An Overview Of Midtown Manhattan

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Midtown Manhattan contains the most popular tourist destinations in New York City and is the single busiest commercial district in the United States. This section of New York City includes the area between 14th Street and 59th Street from the East River to the Hudson River; the heart of Midtown is from 31st Street to 59th Street between Third and Ninth Avenues.

Manhattan was originally settled by the Lenape. In 1624, a permanent European presence settled on the island; one of the Dutch East India Companys explorers, Henry Hudson, was the first to successfully map the region. The land was named Fort Amsterdam and the natives sold it for $24; 1625 is now recognized as the birth date of New York City. The British conquered the settlement in 1664 and renamed it New York after the English Duke of York. From January 11, 1785 to the Fall of 1788, New York City was one of the capitals of the country under the Articles of Confederation; New York was Americas fist capital city under our Declaration of Independence.

The nineteenth century population explosion made Midtown Manhattan the center of commerce for the entire area. During the Great Depression and between the...

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