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12 Underratted places in NYC   U.S.A

Started Jun-22 by Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 114 views.

12 Underrated and Unusual Things to Do in New York City


Basilica of St. Patrick

The Basilica of St. Patrick, otherwise known as Old Saint Patrick’s at 263 Mulberry Street.

Everybody knows St. Patrick’s on Fifth Avenue.  But did you know these interesting little-known facts about the original St. Patrick’s? 

The first St. Patrick’s Basilica, built in 1809, is still standing in its original location in Manhattan’s Nolita (short for North of Little Italy) neighborhood. 

  • There are catacombs underneath the basilica and a cemetery attached to it.
  • Some of the coolest New Yorkers are buried there. Think Delmonico’s, the originators of the “restaurant” concept. 
  • They give regular tours there. Insider tip: Ask for Leo. He’s really into it.  
  • The tour is an absolute joy. Very informative and enthusiastically delivered. Not to mention you get to go into the catacombs and see the tombs. 
  • Elizabeth Street Garden

    This sweet garden is on nearby Elizabeth Street. This is a peaceful little oasis in the middle of the Lower East Side tenements. It’s full of garden statuary that almost looks like it was discarded there among the plants and flowers. The garden has a dreamlike, fairytale quality.

    People come here to picnic on the grass, sunbathe and just hang out among the statues. You should visit, but hurry because developers are threatening to tear it down and replace it with condos. Ah… progress. (I guess.) 

  • The Lower East Side Tenement Museum 

    The Tenement Museum is a fascinating experience and one of the best unusual things to do in New York City. It is located in a tenement on Orchard street.

    This area has been receiving immigrants from around the world for centuries. The immigrants landed on Ellis Island and, when cleared for entry into the U.S. mainland, most headed for the Lower East Side. 

    The Tenement Museum explains the lives of immigrants using period exhibits and in some cases recordings of the people themselves. This all takes place inside an apartment.  

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