History and Geography of Manhattan Real Estate

by Stephanie Scott Internet Marketer



The place which is now called Manhattan was inhabited by some Lenape people. In 1524, Lenape met with the first New York explorer named Giovanni da Verrazano to solve the trouble of passing New York Harbor. Manhattan was discovered by the Hudson on September 11, 1609. 

Manhattan is also known as the borough of New York City, U.S.A. and New York Country, located in the southern area of New York. This borough runs from Manhattan Island to the Marble Hills on the mainland, while also covering some small islands in the East River. In the West direction Hudson River is located, in the northeast Spuyten Duyvil Creek is located, in the east direction East River while, and in South Upper New York Bay is located. Manhattan is also considered New York City and NYC Building finder can assist to find proper real estate for you.

In 1626, the first general of New Netherland province named Peter Minuit bought the island from Indians. The English took possession of the Island in 1664. In 1653, the Island was integrated as New Amsterdam. When it was handed over to the British, they changed their name to New York City. It played a most important role in the establishment of nation and country, both politically and militarily. Congress met the island in 1785-1790, and George Washington was elected as the first U.S. president. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 makes Manhattan the heart of a flourishing metropolis. Greater New York was established in 1989 when Manhattan joined with the Queens, Brooklyn, Richmond, and the Bronx. 

Little changes in the 1800s

In 1835, more than 20 square blocks were destroyed with the Great Fire Blazed. This damage was increased when the street of Manhattan named Coenties slipped. Every fire company was trying to overcome this fire, but they couldn’t control it for three full days. 

Manhattan was the heart of the New York Campaign, a series of battles in the American Revolutionary War. After the disastrous battle of Fort Washington on 16 November 1776, the continental army was forced to abandon Manhattan. The city then became the British political and military center for the remaining battles of the war. British control over Manhattan till 25 November 1783, when George Washington came to Manhattan and forced the British to leave the city. Manhattan was the fifth of five U.S. capitals under the Articles of Confederation from January 1785 to autumn 1788. 

Manhattan is one of the world’s biggest and leading commercial, cultural and financial centers. Manhattan had many points of interest which gave it much popularity. It includes Broadway, which is the world's most famous street, Central Park, and Greenwich Village. United Nations Headquarter is also located in Manhattan which makes it more popular. It covers many cultural and educational institutes like Columbia University, also the Museum of Modern Art placed on this Island. 


Manhattan is the smallest of the five boroughs of New York and is highly populated. The total area of the New York Country is 33.6 square miles of which 22.7 square miles are covered with Manhattan Island. Manhattan City is 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide. 

Manhattan Island

Manhattan Island is divided into three main regions:

  1. Downtown-Lower Manhattan

  2. Midtown-Midtown Manhattan

  3. Uptown-Upper Manhattan

A road divides Manhattan Island into two parts that are:

  1. East Side

  2. West Side

In the 19th century, Lower Manhattan further extended to West Street with the help of Land Reclamation. It was extended further by filling dump material in the landfills or at the sea, as a result of this dumping a new Battery Park City was created. This new city covers 700-foot into the river, having six blocks of 1484 feet. They also use 30 acres for parks and 1.2 miles for the riverfront. In May 2020, a new little island was opened on the Hudson River, with connections to the 13th and 14th termini with the help of footbridges. 

Marble Hill

Marble Hill is one of the neighborhoods of New York Country. Marble Hills was part of Manhattan Island but in 1895, it was separated as a separate island. This separation was done by digging the Harlem River Ship Canal for navigation. Marble Hill became an Island between the Bronx and Manhattan. Before World War I, the channel of the Harlem River separating the Bronx and Marble Hill was filled to reconnect Marble Hill with the mainland. Manhattan land is changed much time by the involvement of human activities; Marble Hills are its common example. 

Smaller Manhattan Islands

There are three main Islands within the New York Harbor:

  • Ellis Island connects further with New Jersey

  • Governors Island

  • Liberty Island

There are also some islands in East Riverside:

  • Randall and Wards Island, joined by landfills

  • Mill-Rock

  • Roosevelt Island

  • U Thant Island, legally Belmont Island  

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