We’ve put together five fascinating and off-beat things to do in the Big Apple – make sure you get yourself there and get involved quick, before the masses find out! Whether you choose to walk on the wild side with rock royalty, or you have a taste for quirky NYC artefacts, it’s possible to see a fascinating underside of the Big Apple with a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise.
This is a quaint little Brooklyn museum that contains ephemera and trinkets from NYC history. The City Reliquary includes full-scale models of the USS Monitor – a Civil War steamship – along with hand drawn illustrations of the city’s landmarks and random treasures from the 1964 World’s Fair. This is definitely a place for die-hard history buffs to discover, a not-for-profit community museum that takes a quirky look at history through a series of both permanent and changing exhibitions.
The Green-Wood Cemetery
The Green-Wood Cemetery provides a final resting place for many famous New Yorkers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein and William “Boss” Tweed. This cemetery is more than a just place where you can discover interesting gravestones and look for ghosts – it’s beautiful, peaceful and has one of the highest viewpoints in the borough. From the peak of Battle Hill you can see Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan and of course that inimitable skyline.
A TV Addict’s Paradise
Travellers with square eyes and a passion for the box should head to the Paley Center for Media. This is the holding location for around 150,000 clips from TV shows, radio programmes and podcasts. It’s got a calendar packed with talks from TV producers, well–known actors, screen writers and journalists, all wanting to discuss the merits and downsides of shows like Breaking Bad, Dexter and more.
A Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour of NYC
Famed rock historian Bobby Pinn leads a two hour tour around New York’s East Village area. This takes in the legendary CBGB nightclub and famous old rock residences, such as the Christodora House, once home to the notorious Iggy Pop. The East Village was once a poor neighbourhood but had its street cred revived with the Punk movement in the 1970s. This is a fascinating tour of New York’s underground music scene, with discussion of the Ramones, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, the Velvet Underground, The Clash, Led Zeppelin and more. It’s a definite must for any rock or punk aficionado.
Coney Island Baby
A fascinating part of New York that’s often off the tourist radar is Coney Island. This place has had a chequered history. A refurbishment of the boardwalk area in the past decade has increased its popularity and there’s an intriguing history here, made all the more cool because of Lou Reed’s eponymous album. Nowadays there are plenty of beachgoers and hot dog stands plus it’s possible to find out all about Coney Island at the museum.
Image: City Reliquary Museum in NYC by Clementine Gallot used under creative commons license: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7476739@N05/3362864490/
Walter Channing was born and brought up in New York City and he loves every inch of it from the café on the corner of his road to the skyscrapers of Times Square. When he is not spending time in his home city he is often on the road travelling America from east to west in search of new experiences, visiting friends and generally following his heart.