Saturday, May 10, 2008, 07:15 PM - New YorkManhattan is the most densely populated county in the United States offering residents and tourists alike a number of things to see and do. Skyscrapers that have shaped Manhattan's skyline have been closely associated with New York City's identity since the end of the 19th century. While they may not be the tallest buildings in the world anymore, structures such as the Empire State Building and The Chrysler Building are still visually impressive landmarks. The Empire State building in particular attracts a huge amount of tourists, eager to enjoy the view of Manhattan from the building's observation deck.
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Another impressive structure is Madison Square Garden - or just "the Garden" as it's commonly known - the world famous arena that's home to several of New York's finest sporting teams, including the NBA's New York Knicks and the NHL's New York Rangers. The Connecticut-based company, World Wrestling Entertainment considers Madison Square Garden 'home', with the inaugural Wrestlemania event taking place at the arena, as well as the tenth and twentieth anniversaries of the spectacular in 1994 and 2004 respectively. The 20,000 capacity arena has also staged some of the biggest concerts in history including multi night runs from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and the Who. Elton John has also famously performed at the arena on 60 separate occasions. The Garden is considered a Mecca for sports and arena rock by fans all over the world.
The majority of New York City's media outlets are also based in Manhattan, with the offices of cable television networks and newspapers, including The New York Times, New York Post, NBC, FOX and MTV, all based in the borough. The United States' largest financial newspaper, The Wall Street Journal is also based here, as well as popular leading alternative weekly, The Village Voice.
The neighbourhoods that make up the borough of Manhattan all offer a vast array of multi-cultural dining and shopping. Both Soho and Fifth Avenue are world renowned for their upscale shopping opportunities while Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side and the East Village have long been associated with the "Bohemian" subculture. The Upper West Side is often characterized as more intellectual and creative, in contrast to the old money and conservative values of the Upper East Side, which is considered one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the United States and features some of the finest hotels in Manhattan.
Travellers visiting Manhattan won't fail to be impressed with the architecture, landmarks and the melting pot of cultures that exist in the borough, factors that help pull thousands of tourists to New York City every year.
By: Isla Campbell
Isla Campbell is an online, freelance journalist and avid traveler and pilates devotee. When not on the road she lives on the outskirts of Oban.