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Manhattan Population Density: How Many People Can New York Hold?

Times Square

First Posted: 03/ 5/2012 10:26 am Updated: 03/ 5/2012 10:26 am

IN a crowded place like Manhattan, there are moments when a certain question flits across people’s minds.

It could happen on a weeknight at the Union Square Trader Joe’s, when the aisles are so packed that shopping for frozen edamame morphs into a full-contact sport. Or perhaps it’s on a Saturday in SoHo when Broadway is transformed into an obstacle course of tourists and jewelry peddlers. Maybe it’s on the No. 2 subway line at rush hour, where personal space — if any — can be measured with a micrometer.

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