Off the Beaten (Subway) Track: New York City's Best Unusual Attractions

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While it may seem that every possible attraction in New York City has been written about. Off the Beaten (Subway) Track is the city's first guide to focus on one hundred unique, off-the-beaten-path destinations. Some are small museums, some are historic places long forgotten, some are stores that sell only odd things, and some are distinguished for their claim to fame as the world's largest/smallest whatever. All of them are notable for the passion with which their proprietors and curators care for them, and all ...
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Overview

While it may seem that every possible attraction in New York City has been written about. Off the Beaten (Subway) Track is the city's first guide to focus on one hundred unique, off-the-beaten-path destinations. Some are small museums, some are historic places long forgotten, some are stores that sell only odd things, and some are distinguished for their claim to fame as the world's largest/smallest whatever. All of them are notable for the passion with which their proprietors and curators care for them, and all of them can be visited via the subway system as Suzanne Reisman directs you to which of the city's 486 subway stations will get you closest.

These attractions are the types of places and things that not only fit perfectly with the New Yorker's psyche and ego but also satisfy a tourist's desire to see the unusual. For example, the Big Apple is home to the world's tallest Doric column, the world's largest armory, the world's largest cathedral, and the world's largest Reform synagogue. The city also has a troll museum, a numismatic museum, a skyscraper museum, doll and toy museums, and a museum of comic and cartoon art. In many cases, half the fun of visiting these places is getting to meet the people behind them.

Organized geographically to help you to explore the culture and diversity of the city's great neighborhoods. Off the Beaten (Subway) Track offers venues in Manhattan (Lower, Middle, and Upper), Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Also included in many of the entries are nearby places of interest within walking distance that you might also want to visit while you're in the neighborhood.

About the Author:
Suzanne Reisman, a graduate of NewYork University (BA) and Columbia University (MPA), is a travel writer and editor

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In this unique neighborhood by neighborhood guide, Reisman uncovers the fabulously fun (often times free) things to do and see, which generally go un-covered by the mainstream guides. In one of the world's most famously and simultaneously elite and eccentric cities, even lifelong New Yorkers are sure to find a thing or two they've never seen or heard about before.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581826418
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 642,199
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

SUZANNE REISMAN, a graduate of New York University (BA) and Columbia University (MPA), is a travel writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Metro, New York Family, City Limits, New York Nonprofit Press, and Young Children. She and her husband live in New York City.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     11
Introduction     13
Lower Manhattan (Below 14th Street)
Skyscraper Museum     21
Fraunces Tavern Museum     25
Archeological dig sites     28
New York City Police Museum     29
American Numismatic Society/New York Federal Reserve Bank     32
Little Lad's Basket     34
Museum of American Finance     35
Jeremy's Ale House     36
Lower East Side Troll Museum     37
Pickle Guys     40
Economy Candy     40
Yonah Schimmel's Knishery     40
New York City Fire Museum     41
Rice to Riches     43
Dia Center for the Arts: "The New York Earth Room" and "The Broken Kilometer"     44
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art     46
Ukrainian Museum     48
Galeria De La Vega     50
Obscura Antiques     50
Forbes Galleries     51
14th Street A, C, E Subway Station     56
Middle Manhattan (14th Street to 59th Street)
Theodore Roosevelt's Birthplace     59
Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop     61
Masonic Hall and Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library and Museum of Grand Lodge     62
Chapel of Sacred Mirrors     67
Horticultural Society of New York     69
United Nations Sculpture Garden     70
Waterfall Walkway     71
Berlin Wall     71
Tourneau Gallery of Time and Oris Exhibit Hall     72
Upper Manhattan East (Above 59th Street, East of 5th Avenue)
Corning Gallery at Steuben Glass     75
Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden     76
Tender Buttons     79
Museum of American Illustration     80
Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El     83
New York Academy of Medicine Library     86
Museum of the City of New York     88
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center     90
National Museum of Catholic Art & History/Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church     91
Upper Manhattan West (Above 59th Street, West of 5th Avenue)
Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame     97
Nicholas Roerich Museum     98
Cathedral of St. John the Divine     101
Hungarian Pastry Shop     107
Harlem Market/Malcolm Shabazz Mosque     107
Amy Ruth's     107
Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum     108
Museum of Art and Origins     110
Jumel Terrace Books      112
National Track & Field Hall of Fame     113
Mini George Washington Bridge Playground     115
El Malecon     116
Highway Living     116
Site of Fort Washington     116
St. Frances Cabrini Shrine     117
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum     121
Scavengers of Inwood     123
Inwood Hill Park     124
Albert's Mofongo House     126
The Bronx
Judaica Museum of the Hebrew Home for the Aged     129
Loeser's Kosher Delicatessen     131
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage     132
Original Products     135
258th Field Artillery Armory     135
Hall of Fame for Great Americans     136
Aqueduct Walk     138
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at St. Lucy's Church (a.k.a. Lourdes of America)     139
Maritime Industry Museum at SUNY Maritime College     142
Queens
Steinway & Sons Piano Factory Tour     149
Astoria bakeries and food mini-tour     152
Socrates Sculpture Park     153
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden     155
5 Pointz     156
Louis Armstrong House     158
El Indio Amazonico     164
Queens Museum of Art     165
Poppenhusen Institute     169
The Living Museum at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center     172
Queens County Farm Museum     176
Brooklyn
City Reliquary     183
Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel     187
Brooklyn Brewery Tour     189
SKSK     191
New York City Transit Museum     192
Prison Ship Martyrs Monument     194
Waterfront Museum     196
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.     199
Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies     199
Weeksville Heritage Center     200
Floyd Bennett Field     204
Enrico Caruso Museum of America     207
Coney Island Museum     211
Nathan's Famous and the Hot Dog Eating Wall of Fame     216
Harbor Defense Museum     217
John Paul Jones Park     220
Staten Island
Staten Island Museum     223
Professional Baseball Scouting Hall of Fame     225
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine     226
Garibaldi Meucci Museum     229
Castleton Hill Moravian Church Labyrinth Walk     232
Noble Maritime Collection     233
Index by Category     237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    The real New York

    As a librarian, I am frequently asked for recommendations for travel books. Without any question I will suggest 'Off the Beaten Subway Track.' Whereas other travel books focus on the common and mundane, Ms. Reisman highlights unknown treasures that are easily accessible by public transporation. I am a native New Yorker and am embarasssed to say that I was unaware of many of these sights. With this book as my guide, I will set about exploring my city. Let me add that most travelogues are written ina dry style. THat is certainly not the case here. With wit and warmth, Ms. Reisman conveys a love of NYC and its hidden treasures.

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    This is so cool!!

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