New York is known for bright lights, big buildings and Broadway, but there’s much more to the city that never sleeps. After you’ve checked off the obligatory tourist hotspots, check out these lesser-known attractions for a uniquely New York spring break.
City Reliquary Museum – Williamsburg
370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
For a scaled-down history lesson, visitors should seek out the City Reliquary Museum which celebrates the history of New York with a unique collection of artwork, displays and rotating community exhibits. The organization also hosts a variety of unique classes and events ranging from Lego building to paranormal trivia, so be sure to check their calendar for a one-of-a-kind Brooklyn experience.
Keen’s Steakhouse – Midtown
72 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018
Since 1885, Albert Keen’s Steakhouse has served the best mutton chops to a variety of celebrities ranging from presidents to actors, sports heroes to scientists. Past members of the tavern – including the likes of Albert Einstein and Teddy Roosevelt – had their own personal clay pipe stored for use when they would arrive at the steakhouse; now, all 90,000 of those pipes are numbered and displayed throughout the building. It’s the perfect place to grab a meal and a shot of history before enjoying one of the many nearby shows.
Green-Wood Cemetery – Brooklyn
500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Once one of the most visited attractions in New York, the Green-Wood Cemetery has faded in popularity, making it an excellent destination for visitors seeking the obscure. Statuesque mausoleums mark the graves of many distinguished New Yorkers, making it an eerie yet tranquil destination. As a relative high point, the cemetery also offers a pleasant view of the city.
Trinity Place Bank Vault Bar – Financial District
115 Broadway, New York, NY 10006
Hidden beneath the extravagant skyscraper known as the US Realty building is a hidden gem of a bar tucked inside a restored 1904 bank vault. The warm glow of chandeliers paired with a set of 35 ton vault doors exudes all the decadence and secrecy of a 1920s speakeasy. With so many nearby attractions, Trinity Place Bank Vault Bar is the perfect place to end a long day of sightseeing. Once home to an extravagant private club, you too can live like high society: drop in for a classic cocktail before being whisked away to your hotel in a private car or limo.
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