Apart from the great green rectangle which is Central Park, it is almost all covered in buildings and roads. Nothing could be simpler than the geography of Manhattan.
The borough is divided into three major districts: Downtown, Midtown and Upper Manhattan.
Downtown is the most southerly area, generally agreed to extend as far north as 23rd Street. Midtown goes up to Central Park, and everywhere else is Upper Manhattan.
Manhattan Island’s layout is straightforward, mainly following a gridiron plan, with avenues and streets laid at right angles to each other: the avenues running north and south, and the streets east and west.
Downtown is where the grid pattern falls to bits. This was the first area of Manhattan to be settled, so its streets tend to follow Old World customs, and have names rather than numbers. Avenues run from First on the East River to Twelfth on the Hudson River. There are some inconsistencies.
Lexington, Park and Madison Avenue run between Third and Fifth Avenues. Fourth Avenue is a short stretch extending from Bowery to East 14th Street. Broadway is the wild card, running straight from Bowling Green to East 10th Street where it suddenly kinks westwards to West 79th Street. A useful and pleasurable way of getting an introductory perspective of Manhattan is to take the three-hour Circle Line cruise around the island (56km) that passes under 20 of the more than 60 bridges of New York City. Trips operate from the Hudson River end of 42th Street several times a day.
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