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Best Hidden Gems in New York

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City Hall Subway Station

The City Hall Subway Station is an inactive subway station on the National Register of Historic Places. Going out of operation in 1945, it was closed up for 69 years before it was finally unsealed. Its curved architecture and arched ceilings were simply a novelty for the new platform, making it unique among all stations. The glass work on its domed ceiling is a marvel in itself. Since usually visitors cannot actually enter the station, the only way to see it is to stay on the six train past the final Brooklyn Bridge stop, and marvel at this beautiful station from the train as it turns around here. Sometimes private events are held in the station, truly a rare experience for those lucky enough to be invited.

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Mmuseumm

You'd be hard pressed to find another place quite like the Mmuseumm anywhere. This tiny little museum is basically the size of an elevator shaft, exhibiting an array of random objects, many of which will fit in with a seasonal "theme." Here, in this quirky space, you can see perennial objects like the shoe that was once thrown at George W. Bush's head, as well as the other changing artifacts. You never know quite what you will find at Mmuseumm.

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Winter Garden Atrium

The Winter Garden Atrium at the north end of Battery Park City is probably one of the only places in NYC where you can see palm trees. In this massive glass edifice originally constructed by César Pelli in 1985, the majestic palms of the species Washingtonia stand tall. On September 11th, the structure was demolished from the debris and detritus, however it was reconstructed a year thereafter (with new trees) in 2002. Nowadays, the atrium hosts summer concerts, shops, art exhibits and it serves as a great entryway to explore the WTC and Battery Park City.

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Downtown Music Gallery

At Downtown Music Gallery, you will be likely to find the CDs, DVDs and LPs you are unable to find elsewhere. The selection of music is vast, and features a lot of avant-garde jazz and progressive. Some of the artists whose music you are likely to find here include Darius Jones, Alvin Lucier, Dagmar Krause and Myra Melford. The friendly staff at this cozy store will be able to assist you in finding the music of your choice.

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Blue in Green

Blue in Green in Soho is a select men's wear shop. They specialize in 15 exclusive quality Japanese brands of denims. They also customize the jeans according to your taste. Blue in Green is an uber cool shop for men's accessories as well, be it leather jackets, bandanas, button down shirts etc, you will be delighted to shop in here.

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Irish Hunger Memorial

This memorial is dedicated to the devastating Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845 - 1852. The Famine resulted in nearly one million deaths in Ireland and forced countless others to emigrate to America, many of whom came to New York. The memorial is made of stones from all 32 counties of Ireland. It also uses native soil and vegetation straight from Ireland, as well as slabs of text separated by layers of Irish limestone from over 300 million years ago. The memorial also features an authentic 19th century Irish cottage.

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Suitsupply

Targeting stylish men, Suitsupply is the perfect place for new shoppers. With experts to guide you, men are sure to walk out looking smart and casual. Everything from jackets, vests, trousers and gloves can be found here. They also take orders from around the world and have a return policy as well. An ideal store for the complete man, that's Suitsupply.

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New York City Fire Museum

The New York City Fire Museum is an ode to those at the forefront of the city's safety. Having shifted base a number of times since its inception, the museum now occupies a refurbished firehouse dating back to 1904. The collection on display features steam engines, model fire trucks, cutting edge fire-fighting equipment and gear from the late 18th Century to the present day. The fire related artifacts and memorabilia celebrate the trajectory of the FDNY and honor its heritage. Pay your respects to the 343 firefighters that lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks and view objects recovered from Ground Zero. Engage yourself with stories of courage narrated by retired firemen as well as a fire safety education session.

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East Coast Memorial

Located in Battery Park at the very southern tip of Manhattan, this World War II memorial features eight 19-foot (5.8-meter) granite pillars engraved with the names of over 4600 U.S. servicemen who either died or were reported missing overseas in the western Atlantic Ocean during Word War II. The memorial's main attraction is a large bronze eagle which rests on top of a black granite slab in between the two rows of pillars. The memorial neighbors the historic Fort Clinton.

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New York Earth Room

The New York Earth Room is an art installation of the interior of the earth rendered by Water De Maria. The first of these sculptures was made in 1968 and installed in Munich, which has since been dismantled. Installed in 1977, this was a sculpture commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation initially intended to only be there for three months, but has lasted over 30 years! This sculptures holds 250 cubic yards of earth, covers 3,600 sq feet of space, is 22 inches deep and weighs 280,000 lbs.

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New York Marble Cemetery

This historic cemetery built in 1830 is one of the East Village's most overlooked public spaces, probably because it's only open every fourth Sunday from April to October. Spread over a modest area behind magnificent wrought-iron gates, the non-sectarian burial ground holds more than 2,000 New Yorkers. All the dearly departed are housed in underground marble vaults and the names are marked by plaques along the perimeter walls. Not to be confused with the New York City Marble Cemetery located down the street, it is one of two very tranquil places in the busy East Village.

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Merchant's House Museum

The very beautifully preserved Merchant's House Museum shows how New York's merchant class lived in the 1800s. The brick townhouse was built in 1832 in the Greek-Revival style. Three years later, a successful merchant by the name of Seabury Tredwell bought the property, and it housed his family for generations. Today, visitors can see just how the family lived in the 19th Century. The kitchen and the fixtures are original, and in fact, all the furniture was used by this family.

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