Manhattan is one of the five Boroughs of New York City, made up of Manhattan Island and bounded by rivers. It is the cultural, financial, media, governmental, and retail center of New York City. The area that is now Manhattan was long inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans.
At the turn of the 20th century the New York City Subway and bridges to Brooklyn, bind the Manhattan with the other areas of NYC. In the 1920s, a large number of African-Americans arrived in Manhattan as part of the Great Migration from the southern United States.
Here below are some stunning vintage photos that show what Manhattan looked like in the 1936.
(photos from New York Public Library)