18 May 2017

Unusual Things to do in New York

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If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Big Apple, I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to shopping at Bloomingdales, visiting the Empire State Building and picnicking in Central park. They’re all things that you simply must do in New York, after all, but if you just take in the most famous sights and sounds of New York that you find in your Lonely Planet guide, you will be missing out because there is so much more to the city than you’ll find in the tourist guides.

If you’re lucky enough to have bagged Cheap Flights to New York and you have lots of time to spare in the city that never sleeps, here are some of the more unusual things you should consider doing:

Spend Some Time on the Beach
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When you think of trips to New York, you probably don’t think about time spent sunbathing on the beach, but if you make the 45-minute trip from Manhattan to Coney Island, you can do exactly that. Not only will you be able to relax on the shore, but you’ll also be able to have family fun on the island’s famous boardwalk, which is lined with amusements, attractions and fairground rides. It’s a great place to go when the crowds of mainland New York are getting too much for you.

Visit the New York Transit Museum
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It might not seem like the most exciting way to spend your limited time in New York, but I promise you that the New York Transit Museum is worth a visit, if only for the fact that you can join a tour of the city’s underground network where you will be able to see hidden parts of the city’s history, including the Old City Hall Station, which dates back to 1904 and is much more attractive than the modern subway stations we are familiar with today.
Take a Prohibition Tour

The Prohibition era of the United States, which spanned the 1920s-1930s was one of the most interesting times in the country’s history. So, if you’re looking for something offbeat to do, that you know will pique your interest, sign up for a prohibition tour, which will allow you to experience what it would have been like to take part in a sneaky cocktail or two back when alcohol was banned. It beats a trip to your average bar or nightclub, that’s for sure.

See the World’s First Elevator, Shaft
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If you visit the Cooper Union Foundation Building between shopping trips and sampling some of the finest deli sandwiches in the world, you’ll be able to see the world’s first ever elevator shaft. Much more impressive than it seems, the funnel-shaped structure, which was built in the mid-1800s, and which was operated by a system of pulleys and levels, will have you praising modern technology!

Trinity Churchyard
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If really weird attractions are your thing, head to Trinity Churchyard, Broadway where you will see New York’s weirdest gravestone, which belongs to an 18th-century Mason and which is carved with all manner of weird and wonderful symbols and a strange Masonic language.


Have you been to New York? Which unusual attractions did you enjoy seeing?

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