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Roosevelt Island Tramway
Grab a red cable car swinging 250 feet above the East
River, one of the only commuter aerial tramways in the
country. 2nd Avenue at East 59th Street, Manhattan; Main
Street, Roosevelt Island
Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital Ruins
These haunting ruins are a stone’s throw from some of
the most exclusive and expensive real estate on the planet.
Designed by the architect of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, this
19th-century relic maintains a sense of grandeur despite
the su;ering it once housed. East Road at Roosevelt Four
Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island
World’s Largest Chess Board
Stuck to the side of an apartment building is the world’s
largest chess match with pieces that measure more than
two feet each—and with just one move a week (it takes
a cherry picker to do it), it’s also the slowest. 767 Third
The world’s oldest laser laboratory has been creating,
selling, displaying, and teaching the art and science of
lasers since the 1960s. 240 East 26th Street, Manhattan
Evolution Nature Store
Purveyors of skulls, specimens trapped in resin, taxidermy,
and meteorites, plus—bonus! . . . a giant sloth skeleton.
687 Broadway, Manhattan
Obscura Antiques and Oddities
Peruse an astonishing variety of medical antiques, turn-
of-the-20th-century taxidermy, and Victorian mourning
jewelry. 207 Avenue A, Manhattan
Hare Krishna Tree
A rare surviving American elm, this canopied beauty in
Tompkins Square Park was a legendary hippie hangout
where George Harrison strung ;ower garlands. Tompkins
Square Park, at Avenue A and East 7th Street, Manhattan
Angel Orensanz Foundation
The oldest surviving synagogue in the city is now an art
and concert space, soaring with the music of Philip Glass
and the designs of Alexander McQueen. 172 Norfolk Street,
The collaboration between a composer and a visual artist
recalls a time when downtown meant cheap rents and
vibrant creative communities. 275 Church Street, Manhattan
This tiny museum in a freight elevator specializes in
unpredictable, rotating exhibits that range from the
shoe thrown at George W. Bush to the taxonomy of Corn
Flakes. 4 Cortlandt Alley, Manhattan
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