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06      On An Island Called Manhattan

  Among the five existing boroughs of New York City, Manhattan is it.

People who live in Manhattan or Manhattanites — as they are often called — unarguably lead different lives than those who live in the four other boroughs. They represent the most prestigious island of New York state.

Things do happen differently in Manhattan. Hungry? Chinese food, in fact any food, can be delivered straight to your door at 2 in the morning. Need a ride? The Yellow cabs are available 24 hours. On a party rush? There are clubs that are open from midnight to midnight the next day, everyday.

You can live anywhere in Manhattan — uptown, midtown or downtown — most likely than not, you will bump into a celebrity or two every other day. They live in Manhattan for the same reasons as your next-door neighbor’s.

Manhattan offers heaps for an island to stand on its own, next to its siblings (Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and The Bronx). It is the place to see and be seen. There are plenty of beautiful people in Manhattan alone to fit into Elle. So much so that walking around Manhattan is in comparison to walking on a catwalk. You do not see so many models or model-lookalikes anywhere else but in Manhattan.

It is not too much to say that once you decide to live in Manhattan, you do not need to go out of the island. Manhattan offers you more than anyone can ask for. There are significant places like Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Harlem, SoHo, NoHo, Washington Heights, to name a few, which contribute uniqueness and cultures. They are within reach anytime you feel like being there, regardless of the hours.

Most business is done there, most filming is executed there, as well as most entertainment. Manhattan owns well-known icons such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Empire State, Grand Central, Hudson River, Wall Street, Little Italy, South Street Seaport, all in one island.

Manhattan possesses all the world-known television anchors in one place such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MTV. It also holds big-time publications such as Time, Vogue, Forbes, Rolling Stone magazines. Most television sitcom settings depict Manhattan, such as Seinfeld, Sex and The City, Friends, Will & Grace, Law & Order. Not to mention, famous celebrities like Woody Allen, Howard Stern, Jay-Z a.k.a. Shawn Carter, P. Diddy a.k.a. Sean Combs. If not, most celebrities must have one place or two in Manhattan, where can be called home.

Discussion on an island called Manhattan can go on forever. One thing for sure, they do not call it the city that never sleeps for nothing.