Electrical inventor Nikola Tesla lived and experimented in Manhattan’s Gerlach Hotel in 1896. The landmark is now known as the Radio Wave Building, and it pays homage to Tesla’s influence through obvious means, such as its name and a commemorative plaque. It also houses a more latent tribute: the 34-seat, Tesla-themed speakeasy called Patent Pending.
According to Patent Pending’s website, “This is the building in which Nikola Tesla lived and performed his experiments on radio waves, transmitting them to his laboratory near present-day Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan. The ‘waves’ which guided you here (GPS) and surround you now (WiFi) were envisioned by Tesla more than a century ago.”
Discover African Elephants Diorama in New York, New York: This magnificent herd of stampeding elephants has been frozen in time for over a century.
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.
Discover Dvořák Room in New York, New York: A small piece of the composer's New York home lives on in the center of Czech culture in Manhattan.
Hall of North American Mammals
Discover Hall of North American Mammals in New York, New York: Outstanding taxidermy dioramas showcase the grandeur of the continent's wildlife with spooky realism.
Rat Rock in Morningside Heights
Discover Rat Rock in Morningside Heights in New York, New York: This giant boulder is sandwiched between apartment complexes in upper Manhattan.
NYC Barber Museum
Discover NYC Barber Museum in New York, New York: This nostalgic blast from the grooming past is also a working barbershop.
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.
Okapi Taxidermy Diorama
Discover Okapi Taxidermy Diorama in New York, New York: This impressive scene portrays the elusive forest giraffe of Central Africa.
WPA Murals of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
Asiatic Leopard Diorama
Discover Asiatic Leopard Diorama in New York, New York: One of the most dazzling dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History is also one of the oldest.
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.
23rd Precinct, NYC Police Department / Engine Company No. 53, Ladder Company No. 43, 4th Division, NYC Fire Department
A Walking Guide to Chinatown, NYC
Vintage Trains Run on the NYC Subway Once a Year
From Manhattan to Queens, with a detour through the 20th century.
Second Avenue Subway Art
Discover Second Avenue Subway Art in New York, New York: Beautiful mosaics cover the first stations opened on New York City's newest subway line.
U.N. Delegates Dining Room
Discover U.N. Delegates Dining Room in New York, New York: You don't have to be an ambassador to dine like one.
The ‘Holy Grail’ of the Met
This overlooked artifact at the museum was once thought to be the fabled Holy Chalice.
Portrait of an Unidentified Woman
Discover Portrait of an Unidentified Woman in New York, New York: The mysterious image is believed to show Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, in a beautiful blue dress.
Abandoned Queensboro Trolley Kiosk
Discover Queensboro Trolley Kiosk in New York, New York: A forgotten relic from New York's bygone trolley system hides in plain sight under a bridge.
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.
Komodo Dragon Diorama
Discover Komodo Dragon Diorama in New York, New York: Here be dragons.
The Hidden Art Deco Tunnel Underneath the New Yorker Hotel
Discover The Hidden Art Deco Tunnel Underneath the New Yorker Hotel in New York, New York: The beautiful tunnel that ran from the lobby to Penn Station is still hidden underneath 34th Street.
This Manhattan Diner Has Barely Changed Since 1948
Discover Lexington Candy Shop in New York, New York: The oldest family-run luncheonette in New York, last renovated in 1948, still serves food and drinks the old-fashioned way.
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.
Where The Wild Things Heal
New York City's only wildlife rehabilitation center treats more than 3,000 feathered and furry patients each year.
Cafe at the Swedish Church of New York
Discover Cafe at the Swedish Church of New York in New York, New York: Finally, you don't have to be a pious Swedish seaman to relax like one.
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.
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.
23 trees each paired with a basalt stone line a street in Chelsea, continuing an urban project started by German Fluxus artist Joseph Beuys.
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.
New York City on the water
New York City’s Last Full-Orchestra Recording Studio
The Clash, Madonna, and the original Broadway cast of "Hamilton" have all recorded within its storied walls.
Urbirun New York – East River iconic Bridges
Poster House Museum
Discover Poster House Museum in New York, New York: The first museum in the United States dedicated entirely to posters.
Wild Walk Central Park
On The Streets of New York City – 1977-1978
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.
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.
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.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Discover Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, New York: This outdoor gallery of sculptures along the East River was once a landfill.
Tompkins Square Temperance Fountain
Discover Tompkins Square Temperance Fountain in New York, New York: A reminder to choose water over wine since 1888.
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.
Discover Sakagura in New York, New York: More than 250 sakes are available in an izakaya hidden in the basement of a Midtown office building.
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.
The Ziegfeld Head
Discover The Ziegfeld Head in New York, New York: The front yard of an Upper East Side town house hides the last fragment of one of New York's most famous theatres.
A Map of All the Broadway Theaters Is Embedded In a Traffic Island in Times Square
The 28-foot gray granite map plots the locations of 40 Broadway theaters.
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.
Electric Lady Studios
Discover Electric Lady Studios in New York, New York: Jimi Hendrix's legendary recording studio in Greenwich Village.
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.
Sambar and Wild Dog Diorama
Discover Sambar and Wild Dog Diorama in New York, New York: This taxidermy scene brings the struggle for survival in the Indian jungle to a quiet corner of a Manhattan museum.
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.
Lower Manhattan Landmarks
Civic Center Synagogue
Urbirun New York – Hudson River & Highline
A Walking Guide to Williamsburg, Brooklyn
New York, free audio tour from iAudioguide.com
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
Remember NYC’s Urban Air Taxis?
The Pan Am helipad was closed after a rotor blade mauled several passengers.
Site of the First Traffic Accident
A plaque memorializes the first person killed by a motor vehicle in the Western Hemisphere.
Cathedral Peacock Hutch
Discover Cathedral Peacock Hutch in New York, New York: The church's three resident peacocks now have their own Gothic-style abode.
Broadway’s Annual Street Sale
The best place to buy one of Elphaba's text books.
Discover Farm.One in New York, New York: Underneath the bustling city streets, a hydroponic farm grows unique herbs in an urban oasis.
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.
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.
Waldorf Astoria Archives
Discover Waldorf Astoria Archives in New York, New York: Long-forgotten artifacts give incredible insight into New York's most glamorous hotel.
A Treasure Trove of Musical History Is Tucked Away Inside Carnegie Hall
The archive includes everything from Duke Ellington's handwritten score to The Beatles' booking slip.
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.
Roosevelt Island “Northtown”
Stationary Figures Mosaics
The Desk Where Al Hirschfeld Drew Broadway’s Stars
It was considered an honor for stars to be caricatured by Hirschfeld, or “Hirschfelded,” as it came to be called.
The ‘Seinfeld’ Diner
Images of the coffee shop's exterior were taken "just for some pilot."
‘Dwellings’ at the Breuer Building
Discover 'Dwellings' at the Breuer Building in New York, New York: This miniature village stays behind in the Breuer Building, even as the museums around it come and go.
Govinda’s Vegetarian Lunch
Discover Govinda's Vegetarian Lunch in Brooklyn, New York: Every dish is blessed in this basement eatery beneath a Hare Krishna temple.
The DC Universe on the streets of NYC
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.
NYC’s First Modernist Residence.
William Lescaze's townhouse was the first to incorporate now-common glass block windows into its design.
A Walking Guide to Soho, NYC
The Marriage of Money and Real Estate
Discover The Marriage of Money and Real Estate in New York, New York: A sculptural commentary on capitalism pokes up from the East River.
The Manhattan Eruv
Discover The Manhattan Eruv in New York, New York: This nearly invisible wire transforms much of the city into one big, symbolic home on the holy day.
Libyan Desert Diorama
Discover Libyan Desert Diorama in New York, New York: This poignant display is now a memorial to these regionally extinct species.
Discover Le Boudoir in Brooklyn, New York: Just your average Marie Antoinette–themed speakeasy in an abandoned 19th-century subway tunnel.
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks
Spiral-bound community recipes and antiquarian gems mingle at this East Village shop.
Wonderful Photos of Postwar New York City in 1946
Discover Gorilla Diorama in New York, New York: Creating this diorama spurred naturalist Carl Akeley to begin advocating to protect the apes.
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.
How Dutch is New York? – The New Amsterdam Tour
Joanne Hendricks Cookbooks
Unusual books on food and drink abound in this unassuming New York townhouse.
NEW YORK CITY Uptown Art and Culture
Flying Carpet Over Isfahan
Discover Flying Carpet Over Isfahan in New York, New York: A controversial magical figure is hidden within a diorama of the city.
NEW YORK CITY Midtown
American Museum of Natural History Mountain Gorilla Diorama
Discover American Museum of Natural History Mountain Gorilla Diorama in New York, New York: Creating this diorama spurred naturalist Carl Akeley to begin advocating to protect the apes.
Urbirun New York – Brooklyn Classic
Discover Kingsland Wildflowers in Brooklyn, New York: Thriving meadows span a rooftop in one of Brooklyn's most heavily industrialized neighborhoods.
The Double Check Businessman
The Design Flaw that Nearly Spelled Disaster
A young engineering student caught the mistake in time to keep Citigroup Center from collapsing.
This Upper East Side Co-Op Was a Tuberculosis Sanitarium
The complex opened in 1912 as a sanitary tenement for TB patients.
Indian Rhinoceros Diorama
Discover Indian Rhinoceros Diorama in New York, New York: An eerie diorama that captures the majestic nature of a few prehistoric-looking beasts.
The ‘Goodnight Moon’ House (Cobble Court)
New York – the Capital of Fame
Brooklyn Savings Bank Subway Branch
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.
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.
Central Filing Bar
Discover Central Filing Bar in New York, New York: A hidden bar inside an ad agency has a deliberately misleading name, so employees can stay late under pretext of paperwork.
The Manhattan Hotel That Housed the Surviving Crew Members of the Titanic
Around 100 sailors were left destitute after the wreck.
Scavenger Taxidermy Diorama
Discover Scavenger Taxidermy Diorama in New York, New York: This morbid scene depicts the Darwinian drama of death on the African savannah.
Ancient Egyptian Beef Shoulder
Discover Ancient Egyptian Beef Shoulder in New York, New York: Even for Egyptian royalty, the afterlife was bring-your-own-beef.
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.
A walk around the Marvel Universe
Whitney Museum of Art (today The Met Breuer)
The Durian Stall in New York City’s Chinatown
The best place to pick up the rare, notoriously foul-smelling Asian "king of fruits."
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.
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.
A Vintage New York City Subway Map, Hidden in Plain Sight
Loved by graphic designers, hated by just about everyone else.
Discover Love Lane in Brooklyn, New York: Love is in the air along the small street in Brooklyn.
Stephen Wise Recreation Area
Discover Stephen Wise Recreation Area in New York, New York: A playground the size of a city block is a modernist monument to civic values and public housing.
Brooklyn Brewery’s Secret Beer Bunker
A beer-aging barrel room hidden in an unsuspecting warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers
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.
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.
New York Crime: A Tour of the City’s Most Infamous Scandals
Mercury Theatre Plaque
Discover Mercury Theatre Plaque in New York, New York: Where the legendary Orson Welles got his theatrical start before "Citizen Kane.".
Times Square Station Fake Tiles
Discover Times Square Station Fake Tiles in New York, New York: Fake subway tiles were installed to cover a design that resembled the Confederate flag—it's unclear if the resemblance was intentional.
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.
Discover Gulliver's Gate in New York, New York: A quick trip around the globe through an amazing miniature exhibit.
The World’s Largest Collection of Tiffany Glass
The colossal cache of colorful glass sits in a warehouse in Queens.
Septuagesimo Uno: A Hidden Pocket Park on the Upper West Side
Discover Septuagesimo Uno in New York, New York: The name of this tiny pocket park tucked between two buildings on Manhattan's Upper West Side is Latin for its location: "seventy-one.".
The Only Landmark Tree in New York City
A century-old magnolia tree a point of pride for Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
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.
Abolitionist Place in Brooklyn
This block downtown was a hotbed of antislavery activism along the Underground Railroad.
Discover Water Tower in New York, New York: This translucent sculpture represents a quintessential component of New York City's skyline.
The Fifth Avenue
Discover Streecha in New York, New York: A Ukrainian church canteen doles out hearty fare in an East Village basement.
Museum of Food and Drink
Discover Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn, New York: Here, exhibits come with a side of edible history.
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.
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.
New York’s Adam and Eve Sculptures
Discover New York's Adam and Eve Sculptures in New York, New York: Two large-scale sculptures of Adam and Eve greet visitors in the nude at the Time Warner Center in NYC.
The French Embassy’s Beautiful New York City Bookstore
It's a haven for francophones and bibliophiles alike.
A Walk Through New York’s West Village
Discover Acuario Cafe in New York, New York: A garment factory hides a small Dominican eatery in the hallway to its freight elevator.
Nathan Hale Hanging Site
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.
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).
Weiss Research Building
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.
The Cartoon Wall at Overlook
Discover The Cartoon Wall at Overlook in New York, New York: In the back of a nondescript sports bar is a museum-worthy mural by legendary cartoonists.
Norwegian Seamen’s Church
Discover Norwegian Seamen's Church in New York, New York: Come for the waffles, stay for more waffles.
This Lavish Room Is a Rare Relic of New York’s Gilded Age
The preserved Venetian Room just reopened at the French Embassy in Manhattan.
How Dutch is New York? – The Stuyvesant Tour
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.
Discover Bluestockings Bookstore in New York, New York: New York City's only radical feminist independent bookstore.
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.
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.
The Real Winnie the Pooh & Pals
Discover The Real Winnie the Pooh & Pals in New York, New York: The original toys that inspired the beloved children's stories are on display at the New York Public Library.
The Creator of Madeline Painted the Walls of This Art Deco Piano Bar
It's the only remaining place where Bemelmans' artwork that is open to the public.
Museum of the Dog
Discover The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in New York, New York: An extensive collection of fine art devoted to man's best friend.
This Tiny Store Is a One-Stop Shop for Rare and Wonderful Buttons
Tender Buttons is packed with buttons from around the world.
The Fanciest Public Bathroom in New York City
The Bryant Park bathroom boasts fresh flowers, art, and a classical music soundtrack.
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.
The Streets of New York City – 1977-1978
Lincoln Square Synagogue
Discover City Reliquary in Brooklyn, New York: Behind a bodega is a small museum of relics and ephemera showcasing the history of New York.
AT&T Longlines Building (33 Thomas Street)
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.
Wall Street’s Fearless Girl
The bronze statue of a small but fierce girl stares down the iconic Charging Bull.
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 Gay Liberation in New York, New York: The first piece of public art dedicated to LGBT rights.
28th Precinct NYC Police Department
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.
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.
Grand Central Oyster Bar
Discover Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York, New York: This subterranean oyster house has been the pearl of Grand Central Station since 1913.
NEW YORK CITY Wall St to Washington Square
The Graybar Rats Near Grand Central Terminal
Discover Graybar Rats in New York, New York: Rat sculptures try to infiltrate the Graybar Building in an architectural tribute to New York City's nautical history.