New York is many cities in one. Most people think that New York has been explored in every corner and up to its smallest points but did you know that the big apple is filled with hidden gems and treasures that are yet to be explored.
So let’s take a tour around New York and look beyond hustle and bustle of the flashing skyline and skyscrapers and you will see New York’s beautiful spots that are hidden from most travelers.
New Yorker Hotel
The New Yorker Hotel is known to be the place where Nikola Tesla spend is final hours alone and in destitute with the pigeons. Tesla who is fondly known as the “man who invented the twentieth century” died right in Suite 3327 of this hotel. Despite, famously known for his AC Electricity patents and the Father of countless groundbreaking inventions, he ended his life alone and broke at the New Yorker Hotel.
These days, the Suite 3327 has been installed with a plagues bearing Tesla’s name for his honor and there is also a second plague in his honor at the exterior of the hotel. Science enthusiasts including engineers, geeks, scientist, UFO enthusiasts and other admirers visit this place to pay homage to this genius who has change the world even before the world was ready.
New York is often described as a busy and fancy city but behind this is a place rich in old English charm. This gated community is oddly situated amidst the high-rising skyscrapers of the Upper West Side and it depicts a pastel-colored charm.
Irish Hunger Memorial
On the edge of the Urban Manhattan, oddly sits a rural sight and the ruins of 19th-century cottage. Perhaps, you would think that this kind of places are seen in video games only but this quarter-acre of Ireland on the edge of Manhattan serves as the memorial of millions of Irish people who died during the Great Famine of the 1840s and as well as other people who continue to suffer from hunger.
41 Cooper Square
Not really the typical university you expected, 41 Cooper Square is an academic building built by architect Thom Mayne. This modernist kind of architecture is meant to motivate and inspire students of Cooper Union to change their way to thinking or rather to encourage them to think “vertically” or solve problem by careful analysis and meticulous method.
The original name of the build is basically the New Academic Building but it is colloquially known as 41 Cooper Square. It is the home of Albert Nerken School of Engineering students.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Museum
Behind the proverbial façade of Manhattan lies the home of US president Theodore Roosevelt during his childhood. The place remains untouched and it serves as a living museum which displays the things that constitute the life, history and career of the former president including the bullet-riddled items from an unsuccessful assassination attempt and the speech that saved him.
If you think that only Rome, Faro or the Czermna(Poland) has a famous ossuary, wait till you see New York’s Goldbar, the city’s own ossuary in the Lower East Side. Goldbar, by its name implies, is a hip bar but with decorated golden skulls in its walls. The bar was established in 2007 and got its inspiration from the trend of “bling vanitas” by Damien Hirst.
Day and Meyer, Murray and Young
The Day And Meyer, Murray and Young building is a system of steel vaults which was once used by the New York socialites. Unlike modern day storage that has high-tech security system, the structure is consists of system of rails and freight elevators that allows employees to move containers around quickly and easily.
Momath – The Museum Of Mathematics
Momath is a Pythagorean funhouse that aims to prove that math is the coolest thing ever. The place was launched after the Long Island Goudreau Museum of Mathematics closed down. The playground is for all ages and if you are one of the people who are not really a math geek, do not worry because this place will not bog you with complex mathematical formula and algebraic expressions. It simply aims to give people a sensory experience of what mathematical abstractions looks and behave like. This museum presents concepts in intuitive delight and visual wonder.
Jefferson Market Library
The Jefferson Market Library was once named as one of America’s most beautiful building in 1885. Before it became a clock tower, it was once used as court house where court sessions were held. Unfortunately, it was destined to be torn down to make room for a new court house. But, a community preservationist, Margot Gayle, and writers like E. E. Cummings and Lewis Mumford formed a Committee to Get the Clock on Jefferson Market Courthouse Started which made the New York Public Library to convert the courthouse into a library. The building was declared National Landmark in 1977.
The Sphere is an architectural structure made by artist Fritz Keonig and it has survives the 9/11 attacks. These days, structure stands as a monument to the victims. The structure is originally located between the Twin Towers in Manhattan before the 9/11 attacks. After the attacks, it was stored at JFK airport and on March 11th, 2002, The Sphere was relocated to Battery Park. It is now the symbol of America’s strength and resiliency.
Amid the busy streets and the concrete jungles, New York is a city filled with wonders. If you take a closer look, New York City is a place with a lot of surprises and these places mentioned above are just some of the beautiful spots you need to put in your itinerary when you visit the Big Apple.