Cheap car hire in Manhattan
Manhattan is the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City. 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 borough and county consist of Manhattan Island and several small adjacent islands: Roosevelt Island, Randall's Island, Wards Island, Governors Island, Liberty Island, part of Ellis Island, Mill Rock, and U Thant Island; as well as Marble Hill, a very small area on the mainland bordering the Bronx.
New York City's bright lights and yellow taxis in Times Square, sprawling green of Central Park, the tiered crown of the art deco Chrysler Building can be found in Manhattan. So few realize that the island is actually the City’s smallest borough in size. Though tiny. The famous New York City skyline has been the set of many iconic movies boasting some of the worlds most famous building such as the Empire State Building. But its not just the sky line thats impressive, Uptown, Harlem has legendary jazz clubs and unique cultural institutions such as the Studio Museum, which focuses on contemporary works from artists of African descent. Downtown offers delectable dining, including authentic fare in Chinatown and Little Italy; fascinating history, whether literary in Greenwich Village or governmental in Lower Manhattan; and unique boutiques in the West Village, Lower East Side and SoHo.
Facts about Manhattan
In the 1660s New York City's “skyline” was dominated by a two-story-high windmill.
When the Dutch still controlled the region, Wall Street was the city limit and there was actually a wall there.
Manhattan's Chinatown is the largest Chinese enclave in the Western Hemisphere.
The vaults 80 feet beneath the Federal Reserve Bank on Wall Street store more than 25% of the world's gold bullion.
Cleopatra's Needle, a 3,000-year-old Egyptian ruin, can actually be found in New York's Central Park. In 1879 it was given to the city as a gift by the Khedive of Egypt. The 220-ton, 66-foot-high monument took a decade to be fully transported.
Manhattan means “island of the hills” in the language of the Algonquin Indians.
Area: 23 square miles
Things to do in Manhattan
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972.he Empire State Building is the third tallest skyscraper in the Americas (after two Chicago towers the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower) and the 15th tallest in the world. It is also the 4th tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.
Grand Central Terminal (Grand central Stations)
Grand Central Terminal (GCT) sometimes incorrectly called Grand Central Station or simply Grand Central is a terminal station at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Built by and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger trains, it is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them. he terminal covers an area of 48 acres. The terminal serves commuters traveling on the Metro-North Railroad to Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties in New York State, and Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut. Although the terminal has been properly called "Grand Central Terminal" since 1913, many people continue to refer to it as "Grand Central Station".
The Brooklyn Bridge
For 20 years after it was opened in 1883 this was the largest and longest suspension bridge in the world. It spans the East River joining Manhattan with Brooklyn. The walk is a wonderful stroll along a wooden boardwalk with the traffic racing below. It affords splendid views over the Financial District, the Midtown Skyscrapers and out as far as the Statue of Liberty. It is an inspiring experience. Just watch out for the manic cyclists.
An amazing variety of sights and sounds confront you in this large collection of open spaces. It makes a wonderful change from the busy streets and towering skyscrapers. Try tea at the boating lake house.
Financial District and Wall Street.
The oldest part of New York has some wonderful architecture. Wander around Broadway, Ground Zero, Wall Street and down to Battery Park.
Visit this or the Empire State Building. Built between 1932 and 1940 the Rockefeller Center is a masterpiece of urban design, all the way from the ice rink in the plaza to the observation platform at the top.
The Statue of Liberty (Ellis Island)
For millions of immigrants, the first glimpse of America was the Statue of Liberty. You get a taste of the thrill they must have experienced as you approach Liberty Island on the ferry from Battery Park and witness the statue growing from a vaguely defined figure on the horizon into a towering, stately colossus. You're likely to share the boat ride with people from all over the world, which lends an additional dimension to the trip. The statue may be purely a tourist attraction, but the tourists it attracts are a wonderfully diverse group. Liberty Enlightening the World, as the statue is officially named, was presented to the United States in 1886 as a gift from France. The 152-foot-tall figure was sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and erected around an iron skeleton engineered by Gustav Eiffel. It stands atop an 89-foot pedestal designed by Richard Morris Hunt, with Emma Lazarus's sonnet "The New Colossus" ("Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses") inscribed on a bronze plaque at the base.
As most travelers to the U.S. will use car rental via Manhattan. Most fly into JFK and stay a few days before collecting a car hire from Manhattan. Usually a starting point for what we call 'One Way Rentals' Manhattan offers great driving access to many major states. The rates for car hire from downtown Manhattan are reasonable and will generally stack up as the most economic way to travel across the U.S.
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