One of the most common myths about the Empire State Building was that it was once used to dock blimps and other airships. The planners meant to—a docking station was part of the original design—but the powerful and unpredictable updrafts scaling the 102-story tower scuttled that idea before it ever lifted off.
But we love this Art Deco masterpiece all the same. And being in Midtown Manhattan means that there’s any number of additional surprises within just a few blocks, from a legendary magic shop to a delightfully refreshing sound installation on a subway platform. Here are some of our favorite secrets to add a little extra wonder to a New York visit.