The Atlas Obscura Guide To New York
396 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Manhattan, New York
Updated April 13, 2023
Unusual Attractions in New York
Cool Places to Eat & Drink in New York
Plan Your Trip
Unforgettable Experiences Nearby
Atlas Obscura Itineraries
The Resilience of New York in 10 Remarkable Sites
New York has been described as a playground for the rich and powerful, but the state's history is full of ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary struggles. What if Seneca Falls, the village that launched the fight for women's suffrage, were as famous as Niagara Falls? What if Weeksville, the historic free Black community in Brooklyn, were as well-known as Williamsburg? From immigrant sanctuaries to the Survivor Tree, here are sites where New York has shown its resilience. As the pandemic continues, we hope this virtual trip helps you explore America’s wonders. If you do choose to venture out, please follow all guidelines, maintain social distance, and wear a mask.
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Stories About Manhattan
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Lists Featuring Manhattan
30 Unexpected Places to Have a Joyful Adventure in New York City
Including Geographic Center of New York City, Vale of Cashmere, and Marie's Crisis
18 Places to Discover Innovation in Roosevelt Island and NYC
Including Holographic Studios Inc., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and Patent Pending
11 Surprisingly Romantic Places in New York City
We heart New York on Valentine's Day.
Including Albertine, Deno's Wonder Wheel, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden
New York's Top 18 Wonders of 2018
The strange and unusual places Atlas Obscura readers wanted to visit most in the Big Apple in 2018.
Including Mysterious Bookshop, Obscura Antiques and Oddities, and Tannen's Magic Shop
13 Marvelous Maps That Go Way Beyond Paper
Charting the world's most intriguing out-of-the-box cartography.
Including Madaba Mosaic Map, Gallery of Maps - Galleria delle Carte Geografiche, and Mapparium
21 Cool and Unusual Kid-Friendly Places in New York City
Hidden gems to earn you major parent brownie points.
Including Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store, 767 Third Avenue, and Tannen's Magic Shop
7 Hidden Tunnels Under Government Buildings
The literal underbelly of public agencies.
Including FDR's Bomb Shelter, Steam Tunnels Under Capitol Hill, and Underground Tunnels of Los Angeles
Unique Cemeteries in New York
Famous and historic graveyards to visit in the five boroughs.
Including Green-Wood Cemetery, Trinity Churchyard, and First Shearith Israel Graveyard
Even Midtown Manhattan Has Its Secrets
There are treasures hidden in plain sight in America's most commercial neighborhood.
Including Times Square Hum, Tannen's Magic Shop, and The Hidden Art Deco Tunnel Underneath the New Yorker Hotel
15 Cool Shops in New York
You know you need these unique New York stores.
Including The Evolution Store, George Glazer Gallery, and Tannen's Magic Shop
The Unusual Sights of Manhattan's Financial District
An off-the-beaten-path walking tour of weird and wonderful sights at the tip of the Manhattan Isle.
Including Mmuseumm, The 'Ghostbusters' Firehouse, and The Woolworth Building