When visiting New York, most people would make an itinerary comprising of the popular tourist attractions in the city. The must-see places would contain big names like the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, and Central Park Zoo to name a few. If you have already covered all the popular tourist attractions in the city and wish to explore New York more, then here are a few less known places that are worth a visit.
New York City Model
This breathtaking model of the New York city was built for the World Fair held in 1964 and it has been updated several times since then to reflect the changes and development in the city. The model is basketball court sized, and it represents the entire city with a small model-sized version of the five different boroughs, skyscrapers and other sites. Get a panoramic view of the entire city and feel like an Emperor.
Harry Houdini’s Gravesite
Harry Houdini was a world famous magician, popular for his escape acts. His graveyard was a popular site for Halloween scenes for several years. His fans love to visit his graveyard, hoping quietly that he might still escape from death’s grasp and come back. Every year on his death anniversary, admirers come here to pay homage and leave cards and tarots for the magician.
The Earth Room
If ever there was any dirt that weighed in gold then it’s here. Come to see this place that has been filled with dirt and kept for nearly 40 years. It sprouts mushrooms sometimes. Apart from that, it is a pure work of art, secluded and isolated away from the city’s maddening crowd. Known as the Earth Room, the dirt accumulated in this space is worth a million dollars, and the entire real estate value is much more than that.
Federal Reserve’s Gold Vault
The Gold Vault in Federal Reserve Bank, New York is perhaps largest storehouse of treasure in the world. You will go through several security screenings to be able to see this vault. When you are there, you will get to see about 7,000 tons of pure gold, and just 5 percent of all that gold was mined. It is valued much more than Ft. Knox, which is about 273 billion dollars worth. This vault has gold resources of several countries around the world, who send them to Federal Reserve because it is the safest place.
The John M. Mossman Lock Collection
This is a different kind of a museum, perhaps a kind that you have never seen before. Here you will be able to see a beautiful exhibit of over 300 antique bank locks that are intricate, ornate and absolutely breathtaking. These bank locks have complex yet beautiful exterior, however, don’t be lost with its outside beauty because each of these locks are sturdy from the inside. Each lock in the display has a story to tell, and they have protected millions of dollars and securities before reaching this place.