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An insider's guide to New York attractions
Seen Lady Liberty? Climbed the Empire State Building? Taken in a Broadway play? Experience a whole new side to the Big Apple with a visit to some of these lesser known New York attractions. If you've ever wanted to discover the sides of New York that tourists rarely see, check out these options.
Take a walk along the Hudson in Riverside Park
Riverside Park stretches for four miles from 72nd to 158th Streets along the Hudson River. It was landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed a number of other New York attractions - including Central Park. Printed maps of the park are available from the Riverside Park Fund office located at 475 Riverside Drive and 120th Street in Suite 455.
Wander the halls at the Pierpont Morgan Library
This recently renovated library is located in midtown Manhattan, but you'll feel like you've stepped into a whole new world once you pass through the doors. The collections include Egyptian art, Renaissance paintings, first editions of classical authors, three Gutenberg Bibles, the sole surviving manuscript of John Milton's Paradise Lost, Charles Dickens's manuscript of A Christmas Carol, Henry David Thoreau's journals and the letters of Jane Austen.
Discover the Louis Armstrong House
In 1943, Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille moved into this unassuming house in Queens, and stayed there for the rest of their lives. The house, furniture and pretty Japanese garden remain largely unchanged since Armstrong's death in 1971, and free guided tours allow visitors to explore the home and the legacy of this jazz legend. The museum is located in northern Queens, near to LaGuardia Airport.
Hear stories of the past at the Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum, on the Lower East Side, tells the stories of the immigrants who lived within its walls - and is one of the best historical New York attractions. Nearly 7,000 people called this Orchard Street building home at one stage or another. The free talks are very insightful - check out the schedule at tenement.org.