Bustling, purposeful, teeming with traffic by day, New York after dark magically transforms into a city of out-and-out, take-no-prisoners seduction. The gourmet restaurants … the unspeakably elegant clubs … the theatre … the late-night
tete a tetes all conspire to create a sensual wonderland that finds its very best expression in the local skies above. After dark, they turn a deepest midnight blue, set off by contrast to the billion-kilowatt landscape flickering below. That blue alone is the envy of other city skies everywhere. Their darkness punctuated by light inspired Bond No. 9’s latest eau de parfum, Manhattan.
Yes, Manhattan, referring specifically to the slender centerpiece island at the gateway to a massive continent on one side and a vast ocean on the other. Manhattan is what’s often meant with the words New York. It refers to Mannahatta, “island of many hills,” the name bestowed on it by its indigenous inhabitants, members of the Algonquin Lenape Indian tribe. The Dutch and English sailors who encountered Mannahatta in 1609 discovered a landscape of centuries’-old forests, abundant wildlife, and other natural wonders—all packed into 16 easily navigable miles. A multi-ethnic mix of rough-and-tumble, mostly European settlers soon followed and built a free-spirited trading mecca, like no other, on Mannahatta’s shores.
The rest is urban history. For a century now, New York (which acquired its current name when the British took over in 1665) has ranked as the world’s greatest city. No wonder. As the Lenape Indians knew, this is a can-do place of endless possibilities. What [...]