What’s So Great About the Tip Of Manhattan?

James Garside

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Manhattan is the place where the city that never sleeps meets the country that never stops talking.

In many ways the Tip of Manhattan is its crown jewel. It’s the oldest part of Manhattan and home to many of the city's major landmarks.

The best restaurants, the most fascinating sights, and the most amazing experiences can all be found there.

The area boasts some of the most historic sites in American history but is also thoroughly mordern and forward-looking.

In addition to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, several countries maintain consulates in the area.

The southern tip extends beyond Chambers Street to form Battery Park. It was here that the Dutch first settled in 1625.

You can’t really understand this area without considering its history as a Dutch settlement. The tip of Manhattan was settled by the Dutch in the 17th century as New Amsterdam.

On the northeastern coast of North America, New Netherland (Nieuw-Nederland in Dutch) was the colonial province of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands in the 17th century.

The claimed territory extended from the Delmarva Peninsula to southern Cape Cod.

Today, the settled areas are part of the Mid-Atlantic states of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, with small outposts in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Its capital, New Amsterdam, is a borough of Manhattan and was New York City's first settlement.

The name was first recorded in 1664 when the Dutch governor bought the island called "Manhatta" from Native Americans.

Today New Amsterdam is a popular neighborhood for people who work in Manhattan, shop in Chelsea, or live in the Village.

You can find the real New York in the gritty immigrant quarters as well as in the lush, world-class museums, in the Italian bakeries and Dominican bodegas, or in Park Slope sipping artisanal lattes.

The neighbourhood is mostly residential and primarily occupied by families.

With its mix of old and new, the tip of Manhattan has something to offer everyone.

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