Manhattan is world famous city such that even its street names such as Wall Street and Madison Avenue are iconic names that are understood all over the world. It comprises of a long and thin island with an inimitable skyline and concrete canyons. Manhattan city is home to most renowned and brightest theatre district in the world. Other notable features include the Central Park, Guggenheim Museum, World Trade Center and the Rockefeller Center. Manhattan’s iconic neighborhoods include the Harlem, Times Square, Greenwich Village and Upper East Side.
While there is still much to do and see in the rest parts of New York City, the truth is that Manhattan is the city that represents New York to the world. Despite being such a tiny island, you can spend a whole week but still not visit all the attractions. The three bold sections of Manhattan that you should consider visiting are Downtown, Uptown and Midtown. Lower Manhattan is the heart of American economy and this financial district is a hive of never ending activities and features high rise buildings. This neighborhood houses World Trade Center, Wall Street, South Street Seaport, Statue of Liberty and the Battery Park.
Manhattan houses the premier tourist attractions of New York. Landmarks are a must see here and are known worldwide. Lower Manhattan is home to some evocative and powerful landmarks like Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall that was the inauguration place of George Washington and Brooklyn Bridge. Woolworth Building used to the tallest world building a decade ago and the World Trade Center towers near the sep. 11 Memorial site. Midtown Manhattan houses Empire State Building that seems to dominate the whole idea, the world famous Chrysler Building, the iconic United Nation Headquarters, New York Public Library and Times Square.
Manhattan is home to some of the grandest and most fascinating museums starting with Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Jewish Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York City Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and American Museum of Natural History, The Cloisters and El Museo Del Barrio. Parks and gardens in Manhattan are many and beautiful like the Central Park, Fort Tryon Park, Inwood Park, Riverside Park, Carl Schurz Park and the lovely Madison Square Park. Roosevelt Island is worthy a visit as it offers awesome views of Manhattan skyline especially Meditation Steps.
Manhattan and the city of New York has for the past decade been recognized as one of the safest cities in US to live in or visit. As such, you really don’t need to be afraid when walking through the streets during daytime or night. Nevertheless taking precautions is important. Most importantly, beware of traffic hazards and pick pockets that can ruin your vacation especially near tourist attractions like Macy’s, 42nd Street and Times Square. To most travelers visiting Manhattan, this island acts as a great base for travelling to the other four Outer Boroughs of New York- Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens.