We recently had a great trip to the Big Apple, New York City. The views from the Helmsley Park Lane of Central Park were magnificent. This trip we took the Upper Loop Double Decker Bus Tour. Last time we took the Lower Loop and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. We learned a lot of interesting things about Manhattan.
Manhattan was named 'Manna Hatta' by the Lenape Indians meaning, Island of hills. It is made up of 5 boroughs, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, & Manhattan. Central Park opened in 1858. The Subway opened in 1904 and made way for the development of northern Manhattan.
Manhattan is loosely divided into Downtown, Midtown, Uptown with Fifth Ave dividing east and west. Manhattan is 12 ½ miles by 2 ½ miles.
Neighborhood’s include the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Little Italy, Harlem, Alphabet City, TriBeCa(Triangle below Canal St), SoHo (South of Houston) NoLita (North of Little Italy, NoMad(North of Madison Square Park), Hell’s Kitchen or Clinton, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, East Village, Chelsea, Outer Chelsea, Washington Heights, Chinatown, SoCo (South of Columbus)NoHO (North of Howston).
Upper East Side 1136 5th Ave. Where Jessica Ryan from The Entertaining House grew up
In Manhattan, uptown means north and downtown means south. Manhattan has two central business districts, the Financial District at the southern tip and Midtown. Uptown also refers to the northern part of Manhattan above 59th St. Downtown below 14th and Midtown in between.