Whether you are a New Yorker or on your first visit to New York, there are some whimsical and weird things to do in the big apple, that you never new existed.
Get There: The nearest subway station is South Ferry.
I love this one. For me it is an absolutely must see in New York. Become a fish at SeaGlass carousel (pictured above) in Battery Park! This beautiful carousel features 30 large, multicoloured fish in The Battery public park at the southern tip of Manhattan. The SeaGlass Carousel is shaped like a nautilus shell, and features 30 large, luminescent fish within which visitors sit.
These massive fiberglass fish were designed by the George Tsypin Opera Factory, which created the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi.Visitors sit within the fish and “become” fish while gliding through the attraction’s sights and sounds. Music accompanies the ride which is a mixture of original compositions and melodies, recalling the Battery’s history as the original home of the New York Aquarium.Finally, there’s the light show, with the fish changing colours before your eyes. The experience is immersive, much like snorkelling and it is worth picking a smaller fish to ride in, as these have the greatest up-and-down motion.
Tickets to the SeaGlass Carousel cost $5.
2. Fly To Roosevelt Island In A Cable Car
Get There: The tram is walkable from Lexington Avenue 59th Street.
This small island is located in the middle of the East River. Historically, it was a home to several hospitals, mental institutions, and prisons. In fact, the Renwick Smallpox Hospital remains empty at the island’s southern end. The island houses New York’s only pneumatic trash system, and more importantly, it can be reached by the very exciting aerial tram, pictured above, which offers fabulous views over the river and the city.
Get There: Coney Island Stillwell Station is your nearest station just around the corner from the waterfront.
This ten-act extravaganza showcases human oddities. The controversial freak-show celebrates the talents of those “born different.” and includes contortionists, sword swallowers, fire eaters and escape artists. The acts are slightly stomach churning and even slightly upsetting, but they are certainly different.
4. Check Out The World’s First Elevator Shaft At Cooper Union Foundation Building
Get There: The Astor Place stop served by the #6 train is the closest New York City subway stop to Cooper Square. The R and W trains have a stop at 8th Street and Broadway, about 2 blocks west of Cooper Square.
If you look up from Cooper Square to the roof of the Cooper Union Foundation Building, you can see a round, funnel-like structure that is the top of the world’s first elevator shaft. It was built back in the 1850s on the orders of Peter Cooper. It’s hard to believe, but the Cooper Union Foundation Building was one of the tallest buildings in New York at the time. Cooper was so confident that a practical elevator would soon be created, that he installed a shaft and moved goods between floors using a pulley system. Soon after, Elisha Otis unveiled the first elevator, but the new elevator was square and not round like Coppers shaft!