9 Quirky Things to Do in NYC that Most Tourists Don’t Know About (2022)

A concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s no other place in the world that can compare to New York City! With hustling streets that make you feel brand new, and big luminous lights that will inspire you, the Big Apple is teeming with diversity and vibrancy. So don’t be fooled, this incredible city is so much more than just the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty!

Here’s the good news – there’s no need to go hunting for its hidden gems, we’ll bring them to you! Dare to be different with these 10 quirky activities that will be sure to set your Big Apple holiday apart from everybody else’s! So what are you waiting for?

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1. Sip on cocktails in a bank vault

Buried deep underground in the heart of New York City’s financial district is a hidden old bank vault built in 1904. Yet, it is no ordinary bank vault. Ingeniously transformed into a swiss bar and restaurant, Trinity Place Vault Bar is both rustic and elegant. It is, quite literally, a hidden gem!

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Originally built by Mosler Safe Company for the New York Realty Bank, the vault was so large and heavy that it had to be sailed down the Hudson River and then transported on special railway tracks from Battery Park to where it currently sits.

Apart from its unusual size, another peculiarity is the vault’s dual entrances at either end, each leading to the bar and restaurant respectively. In addition, each steel door weighs a whooping 35 tons and is five-inch thick! One definitely cannot find a more secure place to have a drink.

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That’s not just it! 115 Broadway, the building in which the bank vault sits under, is one of the original twin towers of New York City. Decorated with gargoyles, dragons and eagles, the gothic skyscraper was constructed during a period where, interestingly, goth detailing was uncommon. Coupled with stained glasses and ribbed ceilings in the lobby, one might even mistake the building for a medieval cathedral!

If you are craving for a drink in New York City, ditch the boring street-side bar and check out the one-of-a-kind Trinity Place Bank Vault Bar!

Address: 115 Broadway, New York, NY 10006 (Entrance on Cedar Street)
Opening Hours: 11.30am 3pm & 5pm 11pm (Monday to Friday)

2. Volunteer with St Joe’s Soup Kitchen

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Did you know that there are around 61,000 homeless people in New York City? The sheer volume is why St Joe’s Soup Kitchen continues its weekly effort to provide nutritious food to the hungry and homeless. Serving up to 450 trays a week, meals are also free for all and no questions will be asked.

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Instead of hopping from one tourist attraction to another trying to learn about the Big Apple, get involved in the American community by volunteering with St Joe’s Soup Kitchen in New York City! Make friends with like-minded locals, plus, no prior experience or skills is required! If you’re feeling adventurous, put your new-found skills to the test with an electric machine for pancakes – your friends will thank you this!

Address: 371 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014 (Casserly Hall)
Opening Hours: 10am (preparation) & 1pm (serving) (Saturdays only)

3. Star in Alice in Wonderland

Ever dream of starring in a play? Well, here’s your chance! Immerse in a participatory theatre by Third Rail Projects and be part of the cast of Then She Fell, a play inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. A unique approach to storytelling, audiences can expect to be very actively involved in the whole artistic experience.

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In an intimate setting, Then She Fell takes place in an unused mental hospital where audiences of 15 are divided into small groups as the plot went on. These small groups are led from one room to another, where they are to explore them by themselves in order to unearth clues, discover hidden scenes, encounter the performers individually, and even drink elixirs custom made by one of New York City’s leading mixologists.

For instance, during a particular scene (spoiler alert!), the participant will be asked to transcribe a melancholy letter written by a Charles Dodgson to Alice, pleading her to reply him. Afterwards, Dodgson places the letter into a small glass container before dropping it into a pool of water which contains dozens of similar letters. A sense of despair pervades the air as Dodgson then sits sorrowfully in his pool of tears, knowing that he is condemned forever to his loneliness.

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Admittedly, though, tickets aren’t cheap. During peak periods, it can up to US$200 per person. Yet, every single minute of the profoundly personal experience is worth your money. With poignant and heartfelt scenes, you will be so tightly interwoven with the plot and characters that you will become one with the play!

Our advice? Keep your eyes peeled on the exchange rates from USD to SGD, and book your tickets early to enjoy savings. So, the next time you are in New York City, follow the Rabbithole for an extraordinary time in Wonderland!

Address: Kingsland Ward @ St. Johns, 195 Maujer Street, Brooklyn NY 11206
Opening Hours: Now – December 2017

4. Find the secretive Brazenhead Books

The enigmatic Brazenhead Books sits in an apartment whose location is a hush-hush. Operating outside the laws of retail, the clandestine bookstore has to remain secretive precisely because it is illegal. Visitation is by appointment only, unless you have contacts that could show you the way very much like an induction into a secret society, no?

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Brazenhead Books has come a very long way. At the beginning, it was just like any other normal bookstore. It was not until when rent skyrocketed that Brazenhead Book shifted into its owner’s own apartment. For a long time, Brazenhead remained invisible to the eyes of local authority and settled comfortably into queer circumstances where owner and books lived side by side.

This shift also caused Brazenhead to undergo a major transformation. Gone were the old days of simple retail and instead, the speakeasy bookstore became a peculiar form of a book club. Alongside some booze, Brazenhead hosted weekly salon sessions with poetry reading and musical performance. A wedding was even officiated here once!

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Like a Phoenix in flames, the bookstore was resurrected from its death to a brand new location (again) in 2016 after an eviction notice by authorities in late 2015. Now, this elusive bookstore is even more so secretive. If you desire to locate this legendary temple of books, prove yourself worthy to its owner only then can you open its chamber of secrets.

Address: Ask and it shall be given (or not)
Opening Hours: By appointment only

5. Laugh out loud at Comedy Cellar

A dark brick-walled dungeon, a tiny platform that’s barely a stage, and a ceiling so low that those above 1.9 metres may hit their head – it’s not much, but it’s where Louis CK, Jon Stewart and Chris Rock call home.

Sitting in a small cramped basement, Comedy Cellar is as intimate as it is ruthless – bring your best arsenals, or prepare to get bombed by the audience brutally. As such, only the most tenacious can survive this gruelling training ground and become an incredible stand-up comedian.

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A typical night in Comedy Cellar is filled with fun, alcohol and roaring laughter. Located just a block away from New York University, this iconic comedy haven is extremely popular especially amongst locals! In fact, it is near impossible to get in without any prior reservations.

So, if you are in New York City, a night at Comedy Cellar is a must! Make sure to grab your buddies and head down for an unforgettable night of comedy action!

Address: 130 West 3rd Street, New York NY 10012 (right around the corner between 6th and MacDougal)
Opening Hours: Varies. Check the official website below for more information!

6. Get intimate with 9/11 memoirs

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack, Gary Marlon Suson was granted 24-hour access to every inch of Ground Zero each day till rescue efforts were over. What was meant to be official documentation business culminated into a personal mission for the young photographer – capturing the tragedy in the most humanised manner so that these lost lives will never be forgotten.

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The brainchild of Suson, Ground Zero Museum Workshop is a powerful portrayal of humanity, courage and love. One photo showed a retired firefighter carrying his son, a firefighter who had died during the rescue efforts, out of Ground Zero.

Another other photo series depicted young black workers melting metal from the debris of Ground Zero to sculpt into crosses for families who had lost someone in 9/11 – an initiative they had taken upon themselves to provide comfort to their fellow Americans.

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Each picture and artefact tell such compelling stories that words simply cannot encapsulate. Coupled with the audio stories personally recorded by Suson himself, visitors truly share intimate moments with these moving stories. A visit to Ground Zero Museum Workshop is very likely to leave you in tears.

To provide visitors with ample personal space to completely immerse in each story, Ground Zero Museum Workshop caps the number of visitors at 28 people. In addition, self-guided tours are conducted in Italian, English, Spanish and French. Visitors are also given the opportunity to hold artefacts and view over 100 images from the recovery.

If you prefer a quiet and homely environment to hear the personal stories of those involved in 9/11, Ground Zero Museum Workshop is exactly what you are looking for.

Address: 420 West 14th Street, Floor 2 New York, NY 10014
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm (Wednesday to Sunday)

7. Catch movies with a view

Want to catch a Hollywood movie while in New York? What better way to do it than in the outdoors with the gorgeous Brooklyn Bridge and Hudson River as your backdrops! One of the locals’ favourite past-time, outdoor movies are a popular alternative to your conventional theatres. Not only can one enjoy the breathtaking night view, the flexibility to lounge around in any position is also an added advantage!

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There are several locations where outdoor movies can be caught. Every Thursday during summer, Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park attracts over 7,000 moviegoers to enjoy popular screenings and a breathtaking Manhattan skyline in the background. This summer, the movie lineup includes The Lego Movie and 42!

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Hudson Riverflicks takes place every Wednesday at Hudson River Park. Energising its summer crowd with a bunch of big hits, this year’s movies include La La Land, Logan and Hidden Figures. Did we mention that there is also FREE popcorn provided? Woohoo!

Address: Brooklyn Bridge Park & Hudson River Park
Opening Hours: 8.30pm, Wednesday (Hudson River Park) & 6pm, Thursday (Brooklyn Bridge Park)

8. Revel in Broadway flops at Joe Allen

Many celebrate the success, but few remember the flops. At Joe Allen’s, these flops are given their due recognition – they may have failed to make it up the Times Square Billboard, but they have certainly made their way onto the restaurant’s wall.

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It started that same year when Joe Allen (owner of the restaurant) was given a poster of the show Kelly. Where else to hang the poster than right in his own restaurant? Unfortunately, the show ran for one performance before it flopped. Since then, it became a Broadway tradition (or curse) for these ill-fated shows to accessorise Joe Allen’s walls.

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Situated in Broadway, Joe Allen is the perfect place for pre-theatre dining. If you are scouting for a good dinner place, search no more, for Joe Allen is definitely your to-go! Apart from its quirky history, Joe Allen also serves unpretentious and good old American food. The absolute best in the theatre district, make sure you head to Joe Allen for some comfort food before your Broadway play!

Address: 326 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11.45pm (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday); 11.30am – 11.45pm (Wednesday); 12pm – 12am (Friday); 11.30am – 12am (Saturday); 11.30am – 11.45pm (Sunday)

9. Experience paranormal activities in The Morris-Jumel Mansion

Do not be deceived by the seemingly harmless look of this mansion. An eerie and ghastly past shrouds the historical Morris-Jumel Mansion in mystery, and it is known as one of most haunted place in New York City.

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The story goes like this: In 1810, French merchant Stephen Jumel and his wife, Eliza Bowen Jumel, moved into the house. Despite being one of the wealthiest families in Manhattan, they were shunned by high society. Eliza had come from a working class Catholic family in Rhode Island, and there were cruel rumours going on that she was once a child prostitute in her mother’s brothel. Stephen Jumel died in 1832 and the cause of death remained a mystery till this day. Yet all the rumours pointed back to Eliza as the cause. A local medium claimed that Eliza had buried her husband alive There were also gossips that she had opened his dressings from a wound and watched him bleed to death.

That was not the end of it. Months later, Eliza married Aaron Burr, the then vice president, in the front parlour of the mansion. On the day of their divorce, three years later, Burr mysteriously died. Since then, Eliza lived in the huge mansion as a recluse, eventually becoming demented. At the age of 90, she also died alone in that very house.

It is said that her tormented soul continues to roam the hallways and secret chambers of the mansion, her long hair draped over her shoulders and her clothes soiled.

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As if that’s not scary enough, The Morris-Jumel Mansion also installed these creepy-looking mannequins within each room to illustrate life in the 18th century. Although with good intentions, this only made the guided tours around the mansion even more uneasy and jittery. For the fearless, go ahead and explore the spooky mansion on your own… we certainly hope you do not encounter its troubled old mistress!

Address: 65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm (Monday to Friday); 10am – 5pm (Saturday & Sunday)

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What is the number 1 attraction in New York? ›

Statue of Liberty

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How can I have fun in NYC? ›

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  5. Visit Famous Filming Locations. ...
  6. Appreciate the Street Art. ...
  7. Visit the Museum of Sex. ...
  8. Visit the Mythic Cotton Club in Harlem.

Why is the Bowery called the Bowery? ›

It follows a trail used by the Indians in their skirmishes with the Dutch, which later became the road leading to Gov. Peter Stuyvesant's bouwerie (“farm”). The street was named the Bowery in 1807.

What is secret NYC? ›

Secret NYC is the ultra-shareable online guide to news, events, and things to do in New York City. From hidden bars and restaurants to fascinating museum exhibitions and how to make the most of the city, Secret NYC highlights the very best our vibrant city has to offer.

What is there to do off the beaten path in NYC? ›

Off the Beaten Track | 7 Hidden Gems in NYC
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  • The Old City Hall Subway Stop.

What is the number 2 attraction in New York? ›

2: Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic and beloved New York City tourist attractions.

Is honking your horn illegal in NYC? ›

Yes, it's illegal for drivers to honk their horns in New York City except in an emergency.

What are people from New York called? ›

People who live in New York are called New Yorkers and Empire Staters.

Is NYC safe right now? ›

To answer the question if New York City is safe for travel and for visiting right now, the answer is a big “yes.” New York City is one of the safest cities you can travel to and we're going to show you why.

What can you do in your 30s in NYC? ›

Things To Do in NYC in Your 30's!
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  • Stay in a Hotel With a View. ...
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  • Enjoy the Jazz Scene.
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How many days do you need in New York? ›

5 days in NYC is actually the perfect amount if it's your first visit. You can spend 3 days in New York City, but it's cutting it close–and you'll need to come back again. If you have only one day in New York City, you can still see Manhattan!

What is there to do in NYC at night by yourself? ›

If you want to take yourself out and about, here are seven fun activities that won't make you feel awkward:
  1. Get dinner. [Eater] Some restaurants have great bars that are perfect for dining solo. ...
  2. Go to the theatre. ...
  3. Check out a museum. ...
  4. Hear some live music. ...
  5. Go shopping. ...
  6. Explore a place you've never been before. ...
  7. Stargaze.
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How can I spend a day in NYC alone? ›

Best Things to Do Alone in NYC During the Day
  1. Get Lost in Central Park. View this post on Instagram. ...
  2. Spend the Day Shopping. View this post on Instagram. ...
  3. Attend a Live Taping. ...
  4. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge. ...
  5. Explore Time Out Market. ...
  6. Visit the Oculus. ...
  7. Check Out the View From One World Trade. ...
  8. Visit the 9/11 Museum and Memorial.
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What is there to do in New York city with a group of friends? ›

13 Insanely Fun Group Activities in NYC
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  • Show Off Your Voice at 5 Bar Karaoke Lounge NYC. ...
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What is the poorest borough in New York City? ›

The Bronx has the highest rate of poverty in New York City, and the greater South Bronx is the poorest area.

Is there a Skid Row in NYC? ›

New York. In New York, Skid Row was a nickname given to the Bowery during much of the 20th century. Along East 125th Street in East Harlem, Manhattan, there is a noticeable density of homelessness and drug use. There are elements of a drug and poverty-related society along with homelessness around in Lower Manhattan.

What is the oldest street in New York City? ›

Stone Street is one of New York's oldest streets, incorporating two 17th-century roads in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. In 1658 it became the first cobbled street in New Amsterdam.
Stone Street (Manhattan)
NYCL No.1938
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 12, 1999
Designated NYCLJune 25, 1996
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Where is the old City Hall subway station? ›

It is located beneath the magnificent Municipal Building at the intersection of Centre Street and Chambers Street. Because the downtown-bound 6 train must make a U-turn to head back uptown, the train makes a loop through this secret station.

What street is Bryant Park on in NYC? ›

Located on 42nd Street, the park's restrooms have won widespread praise and provide New Yorkers with luxurious public facilities open to everyone.

Can I wear shorts in NYC? ›

Shorts are completely acceptable in New York City—if they look cool.

What is beaten path? ›

A "beaten path" refers to a route that is frequently traveled. We'll definitely be able to get a table at that restaurant, it's really off the beaten path. I chose that island as a vacation spot because I knew it was off the beaten path and would give me some much-needed solitude. 2.

What does it mean to go off the beaten path? ›

An unusual route or destination, as in We found a great vacation spot, off the beaten track. This term alludes to a well-worn path trodden down by many feet and was first recorded in 1860, although the phrase beaten track was recorded in 1638 in reference to the usual, unoriginal way of doing something.

What food should you not miss in New York? ›

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What is the most famous deli in New York City? ›

Katz's Delicatessen

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What fruit is NY known for? ›

State Fruit and State Muffin: Apple

The apple was adopted as the State fruit in 1976. Apples are sweet and crisp, and many varieties are grown in New York. Apples were introduced in the 1600s by European settlers who brought seeds to New York.

What attracts people to New York? ›

New York City is a top global destination for visitors drawn to its museums, entertainment, restaurants and commerce.

Where do actors live in New York? ›

It comes as no surprise that the Upper West Side is one of the most popular neighborhoods for celebrities living in NYC. From buildings that exude modern luxury to ones surrounded by history and extravaganza, this area seems to have a little something for everyone.

Do any celebrities live in NYC? ›

New York City is a wonderful place to live, so it's no wonder that the city is home to numerous celebrities. From the modern, glamorous, and expensive neighborhoods downtown to the magnificent Upper East Side and Upper West Side homes overlooking Central Park, you'll find your favorite stars living throughout NYC.

Do any celebrities live in New York? ›

New York City is one of the world's all-time biggest hot spots, full of towering buildings and thousands of different people. NYC is home to some of the top business leaders, leading entrepreneurs, and several A-list celebrities, some of which claim the city as a second home away from cities like Los Angeles or Miami.

What happens if you beep at a cop? ›

It's not illegal to beep at a cop car. But beeping too long, out of frustration, will undoubtedly call attention to yourself and may result in an unwanted ticket.

Which city honks the most? ›

Kolkata, India

This honk-happy city, according to The Telegraph, Calcutta, has honked its way to the top of the decibel charts.

Can you honk in USA? ›

It essentially says that a driver of a vehicle shall not “sound the horn needlessly or continuously or more than necessary to ensure safety”. It also prohibits blowing the horn in silence zones, fitting or using “multitoned horn giving harsh, shrill or alarming noise”.

What is unique to New York? ›

It's a place to get a real feel of NYC and New Yorkers. There are great theaters and theater districts throughout the world, but there is only one Broadway. And, because NYC is the birthplace of musical theater, attending a Broadway show, especially a musical, is uniquely New York.

What are 5 cool facts about New York? ›

It was originally called Longacre Square until the Times moved there in 1904. New York City became the first capital of the United States in 1789. More Chinese people live in New York City than any other city outside of Asia. More Jewish people live there than any other city outside of Israel.

What makes a NY kid? ›

They are New Yorkers of a certain age: 13, give or take a year or two, straddling the border of childhood and adolescence. And as they move toward independence, the city's opportunities and diversions, challenges and frustrations come into focus.

What do New Yorkers call New York? ›

The City That Never Sleeps. Another popular NYC nickname is The City That Never Sleeps.

What do New Yorkers call Manhattan? ›

New Yorkers may also use "The City" to refer specifically to the borough of Manhattan.

What do you call a person from Manhattan? ›

That's when the term “New Yorker” began to be used to describe people from Brooklyn and Queens as well as Manhattan.

Why are you interested in visiting New York? ›

New York is not only the most famous city in the world but also, arguably, the best for tourists, thanks to its diverse culture and myriad of entertainment options. There's never a dull day in the city that doesn't sleep. New York City offers visitors endless possibilities, great diversity, and high energy.

What is the New York experience? ›

During the past 14 years, more than 4.5 million people have stopped in at the show, which is located in the heart of Manhattan, only a Rockette's throw from Radio City Music Hall. Just what is The New York Experience? Well, basically, it's a movie about the sights, sounds and past of New York.

Where is the old city Hall subway station? ›

It is located beneath the magnificent Municipal Building at the intersection of Centre Street and Chambers Street. Because the downtown-bound 6 train must make a U-turn to head back uptown, the train makes a loop through this secret station.

What type of food is NYC known for? ›

Food identified with New York
  • Manhattan clam chowder.
  • New York-style cheesecake.
  • New York-style pizza.
  • New York-style bagel.
  • New York-style pastrami.
  • Corned beef.
  • Baked pretzels.
  • New York-style Italian ice.

What is RiseNY ride? ›

Soar Over NYC

The 46-seat flight simulation ride is the first of its kind in Manhattan. You will be lifted 30 feet into the air and take in the splendor of NYC while suspended inside a 180-degree, 40-foot projection dome featuring 8K aerial footage that creates the sensation of flight.

How long is the rise NYC ride? ›

We recommend setting aside at least 60-90 minutes to fully enjoy the RiseNY experience.

How long is ride NY? ›

THE RIDE is a 75-minute interactive entertainment experience with two comedic hosts and 5-7 live street performances. THE RIDE is recommended for children ages 6 and up. Learn more about THE RIDE here. THE TOUR is a 90-minute premium sightseeing experience with one NYC licensed tour navigator.

Are there abandoned subway tunnels in New York? ›

While some of NYC's old tunnels and stations seem to have been neglected for good, many are reused—like the abandoned tunnel below Central Park that became part of the Second Avenue subway—and repurposed, as graffiti canvases, art galleries, party spaces, or even a VIP entrance to one of New York's most luxurious ...

Can you walk in the subway tunnels? ›

The most deadly things you'll find in an NYC subway tunnel is the third rail and moving trains. Never walk on the tracks when it can be avoided – and expect a train to come in any direction on any track at any time.

Is track 61 still in use? ›

This abandoned subway station beneath the Waldorf-Astoria hotel is allegedly used to secretly transport presidents. Been Here? Want to Visit? Unlike other “abandoned” train stations in the New York City area, the infamous Track 61 is supposedly still in use as a secret escape train for presidents visiting the city.


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