Secrets of NYC Revealed
March 2, 2008 7:41 PM Subscribe
Seeking charming and peculiar diversions in NYC and Brooklyn.
posted by Scram to travel & transportation around New York, NY (18 answers total) 65 users marked this as a favorite
In a few weeks, my best friend and I will be staying in Brooklyn (not sure which part) and exploring NY for four days. It's her first visit.
We're the sort of people who on a previous trip to Prague planned an entire morning around finding the mummified arm of a medieval thief in a church (finally spotted it way up in the rafters). Weird, secret, offbeat, beautiful, cheap, memorable, mysterious: these are our watchwords.
It's easy to research interesting museums, good restaurants and notable buildings, but harder to know the sort of minor wonders that would turn our days into a series of discoveries. So if you'd care to share your favorite secret, special spots in the NYC area, we'll include them on our rounds and raise a glass to you.
Examples of the kind of thing we'd love to see: Cobblestones, ghost signs, stores run by eccentrics with unique shelving methods, hidden buildings, tiny graveyards, private/unofficial museums, remarkable public spaces not visible from the street, alleys where if you squint it could be 1902, public restrooms equipped with archaic feminine hygiene displays, the prettiest or stangest subway stations, exceptional one-off shops of any sort, a bunny who lives under a certain shrub or a pet cheetah sometimes spotted in a particular window, environmental art/sound installations, bomb shelters, corporate cafeterias open to the public, magical spaces. We are grateful for any suggestions along these or similar lines. Send us home with our minds blown, please!