Time flies: Google launched Maps ten years ago.
To celebrate, the company hooked us up with information about some NYC “insider destinations” that even long-time New York City residents might not know about.
Don’t live in the city? Don’t worry. Live vicariously by scoping each destination on Maps.
Where: Paley Park
'In the small plaza on Madison Ave. are five slabs from the former Berlin Wall. One side is decorated by German artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny, while the eastern side remains blank.'
Where: 110 Greene Street
'The sidewalk in front of 110 Greene Street bears the lines of New York City in brass and lights. Called 'Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk,' by Francoise Schein, the piece represents the relationship between the rights of man and underground trains.'
Where: 5040 Independence Ave, Bronx
'In September of 1927, powerful Boston patriarch Joseph Patrick 'Joe' Kennedy, Sr. moved his family from Boston, Massachusetts to Riverdale, an affluent neighbourhood in the Bronx. John Kennedy, the future President, attended Riverdale Country School from 5th through 7th grade.'
Where: 500 25th Street, Brooklyn
'Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood Cemetery was once a tourist attraction that rivaled Niagara Falls (or so the cemetery's caretakers say). Famous people buried there include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boss Tweed and Leonard Bernstein.'
Where: Fort Washington Park
'Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse, located under the George Washington Bridge, was made famous by the 1942 children's book 'The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge' by Hildegarde Swift, illustrated by Lynd Ward.'
Where: 5911 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn
The Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House was built way back in 1652, making it the oldest surviving structure in New York City and the oldest 'Dutch saltbox frame house' in America.
Where: West 9th Street
'Step inside the Greenwich Village speakeasy and former home of the Hotel Griffou. Since 1870, it has been frequented by artists and literary figures like Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, William Dean Howells, and Thomas A. Janvier.'
Where: 155 Avenue C
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Alphabet City was a prime area for squatters after landlords left the old buildings. 'C-Squat is one of the dozen remaining houses left on the Lower East Side and was historically one of the most anarchic. The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces marks the front.'