Best New York City Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 10 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in New York City

Best New York City Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • MichiganMelissa04
    Plymouth, MI782 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is hands down my most favorite place in NYC. It is so lovely. The cloisters are such a pleasure to stroll through, and there is a nice cafe in one of the cloisters - which, disappointingly, did not offer a means to recycle the plastic containers they use for food. But anyway, the artwork and treasury was amazing. I would suggest arriving at opening, on a weekday.
    Written 17 June 2024
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  • Maree H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place was amazing. Very moving and really well done. Very respectful. Can't believe I got to hold things that were kept from 9/11. Highly recommend
    Written 8 January 2024
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  • jehrler
    Minnesota32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most articulate and knowledgeable guide ever. Elaine was our guide during the "After the Famine" tour. She started with the root cause of the potato famine and subsequent immigration to the US. She illuminated the socioeconomic externalities that impacted the lives of these individuals by telling the story of one family and their life experience. It was an incredibly well-researched multi-level presentation that was informative and provocative. Thank you, Elaine.
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • brienanni
    Kita, Mali249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an amazing collection, three magnificent Vermeer's kick off the visit, intimately displayed in room of their own. You can visit the whole museum in 1-2 hours, so you don't get overfed with art. I actually enjoyed this more than the big ones.
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • TravelerWithOpinions
    Boston, MA519 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite beautiful and fascinating. Take a tour to understand the history and context of what you can see. Also, be sure to have tea in the cafe. It's delicious!
    Written 3 June 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience when visiting NYC. The aerial tramway connects Roosevelt Island in the middle of the East River to Manhattan. It was the first commuter aerial tramway in the US and was opened in 1976. You can also access Roosevelt Island using the F train, but this is much more fun and offers interesting views of the East River, Queensboro Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline. You can also ride by just tapping your Metro Card as it is the equivalent of a single ride on the subway. It is a short ride that only lasts about 5 minutes. There isn't a whole lot to do on Roosevelt Island as it is a quiet place, but maybe that is what you are looking for. You can stroll along the promenade on the river with nice views of Manhattan or visit the lighthouse on the northern tip or the FDR Four Freedoms State Park at the southern tip with the memorial and ruins of a Smallpox hospital from 1854.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • stephens473
    Nottingham, UK395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an incredible piece of history and so emotional.
    The only building in the area to escape with no damage not even a broken window.
    Such a focus of sanctuary on that terrible day.
    So much to see and absorb , well worth paying for a tour so you don't miss anything.
    Wow !
    Written 30 November 2023
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  • moretrips51
    Palo Alto, CA404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historically interesting and visually gorgeous building. The docent was very knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend the 1 hour tour.
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Kaan Kuskonmaz
    Istanbul, Türkiye286 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was amazed by this region. Instead of vast buildings, there are small, attractive structures. Friends Apartment is also located in this region.
    Written 23 April 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This island in the middle of the East River feels worlds away from bustling Manhattan. You can take the F train to get here or ride the unique Roosevelt Island Tramway that rides alongside the Queensboro Bridge and high above the East River offering interesting views of the river and Manhattan skyline. We were staying in Queens and walked here across the Roosevelt Island Bridge and then strolled along the riverside promenade which offers nice views of Manhattan across the East River. It's a peaceful although somewhat sleepy place. Not really a lot to do here but if you're looking for some peace and quiet this might be okay. On the northern end of the island is the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse and Park. On the southern end is the FDR Four Freedoms State Park where you can see a memorial and the ruins of a former Smallpox Hospital from 1854.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, CA1,974 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beautiful Cathedral and worth a visit. It has a beautiful altar, stained glass windows and paintings. If you visit, be sure to look near the side entrance at the large statue of Saint Padre Pio sitting and listening to confessions. There is a block on the other side of the “confessional” statue where a person can sit. Unfortunately, it was behind a locked gate, but you can still view it through the gate.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK3,029 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Upper West Side of Manhattan starts from Columbus Corner and stretches North. Central Park is just across Central Park West from some grand buildings, many of which are apartment blocks.

    It's quite an exclusive area to live in but it is a nice area to visit. There are places to get a drink and something to eat including coffee or something a little stronger?
    Written 13 November 2023
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China19,922 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decades after completion, Woolworth Building is still an encompassing presence in Manhattan. The iconic skyscraper has long been one of the most recognizable buildings in New York. Unfortunately it is not open to public.
    Written 14 September 2023
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  • Marion F
    New York City, NY298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was my first time here. I would walk by occasionally and recently decided to go.
    Focused primarily on art/artist from smaller Asian countries like Tibet and the Himalayas it is 6 floors covering periods from BCE to 2023.
    Very interactive it is a must visit for anyone interested in art from those regions.
    The last open day to the public is October 2024, so hurry, You need about 2 hours to really see everything and they are open til 10pm every friday
    Written 1 June 2024
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  • Green Eyed
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent house museum, with a window into daily life 150 years ago. Currently they have a guided tour once a day, and self guide tour at other times
    Written 6 June 2024
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