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Top 10 Off-Beat Attractions of New York City

  1. SeaGlass Carousel
SeaGlass Carousel
SeaGlass Carousel

The unique SeaGlass Carousel is located in Battery Park in Manhattan Island. The carousel is made of 30 fiberglass fishes belonging to 12 different species. It is designed to give a feel of an underwater ride. The changing LED lights and the specially composed music for the ride add to the ambiance. This modern carousel opened to the public in 2015. Unlike traditional carousels, it does not feature a pole in the center as the working machinery is tucked away underground.

 

  1. Tannen’s Magic Store
Tannen
Tannen’s Magic Store

Who doesn’t like magic? It is a favorite with adults and children alike. So the next time you visit New York City, head to Suite 608 of 45 West 34th Street. It is the home of Tannen’s Magic Store, the oldest magic shop of the city. The store was established in 1925 by Louis Tannen. It has a whole array of magic items that you can choose. The items are neatly organized in categories, like coin magic, card magic, knife magic, and so on. If the items really excite you to get more into magic, then you can join any of there summer camp of magic classes.

 

  1. Lexington Candy Shop
Lexington Candy Shop
Lexington Candy Shop

Want a flavor of New York City from the 1920s and 1930s? All you have to do is head to the Lexington Candy Shop at 1226 Lexington Avenue in Brooklyn. Dating back to 1925, this is the oldest family-run luncheonette in New York City. The place still uses its original coffee urns. Even the milkshakes are made in its Hamilton Beach mixer from 1940. It was last renovated in 1948. The luncheonette truly carries the charm and warmth of the New York family-owned eateries from the post-World War I era. Even the menu has hardly changed over the decades. Lexington Candy Shop is presently owned by John Philis, who is the grandson of the founder.

 

  1. The Houdini Museum
The Houdini Museum
The Houdini Museum

Tucked away in a room on the 3rd floor of a building on 421 7th Avenue is a museum dedicated to one of the greatest performers of all time – the iconic escape artist Harry Houdini. The nearest landmark to this attraction is the Penn Station which is right across the street. The museum is a part of the Fantasma magic shop. The exhibits of the museum are mostly the private collection of Roger Dreyer, the CEO of Fantasma. From straitjackets to caskets, and from photographs to escape coffins, the museum has over 200 items of display. The collection is over 1500 items, so there is a continuous change in exhibits.

 

  1. Castle Williams
Castle Williams
Manhattan skyline from Castle Williams

A castle in New York City? Yes, that’s right. Castle Williams is a real fortress that is located on Governor’s Island. This circular fortification was completed in 1807 and is made with red sandstone. The fort has a diameter of 210 feet, a height of 40 feet, and walls that are 7 to 8 feet thick. Nearly 100 cannons were placed inside this castle. The circular shape enables it to protect the city from naval attacks from any direction. Castle Williams is now open to the general public, but only between the months of May and September.

 

  1. Broadway Flea Market
Broadway Flea Market
Broadway Flea Market

If you are a fan of theater, and especially Broadway, then this is an attraction that will certainly interest you. Ever wondered if you could get hold of a prop or a costume from your favorite Broadway performance? Or maybe meet your favorite Broadway star and get an autograph? The Broadway Flea Market brings you that very chance. Every year, several of the Broadway production houses set up tables to auction or sell various merchandise associated with their stage productions. It started in 1987 when the A Chorus Line production set up tables to raise funds to fight AIDS. The event has become an annual affair since then and has raised over 12.6 million dollars over the years.

 

  1. Goldbar
Goldbar
Goldbar

Goldbar is one of the most luxurious night spots in New York City. Surprising as it may sound, several sections of the bar are actually covered in pure gold! This exclusive club is located in the NoLita neighborhood in Manhattan. The ceilings are adorned with crystal chandeliers and gold leaf. However, the highlight of Goldbar is its famous wall of gold skulls. So if you are a fan of bling or looking to party in chic style, then Goldbar is the place for you. Goldbar is open only from Thursday to Sunday between 11 pm and 4 am.

 

  1. MMuseumm
MMuseumm
MMuseumm

Museums across the world exhibit items which are of historical importance or have acquired intellectual value over the years. But is there any museum which has a collection of items which people have simply discarded? You guessed it right, Mmuseumm is a unique mini museum which has a collection of items that are ‘overlooked, dismissed, or ignored.’ It is located inside a freight elevator in Cortlandt Alley, between Franklin Street and White Street. The museum is so small that it can fit only 3 guests at a time! Collections include the shoe thrown at President George W Bush in Baghdad, Donald Trump After Shave Balm, and ISIS currency. It is open only on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., but you can view through the window 24/7 by calling 1-888-763-8839.

 

  1. Tropical Forest in Midtown Manhattan
Ford Foundation Building
Ford Foundation Building

Manhattan is known worldwide for its stunning skyscrapers. But how stunning must it be to find a tropical forest right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, albeit man-made. The Ford Foundation Building at 320 East 43rd Street is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable buildings in the concrete jungle of Manhattan. It was built in 1967 and has 12 floors. With a frame of steel and glass, it may look like an over-sized greenhouse to many. It has an open-plan office space making the greenery a part of everyday office life. The building is so eco-friendly that it collects rain water to fill the pools and water the trees.

 

  1. Trinity Place Bank Vault Bar
Trinity Place Bank Vault Bar
Trinity Place Bank Vault Bar

If you are looking for a drink or a place for fine dining, then why not visit the Trinity Place Bank Vault Bar? Just as the name says, the bar is located right inside a bank vault! It is a refurbished original bank vault inside the historic Trinity Building in the Financial District of Manhattan. The bar was opened in 2006. To get to the bar, you will walk into the vault with its 35 ton vault door that dates back to 1904. The dining room, which can be identified by its stunning  chandelier, was once the private meeting room of the board members of the bank.

Originally posted 2017-08-21 13:09:29.

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