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Ten Best Hidden Gems in NYC

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Some of these gems are hidden in plain sight--The Museum of the City of New York, for example, or the fascinating Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which looms over the Hudson River just west of the West Side Highway. A ferry ride will take you to Governor's Island during the spring and summer months, when you can enjoy great views of the city skyline and picnic on the island's main green. Hop on the subway for the rest of these destinations, including the majestic Cloisters in the Bronx; City Island, with its old-fashioned fishing-village feel; Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in DUMBO (featuring equally spectacular views, but from a different angle); or the funky P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens. Queens is also home to one of the city's only remaining beer gardens, Astoria's Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. It's one of the three featured eating/drinking gems on our list, alongside the spare, charming Soho eatery Salt and Applewood, a temple to local/seasonal dining located on a quiet street in Park Slope.

Photo: The bow of the USS Intrepid. By Rob Young. read more about Ten Best Hidden Gems in NYC

The Cloisters

The Cloisters

  • Fort Tyron Park
  • (at Riverside Drive and 192nd Street)
  • tel:+1 212 923 3700
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10040
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • 12th Ave & 46th St
  • (at USS Intrepid, Pier 86)
  • tel:+1 877 957 7447 / +1 212 245 0072
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10036
Empire - Fulton Ferry State Park

Empire - Fulton Ferry State Park

  • 26 New Dock Street
  • tel:+1 718 858 4708
  • Visit website
  • New York, 11201
Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

  • 1220 Fifth Ave
  • At 103rd St
  • tel:+1 212 534 1672
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10029
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

  • 22-25 Jackson Ave
  • (at the intersection of 46th Avenue)
  • tel:+1 718 784 2084
  • Visit website
  • New York, 11101

Located in a former public school in Long Island City, Queens, this spacious art center provides a production and exhibition space for a variety of artistic works. The center is now part of the Museum of Modern Art, though it retains its own identity. Exhibits here range from video and sound projects to painting, photography and sculpture, but everything has a bit of an edge. Artists whose work is featured in P.S. 1 range along the more experimental end of the spectrum; prominent past exhibitors include Jack Smith, Julian Schnabel and James Turrell.


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City Island

City Island

  • Long Island
  • tel:+1 718 885 9100(Tourist Information)
  • New York, 10464
Governors Island

Governors Island

  • New York Harbor
  • at the mouth of the East River
  • tel:+1 212 825 3051
  • Visit website
  • New York, 11201

Governors Island, located in the harbor south of Manhattan, is a former military post that played a vital role in the Revolutionary War as well as virtually every other major U.S. military engagement, from the War of 1812 through World War II. In the 1960s, control of the island went to the Coast Guard, and at one time it served as a residential area for some 3,500 of that organization's members. Governor's Island played host to history several times during the last few decades, including a U.S.-U.S.S.R. summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1988 and U.N.-sponsored talks about restoring democratic rule in Haiti in 1993.

In 1995, the Coast Guard closed its facilities on Governor's Island, and in 2001 President Bill Clinton designated 22 acres of the Island, including the two great forts, as the Governors Island National Monument. In 2002, President George W. Bush, NY Governor George Pataki, and NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that the federal government would sell Governors Island to the people of New York for a nominal cost, and that the Island would be used for public benefit.

After a major refurbishment, Governors Island is now open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 30 through October 11 (2009 season). In addition to the Historic Landmark District, which includes the Governors Island National Monument (Fort Jay and Castle Williams), the island offers five miles of car-free biking and acres of green space for picnics, art exhibitions, performances and other events.

Free ferries to Governors Island run from Manhattan on Friday through Sunday (leaving from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry) and from Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday ONLY (leaving from Fulton Ferry Landing, just south of the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, at the end of Old Fulton Street).
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Salt

Salt

  • 58 MacDougal Street
  • (between Prince Street & Houston Street)
  • tel:1 212 674 4968
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10012
Applewood

Applewood

  • 501 11th Street
  • at Seventh Ave
  • tel:718.788.1810
  • Visit website
  • Brooklyn, 11215

A constantly changing menu showcases organic and local ingredients in a cozy and warm dining space. Housed on the ground floor of a turn-of-the-century storefront, Applewood projects a relaxed, neighborhood feel with its dark wood bar, working fireplace, and comfortable seating, both indoors and out. It's perfect for both a casual neighborhood meal as well as a special event. read more about Applewood