Housed in what was once a military residence at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this small museum pays homage the historical significance of the former shipbuilding center—which, at its peak during World War II, employed close to 70,000 people. History buffs can geek out over permanent exhibits on the building of ships such as the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor and the Pearl Harbor casualty USS Arizona and explore the previously unheard stories of women and people of color who toiled on repairs of battleships and carriers.
With so many iconic attractions ranking among the best things to do in NYC, it can feel like a daunting task to get through the entire list. While everyone should see the Empire State Building at least once, skipping a few mainstream stops and going off the beaten path can be even more rewarding. For one thing, most tourists tend to overlook these museums, parks and landmarks, so you won’t have to push through crowds. Whether you’re looking for museums in NYC with quirky exhibits or NYC parks ideal for relaxing, these lesser-known attractions in New York City won’t disappoint.
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