There is no shortage of guidebooks and internet resources dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of the best things to do while visiting New York City. But not all tourists want to follow the proverbial crowd. For a more unique look at the Big Apple, be sure to take the time to check out these best-kept secrets of NYC.
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL WOMEN’S ROOM SITTING LOUNGE: Harkening back to the glory days of the city, this bathroom is a classic art deco throwback to the past. Don’t miss your chance to relax like they used to.
ORCHARD BEACH AND BOARDWALK: This manmade sandbar in the Bronx offers a welcome respite from the bustling city. Visitors and residents alike can escape the noise of the urban life and relax on the one-mile sandy beach.
TABERNACLE OF PRAYER CHURCH: Once a movie theater in its prime, this church in Queens features a gothic splendor unmatched by any other place in the city.
SECRET GARDENS OF ROCKEFELLER CENTER: High above the kitschy tourist attractions of 30 Rock are a network of secret outdoor rooftop gardens. Look up and marvel at the beauty, so close yet so far away.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSE: This real-life Frank Lloyd Wright house is located just a short ferry ride away in Staten Island. Locals know it as The Crimson Beech, but whatever its name, the house offers a true glimpse into the renowned architecture of one of the world’s greatest creators.
WALDORF ASTORIA SECRET TRAIN TRACKS: This network of railroad tracks underneath the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel traces its roots back to the days when train travel was the mode of transport of choice. Famous politicians and celebrities craving discreet anonymity would arrive at the historic NYC hotel through the secret tracks.
MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM: For a more interesting experience, head on over to the Morbid Anatomy Museum, showcasing a variety of spine-tingling skeletons and other artifacts of death. The perfect souvenir for any trip can be found in the museum gift store.
Whatever your fancy, there is always something new and different waiting around each and every corner of New York City. You just have to go out there and find it!