Considering a move to Manhattan? New York City’s most densely populated borough is also known as the culture and finance capital of the world. Referred to as the “city where dreams are made,” it’s home to three of the top 10 most popular tourist attractions in the area—Times Square, Grand Central Terminal and Central Park—as well as the Empire State Building, the NY Stock Exchange, the UN Headquarters and so much more. For those looking for a life filled with culture or for a step up in career, New York City is the place to do so. Learn more about life in Manhattan, including the neighborhoods, transit, schools and (even more) things to do and see.
Year Founded: 1683
Population as of 2014: 1,644,518
Land Area (sq. miles): 22.83
Median Age: 36
Median Household Income: $66,739
Median Home Price: $1,137,000
Annual Weather Averages:
- High Temperature: 74° Fahrenheit
- Low Temperature: 45° degrees Fahrenheit
- Rainfall: 45 inches
- Snowfall: 27 inches
Notable Employment Facts: If New York City was its own country, it would have the one of world’s top 20 economies. Abundant opportunities can be found in financial services, information technology, communications, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and education.
Major Employers: Many of the world’s biggest companies have their headquarters or a sizable branch in the NYC area. Some of the area’s top employers include: the City of New York, the New York City Department of Education, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the U.S. government, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., JP Morgan Chase, the State of New York, Citigroup, Mount Sinai Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
- Manhattan Schools:
- 359 public schools serving 167,960 students
- 98 PreK schools serving 46,958 students
- 203 elementary schools serving 96,048 students
- 95 middle schools serving 39,413 students
- 145 high schools serving 76,789 students
- 201 private schools serving 57,320 students
- 359 public schools serving 167,960 students
- Popular Universities and Colleges in Manhattan:
Local Radio Stations:
- WNYC (93.9) Public Radio
- WPLJ (95.5) Adult Contemporary
- Z100 (100.3) Top 40
- WCBS (101.1) Classic Hits
- WNEW (102.7) Hot Adult Contemporary
- WAXQ (104.3) Classic Rock
- WQXR (105.9) Public Radio
Public Transit: MTA subway, bus and rail; Long Island Rail Road; Metro-North Rail Road; NJ PATH rail, Amtrak (rail), Staten Island ferry.
Parks, Beaches and Other Recreation:
- Nearly every neighborhood in Manhattan boasts a park. In Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park is home of the arch built honor of George Washington, with artists, chess tables, a playground and a dog run lining its borders. For walking trails, sports fields and paddle boats, visit Central Park. Take a run, bike ride or stroll along paved walkways of Riverside Park. For boating adventures, the docks in Battery Park can bring you around New York Harbor or take you to see the Statue of Liberty. At Bryant Park, you can enjoy a round of chess or ping pong, take a ride on the carousel, skate on the outdoor ice rink in winter, and much more.
- Chelsea Piers is the destination for active folks. With venues to play more than 25 sports, you’ll find indoor ice skating, basketball courts, a golf driving range and classes such as yoga, barre, boxing and cycling.
- Rockefeller Center is a popular tourist attraction where you can take a tour, visit the Top of the Rock and experience gorgeous views of Manhattan or skating around the infamous outdoor ice rink in the winter. The Center is also home to several shops such as the Nintendo Store, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, LEGO and Longchamp, as well as popular food and drink destinations such as Blue Bottle Coffee, Bouchon Bakery, Bill’s Bar & Burger, Magnolia Bakery and The Sea Grill.
- Madison Square Garden is the go-to venue to catch the New York Rangers, New York Knicks or Harlem Globetrotters games, WWE events, comedy and live music performances. The Garden is one of the top venues for musicians and musical groups; name any famous act in the last 40 years, and they’ve probably played at the Garden sometime in their career.
Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:
- Manhattan is the center for Broadway show Featuring original musicals with original castings, Manhattan is the ultimate destination for theatrical performances.
- Chelsea Market is a unique shopping and dining experience. Located in National Biscuit Company factory, Chelsea Market hosts special events, is home to gourmet restaurants and hip take-away cuisines, making it a fun venue for foodies, shopaholics and history buffs.
- Lincoln Center is a must-visit cultural destination. Here, you can enjoy performances by the New York City Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and it is also been the host of New York’s Fashion Week.
- Manhattan is a borough oozing with culture and museums. For exhibits pertaining to the natural world and universe, visit the American Museum of Natural History. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, you will be amazed by countless exhibits that feature over 5,000 years of art that has been collected from around the world. For a more modern a contemporary art experience, visit the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum.
- Union Square Park features a year-round farmer’s market where you can enjoy cooking demonstrations, attend special events and purchase organic vegetables, fruits, meats, seafood, vegan baked goods, fresh flowers and much more. In the winter, the Park also features a holiday market where you can purchase unique gifts from local vendors, eat and drink delicious goodies such as cookies, soft pretzels, hot apple cider and live music.
- SoHo is the ultimate shopping destination. Defined as the central area bound by Houston Street to the north and Canal Street to the south, SoHo has evolved from an artist haven to the place to shop and be seen.
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