STUBA in the city that never sleeps
Its good reason that New York City (generally considered to be just Manhattan although not correct) is one of the top destinations world wide.
Film and TV have immortalised it as the aspirational pinnacle of cities, and one that seems more fictional that actually real. Quite often cities never quite live up to the hype, but in the case of Manhattan; the hype doesn’t live up to the city.
The borough of Manhattan (NYC is made up of the 5 boroughs; Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island) were rediscovered in 1609, when Henry Hudson lead the Dutch expedition to what would later become New York Harbour. Manhattan Island was then purchased from the Canarsie Indians for 60 Guilders, or AUD$31.
A lot of cash at the time, but in hindsight, its clear one group did better out of it that the other.
The earliest photo of Manhattan is quite something, and gives no hints as to what the future may hold.
However, fast forward many decades and you have the city we love to this day.
Tourism guides on NYC run in volumes, so this week we look at some of the more quirky or unusual things to do in the city that never sleeps.
1. Drinks In a Bank Vault: A converted bank vault, Trinity Place Vault Bar is modern lux at its best. Buried underground, the Swiss restaurant is the perfect spot for non claustrophobics.
2. The secret location of Brazenhead Books: as the story goes, this location of this famous bookstore remains semi-secret to skirt around retail laws. At one stage it was in the owners own apartment, but has mysteriously moved location. Think of it as a speakeasy, but for books. By invitation only.
3. Gary Marlon Susons 9/11 museum. When 9/11 occurred, this photographer was given carte blanche access to the site to visually preserve and document the site for future generations. Now set up as a museum, visitors can gain some understanding of the effect of 9/11 on the city and its people.
4. Twilight Cinema. Spend the evening catching the best art-house ands blockbuster films with some of the most famous backdrops in the world. Hudson Riverflicks takes place on the banks of the Hudson every Weds.
5. Visit the most haunted place in the USA: The Morris Jumel Mansion: creepy stuff occurred here. The lady of the house, Eliza Bowen Jumel, apparently had a tough life, and supposedly buried her husband…alive…Her second husband also mysteriously died a bit later on. The house also includes mannequins dressed up in period costume, creepy enough on a good day, but terrifying in this context.