Some really unique (and awesome) things about New York City

New York City is a one-of-a-kind city with many one-of-a-kind experiences. It is home to some pretty well known fixtures such as Times Square and Central Park but there are plenty of other things that you can only really see and experience in NYC. Below are some of the best unique things that you can only really do/see in Manhattan.

Manhattan Hedge

Manhattanhenge, also called the Manhattan Solstice, is an event during which the setting sun or the sunrise is aligned with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, New York City. The sunsets and sunrises align twice a year, on dates evenly spaced around the summer solstice and winter solstice. The sunset alignment occurs around May 28 and around July 13. The sunrise alignment occurs around December 5 and around January 8.

Track 61

Track 61 is an extension of Grand Central Terminal that sits underneath the Waldorf Astoria. Built along with the rest of Grand Central Terminal, Track 61 was built as a storage area for unused railroad cars. Rumor has it that former US president Franklin D Roosevelt used track 61 as an attempt to keep his polio condition hidden from the public eye.

Track 61 was confirmed to be prepped for a quick getaway route for George W. Bush while he took meetings at the Waldorf and it’s also been used by US military general John J Pershing in 1938, was the site of a diesel locomotive exhibition in 1946, and a fashion show in 1948. It is rumored to still be in use and was said to have served several other US presidents during their stay at the Waldorf Astoria.

Watch Law and Order (among other tv shows) being filmed

If you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time then you just may see Law and Order being filmed or really any other TV show/film shot in NYC. 

The High Line

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail. It was created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City.

The Lowline

After the success of the High Line, the city introduced the Lowline which is set to be completed by 2021 and will be the world’s first underground park. The Lowline plans to use innovative solar technology to breathe new life into a disused trolley terminal dating back to 1908.

The Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station features an archway just outside the Oyster Bar & Restaurant where two people standing at diagonal corners of the arch are able to hear each other perfectly when speaking softly, even in whispers.

Pomander Walk

Among the tall skyscrapers in Manhattan lies a small area lined of 8 two-story Tudor homes known as Pomander Walk. Pomander Walk was built in 1921 by nightclub impresario Thomas J. Healy who planned to build a major hotel on the site. Ultimately, Healy’s hotel was not to be: he died in 1927, leaving Pomander Walk to survive as the most unusual block on the Upper West Side.

Governor's Island

Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor. It is part of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Today, Governors Island is a popular seasonal destination open to the public between May and September with a 43-acre public park, free arts and cultural events, and recreational activities. The island is accessed by ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Broadway

There is nothing like a Broadway show in New York City. You can find many of these performances in Midtown’s Theater District and further uptown at Lincoln Center. Broadway is home to 40 theaters and has housed hundreds of shows. There are countless plays and musicals to choose from. The longest-running show currently on Broadway is “The Phantom of the Opera,” which premiered in 1988.

The Roosevelt Island Tram

The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Prior to the completion of the Mississippi Aerial River Transit in May 1984 and the Portland Aerial Tram in December 2006, it was the only commuter aerial tramway in North America.

In Manhattan, the entrance to the system is at Tram Plaza at 60th Street and Second Avenue. The fare to ride the tram is just a Metrocard swipe.

Smorgasborg 

Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors—Saturdays on the Williamsburg waterfront and Sundays in beautiful Prospect Park. It launched May 21, 2011, as a spinoff of Brooklyn Flea (founded in 2008), and has since launched dozens of small businesses and attracted millions of visitors. The New York Times dubbed Smorgasburg “The Woodstock of Eating."

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