New York is busy city as it serves as North America’s economic and cultural epicenter. Locals are often too taken with their professional or personal endeavors to notice certain fascinating aspects of their home city. A plethora of overlooked historical sites, many of which are more interesting than major tourist sites such as the Statue of Liberty, litter New York’s streets. Here are a few of these hidden historical treasures that you should make an effort to visit if you are ever in the area.
The Hamilton Grange: The one time home of Alexander Hamilton, one of the most interesting and brilliant figures in American History, the Hamilton Grange is located in northern Manhattan on 141st Street. Constructed in 1802, Hamilton experienced the pleasure of living in this beautiful bode for just two years as he was killed by Aaron Burr in the infamous duel in 1804. Over the course of the last two centuries, the Grange was actually twice-moved in its entirety within New York and was officially opened to public visitors in 2011. This attraction has become particularly relevant with the opening of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Hamilton. This play tells the story of the amazing life of the founding father and features songs rooted in hip-hop, jazz, pop, and R &B.
City Hall Subway: You may be able to only catch a fleeting glance of this forgotten subway situated directly below City Hall, but it’s definitely worth the time. This historic subway stop hasn’t been used in decades, but it does still sit on the 6 line. If you board a northbound 6 train at the Brooklyn, you will pass it on your way going north. Although, you should be warned that the lack of lighting somewhat hampers the view.
New York Historical Society: This museum attracts just a fraction of the visitors of its world famous next door neighbor, the National History Museum. While the National History Museum guides their visitors through the timeline of the history of our entire planet and all animal life, the New York Historical Society offers information and exhibits on a much more narrow topic, New York City. Their exhibits often change, and they boast artifacts dating back to the 17th century.