New York City Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 10 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in New York City

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  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,954 contributions
    What a perfect day to visit the Cloisters! It was a warm (for the winter) day and clear beautiful skies and the perfect day to walk to the Cloisters from the subway.

    The museum was having a "Holiday Tour" of Medieval Christmas decorations and a talk on how people decorated for the Christmas holidays during the Middle Ages. Our tour was packed with people. There must have been forty of us on the tour. The tour guide explained the symbolism of items like ivy, holly, pine, fruits and roses during the holiday season and how they were part of the way the churches were decorated for services back then. There still was that Pagan influence in the way the church was run.

    We talked about how the museum was decorated and how the ideas for decorating came about, the museum pieces that were influenced by the holidays and the story of the Magi and how the beginnings of Christmas were established. It was a really interesting talk. The tour guide gave detailed accounts of the protocol of the holidays during that time. Things seemed to loosen up by the Middle Ages.

    The staff of the museum did a nice job decorating the museum for the holidays and it looked very festive. I also got to see the "Hunt of the Unicorn" tapestries and go outside onto the terraces and admire the views on this beautiful warm afternoon.

    It was a great visit.
    Written 31 December 2022
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  • Michelle M
    4 contributions
    Gary Suson has brought together a collection of images and artifacts from 9/11 that leave you speechless. He narrates from his own personal experience and was hands on during our tour. A solemn reminder of how fragile life can be. It’s a must!
    Written 4 February 2023
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  • mark dobson
    5 contributions
    One of the world's great collections - a greatest hits of old masters - on show in a gallery for the only time while its home is refurbished. A brilliant experience - these paintings just glow. Not to be missed!
    Written 29 October 2022
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  • Rachel S
    Staffordshire, UK97 contributions
    We hopped on the tramway to see the city views. It is quick, clean and efficient .
    Having the 7 day subway pass allowed us to use the cable car for free.
    The kids loved it and the views were magnificent.
    Written 3 February 2023
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  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada502 contributions
    The Morgan is a melange of library/landmark/museum/historic site and music venue. Upon entry, I went past 2 stone lionesses and admired the beauty of a floor to ceiling rotunda with a semicircular Aspe depicting Roman mythology. I felt like I was stepping back in time to the Italian Renaissance.

    The East Room of the Morgan is one of the great library spaces of the world. I relished the masterpieces like the early Gutenberg Bible and other celebratory pieces. Other prized works are kept in the West Room's solid steel vault. The light wood embedded in a darker wood of the architected bookcases are as precious as the books they are commissioned to store.

    In addition to the ton of books and exquisite architecture, the Morgan also hosts valuable paintings and sculptures such as Rossellini's bust of the Christ Child. My favourite painting was The Little Prince Taking flight. There is a marvellous store with a multiplicity of books reflecting the exhibits as well as other museum keepsakes.
    Written 11 January 2023
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  • Banjo1957
    Fremont, CA71 contributions
    I love the podcast, The Bowery Boys, (history of New York City and it’s boroughs). Their Episode #246, focuses on the Tenement Museum, located on the lower east side. During a recent trip to Brooklyn to visit my nephew and his wife, I made a point of this visiting this fascinating time capsule. The original building at 97 Orchard St. is currently undergoing preservation, but access to the temporary historic apartments at 103 Orchard St. is well worth the trip. The small group tours provide a time capsule into the lives of tenement residents, as the guides shared poignant stories of the many families who resided in these buildings from the 1860’s to 1980’s. There’s also a very fun and eclectic museum shop where you check in for the tours.
    Written 15 January 2023
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,616 contributions
    The West Village in Manhattan is filled with lively bars, restaurants and shops. Also parks , theatre and art shops. Recommended
    Written 26 January 2023
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  • balkanmomma
    New York City, NY110 contributions
    We had a wonderful tour thanks to Susan, our docent. The synagogue is breathtaking. They have a wonderful selection in their gift shop.
    Written 23 December 2022
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  • Willem K
    961 contributions
    While staying in a hotel in Queens, I always run in the outer loop around the island as part of my run. Beautiful oasis in NYC. Recommended!
    Written 21 December 2022
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  • Rachel122
    Halifax, Canada69 contributions
    Very informative tour. Much of it is outside if the weather is cooperative, and that's where the most interesting information is shared about the catholics in New York. The catacombs have an interesting history and I would recommend this tour if you're in the area. The Basilica is quite plain looking from the outside, but more than makes up for it on the inside.

    If the organ is playing, that's a bonus!
    Written 4 January 2023
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA7,709 contributions
    I finally made my film pilgrimage to Riverside Drive and W 105th to see the hil Madonna ran up (barefoot!) in the film Who's That Girl?. And I was lucky enough to meet some local residents who remembered the filming, so had stories to tell.

    The architecture here is a feast for the eyes, I almost got a sore neck from constantly looking up. The Marion Davies mansion, which featured in the novel The Blue Butterfly, still stands. And water towers aplenty, one of my favorite parts of NYC architecture.

    There are eateries, art centers, and stores, of course, but that's another topic for a different review. Suffice it to say, I really had a wonderful and interesting morning's walk in the neighborhood.
    Written 27 October 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,616 contributions
    Merchants house museum is a beautiful historic house that is preserved in time. Many original features and nice folks giving commentary as you pass from room to room. House is under risk as developer looking to build beside it! Recommended to see.
    Written 29 January 2023
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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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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,616 contributions
    The sea glass carousal is actually pretty cool. It’s certainly targeted towards youngsters. Nice and user friendly. Worth a look.
    Written 29 January 2023
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  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,954 contributions
    The gardens have a quiet elegance to them in the winter months when nothing is growing but still you can walk around and see all the bushes and statuary. The gardens are under renovation but in the winter months there is nothing to see on that side of the park.

    Still is it nice to walk around the shrubbery and see the mazes of the gardens. There are still people walking around admiring the lawns and trees and taking pictures.
    Written 16 January 2023
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