Manhattan Square

About Manhattan Square

The Manhattan Square Neighborhood has a modern urban park known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. It’s surrounded by high-rise apartment buildings, a major museum, and office towers. Constructed in the ’70s, the park’s major features include a towering steel viewing platform and a sunken fountain area with a concert stage designed for free outdoor concerts. The parks fountain and waterfall areas have been renovated and restored. In winter months the park features a popular outdoor ice skating rink and sledding on its many small hills.

The adjacent Strong Museum is one of the preeminent children’s museums in North America, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to its interactive exhibits and collections of everyday American artifacts.


Prior to the urban renewal demolition of the sixties and the construction of the sunken Inner Loop Highway, the area occupied by Manhattan Square was a part of a residential neighborhood of houses and tenements that linked downtown to the Alexander/East area. Their demolition created the open space that is now occupied by the park, The Strong Museum and residential high rises.


Now that the Inner Loop has been filled in, The Strong Museum expansion will start construction. The new development will feature a hotel, water park, parking garage, apartments and retail.


  • The Rochester International Jazz Festival is only steps from the neighborhood.
  • Party In The Park and Movies with a Downtown View takes place in Martin Luther King Jr. Park every summer!
  • Interested in living in the Manhattan Square Neighborhood? Take a look at our Residential Real Estate Search to find apartments in the area!