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first_imgThe Empire State Building, Times Square and a spot of retail therapy on Madison Avenue are all usually on the hit-list for visitors to the Big Apple. However, offbeat guidebook Secret New York by TM Rives successfully steers you towards some of the iconic city’s lesser-known attractions.From Central Park to Brooklyn and Staten Island, the guide covers all areas of the city, each chapter with its own street-level map.You are largely encouraged to explore New York with your eyes wide open and preferably on foot (or bicycle). However, the eerie City Hall ghost stop, deserted for over 60 years, can be spied from the relative comfort of the number 6 subway train.Many of the places Rives describes are secret, hidden, wrapped in wonder or mystery, while others are immediately recognisable, yet overlooked. For example, the Marilyn Monroe subway grate, a sure spot for anyone looking to re-enact the most famous flash in cinema history.As well as information on the origins of these unusual sites, what makes this unconventional guide such a pleasurable read is the input from real New Yorkers. The voices of the artists, taxi drivers and street sweepers that make up this amazing city can be heard throughout, lending the book humour and authenticity.Outside a store on Broadway a clock is embedded into the sidewalk. A cashier who works there sums up the attitude this book aims to beat: “I must have stepped on it a million times…But that’s New York, you get jaded.”New York is not the only major city destination to have its secrets unveiled. There are a number of similarly eccentric guides in the series, including ‘secret’ London, Florence and Paris to name a few.These guides are perfect if you are an intrepid urban explorer looking to avoid typical tourist fare, or just curious to find out a little more about some of the world’s most famous cities.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related11 best things to do in New York for freeFancy a transatlantic holiday but you’re on a budget? NYC may be notoriously expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. From culture and sculpture to bridges and boats, here’s our pick of free things to do in New York.Seven Secrets of New York CitySeven Secrets of New York City10 of the best museums and art galleries in New YorkNew York does not disappoint when it comes to cultural attractions, from independent neighbourhood galleries to massive Neoclassical temples dedicated to history. Even better, many are free or have a pay-what-you-wish policy. Browse through our ultimate collection of the best museums and art galleries in NYC.last_img

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