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The Banqueting Room
Brighton, England

The Royal Pavilion

Regency era excess on the English Coast.
50.8223, -0.1377
(Flickr/Svalin)
Beijing, China

798 Art District

This probably wasn't what Mao had in mind.
39.9042, 116.4074
Shanghai, China

Shanghai Marriage Market

A son-and-daughter meat market, hawked by mom and dad.
31.2323, 121.4732
Huangpu, China

Flower, Bird, Fish & Insect Market

One of China's weirdest fast-fading traditional marketplaces.
31.2018, 121.4896
This is what Myopic books looks like.
Chicago, Illinois

Myopic Books

A Bibliophile's Dream.
41.9099, -87.6769
Interior shot of The Violet Hour
Chicago, Illinois

The Violet Hour

A speakeasy takes on Chicago's drinking culture.
41.9089, -87.6774
Lucy
Margate City, New Jersey

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy, the world's largest "elephant."
39.3209, -74.5117
Brooklyn, New York

Dead Horse Bay

First a horse rendering plant, then a 19th century landfill, this beach of glass is scavenger heaven.
Sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery
Inside the Tent of Tomorrow of the New York State Pavilion (2009)
Queens, New York

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The remnants of two World's Fairs are here, complete with a 12-story globe, a mini-Manhattan, and a UFO shaped pavilion.
40.7462, -73.8445
Collyer Brothers Park, Harlem, New York City. (Wikimedia Commons)
New York, New York

Collyer Brothers Park

Harlem park dedicated to compulsive hoarders killed by their own junk.
40.8084, -73.9409
New York, New York

President Ulysses S. Grant's Tomb

Visit the monolithic tomb of America's most famous general.
40.8134, -73.9631
The Peace Fountain
New York, New York

The Peace Fountain at Cathedral of St. John the Divine

A curious fountain that has no water and includes Satan, a crab, and 9 giraffes.
40.8039, -73.9632
(Flickr/4rilla)
Queens, New York

5 Pointz

A graffiti Mecca welcoming artists from around the world.
40.7451, -73.9453
New York, New York

Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital Ruins

Crumbling hospital from 1850s on Roosevelt Island.
40.7515, -73.9596
The outside of The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company.
Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store

The one-stop shop for all of your superhero (or evil arch-nemesis) needs.
40.6714, -73.9846
Known as a "Zip Tube" this carries the book requests down to the stacks many floors below.
New York, New York

Pneumatic System of the New York Public Library

One of the few places in Manhattan which still employs a pneumatic system.
40.7533, -73.9823
City Reliquary Museum
Brooklyn, New York

City Reliquary

Brooklyn has some great collections and some weird collections. This is both.
40.7140, -73.9558
(Flickr/pvsbond)
New York, New York

Life Underground Sculptures

Artist's cute bronze subway sculptures belie his violent artistic past.
40.7398, -74.0025
New York, New York

Governors Island

Lie in a hammock where George Washington stood.
40.6904, -74.0164
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned wildly successful urban park.
40.7392, -74.0083
New York, New York

Union Square Metronome

The most confusing clock in New York.
40.7346, -73.9903
At night, dwarfed by the Goldman Sachs building. (Wikimedia Commons)
Jersey City, New Jersey

The Colgate Clock

On the Hudson, the fourth largest clock in the world.
40.7120, -74.0339
New York Marble Cemetery
New York, New York

New York Marble Cemetery

A hidden "place of interment for gentlemen."
40.7256, -73.9909
New York, New York

Evolution Nature Store

A terrific purveyor of natural history objects and curios.
40.7281, -73.9948