To avoid feeling overwhelmed the next time you visit NYC you may want to read up on these New York local secrets. There are plenty of hidden gems in New York, and tips and tricks to make the most out of your time in the Big Apple. And if you're looking for something secret on the West Coast, you can always brush up on the best-kept secrets of Los Angeles.
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Waterfalls In The City
From Redditor u/ShadyPolarBear:
There are two waterfalls in the city, Paley Park and Greenacre Park.
- 26 VOTES
Medieval Art At The Cloisters
From Redditor u/Singletail:
The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. They have an incredible selection of medieval art, including the unicorn tapestries.
Fort Tilden - an abandoned army base that you can explore, with huge fortifications to climb on. You will need to exercise some caution and wear proper shoes. And don't be surprised if you find lots of unclothed people. Hard to get to without a car. And don't make the mistake of driving too far and going to Breezy Point - it's a gated community that calls the cops when minorities show up (literally).
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary - best bird watching in NYC, and just walking the trails are great. You can also go horseback riding along the bay.
- 35 VOTES
Tiny Gift Shops In Elizabeth Center
From Redditor u/twoandfortysix:
I guess Elizabeth Center in Chinatown is kind of a hidden gem to most people. It's a bunch of tiny gift shops. It's a few blocks to SOHO, which is awesome for shopping.
- 45 VOTES
From Redditor u/TheBoldManLaughsOnce:
Governor's Island. It's really quite cool, not even New Yorkers know it. Take the ferry from Manhattan or Pier 6 in Brooklyn.
- 54 VOTES
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar
From Redditor u/DC25NYC:
If you will be here over a weekend the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is somewhat of a hidden gem. Lots of local vendors. Also, check out Bergen on a Saturday in Crown Heights. They host Brooklyn Flea.
- 63 VOTES
The Ramble In Central Park
From Redditor u/jazzlw:
There’s a part of Central Park called The Ramble. It’s probably my favorite part of the park and a lot of people miss it.
I’m also a big fan of a little cluster of breweries in Long Island City (Queens) that you can walk between while trying different great beers.