The High Line is an urban oasis filled with beautifully manicured landscapes. It sits above the city on old train tracks that were installed as part of the West Side Improvement Project back in 1929. The line was primarily used to transport goods along the Lower West Side, but with the advent of vehicles in the 1950s and more accessible routes elsewhere, the last train eventually ran in 1980. Thereafter, the elevated tracks fell into disrepair, and the whole structure was nearly demolished. It was instead converted into an innovative public park, delighting locals and visitors alike. Today, the High Line is a cherished sanctuary away from the bustle of city life.
The zigzagging streets and charming brownstones of Greenwich Village have a far more laid back atmosphere than most neighborhoods in the city. The center of New York's gay and student communities lies here, with a variety of funky shopping and nightlife including jazz, rock and dance clubs, restaurants, bars and cafés. By the early 1900s, the Village had fully established itself as the center of radical thinking in the United States. Famous reformers, artists and intellectuals all gathered here and many still do. Do not miss a visit to Washington Square Park, where you will experience the nexus of it all!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspired by one of the world's most fascinating tales, Gulliver’s Travels, fascinating miniature worlds come to life at this exceptionally unique museum called Gulliver’s Gate. Located in the heart of New York City, this museum exhibits miniature replicas of several cities across the globe. The first sensational city-in-miniature to explore is New York City where you will see replicas of famous pizzerias, boutiques and even world-famous Times Square. They also have fascinating exhibits of places located in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. The work is so detailed and realistic, that you'll be sure to lose yourself in this miniature world.
Displaying an extensive collection of locks and vaults used around the world, John M. Mossman Lock Collection is sure to impress you. The exhibits include samples from 4000 BCE to the 20th Century. Among these are more than 370 locks, keys and other special tools required for locking. Also on display are rare made-to-order locks, and almost all these locks have been known to preserve money behind their doors and safes. Open for visits, the museum's collection belongs to John M. Mossman, who had also written 'Lure of the Lock' a well-researched book on the history and mechanisms of locks.
When it comes to bizarre, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, located in Times Square, needs no introduction. The widely popular museum, fittingly called the "Odditorium", houses some of the strangest artifacts and oddities you'll ever come across. From unexplained ancient relics to strange modern day wonders, the objects on display are bound to intrigue one and all. Apart from the artifacts, the museum also hosts a number of live performances featuring magicians, sword eaters and other quirky performers with the common theme being strange. Visitors can browse the museum at a leisurely pace to observe the close to 500 artifacts on display. The Odd Shop located within the museum is a great place for souvenirs.
767 Third Avenue is a remarkable commercial building in Manhattan. Constructed in 1980 by the William Kaufman Organization, it is notable for its unique oak and brick combination that makes it a standout in the cityscape. Among several amenities and services, its highlighting feature is the three-story high functional chessboard that is the largest in the world. Every Wednesday noon, a move is made on this building facade.