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Manhattan is a borough of New York City, coterminous with New York County. With a 2000 population of 1,537,195 packed into a land area of 22.96 square miles (59.47 km˛), it is the most densely populated county in the United States, with almost 67,000 residents per square mile (almost 26,000/km˛). Manhattan Island is the largest section of the borough, which also includes several smaller islands and a small section of the mainland adjacent to the Bronx.
A commercial, financial, and cultural center of the city, Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations and the seat of city government. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation.
The name Manhattan derives from the word Manna-hata, as written in the 1609 logbook of Robert Juet, an officer on Henry Hudson's yacht Halve Maen (Half Moon). A 1610 map depicts the name Manahata twice, on both the west and east sides of the Mauritius River (later named the Hudson River). The word "Manhattan" has been translated as "island of many hills" from the Lenape language.
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Contrary to popular belief, the City consistantly ranks in the top ten safest large cities in the United States. The NYPD
is the largest municipal police force in the world and has it's own Movie/TV Unit.
New York has a humid continental climate
resulting from prevailing wind patterns that bring cool air from the interior of the North American continent. New York winters are typically cold with moderate snowfall. New York Weather Forecast
New York's two key demographic features
are its density and diversity. The New York City metropolitan area is home to the largest Jewish community outside Israel. It is also home to nearly a quarter of the nation's South Asians, and the largest African American community of any city in the country. Ethnic composition
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