It can take several trips to New York City to uncover some of its best kept secrets. Now, after many visits, I like to think I’ve discovered some hidden gems of my own and today I’m sharing some of them with you.
Once you’ve ticked off Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and other New York landmarks (find 30 of them here!), experience the hidden gems of New York City for exciting discoveries you’ll really want to write home about.
1. 77 Water Street Rooftop
When you’re walking the streets of Manhattan, the soaring buildings hide an equally impressive view of the rooftops. Several are green places where you can relax and take in stunning views, but there is one that is particularly special.
On this roof stands a replica of a World War I Sopwith Camel fighter plane, positioned on a small runway, so it stands out against the backdrop of other rooftops. You’ll also find a cute, old-school candy shop near the entrance. Keep an eye out and you’ll be in for a treat!
2. Sidewalk Soho Subway Map at 110 Greene Street
Discover a special subway map of Manhattan on the ground on Greene Street. Made up of 1/2 inch stainless steel bars set into the ground, with 156 glass rounds highlighting landmarks and LED lights marking subway stops, this map stretches to ninety feet long and twelve feet wide.
It’s beautiful as a piece of art, but don’t solely rely on it when travelling around the city. It could be hard to read for first timers or locals who don’t use public transport often.
3. The Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island
Supernatural fans, this one’s for you! You’ll find one of the most haunted places in all of America on Roosevelt Island. The big, abandoned hospital was originally used to isolate and treat smallpox and eviscerate immigrant illnesses arriving in New York. Now, it’s a tourist attraction for those who like stories with a thrill.
4. Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Station
This is one of the most popular places to pop the question. Located at the famous Grand Central train station, the hidden gem lies in this building’s very construction.
To experience it for yourself, stand in the opposite corner of the large arched entryway to your friend and whisper. You should be able to hear them from five feet away – but it will sound like they are stood right beside you!
5. A Piece Of The Berlin Wall
Five pieces of the Berlin Wall were brought over to New York City from Berlin in 1990. Now, you’ll find them at the 520 Madison Avenue building on 53rd Street.
6. The Statue of Lenin
This is an 18-foot statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin. It was recently relocated to 178 Norfolk Street from the top an apartment building. Originally, it was found in a rubbish bin in a backyard outside Moscow, before being sent to New York in 1994. Yuri Gerasimov created the statue, after being commissioned to build it by the Soviet Union, but it was never unveiled.
Of course, when you spend the day strolling the streets of New York in pursuit of its elusive hidden gems, you’ll work up a hearty appetite! Get the inside scoop on eating out in the USA here. You’ll find out where to go, what to order and what to expect (the portions really are as big as they seem on TV!).