Five alternative sights in New York | Designer Travel

The Big Apple is home to an array of famous landmarks, from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty. But there is a wealth of underrated attractions in New York almost undiscovered . Why not experience a different side of New York and impress your friends with your insider knowledge….

The Cloisters

Located in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan, the Cloisters is a scenic museum that showcases medieval architecture whilst overlooking the Hudson River. Between 1934-39, a collection of stunning European abbeys were disassembled and shipped to New York and now make up the bulk of the Cloisters museum.


Although tour buses will pass through the suburb is really worth exploring on foot. Packed with plenty of good restaurants and shops, Brooklyn is a quieter New York without the foot traffic.

In recent years, Brooklyn has become a magnet for the younger crowd and is now home to a variety of clubs and trendy rooftop bars – if that sort of thing takes your fancy!

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is definitely a memorable experience too, and boasts one hell of a view. Or why not take the HOHO during the evening and see Manhattan in all it’s glory and twinkling lights driving back.

Washington Square Park

Ifor an alternative CentralPark, Wahington Square Park is the perfect spot for an afternoon of picnicking and sunbathing in the summer. Just a quick walk from East Village, enjoy one of the many attractions which pass through the park, from live music shows to local artists working on their latest creations.No matter whether you’re travelling in the summer or winter, Washington Square Park is worth a visit.

Tenement Museum

Over the years, New York has provided a port of entry for immigrants, and the museum is a peek into the life of the those who crossed the sea to make a new life for themselves. Learn about how immigrants lived after moving to New York with a guided tour around the museum or simply wander around the building at your own leisure. The Tenement Museum is housed in an apartment block that has seen over 7,000 immigrants come and go since the 1900s.

New York Public Library

Founded in 1895, the New York Public Library is a stunning example of architecture both inside and out, making for one rather incredible reading venue! Have a wander around the grand halls, admiring the frescoed ceilings and tall stacked shelves of books, before settling in with a good book for the afternoon.

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