New York, New York Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in New York and the surrounding area.

Excepting one awful day in 2001, the Big Apple is less deadly than it once was, and its gridlock isn't as paralyzing as Boston's or L.A.'s. But parking is worse than bad, so we make an official RoadsideAmerica recommendation that would shock in any other spot -- don't drive. Leave the car somewhere secure (leave the RV in Pennsylvania), and take advantage of the subways, which drop you within a few blocks of wherever you want to go.

Manhattan real estate is too precious to accommodate a bottle house village or even a Muffler Man. But it provides room for a rare mummified American saint, a lighthouse devoted to the Titanic, and two places to admire George Washington's teeth. There are many stuffy statues, but we seek out those of TV's

A foray to the outer boroughs takes you to relics of a World's Fair, a Hall of Fame of forgotten celebrities, and a memorial to equally forgotten prison ship casualties. Culture? History? International intrigue? This city has fistfuls of it, showcased in museums devoted to sex, tenement squalor, and the gone-but-not-forgotten KGB.

KGB Espionage Museum

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • New York Transit Museum

    New York Transit Museum

    Brooklyn, New York

    Housed below ground in a decommissioned subway station, the city's transit history is told with signs, artifacts, and walk-thru subway cars dating back to 1903.

  • Coney Island - Sideshows by the Seashore

    Coney Island - Sideshows by the Seashore

    Brooklyn, New York

    Historical playland of the world, with some revitalized cheese and midway romance.

  • Green-Wood Cemetery

    Green-Wood Cemetery

    Brooklyn, New York

    Huge, ornate cemetery with many prominent dead people. Tours, night walks, art and music events make this a tourist attraction, not just a graveyard.

  • 563 Flu Victims Died Here

    563 Flu Victims Died Here

    Cresskill, New Jersey

    The one place you don't want to be in a flu pandemic is a crowded military transit camp.

  • World's 2nd Largest Light Bulb

    World's 2nd Largest Light Bulb

    Edison, New Jersey

    It's perched atop an Art Deco tower, which stands where Thomas Edison once had a workshop.

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