Very little about the onslaught of million-dollar condos bursting out of the ground in Downtown Brooklyn adheres to any part of Hindu philosophy. Very little, except for this Hare Krishna temple and the basement that houses its welcoming cafeteria.
At Govinda’s Vegetarian Lunch, the bankers, businesspeople, and bureaucrats that stock the neighborhood’s corporate offices rub shoulders over their weekday lunch break with smiling, shaved, robed devotees of the temple upstairs. The dining room attempts to make up for being windowless with colorful floor-to-ceiling murals of Krishna and his milkmaids, while chants and hymns emanate from speakers.
Discover Brooklyn Savings Bank Subway Branch in Brooklyn, New York: Before online banking and smartphone apps, there was "commuter banking" in the subway in Downtown Brooklyn.
A Brooklyn Park’s Wood-Paneled Arch
Endale Arch, one of the first architectural elements constructed in Prospect Park, was recently restored to its original glory.
Captain America Statue
Discover Captain America Statue in Brooklyn, New York: A one-ton statue of Steve Rogers beautifies the entry to a Brooklyn Bed, Bath & Beyond.
NEW YORK CITY Wall St to Washington Square
Discover City Reliquary in Brooklyn, New York: Behind a bodega is a small museum of relics and ephemera showcasing the history of New York.
Smith-9 Street Station
Discover Smith-9 Street Station in Brooklyn, New York: The highest rapid transit station in the world.
‘Jumping Jack’ Power Plant
Discover 'Jumping Jack' Power Plant in Brooklyn, New York: A mysterious, abandoned building rotting on the Brooklyn waterfront.
Kane Street Impaled Pumpkins
Discover Kane Street Impaled Pumpkins in Brooklyn, New York: For 20 years, local pumpkins have met their fate on the iron fence surrounding this Cobble Hill home.
Taste of the Tropics USA
Discover Taste of the Tropics USA in Brooklyn, New York: Try ice cream in Caribbean-styled flavors like soursop, Irish moss, and "greatnut.".
The Museum of Interesting Things
Discover The Museum of Interesting Things in New York, New York: A hands-on traveling collection of the innovative devices of yesteryear.
Discover Infinity Climber in Jersey City, New Jersey: A playground inspired by differential calculus dangles from the ceiling of the Liberty Science Center.
Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant’s Pioneering Photographs of New York City’s 1970s and 80s Graffiti Scene
Charles Feltman’s Tomb
Discover Charles Feltman's Tomb in Brooklyn, New York: The inventor of the Coney Island hot dog rests in a grand mausoleum in Brooklyn.
Lower Manhattan Landmarks
Camilo Egas Mural at the New School
Discover Camilo Egas Mural at the New School in New York, New York: After surviving abandonment, this powerful Latin American mural is alive again.
Stationary Figures Mosaics
Crown Heights Cheese Caves
Underground vaults of a former brewery in Brooklyn are now used to ripen cheese.
Discover Love Lane in Brooklyn, New York: Love is in the air along the small street in Brooklyn.
Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument
Discover Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument in Brooklyn, New York: This beautiful Brooklyn monument over a crypt memorializes a grim and largely unknown story from the American Revolution.
Discover Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces in Brooklyn, New York: These century-old townhouses contain some of the first car garages built in the United States.
Ebbets Field Apartments on the Birthplace of the Brooklyn Dodgers
The "Pigtown" field where Jackie Robinson made his major league debut was replaced with a huge apartment complex.
Russian and Turkish Baths Cafe
Discover Russian and Turkish Baths Cafe in New York, New York: Have a steam and some blini at this cafe in a century-old bathhouse.
A Brick-and-Mortar Matchmaking Club
Discover Modern Love Club in New York, New York: This narrow shop in the East Village hosts a matchmaking service for the new millennium.
Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU
Discover Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU in New York, New York: A collection of fanzines, recordings, and documents detailing the rise and influence of the feminist punk movement.
Museum of Food and Drink
Discover Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn, New York: Here, exhibits come with a side of edible history.
AT&T Longlines Building (33 Thomas Street)
Discover Streecha in New York, New York: A Ukrainian church canteen doles out hearty fare in an East Village basement.
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding 1994 Museum
From humble origins in a Brooklyn apartment to what "may be the most important museum ever created."
New York Crime: A Tour of the City’s Most Infamous Scandals
African Burial Ground Memorial National Monument
Discover African Burial Ground Memorial National Monument in New York, New York: This memorial attraction maintains the memory of slavery's legacy in the creation of New York.
Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery
Discover Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery in Jersey City, New Jersey: Filled with history, this cemetery is maintained each summer by a few hungry goats.
Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers
Abolitionist Place in Brooklyn
This block downtown was a hotbed of antislavery activism along the Underground Railroad.
A Walking Guide to Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The Leaning Brownstone
Discover The Leaning Brownstone in Brooklyn, New York: This unusual apartment building may be Brooklyn's own version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Naval Cemetery Landscape
Discover Naval Cemetery Landscape in Brooklyn, New York: What was once a vast naval cemetery is now home to nesting birds and pollinating bees.
Brooklyn-Flatbush Border Line
Discover Brooklyn-Flatbush Border Line in Brooklyn, New York: One of the remaining markers of an era when Brooklyn and Flatbush were separate cities.
Lesbian Herstory Archives
Discover Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, New York: The world's largest collection of materials relating to lesbian history is housed in a Brooklyn townhouse.
Discover Leroy's Place in Brooklyn, New York: This interactive gallery makes you feel like you've stepped into a fantasy world filled with whimsical monsters.
68th Precinct, NYC Police Department
New York City on the water
The Cross at Ground Zero
Discover The Cross at Ground Zero in New York, New York: Pulled from the rubble of one of the worst modern tragedies, a steel crossbeam became a symbol of hope for New Yorkers.
Mi Pequeño Chinantla
Discover Mi Pequeño Chinantla in Brooklyn, New York: Enter the deli, walk until you hit the taxidermy, then order some hot, homey guisado.
Abu’s Homestyle Bakery
Discover Abu's Homestyle Bakery in Brooklyn, New York: This family-owned bakery is one of the last places in Brooklyn to sell the Nation of Islam–inspired bean pie.
23 trees each paired with a basalt stone line a street in Chelsea, continuing an urban project started by German Fluxus artist Joseph Beuys.
REI’s Wall of Litho Stones
A trove of century-old litho stones discovered behind a cellar wall are now on display in the SoHo REI.
Discover Gottlieb's Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York: One of the few Glatt kosher delis in the United States is a cornerstone of its Hasidic neighborhood.
The Best Persian Food in New York Comes From the Front Window of a Pizza Shop
Taste of Persia NYC serves up fragrant soups and stews from a tiny counter.
Saint Vartan Armenian Cathedral
Discover Saint Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, New York: A replica of a 7th-century church hides in plain sight in the middle of the concrete jungle.
Statue of Liberty’s Original Torch
Discover Statue of Liberty's Original Torch in New York, New York: Lady Liberty's first beacon of enlightenment is now displayed in a museum near the statue.
WTC Station ‘E’ Subway Entrance
Discover WTC Station 'E' Subway Entrance in New York, New York: A remnant of the original World Trade Center complex continues to serve as a commuter gateway.
Gil Hodges’ Grave
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks
Spiral-bound community recipes and antiquarian gems mingle at this East Village shop.
Grave of John Matthews: The Soda Fountain King
Discover Grave of John Matthews: The Soda Fountain King in Brooklyn, New York: Final resting place of the immigrant who brought artificial seltzer water to America.
Civic Center Synagogue
Joanne Hendricks Cookbooks
Unusual books on food and drink abound in this unassuming New York townhouse.
The Fifth Avenue
The Oldest Eastern European Synagogue in the U.S.
The Eldridge Street Synagogue provided the immigrants of crowded Lower East Side tenements a space of sanctuary.
Wall Street’s Fearless Girl
The bronze statue of a small but fierce girl stares down the iconic Charging Bull.
The Abandoned Immigrant Hospital on Ellis Island Has a Complicated Past
The first public health hospital in the U.S. saw more than one million immigrants from around the world.
Discover Marie's Crisis in New York, New York: Those belting out show tunes might not realize this piano bar marks the site where Thomas Paine died in 1809.
Urbirun New York – Hudson River & Highline
Manhattan’s Hidden Historic Coal Hole Covers
Discover St. Luke's Place Coal Hole Covers in New York, New York: These ornate manhole covers were used for a now-forgotten purpose.
The Last Remnant of the New York Produce Exchange
Discover New York Produce Exchange Property Marker in New York, New York: A well-worn marker in a forgotten alleyway is all that remains of what had been one of Manhattan's most beautiful buildings.
How Dutch is New York? – The New Amsterdam Tour
The Manhattan Hotel That Housed the Surviving Crew Members of the Titanic
Around 100 sailors were left destitute after the wreck.
The Narrowest Building in New York
Discover The Narrowest Building in New York in New York, New York: This slender three-story building has also had several famous residents.
Daredevil Tattoo Museum
Discover Daredevil Tattoo Museum in New York, New York: This iconic tattoo shop has its own onsite museum with artifacts from the early history of modern body art.
Nikola Tesla's former home contains an homage hidden from plain sight.
NEW YORK CITY Midtown
New York City’s Hidden Taxidermy Studio
There’s no sign of the studio to be seen from the street except the people carrying dead critters in and out of the building.
Electric Lady Studios
Discover Electric Lady Studios in New York, New York: Jimi Hendrix's legendary recording studio in Greenwich Village.
Urbirun New York – Brooklyn Classic
Remnants of Colonial New York Preserved Under a Glass Sidewalk
The remains of some of Manhattan's oldest buildings are hiding in plain sight in the Financial District.
The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City
Discover Mysterious Bookshop in New York, New York: The world’s oldest and biggest bookstore stocking only mystery, crime fiction, espionage, and thrillers.
Discover Bluestockings Bookstore in New York, New York: New York City's only radical feminist independent bookstore.
‘The Dinner Party’
Discover 'The Dinner Party' in Brooklyn, New York: This enormous banquet-themed artwork honors over 1,000 notable women throughout history.
Staple Street Skybridge
Discover Staple Street Skybridge in New York, New York: Imagine having a street run right through your home, or better yet, a historic bridge three stories high.
Tompkins Square Temperance Fountain
Discover Tompkins Square Temperance Fountain in New York, New York: A reminder to choose water over wine since 1888.
Cleft Ridge Span
Discover Cleft Ridge Span in Brooklyn, New York: This elaborate tunnel is the first structure composed of cast concrete in the United States.
The ‘Goodnight Moon’ House (Cobble Court)
Discover Gem Spa in New York, New York: For almost a century, this East Village newsstand has served egg creams to beats, hippies, punks, and everything in between.
Poster House Museum
Discover Poster House Museum in New York, New York: The first museum in the United States dedicated entirely to posters.
A Walking Guide to Soho, NYC
A Punk Video Game Arcade Gallery in Chelsea
Discover Babycastles in New York, New York: A DIY art gallery/music venue/lecture hall dedicated to video game culture.
Steinberg Sculpture Garden
Discover Steinberg Sculpture Garden in Brooklyn, New York: A beautiful collection of architectural ornaments rescued from demolished New York City buildings.
‘Civic Virtue Triumphant Over Unrighteousness’
Discover 'Civic Virtue Triumphant Over Unrighteousness' in Brooklyn, New York: This controversial statue has migrated twice in its life.
Antonin Dvorak’s Home
Discover Antonin Dvorak's Home in New York, New York: The place where Dvorak composed some of his most famous works.
Mary A. Whalen Oil Tanker
Discover Mary A. Whalen Oil Tanker in Brooklyn, New York: A retired oil tanker now offering amazing views of New York City.
Henry Chadwick’s Grave
Discover Henry Chadwick's Grave in Brooklyn, New York: The real "father of baseball" rests in Brooklyn.
The World’s Largest Collection of Tiffany Glass
The colossal cache of colorful glass sits in a warehouse in Queens.
A Walking Guide to Chinatown, NYC
Discover Reanimation Library in Brooklyn, New York: Obscure and obsolete publications are given new life as works of art.
The Double Check Businessman
Washington Park Wall
Discover Washington Park Wall in Brooklyn, New York: The unassuming structure was part of a Major League Baseball stadium.
The Hidden ‘Fliers and Explorers’ Globe Is Incredible
Signed by Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, this might be the most impressive globe you've never heard of.
Vale of Cashmere
Discover Vale of Cashmere in Brooklyn, New York: This secluded ruin was once a home for exotic plants.
Karen Deli Grocery
Discover Karen Deli Grocery in Brooklyn, New York: Sunset Park's Guatemalan community knows to head to the back of this bodega for a taste of home.
Discover Ear Inn in New York, New York: One of the city’s oldest watering holes was originally the home of a famous James Brown (not that one).
Columbia Street Waterfront District Sculpture Garden
Discover Columbia Street Waterfront District Sculpture Garden in Brooklyn, New York: This eclectic sculpture garden in Brooklyn, home to a bizarre collection of art, was once a run-down junkyard.
WPA Murals of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
Vintage Trains Run on the NYC Subway Once a Year
From Manhattan to Queens, with a detour through the 20th century.
Discover Kingsland Wildflowers in Brooklyn, New York: Thriving meadows span a rooftop in one of Brooklyn's most heavily industrialized neighborhoods.
A Walk Through New York’s West Village
Bay Ridge Gingerbread House
Discover Bay Ridge Gingerbread House in Brooklyn, New York: On the hills of Bay Ridge stands a house straight out of a fairy tale.
Matryoshka at Wall Street Bath & Spa 88
Discover Matryoshka at Wall Street Bath & Spa 88 in New York, New York: This Russian bar-restaurant lies within a three-story underground bathhouse.
Site of the Dongan Oak
Discover Site of the Dongan Oak in Brooklyn, New York: The site of a fallen tree that protected Americans from British forces during the American Revolution.
The Only Landmark Tree in New York City
A century-old magnolia tree a point of pride for Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
Spritz Cookie Gravestone
Discover Spritz Cookie Gravestone in Brooklyn, New York: This recipe is set in stone.
The Curved Shrine of the First American-Born Saint
Discover The Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in New York, New York: The home of the first American-born saint is one of the only curved buildings in New York.
William Beard’s Grave
Discover William Beard's Grave in Brooklyn, New York: The painter who popularized "bulls" and "bears" as symbols for the stock market didn't get a proper headphone for over a century.
Remains of the Morris Canal
Discover Morris Canal in Jersey City, New Jersey: Once considered a marvel of engineering, this 107-mile canal played an integral role in building New York City.
How Dutch is New York? – The Stuyvesant Tour
Brooklyn Brewery’s Secret Beer Bunker
A beer-aging barrel room hidden in an unsuspecting warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Avenue H Station House
Discover Avenue H Station House in Brooklyn, New York: This unusual subway stop was originally a real estate office.
David’s Brisket House
Discover David's Brisket House in Brooklyn, New York: A Jewish deli run by Yemeni Muslims in an Afro-Caribbean neighborhood is quintessential Brooklyn.
Tomb of Secrets at Green-Wood Cemetery
A way to take your deepest secrets to someone else's grave.
Newkirk Plaza Mural and Mosaic
Discover Newkirk Plaza Mural and Mosaic in Brooklyn, New York: A mosaic made of materials gathered from this Brooklyn community adorns the walls of this tunnel.
Zaragoza Mexican Deli and Grocery
Discover Zaragoza Mexican Deli and Grocery in New York, New York: Behind a grungy bodega facade, a Poblano family serves rich, home-cooked meals.
White Mana Diner
Discover White Mana Diner in Jersey City, New Jersey: This unassuming retro burger joint was billed as “diner of the future” at the 1939 World's Fair.
Discover Farm.One in New York, New York: Underneath the bustling city streets, a hydroponic farm grows unique herbs in an urban oasis.
The Durian Stall in New York City’s Chinatown
The best place to pick up the rare, notoriously foul-smelling Asian "king of fruits."
Discover Le Boudoir in Brooklyn, New York: Just your average Marie Antoinette–themed speakeasy in an abandoned 19th-century subway tunnel.
New York, free audio tour from iAudioguide.com
Houston Bowery Art Wall
Discover Houston Bowery Art Wall in New York, New York: This wall on a street corner in Lower Manhattan has been a blank canvas for a rotation of renowned artists since the 1980s.
Catacombs of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Discover Catacombs of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, New York: Historical figures from New York City's Catholic community lie within the crypts.
Discover Gay Liberation in New York, New York: The first piece of public art dedicated to LGBT rights.
Statue of Liberty
Made in Paris by the French sculptor Bartholdi, in collaboration with Gustave Eiffel (who was responsible for the steel framework), this towering monument to liberty was a gift from France on the centenary of American independence. Inaugurated in 1886, …
Discover Survivor Tree in New York, New York: The last living thing to come out of the rubble after 9/11 is now a symbol of hope and resilience.
Edward Mooney House
Discover Edward Mooney House in New York, New York: Built just after the American Revolution, the oldest row house in New York City still stands in Chinatown.