Exploring The Hidden Historical Treasures Tucked Away in the Middle of New York

By | December 1, 2015

These are the kind of gems you would tragically miss if you're too busy looking down at your smartphone - quaint remnants of history silently tucked away in the middle of a concrete jungle of New York's high-rise apartment.

Come, let's take a stroll...


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A Tiny Tudor Village at Pomander Walk

An English countryside haven built in 1922, this little New York miracle discretely stands behind an inconspicuous metal gate on West 95th Street from Broadway.


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A Movie set at Sylvan Terrace

If this place looks very much like a movie set to you, that’s because it often is– perhaps you might recognise it from Boardwalk Empire!This residential community of wooden houses was built in 1882.


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These 20 high-stooped row houses were restored in the 1970s and were once home to middle class workers. Today, they are valued at least a million dollar each.


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Remains of Old Harlem at Sylvan Court

A few blocks away and not to be confused with Sylvan Terrace is Sylvan Court, a small dead-end private street lined with several 1880s townhouses that are in dire need of fix ups. The two-story houses were probably used as stables in the late 1800s.


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The Skybridge on Staple Street

A bridge from a bygone era, the Skybridge was built in 1908 for the New York City Hospital House of Relief when they expanded to the building next door. Today it's owned by fashion designer Zoran Ladicorbic, connecting his apartment to his fashion studio.


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Carriage Houses on Hunts Lane

Along with a few other streets such as Grace Court Alley and Love Lane, Hunts Lane brings us back to a time when horses and their carriages are the kings of New York streets.


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The Last Gaslight of NYC on Patchin Place

Thousands of gaslight lamps used to light up the streets of New York. One last gaslight lamp stands proudly lit today at the end of a little cul-de-sac in Greenwich village.


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Mosaics and Workmen’s Cottages in Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill is a Brooklyn neighbourhood full of little surprises from history. There’s the mosaic house on Wyckoff Street, a masterpiece by the artist in residence, and then there’s Warren Place Mews, made up of 34 homes designed in the 1880s as workmen’s cottages.


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