We all know about what we should see when visiting New York City. Central Park, Trump Towers, the Empire State Building, 30 Rock, the Statue of Liberty are listed in almost every visitors guide on the market.
But what about the secret New York that you don’t know? The one that only locales are aware of. Just like in any great movie, the best New York is the one that you don’t know about… until now.
Here are some of our top recommendations for the best secret places to see in the Big Apple.
54 Clinton St., New York NY
Do you hate when your girlfriend wants to take you shopping? Would you rather play video games all day instead? How about being afforded the luxury of doing both? Community 54 is a video-game gallery that boasts old school games like Street Fighter but that is located inside a menswear shop. You access the arcade by using a hidden photo booth walkway (seriously, how cool does that sound). If you continue past the store, you will be led to an outdoor area that is peppered with amazing graffiti from some of the best street artists in the world.
Mellow Pages Library & Reading Room
56 Bogart St., Brooklyn NY
On first glance, this building looks like your standard art studio but hiding behind a gray door on the first floor is a collection of small-press titles and works by new authors. If you would like to borrow a book to read, you can sign up for a yearlong membership for $20 or by making a 10-book donation to the Reading Room’s library.
259 Bleecker St., New York NY
While you might have heard about the mouth-watering pizza at Pizza Roma, what you might not be aware of is the secret-alley beer garden that exists behind it. The 20-seat patio is seated by reservation-only and the special beer menu has a particular Italian influence.
55 Water St., New York NY
One of my personal favorite stops in New York City is the elevated acre park. Nestled between buildings in the Financial District, the park is accessed by the escalators next to the Chase Bank at 55 Water Street. There is a plank walkway, benches and a great view.