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Manhattan skyline towards Central Park - New York
Manhattan is the most densely populated and smallest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. Located primarily on the island of Manhattan at the mouth of the Hudson River, the borough is conterminous with New York County, an original county of the state of New York.
Manhattan is a major commercial, economic, and cultural center of the United States. It has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also the location of the United Nations Headquarters. It is the cultural and economic center of New York City and the New York metropolitan area, hosting the seat of city government and a large portion of the area's employment, business, and entertainment activities. As a result, residents of New York City's other boroughs such as Brooklyn and Queens often refer to a trip to Manhattan as "going to the city", despite the comparable populations between those boroughs, and the fact that these boroughs are also part of the city proper.
Central Park is a public park at the center of Manhattan. The park initially opened in 1857, on 843 acres of city-owned land. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they entitled the Greensward Plan. Construction began the same year, continued during the American Civil War, and was completed in 1873. Central Park is one of the world's largest urban public parks and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
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January 8th, 2010
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