Koreatown, Manhattan, or Manhattan’s Koreatown, a neighborhood in the Manhattan borough of New York City is an ethnic Korean enclave generally bordered by 31st and 36th Streets, Fifth Avenue, and the Avenue of the Americas. Its location in Midtown Manhattan is close to the Empire State Building and Macy’s at Herald Square.
The Koreatown area of Manhattan is primarily a Korean business district. However, given the high tourist traffic streaming from its proximity to the Empire State Building, Garment District, Flower District, among many others, it was an ideal place to which Korean immigrants could move. Initiated by a book store 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.