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The Top Five Must See Historical Places in New York City

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The Top Five Must See Historical Places in New York City – By Ray Chin

Everyone knows that New York City is rich in history, and most realize that is an evolving city as well.  If you know where to look, you can still discover bits of NYC’s past.  From Fraunces Tavern to Grand Central Terminal, here are the top five must see historical places in New York City.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal (89 E 42nd St) first opened in 1913 and it is still a major transportation hub.  Here is a fun fact: there is a hidden train track in Grand Central Terminal, Track 61. This track was used to transport President Franklin D. Roosevelt to NYC.  Also the famous constellations on the ceiling are actually reversed, so that one would see the ceiling as how the gods would view the stars. There are quite a few secrets about the Grand Central Terminal, such as the whispering gallery and a hidden bar. To find out more about these secrets, we suggest taking a scavenger hunt or a tour of Grand Central Terminal.

Wall Street and The New York Stock Exchange

Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange (11 Wall Street) are the financial center of the world.  One of the more interesting facts about Wall Street is that back on September 16, 1920, Wall Street was attacked by terrorists and they were never caught.  If you are visiting the area today, you can still see some of the damage from this attack on 23 Wall Street, 95 years later.

Bloody Angle

Doyers Street is a quite unassuming street in the heart of Chinatown but it hides a dark history.  It was once the bloodiest street in the United States with more violent deaths occurred here than any other street in the USA.  The secret passageways that were once used as an escape route are now the location of a few small businesses. Today, Doyers Street is the home to the popular restaurant, Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyers St), the oldest tea parlor in Chinatown.  You can learn more about the fascinating history of Chinatown and Little Italy and sample some of Nom Wah’s delicious

 dim sum on a Chinatown and Little Italy food tour  from Ahoy New York Tours & Tasting.

 Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern (54 Pearl St) is the oldest bar in New York City.  It played an important role before, during and after the American Revolution.  It served as the headquarters for George Washington and it was a venue for the peace talks with the British.  Today it is a restaurant and museum and visiting Fraunces Tavern is truly a blast from the past.

Cleopatra’s Needle

There is an obelisk on the east side of Central Park on 81st Street that seems out of place in New York City.  The obelisk actually has nothing to do with Cleopatra and it was originally built in Heliopolis in 1450 BC.  Cleopatra’s Needle is in fact the oldest man-made object in Central Park. The obelisk was a gift from Egypt to New York/US to increase trade between the two countries.  The New York obelisk is part of a pair with other obelisk located in London.

This is a guest post written by Ray Chin, a blogger for Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting, a walking food tour of two historic neighborhoods Chinatown and Little Italy.  With tastings ranging from creamy mozzarella from the oldest Italian cheese shop in America to the delicious original egg rolls from the oldest dim sum parlor in Chinatown, it is a ton of fun!



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