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Koreatown, West 31st-36 Streets and 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue - Avenue of the Americas.
Koreatown, a/k/a K-town as it is colloquially known, is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, that is generally bordered by 31st and 36th Streets and Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenues. Its location in Midtown Manhattan leads it to be easily overshadowed by nearby destinations like the Empire State Building and Macy's. The densest core of "K-town" Koreatown is located on 32nd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, and is officially named Korea Way. The Koreatown area of Manhattan is primarily a Korean business district, as few people actually live in the area. In fact, there are actually more Korean restaurants in Koreatown than Korean residents. Most Korean residents of New York City live in the outer boroughs, especially in Queens.

Manhattan NYC's Koreatown was once focused on fulfilling the needs of the burgeoning Korean-American community in the New York City metropolitan area, an estimated 201,393 individuals, according to the 2009 American Community Survey, and the second largest ethnic Korean population outside of Korea. However, in recent years, the district has seen an increase in non-Korean traffic as well.

There was never a formal plan or agreement to create a Korean commercial district in Manhattan. However, given the low rents and the high foot traffic stemming from proximity to the Empire State Building, Garment District, Flower District (among many others), it was an ideal place for Korean immigrants to move into.

Initiated by a bookstore and a handful of restaurants, Koreatown sprang into being. With their success, more and more Korean-owned businesses took root in the neighborhood, coinciding with increased immigration from Korea. Today Koreatown area bustles around the clock with numerous restaurants, grocery stores, hair and nail salons, karaoke noraebangs, internet cafes, banks and hotels.
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