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The Players
New York, New York

The Players

A posh members-only club with a literally dramatic history
40.7376, -73.9867
Casa Bonita
Lakewood, Colorado

Casa Bonita

At this Denver landmark, the meals are compulsory, the sopapillas are complimentary, and the insanity is everywhere
39.7419, -105.0709
Nurse sharks at Compass Cay, swimming by the dock for food. (Brett Young/Atlas Obscura)
Bahamas

Nurse Sharks of Compass Cay

They squeal, they nosh, they look like predators
24.2613, -76.5126
Berlin, Germany

Teufelsberg

An abandoned NSA listening post on Berlin's "Devil's Mountain."
52.4973, 13.2409
The Real Greenwich Prime Meridian
London, England

The Real Greenwich Prime Meridian

Thanks to modern navigational tools we now know that the true prime meridian runs through a park next door
51.4775, 0.0000
New York, New York

Burger Joint

Slyly buy a shake in the Parker Meridien lobby
40.7638, -73.9783
6 1/2 Avenue street sign.
New York, New York

6 1/2 Avenue: Manhattan's Secret Street

Tucked away amidst some of the most famous addresses in the world is New York's only fraction of a street.
40.7631, -73.9803
Overlooking New York Harbor.
Brooklyn, New York

Green-Wood Cemetery

A Victorian cemetery in the heart of Brooklyn remains a popular mecca of morbid curiosity.
40.6581, -73.9948
New York, New York

Roosevelt Island Tramway

One of only two commuter aerial tramways in the United States
40.7573, -73.9541
Information board added to the site by the German government in 2006
Berlin, Germany

Führerbunker Parking Lot

The bunker where Hitler took his own life is hidden under this deliberately ordinary parking lot
52.5126, 13.3808
Brooklyn, New York

The Carousel in Prospect Park

You can still ride this 100-year-old work of art in Brooklyn's largest public park.
40.6602, -73.9690
New York, New York

Times Square Hum

A pedestrian island in the middle of world-famous Times Square emits a strange, and purposeful, humming noise.
40.7585, -73.9853
Precious Metal from Troutman Street
Brooklyn, New York

Precious Metal

A yoga studio and venue for "chill-out parties" in a former chicken slaughterhouse
40.7001, -73.9296
"Wonder Cabinet" exhibition at Flux Factory
Queens, New York

Flux Factory

Offbeat arts organization that hosts exhibitions, events, and explorations
40.7447, -73.9485
59 Rivoli in 2005.
Paris, France

59 Rivoli

Notorious artist squat renovated into legal studios
48.8592, 2.3458
London, England

Platform 9 3/4

Kings Cross Station pays tribute to its role in Britain's best-selling book series
51.5322, -0.1240
Orator at Speakers' Corner at 1974
London, England

Speakers' Corner

London's last remaining public soapbox site has seen speeches from Karl Marx, Vladmir Lenin, and George Orwell.
51.5120, -0.1592
Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sniff the Titan Arum's rotting flesh
40.6687, -73.9647
Boston, Massachusetts

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (The Gardner)

Two thousand artifacts from around the world collected by one woman with an addiction
42.3382, -71.0989
Bodega
Boston, Massachusetts

Bodega

This upscale streetwear store is hidden behind a fake Snapple machine in the back of a deli
42.3455, -71.0865
Harvard Bridge
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Bridge

This simple foot bridge was the birthplace of a unit of measurement based on a fraternity joke
42.3546, -71.0913
USS Constitution
Boston, Massachusetts

USS Constitution

Berthed near the end of the Freedom Trail in Boston, "Old Ironsides" is the oldest US Navy warship still afloat.
42.3727, -71.0531
Boston, Massachusetts

Warren Anatomical Museum

Boston medical museum featuring the skull of famous medical case Phineas Gage
42.3352, -71.1038
Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall

A former waterfront market is now in the center of town due to some interesting Boston engineering
42.3600, -71.0562