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New York attractions - the skyline with Brooklyn Bridge
New York Skyline with Brooklyn Bridge © Bradley Weaver, Flickr

Unusual New York Attractions

Countless New York attractions await the visitor. Many of them are world famous. But there are also the other, the lesser-known attractions in New York. The choice of attractions in New York is so big that the decision, which to visit, is often difficult. The challenge starts with finding the more unusual sights and activities in New York. These deviate from the obligatory sights for all visitors. There are plenty of them in the Big Apple. It would take too long to list them all, but some attractions stand out. They are definitely a must for visitors, who want to get a true feel for Manhattan. Here are some extraordinary attractions that should be on your list for your next trip:



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Museum of the City of New York

If you like to travel back in time, then you are in the right place at the Museum of the City of New York. The museum, housed in a building on the Upper East Side, is characterized by its exhibition program. Whether you're into painting, photography, multimedia, or just history, the museum provides a glimpse into New York City's past.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

You are more interested in technical things? Then you should not miss the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The museum is located on a former aircraft carrier. The USS Intrepid was commissioned in the year 1943 and was used during World War II. Because of its past, it is not only a National Historic Landmark, but also one of New York's most impressive attractions. Meanwhile, the museum ship has found its final home on the banks of the Hudson River. It is dedicated to history, science and military service. It also keeps a part of the past alive with its exhibitions.

Rock Junket Walking Tour

A walk through the streets of New York can give you unusual and fascinating sights. Especially if you are a rock'n'roll fanatic. The Rock Junket Walking Tour takes you into the musical past of the city. You will learn more about the beginnings of Bob Dylan as a folk singer, hear about the psychedelic era of Jimi Hendrix up to the punk movement and beyond. On the tour you will pass through other attractions of New York, which in their day represented the center of the rock and music world. Few cities had such a big impact on pop music like New York City did. Rock Junket leads you to the places where the music originated. You will learn where it was played and where it was immortalized.

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Roosevelt Island Tramway
Roosevelt Island Tramway © Traveling Otter, Flickr

Roosevelt Island Tramway

For a long time Roosevelt Island was a place you would rather not visit. In the 19th century there was a hospital for the mentally ill on the island, that was notorious for its bad conditions. For years, the island was also the location of a detention center until this finally moved to Rikers Island. It was not until the 1976s that residential areas developed on the island, which at that time could only be reached by boat. The plan was to build a subway. However, this was delayed again and again. Therefore, in 1989 a cable car started its service, that connected the island with Manhattan. Since XNUMX there is also a subway, which goes to the island. The Roosevelt Island Tramway, however, is still in operation. It turned into an attraction in the meantime.

Highline Park
Highline Park © Owen Allen, Flickr

The Highline Park

A successful project, how to make superfluous urban traffic routes usable again, is Highline Park. Freight trains once ran through New York City on this route several meters above street level. The elevated train was set up to prevent it from hindering normal traffic in the city. That's how meat, vegetables and dairy products from the agricultural regions were transported to Manhattan. As trucks increasingly displaced the railway, the railway line lost importance. In 2009 engaged New York citizens started a project to protect the railway line from demolition.

Gardens in the Big Apple

Every year they replant the old railway track, whose tracks are now replaced by footpaths and rest areas. Here you can relax in a green oasis from the hustle and bustle of the Big City. In summer, food carts sell snacks and drinks along the route. Or you pick up the ingredients for your picnic at Chelsea Market and then look for a picnic spot in Highline Park. This extends to Manhattan's West Side between 34th St. and Washington St.

New York Blogger Tips

I also asked blogger colleagues, what extraordinary New York sights they discovered. We present their tips here. A tip for a four day stay in New York comes from Anda from Travel Notes & Beyond.

Public Library New York
Public Library New York © Janett Schindler

Janett of Teilzeitreisender was 52 hours in New York and visited the Public Library.

The Public Library

The Public Libary is one of my personal highlights of New York. Located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman building on 5th Avenue, in the middle of Manhattan, it was one of the places I connected with the history of New York for years. The public library opened in 1911 and has not lost any of its hidden beauty today. "Come in" is quite simple and possible without a library card. I only had to pass a security control to reach the stairs to the most beautiful rooms upstairs.

The reading hall? A dream. Very quietly I crossed the room full of books and learning people. Unfortunately I missed a guided tour, which takes place regularly during the opening hours, thanks to my tight NY - program. Who knows - maybe then I would have been able to take a look at the largest Atlases exhibition, which is also located in a library room. The exhibited art (which you can admire on the first floor) is really worth seeing and worth a visit. By the way, I'll tell you the best at the end - admission to the library is free. Nevertheless, I left a donation for the preservation of this beautiful building - and thus won the smile of a co-worker. Was it worth it or was it?

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Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal © Jessica Niedergesäß

Manhattan Central Station

Manhattan Central Station is located in the center of Manhattan. The trains arrive underground. They connect the center of the Big Apple with the surrounding boroughs of New York and the more distant regions. Even from the outside, the Grand Central Station looks imposing when you look at the station from Park Avenue from the south. Incidentally, the Grand Central Terminal is also a favorite destination for Foodies in New York. On the lower floor of Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue is one of New York's most famous seafood restaurants: The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant. There are more reasons than one to take a closer look at this station. Jessica introduces in her report, what you can see inside, .

Grand Central Terminal

The Grand Central Station has a magical appeal even to real New Yorkers. There are many myths and peculiarities surrounding this interesting train station in Manhattan. On a photo tour you can explore Grand Central Station and get to know it better. Tripods are expressly prohibited in the station, unless you get a special permit during a tour. Find out more about the tour here: Grand Central Station - The most beautiful corners of New York's landmark

Jessica writes about culinary surprises, cooking classes and food tours around the world on her blog Yummy Travel. Always with a touch of culture and the focus on slow travel and individual travel.

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Street Art in New York
Street Art in New York © Renate Stenshorn

Street Art in New York

In New York you can find graffiti and street art in many parts of the city, you just have to keep your eyes open. In addition to Brooklyn, Manhattan also offers some beautiful murals. We were allowed to look at some of Cobra's paintings from the High Line during our travels. His mural of Einstein, who sprays "We love NY" on a house wall in Chelsea, is wellknown. Street art is a transient art that can quickly disappear. Cobra's pictures "Kiss in Times Square" and "VJ Day in Times Square", which I photographed in year 2014, have unfortunately been removed by the homeowner. The city is in constant change.

New are the works that were created during an action by Larry Silverstein at the former World Trade Center. Silverstein was the tenant of the World Trade Center. In this action artists from all over the world, such as Stickymonger, Boogierez and Aj Lavilla, created murals. You add courage and color to the site . You can not miss out on a visit to One World Center. New York also has special street art tours where you can learn more about the art. I've been to New York several times and created a compilation of Street Art Murals with an artist's name and exact location, so they are easy to find for you.

This tip comes from Renate von Raus ins Leben, a blog about city breaks, short trips and adventure trips. Find more information on Street Art in New York on her blog.

Big Apple Greeter
Big Apple Greeter © Ellen Gromann

With the Big Apple Greeter through New York

When we were in New York with our kids a few years ago, we had booked a Big Apple Greeter. Big Apple Greeters are volunteers who guide tourists or newcomers through their neighborhood. Our greeter, Eileen, guided us on public transport to Little Italy in the Bronx.

Here we found a completely surprising side of New York: a contemplative small Italian town in the middle of the hectic city of New York. From the small, numerous delicatessens and restaurants you smell Italy and people greet each other on the street with a friendly "Bon Giorno". It had nothing to do with the image of gang warfare and evil gangsters, which immediately came to mind with the word Bronx.

This surprising discovery was one of our highlights in New York, says Ellen from the blog Patotra. Find more information about her Tour with the Big Apple Greeter on her blog.

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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Responses

  1. One Million Places
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    Hallo,

    Nice report and great pictures. New York is awesome and we have been there many times. Looking forward to a return visit in our blog.

    Regards
    Michael & Sandra

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Michael, dear Sandra,

      Thank you very much for your comment. As for New York, I can only agree. The city is just terrific. I know your blog well and I visit it again and again.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  2. Kuno
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    The attractions are good, especially the Bob Dylan Tour is a nice insider tip, which certainly not many on the list.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      The Bob Dylan Tour is exactly my taste :), so I included it in these travel tips.

  3. Renate
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    Hi monika,
    hello Petar,

    The Rock Junket Walking Tour would also be nice to my husband. He's a big Bob Dylan fan. We've already walked in the footsteps of Greenwich Village.

    Best regards
    Renate

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Renate,

      Bob Dylan is also my great music hero :). Did you post a blog post about this tour in Greenwich Village?

      Best regards,
      Monika

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