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Best Unique Venues in New York

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Film Forum

This three-screen Soho cinema is not your standard movie house. In business since 1970, it is sadly one of the only spots in New York City where unusual film selections take precedence over big Hollywood bonanzas. Silent films, classic films, underground films and foreign films are all showcased. Often, the Film Forum hosts festivals devoted to a particular performer (Buster Keaton, Jean Harlow) or genre.

New York, NY, United States
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Duplex

Part cabaret, game room, bar and performance space, this West Village haunt is considered an institution by many locals. Boasting the city's oldest cabaret, it features top quality entertainers on a regular basis. After a sultry show, stop by the piano bar downstairs and join the lively singing crowd. Chill in the newly-renovated upstairs bar and enjoy its awesome sound system and three flat panel TVs. The outdoor cafe is one of the best places to people-watch in the West Village.

New York, NY, United States
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Tibet House US

Inaugurated in 1987 by the Dalai Lama, Tibet House is a cultural institution linked to the world-wide network of Tibetan Institutions aimed at the preservation and celebration of the diverse and rich culture of Tibet, at a time of political upheaval. Through it's various resources and spaces, it has created a haven of Tibetan culture in the heart of New York City. From lectures, public events, cultural celebrations, concerts, exhibitions and more; Tibet House is a vibrant hub of activity in the city. The beautiful gallery located in Tibet House US, houses some of the most beautiful works of Art and culturally significant objects in it's permanent collection 'The Repatriation Collection' is open to the public for viewing. For information on events currently on at the Tibet House US, please visit the website.

New York, NY, United States
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The McKittrick Hotel

Built in 1939, the McKittrick Hotel closed down before its opening, owing to the World War II. The well-decorated rooms, antique furniture and lavish interiors were left abandoned. Until, the Punchdrunk production company decided to use this hotel for their innovative theatrical play Sleep No More. Instead of conducting drama on a single stage, at McKittrick Hotel every room has something different to offer; audiences can wander from room to room and be a part the act too. So while you are in town, do visit this hotel and be a part of the conniving and fearful world of Lady Macbeth, witches and other characters.

New York, NY, United States
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Union Hall

The Union Hall is a former warehouse that has been transformed into a chic nightclub, restaurant, bar and concert venue. Garden seating, a fireplace and two bocce courts give this place a whole new effect. The stylish interiors bring to mind a bygone era and create an intimate space to sip on craft brews and share upscale pub plates. Brunch is offered on the weekends as well as a bar menu served daily. Union Hall is a popular event venue and hosts live shows from concerts to comedy and even science night! The roster of talent is always changing, so there's always something new to discover here.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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The Kingsland Ward

Based on the famous tale of Alice in Wonderland, this venue is a part of the Saint John's Church which has been completely redesigned into the world of Alice where the audience enjoys an Alice-like experience. This 15-people venue allows you to explore and unveil the secrets of Alice's wonderland and converse with the Mad-Hatter, Rabbit or the Queen one on one. While you do that, you can sip on to some delicious cocktails crafted for you by some of the best mixologists in the city. All in all, you are sure to enjoy your time here.

New York, NY, United States
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Secret Project Robot

Witness art like never before as you visit the Secret Project Robot. This popular venue is known for contemporary art displays often accompanied with a musical support. Be ready to rock the dance floor as the Secret Project Robot is known for hosting live music performances, DJ and dance parties regularly. So, whether you are an art aficionado or you are looking for a fun evening spot, Secret Project Robot is the place you should head to.

New York, NY, United States
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Coney Island Circus Sideshow

Don't leave Coney Island without visiting the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. This ten-in-one circus sideshow is the last one of its kind in the country. Established in 1985 with the goal of keeping the American sideshow alive, you'll be thrilled (or repulsed) by fire eaters, sword swallowers, snake charmers, and contortionists. Witness unnatural and bizarre acts performed by freaks like hammering nails into their noses, eating bed of nail sandwiches and walking on glass! The 45-minute show runs continuously. There's a Freak bar and a small gift shop in the lobby. The Coney Island Circus Sideshow is also home to the world famous Sideshow School.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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