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Often referred to as "the City," Manhattan is the economic hub of New York City and one of the world's leading commercial, financial, cultural, manufacturing, medical, and tourist centers. The borough of Manhattan, coextensive with New York County, is made up of Manhattan Island; a small exclave on the Bronx mainland called Marble Hill; several islands in the East River, including Roosevelt Island (site of a large modern housing complex), Randall's Island, and Wards Island; and Governors Island in Upper New York Bay.

Con Edison has more than 713,000 residential and commercial electric customers, and nearly 362,000 residential and commercial gas customers in the borough of Manhattan.

Among the borough's 31 square miles are countless architectural treasures; Central Park, Battery Park, Union Square, and dozens of neighborhood parks; and many well-known communities such as Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, the East Village, the Upper East and West Sides, Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.

Millions are employed in Manhattan's countless skyscrapers, and in many more under construction. Well-known centers of the city's professional life include Wall Street and the financial district, the garment district, Silicon Alley, the theatre district, TV and radio broadcast centers, and dozens of major medical centers.

Among its most well-known attractions are the Empire State Building; Grand Central Station; Times Square; the 20 buildings of Rockefeller Center; Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts complex; the fashionable stores and fine museums of Fifth Avenue; the exclusive residences of Park Avenue; and, of course, Broadway, one of the world's longest streets.

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