Manhattan (), often referred to locally as the City, is the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City and its economic and administrative center, cultural identifier, and historical birthplace. The borough is coextensive with New York County, one of the original counties of the U. S. state of New York.
Manhattan, the original core out of which modern New York City grew, is now one of the five boroughs of New York City. It's coextensive with New York County, and consists primarily of Manhattan Island. The land was inhabited by Lenape Native Americans when first discovered by European explorers.