New York City, otherwise known as the ‘Big Apple’ or ‘The City That Never Sleeps’ has imprinted itself on the global consciousness. A large and varied collection of TV shows, movies and novels have ensured that New York City (NYC) is one of the first cities that spring to mind when people think about a holiday to the United States of America. Every year millions of tourists flock to NYC and at the top of everyone’s ‘must see’ list is without a doubt, the enigmatic Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island with the Empire State Building, Times Square and Downtown Manhattan not far below it. While these sights are certainly fantastic, we feel as though a combination of commercialization and overcrowding means that they don’t necessarily imbibe the true essence and spirit of a city as magnificent as New York City! Furthermore, the hallmark of any journey or holiday is to experience something that is wholly unique. It is very difficult to do this when you visit the exact landmarks that almost everyone and their mother has visited too 🙂 With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of alternative landmarks, hot-spots and destinations in New York City, that while popular with those in-the-know, are just obscure enough to ensure that you don’t have to deal with the horrifying crowds that throng the more touristy attractions. While we’re well aware of the charm of more typical landmarks, we can assure you that a visit to any of the places on our list will provide you with one-of-a-kind experiences guaranteed to last for a life time!