Strange Places and Oddities in NYC
Private Passage is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

1. Private Passage

Hudson River Park, Pier 96 (12th Ave & W 55th St), New York, NY
Sculpture Garden · Hell's Kitchen · 1 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: This distinctive sculpture consists of a 30’ x 8’6” wine bottle resting on its side, with interiors taken from a stateroom of the original ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary.

The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

2. The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern

7.5
54 Pearl St (at Broad St), New York, NY
American Restaurant · Financial District · 81 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: This restaurant has a false wooden tooth which purportedly once belonged to the Father of our Country.

The New York Earth Room is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

3. The New York Earth Room

8.1
141 Wooster St (btw Prince St and Houston St), New York, NY
Art Gallery · SoHo · 31 tips and reviews

BLOUIN ARTINFOBLOUIN ARTINFO: Marking its 30th anniversary this year, De Maria's epic installation fills a second-floor loft with a quarter-million pounds of dirt.

Red Square Apartments is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

4. Red Square Apartments

New York, NY
Home (private) · Alphabet City · 1 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: This building's rooftop Lenin was sculpted in the 1980s, but the USSR collapsed before he could be displayed. The statue was discovered in a back yard in Russia, and moved here in 1994.

Union Square Metronome is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

5. Union Square Metronome

7.4
1 Union Sq S, New York, NY
Public Art · Greenwich Village · 7 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: The first 7 digits show time in a 24-hour format as hours, minutes, seconds, tenths of a second. The center digit represents hundredths of a second. The remaining digits display time left in the day.

The Andy Monument is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

6. The Andy Monument

17th St. (Union Square West), New York, NY
Monument / Landmark · Union Square · 13 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Chrome-plated 10-ft. tall statue of Andy Warhol stands near a former Factory location, and where he was shot. Scheduled to remain until October 2, 2011.

The Daily News Building is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

7. The Daily News Building

220 E 42nd St (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave), New York, NY
Office · Midtown East · 14 tips and reviews

Michael L.Michael Liebowitz: The globe hasn't been updated in many years. Gives it kind of a retro feel.

Ralph Kramden Statue is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

8. Ralph Kramden Statue

7.8
8th Ave (btwn 40th St and 41st St), New York, NY
Public Art · Theater District · 3 tips and reviews

TVLandTVLand: Unveiled in 2000, this is TV Land's very first landmark! Ralph Kramden: Bus Driver, Racoon Lodge Treasurer, Dreamer. Confidante of crazy people that try to talk to a bronze statue on the street.

Max Neuhaus "Times Square" is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

9. Max Neuhaus "Times Square"

Broadway & 46th St., New York, NY
Art Gallery · Theater District · 5 tips and reviews

Kushal D.Kushal Dave: "Max Neuhaus's Times Square is an invisible, unmarked block of sound at the north end of the pedestrian island. A rich harmonic sound texture emerges from a large underground vault covered by a gratin Read more.

Berlin Wall Remains (53rd St Plaza) is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

10. Berlin Wall Remains (53rd St Plaza)

7.1
520 Madison Ave ((in lobby)), New York, NY
Historic Site · Midtown East · 6 tips and reviews

Carrie B.Carrie Burns: Sandwiched between 520 Madison Ave bldg & Burger Heaven & mirroring Paley Park a couple of doors down this small respite w/ tables & chairs boasts something special...4 segments of the Berlin Wall! Read more.

IRT Subway - City Hall (Abandoned) is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

11. IRT Subway - City Hall (Abandoned)

7.2
City Hall Park (original IRT Station, now abandoned), New York, NY
Museum · Downtown Manhattan · 15 tips and reviews

Avi D.Avi Drissman: To get in here, you need to become a member of, and take a tour organized by, the New York Transit Museum. Read more.

New York City Marble Cemetery is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

12. New York City Marble Cemetery

60 E 2nd St (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave), New York, NY
Cemetery · East Village · 9 tips and reviews

Urban OysterUrban Oyster: The New York Marble Cemetery is open to the public on the 4th Friday of every month, Apr. thru Oct. Admission is free, and they offer tours, or you can relax on the grass and in the beautiful gardens.

New York Marble Cemetery is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

13. New York Marble Cemetery

41 1/2 Second Ave (btwn E 2nd & E 3rd St), New York
Cemetery · East Village · 3 tips and reviews
The Broken Kilometer is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

14. The Broken Kilometer

8.8
393 W Broadway (btwn Spring & Broome St), New York, NY
Art Gallery · SoHo · 14 tips and reviews

HUGO BOSSHUGO BOSS: Run by Dia Art Foundation, for which HUGO BOSS PRIZE juror Yasmil Raymond is curator, this installation by Walter De Maria features, yes, a full kilometer of metal, broken into pieces.

Greenwich Locksmiths is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

15. Greenwich Locksmiths

7.2
56 7th Ave S (Morton Street), New York, NY
Locksmith · West Village · 4 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Check out the huge mural, made up entirely of old keys.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

16. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine

701 Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY
Church · Hudson Heights · 1 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Visit the remains of the mummified Mother Cabrini.

17. 5 Pointz

4623 Crane St (at Jackson Ave.), Long Island City, NY
Art Gallery · 86 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: While you’re there, check out the 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center, which houses more than 350 murals.

Queens Museum is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

18. Queens Museum

8.9
Great Lakes Court (Kennedy Circle), Queens, NY
Art Museum · Flushing Meadows-Corona Park · 44 tips and reviews

BLOUIN ARTINFOBLOUIN ARTINFO: This jewel of a museum sports a 9,335-square-foot model of New York called the Panorama, making its choice art exhibitions icing on its curatorial cake.

Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

19. Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk

9.3
Surf Ave (Stillwell Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Beach · Coney Island · 310 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Ask the museum staff to show you the film of Topsy's electrocution.

The Evolution Store is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

20. The Evolution Store

8.9
120 Spring St (btw Greene St. & Mercer St.), New York, NY
Gift Shop · SoHo · 48 tips and reviews

Emily S.Emily Sears: The baby fetus skeletons are real. Go upstairs and contemplate.

Obscura Antiques and Oddities is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

21. Obscura Antiques and Oddities

8.7
207 Avenue A (at E 13th St), New York, NY
Antique Shop · East Village · 32 tips and reviews

Brette C.Brette C.: Oddities and antiques in abundance. Ventriloquist dolls, dentist equipment, teeth, stuffed birds, skulls, old pharmacy bottles, you name it, it's here.

General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

22. General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen

7.2
20 W 44th St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave.), New York, NY
Library · Midtown East · 2 tips and reviews

Joe H.Joe Hall: Check out the John Mossman collection of bank vault & time locks

Hall of Fame for Great Americans is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

23. Hall of Fame for Great Americans

West 181st St. and University Avenue (Hall of Fame Terrace), Bronx, NY
History Museum · University Heights · 7 tips and reviews

Eleanor M.Eleanor Miller: Soak in some quiet time in this pretty, isolated, outdoor museum and visit the statues of some famous Americans that came before.

Coney Island Creek Park is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

24. Coney Island Creek Park

Bay View Ave. (Btwn Sea Gate Ave. And W. 33 St.), Brooklyn, NY
Park · Coney Island · 4 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Look for the remains of the sunken Italian Line cruise ship Andrea Doria.

Murray's Cheese is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

25. Murray's Cheese

9.6
254 Bleecker St (at Cornelia St), New York, NY
Cheese Shop · West Village · 220 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Periodically, Murray's offers a tour of their cheese caves below the store, called Mystery of the Caves.

Hilton Times Square is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

26. Hilton Times Square

7.9
234 W 42nd St (btwn 7th & 8th Ave.), New York, NY
Hotel · Theater District · 76 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: The Hilton Times Square features art from Tom Otterness. Look for one of the boy (who appears to be possibly homeless) and his dog tucked away in a corner.

AMC Empire 25 is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

27. AMC Empire 25

7.3
234 W 42nd St (btwn 7th & 8th Ave), New York, NY
Multiplex · Theater District · 292 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: The lobby of this luxurious, five-level theater has been built inside the shell of the old Empire Theater. Look up at the murals on the ceiling as you walk inside.

Show World Center (25¢ Adult Movies) is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

28. Show World Center (25¢ Adult Movies)

303 W 42nd St (at 8th Avenue), New York, NY
Adult Boutique · Hell's Kitchen · 1 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: One of the few remaining adult businesses in the Times Square district.

Paramount Hotel is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

29. Paramount Hotel

6.7
235 W 46th St, New York, NY
Hotel · Theater District · 127 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Ian Schrager hotel designed by Philippe Stark. Use the bathrooms in the lobby and admire the design. Sit in a chair with a picture of a snarling dog on it.

Night Hotel is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

30. Night Hotel

7.6
132 W 45th St (at Avenue of the Americas), New York, NY
Hotel · Theater District · 49 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Check out the entirely black and white lobby, including books on the shelves. Look for the risque B&W photographs as well.

YOTEL New York is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

31. YOTEL New York

8.6
570 10th Ave (at W 42nd St), New York, NY
Hotel · Hell's Kitchen · 257 tips and reviews
Hess Triangle is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

32. Hess Triangle

Southwest corner of Christopher Street & 7th Avenue, New York, NY
Other Great Outdoors · West Village · 2 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: This triangle is all that remains of a five story building owned by a Mr. David Hess, who had his property taken away through eminent domain to widen 7th Ave.

Giant Needle and Button is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

33. Giant Needle and Button

555 7th Ave (between 39th and 40th Streets), New York, NY
Historic Site · Garment District · 3 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: The site-specific work is located right next to the “Garment Worker” sculpture by Judith Weller. It's on top of the Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID) information kiosk.

New York Public Library is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

34. New York Public Library

9.5
476 5th Ave (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building), New York, NY
Library · Midtown East · 494 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Since 1987, the REAL Winnie the Pooh and four of his best friends--Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger--have been living at The New York Public Library's Children's Center.

Wyndham New Yorker is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

35. Wyndham New Yorker

8.3
481 8th Ave (34th and 35th Streets), New York, NY
Hotel · Garment District · 184 tips and reviews

Michael BauserMichael Bauser: Go to the New Yorker and find the plaque (near the Bolt Bus stop) dedicated to inventor Nikola Tesla. He spent the last 10 years of his life at the hotel, dying there in 1943. Read more.

Appellate Division Courthouse Holocaust Memorial is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

36. Appellate Division Courthouse Holocaust Memorial

27 Madison Ave (26th Street), New York, NY
Historic Site · NoMad · 2 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: New York's small Holocaust Memorial is a fake column added to the Beaux-Arts Appellate Division Courthouse of New York State.

Little Red Lighthouse is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

37. Little Red Lighthouse

9.5
Fort Washington Park (George Washington Bridge), New York, NY
Lighthouse · Hudson Heights · 40 tips and reviews

Lou P.Lou Paskalis: Opens to the public four times a year. Lovely spot.

Lighthouse Tender LILAC is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

38. Lighthouse Tender LILAC

New York
Boat or Ferry · Tribeca · 2 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: During the month of August, Lilac is open from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Thursdays and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays.

Gowanus Canal is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

39. Gowanus Canal

Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, NY
River · Gowanus · 20 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Bring a friend for a self-guided Canoe trip sponsored by the Gowanus Dredgers to raise awareness of Harbor Issues. Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 1pm.

The Royal Tenenbaums House is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

40. The Royal Tenenbaums House

8.6
338 Convent Ave (144th St), New York, NY
General Entertainment · Hamilton Heights · 2 tips and reviews

The Criterion CollectionThe Criterion Collection: "Royal Tenenbaum bought the house on Archer Avenue," claims Wes Anderson's film, but if you're heading south from the 375th Street Y, we suggest stopping by the corner of 144th and Convent instead. Read more.

Edna St. Vincent Millay's House is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

41. Edna St. Vincent Millay's House

New York, NY
Home (private) · West Village · 2 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Wedged between 75 and 77 Bedford, 75½ is only nine-and-a-half-feet wide on the outside, eight-and-a-half-feet wide on the inside, and 32 feet deep.

D'Espresso is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

42. D'Espresso

317 Madison Ave (at 42nd St.), New York, NY
Coffee Shop · Midtown East · 31 tips and reviews

Mike S.Mike Singleton: Inspired by the nearby New York Public Library at Bryant Park, it's a book-lined oasis turned on it's side so that the bookshelves become the floor and ceilings

Minetta Brook Tube is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

43. Minetta Brook Tube

2 5th Ave (Waverly Place), New York, NY
Other Great Outdoors · Greenwich Village · 2 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: In the lobby of the apartment building at 2 Fifth Avenue is a clear tube through which Minetta Brook used to bubble up out of the ground.

Rite Aid is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

44. Rite Aid

5.8
723-725 Manhattan Ave (btwn Norman & Meserole Ave.), Brooklyn, NY
Drugstore / Pharmacy · Greenpoint · 24 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: While it was in operation, the Fox Meserole theater debuted with silent films before being converted to a roller disco in the 1970s. Look for the disco ball, still inside.

MTA Subway - 7 Train is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

45. MTA Subway - 7 Train

Queens, NY
Train · Elmhurst · 104 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: A tractor-trailer owned by a pallet company that has been painted up to look like a vintage silver subway car, complete with colorful graffiti by Smart Crew.

46. Elk Hotel

360 W 42nd St, New York, NY
Hotel · Garment District · 2 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: The Elk is one of the last remaining old school roach motels in Times Square.

Machpelah Cemetary is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

47. Machpelah Cemetary

82-30 Cypress Hills St, Glendale, NY
Cemetery · Glendale · 1 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Machpelah Cemetery is the final resting place of, amongst many others, magician Harry Houdini.

Chelsea Market is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

48. Chelsea Market

9.4
75 9th Ave (btwn W 15th & W 16th St), New York, NY
Market · Chelsea · 938 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Chelsea Market is built inside the old Nabisco Factory. The first Oreo was baked here in 1912.

Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

49. Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

329 Greenpoint Ave., New York, NY
Government Building · Greenpoint · 10 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Once Tuesday a month, they offer a public tour of the Digester Eggs. The tour is led by Jim Pynn, the superintendent of the plant. Reservations are required.

Limelight Shops is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

50. Limelight Shops

6.0
656 Avenue of the Americas (at W 20th St.), New York, NY
Department Store · Flatiron District · 80 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: This 25000-square-foot former eighties nightclub (and, before that, a church) was converted into a shopping emporium in May 2010. Check out the stained glass windows.

Ace Hotel Lobby Bar is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

51. Ace Hotel Lobby Bar

9.1
16 W 29th St (btwn Broadway & 5th Ave), New York, NY
Hotel Bar · NoMad · 222 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: When the Ace moved into the the landmarked 1904 Breslin Hotel, they were not allowed to modify the existing walls. If you look carefully, you can see that the lobby is actually a set.

The McKittrick Hotel is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

52. The McKittrick Hotel

9.4
530 W 27th St (btwn 10th & 11th Ave), New York, NY
Indie Theater · Chelsea · 292 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Wear good shoes, contact lenses instead of glasses, and dress lightly. Be prepared to go up and down several flights of stairs. And follow the man with the bloodstains on his clothing.

West Park Presbyterian Church is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

53. West Park Presbyterian Church

165 W 86th St, New York, NY
Church · Upper West Side · 5 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Set in Paris and inspired by Roland Topor’s book, The Tenant is a site-specific theater piece in this dilapidated 19th century church. The play runs through Sept. 17.

Grand Central Oyster Bar is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

54. Grand Central Oyster Bar

8.7
89 E 42nd St (Grand Central Terminal), New York, NY
Seafood Restaurant · Midtown East · 327 tips and reviews

Tristan L.Tristan Louis: Stand in one corner in front of the Oyster Bar at Grand Central and have a friend stand on the other side and whisper. the other person can hear you...

Mmuseumm is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

55. Mmuseumm

8.4
4 Cortlandt Alley (btwn Franklin & White St), New York, NY
Museum · Downtown Manhattan · 14 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Museum is viewable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or by appointment only. To make an appointment please send an email to info@mmuseumm.com

Elevated Acre is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

56. Elevated Acre

8.9
55 Water St, New York, NY
Plaza · Financial District · 49 tips and reviews

SS+K's Guide to Downtown NYSS+K's Guide to Downtown NY: Take the outdoor escalators at 55 Water up behind the building to discover a hidden elevated park. Free wi-fi makes this a great summer working spot.

CVS/pharmacy is one of Strange Places and Oddities in NYC.

57. CVS/pharmacy

5.8
81 8th Ave (at 14th St), New York, NY
Drugstore / Pharmacy · Chelsea · 12 tips and reviews

Kathryn Y.Kathryn Yu: Located in the former N.Y. County National Bank Building.