Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Manhattan, New York City, USA

Manhattan Island is a narrow island about 13 miles long and 2 miles wide. It lies east of the Hudson River, and west of the East River with New York Bay to the south and the Harlem River to the north.

The island is one of the world's great business and cultural centers. Some of the world's tallest skyscraper buildings tower over the south of Manhattan. Manhattan also has the famous theaters of Broadway, New York's Stock Exchange and the smart stores of Fifth Avenue. Its best-known landmarks include the United Nation's Building, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park.

Indians called the island Man-a-hat-ta, meaning "Heavenly Land." Dutch colonists bought it from them in 1626 for a handful of cloth and trinkets.

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