New York City Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Maree H
    1 contribution
    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 January 8, 2024
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  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, NJ3,713 contributions
    I love touring the Met Cloisters at the holidays. They have such interesting walking tours and displays of decorations for the Christmas holidays. The museum is not overdone and the people who work here are the utmost professional.

    Instead of the tour we were supposed to have on holiday plants during the Middle Ages, we had a talk of Three Kings Day and the how the interpretation has changed over the years. This is seen in the artwork around the galleries and how it changed over the Middle Ages. There were different versions in storytelling and how the story progressed from three wisemen to three kings. We saw different mediums in woodwork, stained glass and tapestries.

    After the tour, I walked around the museum and looked at what the collection had to offer on the subject again. I observed the artwork again with a little more time and realized that the storytelling must have changed over the ages.

    The museum was beautifully decorated with all sorts of plants that were blooming at different stages and realized this is how the churches must have been decorated after the Dark Ages. Very interesting and beautiful to look at.

    This is a little gem of a museum uptown.
    Written January 29, 2024
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  • mountaineergirl04
    2 contributions
    My friends and I loved our tour chronicling Chinese and Jewish immigrants across time. Our guide was great, and deserves a fair contract with living wages! Union now, just like our ancestors said :)
    Written February 23, 2024
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  • brienanni
    Kita, Mali251 contributions
    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 February 17, 2024
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  • RonL40
    Utica, NY3,563 contributions
    The library and the study are the main stopping points of the Morgan. For those interest in the history of the book, the museum is a must. We were more interested in the art and the small selection her is exceptional: Fra Angelico, Bosch, Memling and special exhibitions. Don't miss the Sol LeWitt!
    Written February 12, 2024
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  • Try2TravelSustainably
    Hamilton, Canada283 contributions
    We have been to NYC more times than we can count and had never done this. Was so glad we finally took the trip. There is a machine to buy tickets when you arrive or you can use your Metro card/tap. The trip is quick and beautiful. We only took it one way and took the subway back. We walked around both ends of the island and took the free bus from end to end. Beauty at both ends including a sculpture garden. A nice almost free way to spend the afternoon.
    Written February 22, 2024
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  • Adin H
    Brooklyn, NY35 contributions
    The Museum at Eldridge Street is a must-visit! It's a gorgeous, awe-inspiring space with a rich history. The guided tour is definitely worthwhile (loved my tour led by Rachel!), as the details shared by the docent truly bring the space to life and add so much depth and dimension. The current "28 REMARKABLE WOMEN...
    AND ONE SCOUNDREL" exhibit is also fun, and educational. A great place to vist for NYC locals and visitors alike!
    Written February 5, 2024
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  • Emily D
    1 contribution
    Fantastic service. Delicious food. Great ambiance Bojan is the best waiter I’ve ever come across!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Written January 20, 2024
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  • sarah
    York, UK38 contributions
    Not much to do but it’s a beautiful space. The weather was clear when we went so we just had a little wander around the island.
    Written January 15, 2024
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  • karenlig
    Yasuni National Park, Ecuador16 contributions
    My friend heard about this, and it was never on my radar as someone who grew up in the area. The tour was amazing! Tommy was the best guide… Ever! Learned so much. My uncle was an altar boy here in the 40s and never knew about this history.great tour to kick off other sites and little Italy
    Written January 23, 2024
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
    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 November 13, 2023
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,446 contributions
    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 September 14, 2023
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  • RYC88
    Centreville, VA1,277 contributions
    The guided tour is very good, although you can easily tour on your own with all the information placards in each room. The decor is lovely and it's fun and interesting to hear about the family who lived here. A very well-preserved property and lots of fun facts about "old" NYC.
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • RonL40
    Utica, NY3,563 contributions
    We were wonderfully surprised by how great the Rubin Museum collection is. Nearly every example of art in the museum, from China, Nepal, India and more, were among the best specimens, real masterpieces, of that motif or god. Amazingly high quality. And that wasn't the best of all... two floors of the museum are essentially devoted to wonderful learning experiences, teaching very easily something about the culture that produced the art. The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine in the museum was a revelation. And the gong exhibit was one of the most interesting interactive experiences I've had in a museum. Really thrilling curatorship. Bravo!
    Written February 12, 2024
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  • Farwriter
    London, UK92 contributions
    Lovely grounds to wander around if you are in the area. Guided tours are available but I didn't do one of those. Worth visiting for the beautiful St Paul's Chapel (NOT the one in lower Manhattan) which has a stunning ceramic tiled domed ceiling.
    Written February 22, 2024
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