The Beating Heart of New York
With a population of 71,201 residents per square mile, New York County is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Manhattan is the richest and densest of the five boroughs forming the county and sits nestled between the forked arms of the Hudson River.

The list of attractions found in the Big Apple’s beating heart is as long as the history surrounding this melting pot of cultural history and icon of America’s fight for independence. The jagged skyline of buildings features some of the tallest in the world, with nine different buildings claiming the title between 1890 and 1973. The Chrysler Building still towers over the city and held the title from 1929 until 1931; it was topped by the Empire States Building which held the title until 1972 when it was surpassed by the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.

In the early 19th century, construction of the towers created 1.2 million yards of dirt and rock. With so much earth at their disposal, the city of Manhattan expanded the shoreline of Manhattan 700 feet into the Hudson, adding 92 acres to the city, including 30 acres of parks known as Battery Park with sunset views and a panorama of the New Jersey skyline, as well as a view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Fifth Avenue, splitting Manhattan into east and west, runs like an arterial vein through the city, touting department stores like Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue. High fashion boutiques line the SoHo neighborhood and Madison Avenue, “The Fashion Road,” sports an array of couture designer shops with names like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Baccarat. With Fashion Week held yearly in Lincoln Square, Manhattan sits poised as one of the fashion capitals of the world, alongside Milan, Paris, and London.

Once the daytime fun wears down, Times Square illuminates the nighttime sky with an ocean of LED signs. Some of the best theater and night time entertainment in America can be found at the “crossroads of the world.”
New York, United States
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Rank [overall] 3 
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