Forget the Brooklyn Bridge: 5 Underrated NYC Landmarks You've Never Actually Been to

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We've heard about Central Park, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge. We've been to the Statue of Liberty and the Guggenheim, we've even widened our horizons and made it to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

In your exploration of the city, however, there are several landmarks you've sadly never made it to. These ones are a bit more obscure, but it doesn't make them any less amazing.

The fact of the matter is, we're all on a constant quest to become true New Yorkers, ones who irrevocably belong in this city. The more landmarks we visit, the closer we are to achieving this goal.

With that said, read on to learn about 5 landmarks you've never been to in New York City. 

And once you've read this, go visit them. Like this weekend. 


1. The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)

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You've heard of The Cloisters, and you've been meaning to go for ages, haven't you? If you've already been, good for you. We don't know what we're talking about. If you haven't, you need to get there.

This branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, and was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.

The building and its cloistered gardens are located in Fort Tyron park. The collection comprises approximately two thousand works of art, and you've just got to check it out.


2. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (2 East 91st Street)

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You always here about the Met and the MoMa. What a snore! It's it time we talked about some different museums?

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The museum's mission is to educate, inspire, and empower through presenting exhibitions and educational programs.

The museum also seeks to advance public understanding of design across thirty centuries of human creativity-- which is represented by the Museum's collection. 

It was founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah Hewitt, granddaughters of industrialist Pete Cooper as part of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Current exhibitions include "How Posters Work," "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio," and "David Adjaye Selects." If you love design and architecture, make sure you get here as soon as you can.


3. New York City Fire Museum (278 Spring Street)

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Displays at the New York City Fire Museum illustrate the evolution of firefighting from the bucket bridges of Peter Stuyvesant's New Amsterdam through the history of volunteer firefighters all the way up through modern firefighting techniques and equipment.

It also houses a special memorial that honors the 343 members of the FDNY who sacrificed their lives to save others on September 11th, 2001. 

The museum attracts 40,000 visitors a year from all over the United States and almost every country in the world. Retired FDNY firefighters relate stories of NYC's bravest. The museum's mission is to collect, preserve, and present the history and cultural heritage of the fire service of NYC.

If you visit this fascinating museum, you'll also learn fire prevention and safety, which is always excellent in addition to learning a ton about the brave individuals who've protected our city from fires for decades. 

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