops, including Saks Fifth Ave. On 5th Ave and 50th St is St. Patricks Cathedral.
CENTRAL PARK is the largest (840 acres) and oldest (1856) park in NYC designed by Olmstead & Vaux. The park starts at 59th St. and continues north to 110th St. bounded in the west by Central park West and 5th Ave. in the east. The park has facilities for everyone including lakes for rowing and sailing model boats, an ice skating rink and many paths for joggers, formal garden, paths for strollers Cleopatra's Needle, the Mall for summer free concerts and of course the zoo. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is alongside the park at 82nd St. the Guggenheim Museum is just across from the park at 5th Ave and 88th St. On the westside of the park at Central Park West and 72nd St. is The Dakota Apartments completed in 1884 has always been a prestigious address, being the home of Boris Karloff, Lauren Bacall and Leonard Bernstein. Perhaps it's most famous resident was John Lennon who was murdered in front of the building. It was also the setting for the film Rosemary's Baby.
CENTRAL PARK SOUTH at 59th St between 5th & 8th Ave you will find many hotels and shops also the entrance to Central Park.
LINCOLN CENTER from 62nd St north to 66th St between Amsterdam and Columbus Ave. This is the location of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. In this same area are many restaurants and is also a large residential area.

There are large sections of Manhattan that are completely devoid of any tourist attractions. A case in point is the east side, from the Brooklyn Bridge north all along the East River to 23rd St is devoted to public housing. From 23rd St north to 34th St is the area of most NYC hospitals including Bellevue. From 34th St north to 42nd St. is devoted to city facilities including a large power station. The most expensive residential area is again on the east side starting north of the United Nations to 95th St. Another large residential area is on the west side from the North River to Central Park, starting at about 59th St to the high 90's.

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