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11 New York City Hidden Gems That Aren’t Tourist Traps

You may know New York City for Times Square, the Empire State Building or Central Park, but the city that never sleeps also has many hidden gems as well. Art museums, galleries and trendy restaurants – you name it, NYC has got it.

1. The Neue Galerie

The Neue Galerie was established in 2001 and contains early twentieth-century German and Austrian art. Exhibits include artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Gustav Klimt and Van Gogh. After viewing the exhibits, guests can buy gifts at the bookshop or enjoy a bite to eat at one of the two cafés.

2. The Butcher’s Daughter

The Butcher’s Daughter is a vegetarian chain restaurant and bar, with locations in New York and California. The exterior and interior are both decorated very nicely, with foliage and flowers everywhere. The Butcher’s Daughter specializes in vegetarian cuisine and green juices.

3. The Church of St. Luke in the Fields Garden

The Church of St. Luke in the Fields is a peaceful church located in bustling Manhattan. It boasts a calm and beautiful garden with lavenders, maple trees and hydrangeas. This garden is a good place to reflect and take a break from the excitement of New York City.

4. Juice Generation

Juice Generation is a trendy chain restaurant with acai bowls and healthy smoothies. There are several locations in New York (42nd Street, Broadway, Brooklyn and Greenwich are just some of the many spots).

5. Absolute Bagels

Absolute Bagels is a bagel shop in Broadway. This bakery draws many native New Yorkers because of its inexpensive yet delicious bagels. Be warned, though — lines in the morning are usually long but move quickly.

6. Aurora

Aurora is an Italian restaurant that serves organic dishes paired with vintage Italian wine. There is a gorgeous outdoor patio that is enclosed by ivy. Inside are bare brick walls with ambient lighting. Dishes include steak, pasta and baked bread.

7. The New York Society Library

The New York Society Library houses over 300,000 books, audio tapes and periodicals. Sometimes there are also exhibitions with the Metropolitan Museum of Art or chamber music performances. Besides the regular collections, there is also a children’s section and special collections.

8. The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum has many displays of the evolution and building of different skyscrapers not just in New York, but around the world. Located in Battery Park, the museum appears very modern, with glass walls and metal floors. Don’t forget to check out the mini wooden carvings of overhead views of Downtown and Midtown Manhattan.

9. Metrograph

Metrograph is a two-screen cinema. It has shows such as “The Reagan Show,” “The Cure In Orange,” “Strange Behavior” and “In Transit.” There is a bookstore, where you can purchase and read biographies, magazines or film journals. There is even a restaurant —The Metrograph Commissary — with a bar, restaurant and private dining rooms.

10. The Dream House

The Dream House is an apartment room devoted to help visitors relax in the busy New York City. The neon purple rooms, the smoky smell of incense and the background music all contribute to the calming atmosphere. The Dream House is a decades-old art installation.

11. 5 Beekman Street

5 Beekman Street has a long history. Built in 1881, the building survived for 12 years before being partly destroyed by a fire. Different tenants have occupied it until 2001 when the last tenant left. It was abandoned until 2010, when different photographers and magazines started coming here to take photo shoots. In fact, Kanye West actually attended an H&M launch party in 2012. Since then, it has been restored and is home to several million dollar apartments. This building is a prime example of late 19th-century architecture.

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