New York City Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • ExploreWorld9732
    Saint Paul, MN78 contributions
    Beautiful surroundings for a fabulous museum! This is a treasure trove of medieval art. We spent the better part of a day there. Pack a bag lunch, as we found the little restaurant expensive & not very good—& we aren’t hard to please!
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,094 contributions
    Well it’s $3 each way but we’ll worth the money. It’s a short trip but interesting and a fun thing to do to visit the island.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia10,756 contributions
    The Frick Collection consists mainly of Old Masters collected in Europe by Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919). Frick was an immensely wealthy industrialist, who rose to the top of New York society during the Gilded Age. Frick donated his collection and the mansion that houses it to the people. Anyone visiting New York City who is interested in art should view the Frick Collection. By the way, the Frick Collection is currently housed in a temporariy gallery while the historic mansion is undergoing renovation.
    Written 22 April 2022
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  • SaraRichards
    London, UK235 contributions
    It's worth $22 for a visit, but a Free Friday ticket meant I could save my budget for the gift shop (which was astonishingly comprehensive - one of the best I've ever seen). I particularly enjoyed the James Joyce exhibit which celebrated the centenary of Ulysses, but the library and regular exhibits were also wonderfu. I hadn't expected to see any Brontë juvenalia, but there it was! Sadly, you cannot get to the library balconies, but you can admire them.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • jmlittrell
    Germantown, TN8 contributions
    The museum is awesome and an absolute must do experience when visiting NYC. Every tour is a completely different experience so you haven’t “done” the museum until you have done them all. How much you learn depends on which tour guide you get. Did one today and the guide spent 15 minutes talking about himself and having the participants introduce themselves before the tour ever began. Paid to experience the history of the people and the neighborhood, not the guests who are visiting today and the guide giving the tour. Have been many times before and this was disappointing.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • The Sushi Guy 🍣
    Long Island, NY13,266 contributions
    The West village is my favorite side of the village. I'm a big fan of the architecture. When you walk down any side street, you will not see two alike structures on the same street. The townhouses are beautiful. These stately homes are all well over 100 years old.

    You do not see the same grandeur or charm in the east village.
    Written 25 April 2022
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  • Footprints44060
    6 contributions
    We had the opportunity to talk directly to the Workshops' founder, Gary Suson. At the time, we were in New York City for a 5 day trip and we had seen already a lot of the major sites. We had planned a special day for 9/11. We didn’t know was that his Workshop was closed Sunday-Tuesday, and we expected we would have to miss it. Instead, he returned our call and invited us to come over and set up a personalized tour with one other family. We jumped at the chance.

    I did voice my concerns about the content for our kids, who are 4, 6 and 10 yrs old. Gary reassured us that no jarring audio or graphic images would be presented that might upset them. His content primarily chronicled the experiences, artifacts and memories of the rescue teams who searched for months (through all kind of conditions) for survivors or their remains. It was so unique as Gary told his story of being there, taking photographs and working alongside so many brave people.

    The kids were very attentive in good part because there are so many ways to learn – an audiovisual introduction, an interpersonal conversation and a kinesthetic opportunity. That’s right – Mr. Suson allows you to touch or hold several artifacts, including rare window glass or metal from the building’s support beams. Frankly, you won’t have that opportunity at the 9/11 exhibit! He graciously answered questions and gave us plenty of time to have a meaningful and personal experience amongst his collection. And he’s a darn good photographer, too.
    Written 20 January 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia13,456 contributions
    This was my third time in NYC, but the very first time I've visited RI.
    We were very delighted with our visit we planned beforehand, so I advise this itinerary.
    Take the Astoria Line (AS) ferry boat from Pier 11 in lower Manhattan. That's the starting point, but you can also catch it from other stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn as well (2 stations on both sides - Google the stops).
    However, I suggest taking it from the starting point at Pier 11 as you will be rewarded with amazing (and very cheap - 3,25 $ pp) city views from East river for around 30 min what it takes to reach RI.
    Disembark at RI and explore it. Great views of Manhattan skyline, nice walk by the river to the FDR freedom park and smallpox ruined hospital. You can also take the red bus which takes you to the northern tip of RI where's the lighthouse.
    When finished take the RI Tramway cable car to transfer back to Manhattan, seeing the area from bird's perspective.
    Count on around 2-3 hours for a memorable visit with a budget slightly over 5$ pp.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia13,456 contributions
    One of the most striking skyscrapers of an early 20 century era along with the Empire State building and Chrysler.
    Terrific Gothic style high rise of a trade magnate close to NYC City Hall and its park, as well the Brooklyn bridge.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • newbietraveler
    Los Angeles, CA57 contributions
    Our family of four (mom, dad, and two teenage boys) went on the docent led tour. The docent was wonderful, knowledgeable, and did a great job of getting our cell phone obsessed boys interested. It's a small museum so an hour is plenty of well spent time here. A visit to this site dovetails well with a visit to Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum. It gives a wonderful additional look at Jewish immigrant life at the time.
    Written 13 June 2022
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  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, CT1,567 contributions
    We took a tour of the catacombs at this church and then decided to explore the church on our own, and were so appreciative of the opportunity! This church is located in the heart of downtown NYC but somehow seems to be constantly overlooked, which is a shame. It was the original cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York before the Catholic population grew too large for the building, and the love shown to this church really shows in the attention to detail. The history of the church is interesting, and also a bit sad, given the number of unnamed bodies buried here (due to the rampant poverty in the area at the time). Unfortunately, this church is frequently overlooked in favor of the larger cathedral on Fifth Ave, which is a shame, given the aura of spirituality surrounding the building. If you have the chance, please take a tour of the catacombs as well, they're fascinating.
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • bfltd0
    London, UK659 contributions
    As we were staying in Harlem, we walked over to Morningside Heights through the park and looked around the Columbia University campus, as well as Riverside Park on the waterfront.

    This university is huge. Lots of buildings in this area are part of the university.

    After a long exploration (admittedly without a map or guide), we went for dinner at Tom's Restaurant, apparently a student favourite.
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ3,668 contributions
    When I think of this section of the city I think of the Arts. Lincoln Center, Beacon Theater, Strawberry Fields, the art of classic NYC architecture that will juxtapose the all-glass eventuality of midtown. You can also tour a beautiful cathedral, stroll the park and eat with the locals in some of the most non-touristy restaurants the city. Once you are done with the chaos of midtown head up here for a completely different, quieter and less crowded NYC experience.
    Written 10 March 2022
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  • Kelli
    Keller, TX666 contributions
    We walked through the park to get from The Met Cloisters down to the street level. The views were beautiful and the park was so peaceful. We enjoyed our leisurely stroll.
    Written 3 April 2022
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  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,660 contributions
    I went to the Central Park Conservatory for the first time since the pandemic and the core of the gardens are under renovation.

    You can still walk around the perimeters of the gardens and see the trees and lawn. The fountain off to the side surrounding by those gardens was still open and it was nice to walk around. The flowers were in full bloom.

    It will be nice to see the end results with the gardens when it is finished.
    Written 2 June 2022
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