September 23, 2014

Manhattan

Renee's View III, Central Park at Night, New York City

Life can be a very exciting and multicultural trip; for anyone in the borough of Manhattan. The borough of Manhattan has always been a place of activity for as long as the recorded history, Native American tribes used to fish and farm along the boundaries of the island. The cultural diversity that now exists in Manhattan is not something that is created in a short while, but it is something that has come into being after a very slow timely process. One can truly see every part of the world’s collective culture in different separate communities residing within the borough, just by going through the municipality.

Talking about a “borough” lets just briefly explain what it really is actually. A borough is a town, area, or constituency represented by a Member of Parliament or we can say an “incorporated municipality” smaller than a city. The urban city of New York consists of five boroughs and Manhattan Island is one of them.

The borough of Manhattan, spans all over the Manhattan Island, approximately reaching a size of (13*2.5) square miles. It is densely populated and densely constructed covering nearly every part of the island now, narrow streets, and versatile neighborhoods and it also carries the famous Wall Street. Manhattan appears to have grown into a large system, consisting of many small colonies of different people. If one is asked to recall the name of Manhattan, every single person will recall a very different image of it in his / her mind.

Having a glimpse about the history of this borough, we get to know that the Dutch traders were the first to make it as their home, taking advantage of the ideally located coast, with the large Hudson River flowing inland. Lower Manhattan was the first to be filled with foreigners and eventually the Native Americans were forced           off the island. In the 1600s, the Wall Street and Chinatown areas became New Amsterdam.

In the late 1670’s the British took complete control of the island and made it a colony. Nearly after a hundred years, during the American Independence war Manhattan was liberated and was officially made the first capital of the United States. The Irish people were next to come, being severely hit by a famine in their homeland, a huge part of Irish population was forced to leave their country and to settle somewhere else. The opening of Chinatown also took place in the late 19th century and with that came many different Asian Communities. Afro-Americans came to Manhattan to escape the tyranny of prejudices, that was going on against them in the south.

All these different people from different parts of the worlds contributed towards a diverse community, and as the population grew, versatility became defined much more; communities, business centers and other centers of commerce were established. It became the very first centre to experiment multi-cultural diversity of humans. And it seemed benefitting to all the stakeholders.

If you are planning to move to Manhattan, then keep one thing in mind; bring your own flavor to this borough as it is a place where you are actually welcomed to bring your way of living. Manhattan has been reinventing itself from the very first day of its creation, and so should you. The neighborhoods of Manhattan are not static at all; they are like living things that actually change over time. Chelsea is an outstanding example of such a change. Chelsea was once a rundown area of factories and wharfs now using the old warehouses for lots, night clubs, funky shops and restaurants, studios and offices.

The life in Manhattan is also hyperactive with a population of about million and a half, and thousands coming to work daily and last but not the least the tourists and businessmen, all of them make Manhattan a place of infinite Opportunities, pleasures and sights to see. Like a family trying to share a small bungalow, people of Manhattan are rubbing elbows with each other constantly.

 What is amazing is the overall politeness that you experience in the city. Where did the stereotype of the rude New York cabbie come from? You just don’t find it. Living in Manhattan will force you to know new people, because you will find different faces at the coffee shop, at the bar, at the park and gym etc.

Like any other place with cultural diversity; Politics must come at hand and same is the case with this borough, a million different people choosing their representative, it’s an awesome sight to see. And like any other administrator the issues faced are Economics, jobs, transportation, trying to promote a green lifestyle in such a heavily populated area, and making things better for our children.

Living in Manhattan means you are literally living at many places in one time; as you are part of so many things in just a small part of the world. And let me say living in Manhattan is something that is seriously worth the effort; it requires.

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