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Geography in New York

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:43 PM EST with 41 listings

Population: 7,322,564 (1990) Population density of 24,287 people per square mile or 9,377 per sq. km.

Physical Geography of Manhattan
Manhattan (Map) is really an island (see diagram below) surrounded by the Hudson River on the west and south, the East River on the east, and Harlem River on the north. All these rivers are really tidal estuaries.
Manhattan's substratum is comprised of layers of metamorphic rock (Fordham gneiss, softer Inwood marble, and tough Manhattan schist) scoured and shaped by glaciers as late as 10,000 years ago. Terminal glacial moraine covers much of the island. The edges are surrounded by mud banks.
The island is fairly flat. High and low points in Manhattan are 400 ft at Washington Heights and 5 ft at Battery Park. The total area of the city is 301.5 square miles or 780.9 sq. km. Some of this area has been created by landfill (notably, Battery Park City).
For many years, heights of the skyscrapers was determined on the underlying geology of the island, with the rocky substratum in the north part dipping deep below the surface moraine around 30th Street and not resurfacing until below Lower Manhattan's financial district. Thus, few skyscrapers are found in these areas. With new building and landfill technology in the 1960's skyscrapers and Battery Park City were built on landfill.

Geography in New York

Neighborhoods (37 listings total)

New York City Neighborhoods

Battery Park City

Gives a comprehensive look at the history & culture of Battery Park City, along with a listing of the popular clubs & restaurants which was built in 1979 on landfill excavated from the former World Trade Center 92 acres of parks gardens plazas with spectacular views and one of the city's best playgrounds for kids
Battery Park NY Battery Park City, Tel 212-417-2000
Website: batteryparkcity.org

Chelsea Neighborhood and Chelsea-Art.com

The neighborhood is a mixture of quiet 19th Century avenues and the vibrant areas known for their fine dining and nightclubs. Other areas feature art galleries, eclectic boutiques and an array of major retail stores.
Tel 212-255-5811
Website: chelsea-art.com

Chinatown Neighborhood

Known for its heady mix of traditional shops, food markets, cultural institutions, and more than 200 restaurants where visitors can indulge virtually any culinary taste. Other shops deal with acupuncuture, herbal medicine, jewelry and more. Check out the Chinese New Year celebrations in Jan. and Feb.
Tel 212-625-9977
Website: chinatowninfo.com

Downtown - About.com's Guide to Downtown, NYC

Any subject...downtown....Good site!
Website: nycdowntown.about.com

Downtown - Downtown NY

The Alliance for Downtown NY's website offering information on downtown tourism, a calendar of what's going on downtown & downtown tax incentives!

East Harlem/El Barrio - East-Harlem.com

Information packed site of East Harlem ("Spanish Harlem") that emphasizes the rich history and culture of the community.
Website: east-harlem.com

East Side - east side guide

According to their banner...the ultimate online guide to information, events & websites by, about & for the East Siders of Manhattan.
E-mail: webmaster@eastsideguide.com; Website: eastsideguide.com

East Village - About's Guide to the East Village

A nice resource for the lively East Village.
Website: eastvillage.about.com


Website for the former immigration center turned museum-tourist trap, with photos, history, and links to related sites.
Website: ellisisland.com

Fashion District - FashionCenter.com

Your beginning site for venturing into this trendy neighborhood, watch out for clothing racks.
249 W. 39th St., Fashion District NY 10018 Tel 212-764-9600
Fax: 212-764-9697; Website: fashioncenter.com

Financial District Neighborhood

Free walking tours of Wall Street are offered every Thu and Sat, starting at the U.S. Custom House (1 Bowling Green). Tours depart at noon and last 90 minutes. Places to visit include the World Financial Center in Battery Park city, home of countless international corporations and the Mercantile Exchange; the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and the New York Stock Exchange.
Lower Manhattan, Tel 212-566-6700
Fax: 212-566-6707; Tours: 212-606-4064
E-mail: ContactUs@DowntownNY.com; Website: downtownny.com

Flatiron District

Nifty website focused on the Flatiron district. Info about restaurants, clubs, the music scene and even the weather.
Website: flatirononline.com

Greenwich Village

Find out everything about this hipster hang out with multiple categories, listings & maps.
Website: greenwich-village.com

Greenwich Village Neighborhood

Visitors to this tree-shaded neighborhood will find an array of boutiques, galleries, theaters, cafes and restaurants, all offering a taste of New York's unique culture.
, Tel 212-255-5811
Website: gvccc.com

Greenwich Village Online

On-line travel and entertainment guide to Greenwich Village with maps, club and restaurant listings, columns, and reviews.
Website: nycgv.com

Harlem - Home to Harlem

If you want to venture north of 96th St. & find out about Harlem's rich history then this is the right site to come to. Everything you need to know from landmarks to restaurants with listings & links too.
Website: hometoharlem.com

Hell's Kitchen

Cool "non-conformist" site that focuses on the Clinton district of New York City.
Website: hellskitchen.com

Hell's Kitchen - Hell's Kitchen On-line

Neighborhood website/ on-line magazine for Hell's Kitchen and New York. Chock full of interesting articles and a helpful guide on how to get around.
Website: hellskitchen.net

Hell's Kitchen Park - Basketball Court

It's commonly considered to run from 34th to 59th Streets and from Eighth Ave.t o the Hudson River. The area also known as Clinton and residents use the two terms interchangeably.
West 47th St. & 10th Ave.,
Website: hellskitchen.net

Little Italy Neighborhood

Canal to Bleeker streets. Little Italy's cobblestone streets date back to the 19th century, and today visitors can find the same charming architecture and delicious food that the area has been known for since its beginning.
Website: littleitalynyc.com

Morningside Heights - MorningsideHeights.com

History of the Morningside neighborhood, with lots of links and info to keep you busy.
Website: morningsideheights.com

Roosevelt Island - RooseveltIsland.org

Site has a lot of links to Roosevelt related websites and organizations.
Website: rooseveltisland.org

SoHo - ArtSeenSoho.com

Artsy site with a comprehensive listings of all the hip and stylish places to go in Soho concerning art galleries.
Website: artseensoho.com

SoHo - Billwest.com

Simple little site that gives you the phone numbers, web sites, and e-mail addressees of all the most popular galleries & museums in SoHo.
Website: billwest.com

SoHo - SoHo NYC

Spiffy site with an events calendar, guide, links, and even a history of the hippest part of town, SoHo.
Website: sohonyc.org

South Street Seaport - SouthStreetSeaport.com

Very comprehensive site about New York's most famous seaport, with maps, history, and special events.
Website: southstreetseaport.com

Times Square Neighborhood

The free walking tour, "Times Square Expose," sets out from the Times Square Visitors Center each Friday at noon. Millions come here each year, most notably for the world-famous New Year's Eve celebration.
Tel 212-768-1560
Fax: 212-768-0233; E-mail: info@timessquarealliance.org
Website: timessquarenyc.org


TriBeCa = Triangle Below Canal Street, a mix of lofts, industrial buildings and conversions, somewhat of an "artist colony" which starts to come alive approaching 10 PM. Click here for Location.

Tudor City

Self-contained community located around 1st Ave. & 42nd St. Inside you'll find a small park, hotel & 3,000 apartments all facing inward.

Turtle Bay - Turtlebay-NYC.org

A site that gives you all the info you'll ever need about turtle bay, a tiny little corner of New York.
Website: turtlebay-nyc.org

Upper East Side

Great restaurants, boutiques & very high rents. Museum mile is part of this neighborhood.

Upper East Side - Upper East Side Book

The City Review's musings on, descriptions of & pictures of the Upper East Side.
Website: thecityreview.com

Upper East Side - UpperEast.com

Keep up to date with New York's Upper East Side community. Links, resources, and news.
Website: uppereast.com

Upper West Side - NY West Side Site

Upper West Side is dissected at this informative web site that includes a classifieds listing and neighborhood guide.
Box 142, Cathedral Station, Tel 212-865-0314
Fax: 212-865-0146; Website: nysite.com

Upper West Side - Upper West Side Story

Pictorial of the Upper West Side from 18th century to present.
Website: salwen.com

Washington Heights - WashingtonHeights-NYC.com

Local news, views, and references for Washington Heights.
Website: washingtonheights-nyc.com

Ethnic Neighborhoods (1 listings total)

Big Onion Walking Tours

Historic districts & ethnic neighborhoods can be explored with tour guides who hold advanced history degrees.
Fax 212-794-0064
Main Office: 212-439-1090; E-mail: bowtnyc@aol.com
Website: bigonion.com

Construction Of New York (1 listings total)

Forgotten New York.com

On-line tour through New York City's historic past. Interesting articles and photographs make it well worth a visit.
Website: forgotten-ny.com

ClickCity's Find a City-State-Province

Type in the city, state, or province which has your interest & get a list of links to websites about that area!
Website: clickcity.com

Forgotten New York.com

On-line tour through New York City's historic past. Interesting articles and photographs make it well worth a visit.
Website: forgotten-ny.com