Best Kept Secrets Of NYC Tourism

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Narrow streets and constant reconstruction mark both the Old World and New World Charm of New York City, so keeping secrets is hard. But, there are still some tucked in hideaways that both residents and tourists can enjoy roaming the streets of the greatest city in the world. Here are some of the coolest…
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PDT (Please Don’t Tell)

Please Don’t Tell is a cozy little bar nestled BEHIND Crif’s Hot Dog joint on St. Marks Place and is, naturally, jammed all the time. There’s just something irresistible about being excluded from a club. It makes finally getting through the door one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime. Keep trying…
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Economy Candy

Back In The Day (Drink!) every neighborhood had its local “Candy Store” but, sadly, few remain. Fortunately, Economy Candy thrives in the vacuum by barely changing its look. Or its overflowing stock of old style candies mixed in with every kind of fresh treats from all around the globe. Located at 108 Rivington Street, a visit will transport you back in time when selling just candy was enough to keep a business afloat. What a sweet notion…
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The Player’s Club

No, not Playahs – Players. Or, in the old vernacular, Stage Actors looking to make business connections furthering their careers. One of the oldest establishments in NYC, the Player’s Club has been continuously run since 1888. Located at 16 Gramercy Park South, strict reservation policies and a dress code are enforced and membership is by committee appointment. But, the rabble are let in from time to time. If you want to experience friendly snobbery on an elegant scale, this is the place to go…
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This Is My Home

Anthony Pisano is not your stereotypical New Yawker who double-bolts the front door to his townhouse, located at East 7th Street, between Avenue A and 1st Avenue. There are no bars on the front windows – and none in his friendly manner, which allows visitors to knock and enter any time he’s home. Stuffed with mementos from his trips all around the world, it’s a fascinating place to spend a few hours. Just don’t expect to buy anything. It’s not for sale…
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Jefferson Market Garden

When you think of NYC it’s either dazzling opulence or gritty urbanity that comes to mind. The last thing would be a quiet little garden, well kept and removed from the pace of a constantly evolving cityscape just steps away. It’s such a rare treat, we’re not even going to list the address. Just wander the streets of Greenwich Village asking around. If you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon it in the manner intended: Delighted awe…
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Employees Only

Gypsy shops offering Tarot Readings and appointments with an “authentic” Psychic still dot NYC where rents are lowest. But Employees Only, located on Hudson near 10th Street, hides a fabulous secret behind the front parlor: One of the best cocktail bars in the world. We would say make a reservation first, but, they already know you’re coming, so…
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Obscura Antiques And Oddities

Obscura Antiques And Oddities is an old-fashioned Curio Shop which really lives up to the name. Patrons regularly spend entire days inside the store trying to choose just the right object for that special someone – or themselves. It’s not easy. Located at 207 Avenue A, don’t go unless you’ve got plenty of time to browse…
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City Hall Central Station

For more than 60 years, City Hall Central Station was a ghostly subway platform closed to the public that could only be viewed by No. 6 train riders making the switchback underneath the streets around City Hall in the Financial District. Happily, the station has been renovated and visitors can go back in time (by appointment only) as part of a tour. It’s well worth the fare…
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Bathtub Gin

The Stone Street Coffee Company in Chelsea is a throwback to the Speakeasy era that reproduces the mystique and exclusivity made famous in the gangster movies of the Roaring 20s. Right on down to the bathtub where the hooch is made. There’s even one of those sliding slit things on the door with just enough room for a rough looking guy on the other side to check for the coppers. And, here’s a tip: Just say “Joe sent me…”
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