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Oldest and the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City

  • Manhattan means 'island of the hills' in the language of the Algonquin Indians.
  • Manhattan is the oldest and the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City.
  • It is located primarily on the island of Manhattan at the mouth of the Hudson River, the boundaries of the borough are identical to those of New York County, an original county of the state of New York.
  • The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan is the only school in the world offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
  • The first public brewery in America was established by Peter Minuit at the Market (Marckvelt) field in lower Manhattan.
  • Manhattan's Chinatown is the largest Chinese enclave in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Dutch explorer Peter Minuit purchased the island of Manhattan (really its southern tip) from the Algonquin tribe for trinkets and tools worth about $24.
  • The first known name for Manhattan was New Amsterdam, which referred to the southern tip of Manhattan, a Dutch trading port.
  • According to Crain's New York Business, the average sale price of an apartment in Manhattan during the 4th quarter of 2007 was a whopping $1.49 million.
  • Manhattan zip code 10021 has generated more money for presidential campaigns than any other zip code in the country.
  • Since New York City's consolidation in 1898, Manhattan has been governed by the New York City Charter, which has provided for a strong mayor-council system since its revision in 1989.
  • Manhattan is home to the NBA's New York Knicks, the NHL's New York Rangers, and the WNBA]]'s New York Liberty, who all play their home games at Madison Square Garden, the only major professional sports arena in the borough.
  • Manhattan is the only borough in New York City that does not have a professional baseball franchise
  • Manhattan is unique in the United States of America for intense use of public transportation and lack of private car ownership. According to the United States Census, 2000, more than 77.5% of Manhattan households do not own a car.
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