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Oyster Bay, New York

Raynham Hall Museum

Spies, love letters, and ghost stories have all left their mark on this home-cum-museum.
Brooklyn, New York

Smith-9 Street Station

The highest rapid transit station in the world.
Brooklyn, New York

Deno's Wonder Wheel

One of the most enjoyable bits of history at Coney Island and “the most romantic ride in the world.”
Brooklyn, New York

West 8th Street - NY Aquarium Subway Station

New York's southernmost subway station is whimsically wavy.
Brooklyn, New York

Cafe at Your Mother-in-Law

A ruthless Soviet relocation campaign birthed a new cuisine, and this humble restaurant.
Brooklyn, New York

Brighton Bazaar

This neighborhood grocery houses a treasure trove of Eastern European delights.
Staten Island, New York

Swinburne Island

This abandoned artificial island off the coast of New York City is now home to dozens of harbor seals.
Bayonne, New Jersey

Tear Drop Memorial

World Trade Center memorial likened to a woman's sexual organ.
New York, New York

Grand Central Terminal Whispering Gallery

Whisper secrets in a busy station only to be heard on the other side of this acoustic arch.
New York, New York

Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library

A good place to research the Freemasons, esoterica, occultism, and hermeticism.
New York, New York

Cafe at the Swedish Church of New York

Finally, you don't have to be a pious Swedish seaman to relax like one.
Doha, Qatar

Souq Waqif

Qatar's oldest market can trace its origins back more than a century.
New York, New York

The Sale of Manhattan

Down a stairway in the East Village, you could once read a plaque describing an alternate history of Manhattan.
New York, New York

Zaragoza Mexican Deli and Grocery

Behind a grungy bodega facade, a Poblano family serves rich, home-cooked meals.
New York, New York

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks

Spiral-bound community recipes and antiquarian gems mingle at this small East Village shop.
New York, New York

Berlin Wall Section

A celebration of capitalism in Midtown.
Jersey City, New Jersey

The Black Tom Explosion Memorial

A simple plaque remembers an act of WWI terrorism that obliterated an island and forever scarred the Statue of Liberty.
Jersey City, New Jersey

Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal

Hidden in plain sight on the Hudson River is an abandoned train station where nature has taken over.
New York, New York

Private Passage

Wine bottle sculpture with a ship's stateroom inside.
New York, New York

The Ramble Cave

Hidden in Central Park's Ramble is a troublesome cave buried just beneath the surface.
New York, New York

Nathan Hale Hanging Site

A plaque immortalizes the spot where the early American spy said his famous last words: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
New York, New York

The Relic Chapel at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer

Relics given to a Manhattan church to avoid seizure by the Italian government.
New York, New York

The John Street Methodist Church

The oldest Methodist church in the United States has been spreading the good news for over two centuries.
New York, New York

Keen's Steakhouse

Everyone from Mark Twain to Teddy Roosevelt has a pipe hanging from the walls of this historic chophouse.