We all know the big famous sights of New York – the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square – but what about the smaller gems that are hidden around the city?
While the tourist sites of New York are a must-see, it’s always nice to go off the beaten track and explore the not-so-touristy parts.
If you’re planning a trip to New York, here are some lesser known things to do and sites to see!
Triphammer Falls is a 55ft multiple cascading waterfall on the Cornell University campus.
A beautiful place to visit, whatever the season
Instagram your trip on the Roosevelt Tram!
The views from the Roosevelt tram are definitely not to be missed!
You are whisked over the busy avenues and the river so you really do get to enjoy a birds eye view of this amazing city. Even though the journey is no more than 5 minutes long, you should still get some stunning photos!
The tram is part of the NY subway system so your subway card will work on it.
Those Rooftop Bars!
Yesterday we told you all about the best rooftop bars to visit.
Naturally New York featured in that post! When in New York, make sure you pay a visit to the St Cloud bar on Times Square!
Think of the views!!!!
Those Small Parks
While Central Park is absolutely beautiful, don’t forget to seek out the equally stunning smaller parks that are dotted around the city.
Greenacre Park is one you should definitely pay a visit to. Even though it is surrounded by skyscrapers, the sound of the stunning waterfall makes the park an extremely peaceful place.
There’s also a seating area so you can sit back and enjoy the calm with a cup of coffee.
If you’re after a selfie with a waterfall backdrop, then you should definitely drop by Paley Park as the waterfall here is amazing when lit up!
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Enjoy the INCREDIBLE views of the NY skyline … but without the queues that you would find at a landmark like the Empire State!
Go during the late evening so you can see the sun set and the city night lights come alive!
The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Whispering Walls, Grand Central
The sonic wonders of the walls in Grand Central’s Whispering Galleries (or Whispering Walls as tehy are also known) are definitely to be experienced.
If you and a friend stand at opposite ends and one of you speaks into the wall at normal volume, the other person will hear you as clear as day despite the distance and the fact that you have your backs turned! The sound basically travels through the stone walls and ceilings to the opposite end.
Those who have tried the sound reflecting walls describe it as a bit surreal.
Central Parks Quote Benches
When you go for a walk through Central Park, keep an eye on the park benches.
(This isn’t a secret per se as almost everyone knows about these but still worth a mention!) Quite a large number of the benches have the most beautiful quotes, general sayings and even messages inscribed!
The reasons for this is down to the adopt-a-bench scheme which allows people to have a personalised plaque on a bench for the hefty fee of $10,000!
The money goes towards the maintenance of the park’s 9,000 benches and their surrounding landscapes.