11 New York Secrets: the less well known must see sights of New York City!

11 New York Secrets: the less well known must see sights of New York City!11 New York Secrets: the less well known must see sights of New York City!

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New York is full to the brim ofВ secret sights and surprises and we made it our mission to find the best of its hidden gems! Here’s our guide to 11 of the best andВ less well known tourist attractions in New York City!

1 | Berlin Wall, Manhattan.

We were definitely surprised when we stumbled across remnants of the Berlin Wall in the middle of a Manhattan courtyard!

There are pieces of the Berlin Wall scattered all over the world and New York has secured its own piece of German history with two sections of the Wall currently on public display: one at Battery Park and the second in the UN plaza.

It was fascinating to see sections of the wall on display as public art and a poignant reminder of such a monumentalВ period of history.

The Berlin Wall, 53rd between 5th and MadisonВ (this section is currently under restoration and not on public display)

2 |В Life Underground, New York subway.

The New York subway is never dull but make sure to keep your eyes peeled for theВ whimsical bronze statues which make up ‘Life Underground’, a series of cartoonish people and animal sculptures illustrating the impossibility of understanding life in New York.

The statues depict business men, construction workers and even a sewer alligator dressed in a shirt and tie.

Their surpriseВ appearance is sure to brighten up any trip underground!

Life Underground, 14th Street and 8th Avenue subway station.

New York City Pass.

The NYC Pass is a great option for visitors to NYC and gives you over 40% off entry (including expedited entry to some) to 6 of the city’s most popular attractions- check prices here!

3 |В A birds eye view of Times Square!

There’s nothing secret about Times SquareВ but these panoramic views of the crossroads of the world have to be seen to be believed!

Above the crowds and craziness ofВ Times Square, the hidden cocktail bars (our favourite is the R Lounge in the Renaissance Hotel В where we oftenВ stay) offerВ incredible views of the bright lights and yellow cabs the city is so famous for! Click here for latest prices.

The best view of Times Square! R Lounge, Renaissance Hotel, 48th and 7th.

Where to stay in New York.

We’ve stayed all over the city during our trips to NYC. Here’s some of our faves:

Pod 51:В an awesome and funky option close to the Rockefeller Center. A great budget friendly choice in the city – click here for latest prices Renaissance Times Square: for its Times Square location, spacious rooms and the stunning R Lounge bar. EnjoyВ cocktails in the evenings overlooking the iconic Times Square lights! –В click here for latest prices SIXTY Lower East Side: when we want explore downtown with an incredible rooftop pool! This one is not to be missed. –В click here for latest prices Hi NYC:В on the Upper West Side is a great hostel option –В click here for latest prices.

4 | Alice and Wonderland, Central Park.

Dreams are made in New York city and the Alice in Wonderland statue tucked away in Central Park perfectly indulges childhood dreams!

The Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Dormouse and Alice are all in attendance at this tea party and we were delighted to join as a guest!

Alice in Wonderland statue, East 74th Street, Central Park.

5 | The Morgan Library.

The Morgan Library is one of the most beautiful places we’ve come across in New York City. It began as the private library of financier Pierpont MorganВ and hisВ son, J.P. Morgan, transformed it into a public institution.

The stunning library is a book lovers dream and the personal studyВ isВ incredible.

The library also houses temporary exhibitions and we were lucky to chance upon Lincoln Speaks, an exhibition illustrating how Lincoln’s words changed the course of history.

Our highlight wasВ Walt Whitman’s handwritten copy of ‘O Captain, My Captain’, his mourning poem written in honour of Abraham Lincoln. And no, I can’t stop reciting it either!

The Morgan Library, 37th and Madison.

A piece from the collection.

6В |В Irish Hunger Memorial.

Under the beautiful backdrop of Lady Liberty and One World Trade Center, the Irish Hunger memorial is aВ reminder of both the famine and the fact that hunger and poverty continue to exist today.

We were stunned by its elegance from the moment we walked through the entry tunnel filled with poignant quotes and the journey through the memorial is serene and peaceful.

Over 1 million people died as a result of the Famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1852 and aroundВ 1 million more emigrated.

The memorial contains stones from each of theВ Irish countiesВ andВ representsВ a rural Irish landscape with an abandoned stone cottage and fallow potato fields.

The abandoned cottage.

County stones.

Irish Hunger Memorial, Vesey Street and North End Avenue.

7В |В Whispering Galleries, Grand Central.

Separated by a stream of commuters I was a little skeptical as we stood inВ diagonally opposite corners of the Grand Central concourse attempting to whisper sweet nothings to each other across the hallway.

That was until I heard the husband’s voice, clear as day, apparently travelling through the ceiling.

It’s all down to the sound wavesВ clinging to the walls but, to us, it was New York magic!В It’s the simple things in life!

Photos like this are an added Grand Central bonus!

Whispering Galleries, in front of the Oyster Bar, Grand Central.

8В |В Pomander Walk.

As we caught sight of Pomander Walk on the Upper West Side it feltВ like we’d stepped onto an old England street. The colourful Tudor style buildings seemВ like aВ miniature movie set in contrast to the high rises that surround the tiny complex.

It’s now a National LandmarkВ and Pomander WalkВ is locked and gated so a view fromВ theВ sidewalk may be the only chance of catching a glimpse these days!

The entrance to Pomander Walk.

Pomander Walk, West 96th between Broadway and West End Avenue.

9 | Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway.

Beautiful views of Manhattan and the East River together with the novelty of a cable car ride and all for a single swipe of a Metro Card: the Roosevelt Island tram ride is a win win trip in New York City!

East River views.

Roosevelt Island Tram, 59th and 2nd.

10В | A waterfall and a 1/2 avenue!

Every New York office worker knows the secret shortcut down 6 1/2 avenue from 51st to 57th street, a pedestrianized escape from the craziness of midtown Manhattan.

Paley Park, with its 20 foot waterfall, is situated close by as isВ theВ glass waterfall tunnel. Who would have thought Midtown ManhattanВ could double up as a tropical oasis?!

Paley Park, 53rd and 5th.

Waterfall Tunnel, 48th between 6th and 7th.

11 |В Love quotesВ inВ Central ParkВ.

On aВ morning run in Central Park we stopped to tie our laces and noticed a plaque inscribed on the bench: ‘this is a place to dream things that never were – and ask why not’.

And so began our love affair with the Central Park benches! Around 1/3 of the park benches have been ‘adopted’ and inscribed with a personal quote. Let the search begin for your favourite!

We love!

Located throughout Central Park.

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