The Atlas Obscura Guide To New York City
749 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in New York City
Updated September 19, 2023
From the Times Square Hum to George Washingtonʼs dentures, the Big Apple is full of wonders big and small. It was the home of Atlas Obscura for many years, so weʼve scoured the city for hidden wonders, and itʼs possible to see many of them in a single afternoon.
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Lists Featuring New York City
The 11 Best Places to Visit Near Niagara Falls for Curious Travelers
Including Book Corner, Prophet Isaiah's Second Coming House, and Edward Dean Adams Power Plant
The 11 Best Things to do Near the Empire State Building for Curious Travelers
Including Tannen's Magic Shop, The Conjuring Arts Research Center, and Keen's Steakhouse
7 Extraordinary Jewish Restaurants Around the World
A global map of diverse delights.
Including Pasticceria Boccione, Gottlieb's Restaurant, and Nahoum and Sons
30 Unexpected Places to Have a Joyful Adventure in New York City
Including Geographic Center of New York City, Vale of Cashmere, and Marie's Crisis
18 Places to Discover Innovation in Roosevelt Island and NYC
Including Holographic Studios Inc., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and Patent Pending
The Quietest Spots in America’s Loudest City
Keep calm and immerse yourself in New York's urban arcadia.
Including The Elevated Acre, Blockhouse No. 1, and Hallett Nature Sanctuary
10 Secrets of the New York City Subway
Stand clear of the closing doors, please.
Including Holiday Nostalgia Train, REACH: New York, and The Secret Entrance to the Knickerbocker Hotel