Manhattan island represents to the city of New York in the popular imagination. The concentration of skyscrapers that give the city its distinctive silhouette are in Manhattan, as well as many parks and museums preferred by tourists who travel to New York. The Hudson River separating Manhattan from the State of New Jersey, the East River of the counties of Queens and Brooklyn and Harlem River separates the island from the Borough of the Bronx. Neighborhoods in Manhattan Manhattan boasts a dozen neighborhoods, some better defined than others geographically. Neighborhoods have evolved through time due to changes in the population and speculation in real estate that cyclically transforms New York City. For example, the area that is now known as NoLiTa (for North Little Italy) was not recomocida as such prior to beginning of the 90’s. Each neighborhood in Manhattan has its characteristics and attractive, with tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants for the enjoyment of visitors.
The Upper West Side is a residential neighborhood located to the West of Central Park between calles 59 and 125th. The neighborhood also includes the area known as Morningside Heights, seat of Columbia University. Attractions in the area include the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Natural history, and the Time Warner Center. Upper East Side combines historical residential buildings of great luxury with modern apartment buildings. In the stretch of 5th Avenue between 82 and 104 streets, the area known as Museum Mile is home to some of the most important museums in New York, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, el Museo del Barrio, and the Museum of the city of New York. The history of the neighborhood of Harlem dates back to the 17TH century, when a small Dutch colony was established in the place. Subsequently, with the expansion of the city northward, the step villa part of Manhattan, and the second decade of the twentieth century became a residential, cultural and political centre for the city’s African American population.