New York City is so large and diverse; you shouldn’t limit your trip to the most typical tourist attractions. If after visiting the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Central Park you’ll still have some spare time, check out some of the Big Apple’s weirdest attractions. Here’s a list of 7 examples proving New York is a really strange place.
One of the coolest and most original museums in the Big Apple, the City Reliquary features a random collection of quirky artefacts. It includes quite usual things such as old photographs and videos, but most of all, there are items you wouldn’t expect to see in a museum, like subway tokens, pigeon feathers, baseball cards, vintage thermoses or bones of rats that used to live in the subway. Local collectors are welcome to contact the museum and add their own stuff to the display, even if it’s not related to the history of New York. According to the City Reliquary’s founder, if someone’s a New Yorker, his/her collections must be fascinating – with this kind of selection, y imagine what kind of strange things are to be found in the City Reliquary. Besides, the museum holds a lot of events and parties, out of which not all are serious. There are pizza fests, movie screenings and art shows.
The address: 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
Morbid Anatomy Museum
Ass odd as it gets, the collections of Morbid Anatomy Museum include such items as taxidermied animals, zoomorphic candlesticks, ceramic danse macabre figurines, old medical instruments or a scrap book filled with human hair. Its founder was collecting the artefacts for years, but the museum started functioning in its present form after receiving funds through a Kickstarter campaign. Clearly, many people are interested enough in all those oddities to support the idea with their money. The museum not only features eerie exhibits, it also organizes events that are equally disturbing, such as tarantula preservation or chicken taxidermy classes, lectures on semiotics of Goth subculture, witchcraft or psychedelics and death. There are even some themed cocktail parties.
The address: 424-A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
The Way Station, Brooklyn, New York City
The Way Station is more than just a bar, it’s a paradise for geeks and nerds. Have you seen any of the Doctor Who episodes? Do you recall such a thing as Tardis? Here it goes, a visit to The Way Station is almost like going for a journey with Doctor Who. The bar’s highlight is the toilet located in the life sized replica of Doctor’s famous spaceship (the blue Tardis shaped like a police box). There are also murals of Doctor Who characters and a whovian themed cocktail menu. In addition to its great design, the Way Station holds various parties and events, such as concerts, movie screenings and burlesque shows – all of it very geeky.
The address: 683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn
Conjuring Arts Research Center
The Conjuring Arts Research Center is definitely the most magical place in New York City and it’s not just a poetic description, it seriously deals with magic. Its mission is to preserve and interpret magic and arts related to it, for example juggling, circus arts, science and history of playing cards, puppetry, hypnosis, psychic phenomenon and other peculiarities. Illusionists, researchers and magic enthusiasts can look through the rare gems collected in the museum. Rare books, documents, posters and other sources of information are available.
The address: 11 W 30th St, 5th Floor, New York
Coney Island Circus Sideshow
There are many extravagant performers in New York, many strange venues and quirky events, but nothing is quite like the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. The first freak shows in Coney Island were organized in the late 19th century. They promoted a variety of human oddities and thus brought up lots of controversies. Those times are gone, but the American Sideshow’s still alive. If you want to see what have remained of the old freaks shows, visit Coney Island.
The address: 3008 W 12th St, Brooklyn
Trolley Tour around the Green-Wood Cemetery
Not many cemeteries across the world have an event calendar of their website. Actually, not many cemeteries have websites at all. The Green-Wood Cemetery though is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most beautiful historic sites in New York. It was founded in 1838 and grew since then, so that it now covers an area of 478 acres. Because of its rich history and scenic landscapes, Green-Wood has become sort of a tourist attraction. You can join an organized tour, move around the cemetery by a trolley and listen to the fascinating stories told by a guide.
The address: 500 25th St, Brooklyn
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
Flea markets are usually among the most interesting areas in cities and the Hell’s Kitchen in New York is not an exception. The name itself is quirky, but the stuff being sold there is even quirkier. If instead of getting a “I love New York” t-shirt you want to buy an original souvenir, that’s the place to go. Ephemera, retro clothes, vintage decorations, gorgeous antiques and lots of other jewels can be found there, you just need to dig a little bit.
The address: West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues