Secret places in New York
Secret places in New York
Secret places in New York
Thanks in part to the film industry, New York City has become one of the most famous places to visit in the United States. The Big Apple is full of emblematic and unmissable places. But for those curious and who want to go a little further, they will be able to find that in addition to its famous skyscrapers, parks or bridges, there are also countless hidden corners that do not usually appear in tourist guides.
Undoubtedly, each of its secrets make this city a place that must be visited at least once in a lifetime and there are a number of hidden facts that are worth knowing. Some of them are:
- THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE LIGHTHOUSE
Nearing the end of Manhattan, a bright red painted lighthouse can be found towering 40 feet below the George Washington Bridge. It is known that it has been completely extinguished for more than 50 years.
The lighthouse is known by the name it has in the story that saved it a little over six decades ago, ‘The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge’
Built in 1880 in New Jersey, it began operating in Manhattan in 1921 but a few years later, in 1948, the Coast Guard announced that it was dismantling the disused lighthouse, and the city held an auction for the highest bidder to keep it. in the summer of 1951.
Faced with popular pressure, the lighthouse was “a symbol that gives security to many children in the city.” It was decided that it be transferred to the city, which has been cleaning it up according to available funds. Since 1979, it is protected as a historical monument. Every September, actors and writers have the custom of reading at his feet the story with the story that saved him.
The recommended way to visit the lighthouse is by cycling along the Hudson River.
- THE FAKE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HOUSE
In the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, located to the west of the Brooklyn District, is the fake Brooklyn Heights house. This neighborhood is famous for its picturesque streets full of elegant houses typical of the movies.
Located at 58 Joralemon Street, is a house with a Greek-style facade. It was built as a private residence in 1847 but was inhabited for a very short time. In the year 1908, when the rapid subway lines 4 and 5 passed through that area connecting the area of Brooklyn Heights with Lower Manhattan, the engineers found in that house an excellent opportunity for it to be used as a ventilation system for these lines.
In this way the house ceased to be a place to live to become a ventilation system and an emergency exit from the New York subway. This is a secret that very few know.
It can be reached by Metro through line 2 or by walking when planning a visit to Brookyln (following the area of the docks you must walk along Furman Street until you reach Joralemon street)
- THE ELIZABETH ST GARDEN
Located in the peculiar Nolita, there is a beautiful garden full of sculptures and hidden between the buildings
The place has many classic sculptures and antiques and is located next to Elizabeth St Gallery, a highly recommended art gallery.
What makes this site so admirable is that it exists thanks to the collaboration of 200 volunteers. It was the residents of the neighborhood and other places in New York who in 2013 decided to reclaim this place and turn it into a sculpture garden for Nolita, Little Italy and SoHo, neighborhoods with very few parks and green areas.
These volunteers, in addition to taking care of the garden, organize concerts, gardening workshops, yoga and tai chi classes, film screenings and all for free.
Elizabeth St Garden is located on Elizabeth St, between Prince St and Spring St, stretching from Mott St to Elizabeth St.
The garden is open from Wednesday to Sunday and the hours depend on the weather and the number of volunteers available, so it is recommended to visit the website when you go there.
- REPLICAS OF STATUES OF LIBERTY
One of the great symbols of New York is the Statue of Liberty. But a very curious fact is that there are several replicas scattered throughout the city of New York.
At 667 Madison Avenue, there is a replica made from the original mold that its architect used to sculpt the statue on a small scale.
Another of the replicas can also be seen in the parking lot of the Brooklyn Museum. It is one of the first to be made shortly after the construction of the royal statue and is the largest existing copy in the world, right after the original statue.
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