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Hidden Gems of NYC

By Divya Sharma

When visiting New York City,here are familiar well-known sites, like the Empire State Building, the MET, and the Statue of Liberty, but some of the most spectacular spots are ones that most people have never heard of. Even being from New York, I’ve only recently been to some of these places.

1. Walk around SoHo

Located in lower-west Manhattan, this artsy neighborhood is picturesque with its colorful, classical architecture and cobblestone streets. It is considered the trendiest place in the city, and contains small shops and restaurants. Not to mention, Soho has some of the best Italian food in Manhattan.

Not only does SoHo have food, but it is home to many celebrities as well, so chances are you may even run into one. They also have a really cool looking Apple store.

2. Venetian Room and Albertine, in the French Embassy- 972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075

The golden Venetian room takes you back to 19th century New York. Down the hall is Albertine, a French bookstore with a celestial mural on the celling.

3. Levain’s Bakery- 1484 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (they also have 3 other locations)

Levain’s Bakery is nearly indescribable. They have the best Chocolate Chip Cookies in New York, and perhaps even the world. These chocolate chip cookies are the best cookies you or I will ever have in our lifetime. Period.

4. Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central- 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Fun Fact: if you whisper into the wall at one corner of the room, some one standing all the way on the other side of the room, at the opposite corner facing the wall, can hear you. This is because the sound waves travel through tiles on the celling. This is pretty impressive considering how noisy Grand Central is!

5. MoMA- 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Many consider museums to be boring (for good reason), but the Modern Museum of Art is anything but that. They have elaborate interactive exhibits and the art is just exciting to look at. Recently, they had a helicopter hanging from the celling!

6. Irish Hunger Museum- North End Ave &, Vesey St, New York, NY 10280

This small area in the Financial District a taste of Ireland! All of the stones used to build it, and even the grass is imported from Ireland. This museum reminds us to have gratitude for all that we have.

7. Hayden Planetarium in the Natural Museum of History- 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Being a big fan of space and Neil DeGrasse Tyson (he runs the planetarium), the Hayden Planetarium is a must for me. The space shows are so realistic that I remember being four years old and thinking that the entire building was moving in the air (spoiler- it’s not).


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