5 Hidden Gems in NYC

When you find yourself living in a city that which dates back to the 1600s, you get to discover something new every day. Sadly, not many people take advantage of this fact. So, how well do you really know New York City?  We’re thinking not well enough. The following lines are going to reveal some of New York’s best kept secrets.

1.    Fishing in Central Park

Sure, you all know about the world famous Central Park, but did you know that you could actually fish there. Fishing is permitted at the Harlem Meer, which is located at the far north end of Central Park, which also happens to be the best place to cast your reel. Want bait? The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center offers fishing poles and bait for hire, provided you have a valid I.D. And while there’s plenty of catfish, carp and bass amongst others, there is also a catch-and release policy so you can’t really take home what you hook. Sorry!

fishing in central park

credit: Kevin Millican

2.   Brooklyn’s Secret Subway Exit

Every walked down 58 Joralemon Street and thought something was off. If yes, then you are right because the odd looking townhouse at 58 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn is actually an exit to the subway. While not many people would guess what the place actually is, the mysteriously tinted windows are what makes the building stand out. Today, the building is used to ventilate the Brooklyn subway station.

3.    Cobble Hill Tunnel

The Cobble Hill Tunnel is an abandoned tunnel situated in the Long Island Rail Road system, and borrowed its name from the oldest underground tunnel in the US. In 1844, the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel was being built and for commuters of the Brooklyn railroad, or the LIRR, the Cobble Hill Tunnel was used for going back and forth. However, the Cobble Hill Tunnel became irrelevant when Brooklyn banned the use of steam locomotives. The abandoned tunnel was found in 1980 by Bob Diamond, who gave tours of the hidden gem until his permit was taken away by the city in 2010.

4.    The Rockefeller Center Rooftop Gardens

The Rockefeller Center is a famous tourist destination with thousands of people visiting it on a daily basis. But, what most of the people don’t know is that there is a secret garden on the roof of the famous building. But, it is true that everything comes with a price, and the lush green gardens is also rented out for exclusive events for a price ($12,500 to be exact). The garden offers some great views of the famous Fifth Avenue and the Plaza’s ice skating rink.

Rockefeller rooftop gardens

credit: Rian Castillo

5.    A Burial Ground at Lower Manhattan…What??!!

It is amazing that for over 300 years New Yorkers and tourists alike have strolled down Duane Street and Broadway and had no idea that they were actually treading on one of the largest African American cemetery in the US. It is estimated that over 20,000 people have been buried here, and all of them were Africans who were brought over to the US during the 1600s. These early African slaves actually built the fortified wall that gave Wall Street its famous name. But, the cemetery was closed in 1794, and was since forgotten until it was unearthed during excavations back in 1991.

The truth is that there are amazing things all around New York City, you only need to look at the right places to find them. If you didn’t have a clue about them, the destination mentioned above are some great places to start.

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