NYC is never short on interesting things to do, however some people are more interested in lesser known attractions to avoid the whole touristy thing. Here are five interesting facts about NYC that will be interesting to spot.
The Haughwout Building
This is a building many recognize as it is a stunning example of NYC architecture. However not as many people know that it was the first building to feature a steam run elevator designed by the famous Elisha Otis. Without the invention of the elevator we would not have the iconic skyscrapers of NYC and cities around the world. No one actually knows where the elevator is located in the building.
New York City Helicopter Tours
Not everyone knows they can hire a helicopter for a breath taking tour of NYC. This unique view gives tourist a rare look at the beauty and vast expanse of the city from the sky. You will see city sites such as Central Park, Yankee Stadium, bridges and of course the Statue of Liberty.
Wild Parrots in Brooklyn
At some point parrots were let out into the city of New York and can now be spotted in the Brooklyn area. It is uncertain if it was a pet store that went bust who freed them into the wild or a damaged shipment that let them free at JFK Airport. Nonetheless they live in the wilds of Brooklyn and can be spotted flitting about, sitting on fences and sharing seeds with their fellow parrots. It is quite the unexpected site for those not in the know.
Legal for Women to go Topless
Although not many women opt to take advantage of the law, women are actually allowed to go topless in NYC. Not to say you will spot them as easily as you would say the parrots in Brooklyn, it is just an interesting fact many visitors or even locals do not know.
Deserted City Hall Subway Station
For a bit of an eerie thrill take a subway ride to the end of the number six train line at the Brooklyn Bridge and stay on board when the train makes its turn to head back to Manhattan. The train will pass by the now inactive and deserted old City Hall subway station where you can get a glimpse of the lovely arches and tiled walls.