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Shanghai, China

Shanghai French Concession

An out-of-place slice of France, smack in the middle of Shanghai.
Paris, France

Musée des Arts et Métiers

France's national museum of scientific and industrial instruments.
New York, New York

Angel Orensanz Foundation

The oldest surviving synagogue in New York City is now a soaring art space.
Washington, D.C.

The Exorcist Stairs

The site of the climactic scene from the classic horror film is now a historic landmark.
Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company

This iconic Parisian bookstore doubles as the "Tumbleweed Hotel" for traveling writers.
Oslo, Norway

The Mini Bottle Gallery

Tens of thousands of tiny bottles stuffed with various items.
Oslo, Norway

Kon-Tiki Museum

Across the Pacific in a raft, a museum dedicated to Thor Heyerdahl's now legendary expedition.
Oslo, Norway

Vigeland Sculpture Park

One man's exploration of the human form, including the bizarre and delightful "Man Attacked by Babies."
Oslo, Norway

Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum

An artist's mausoleum with a haunting echo.
New York, New York

Strawberry Fields Memorial

This mosaic dedicated to John Lennon was tended for years by a Beatles super-fan.
New York, New York

Tannen's Magic Shop

New York's oldest magic store.
New York, New York

Giant Needle and Button

There must be a pun in this haystack somewhere...
New York, New York

Nikola Tesla Street Corner

Commemorating the spot where the famous scientist fed his pigeons.
New York, New York

Grand Central Terminal Whispering Gallery

Whisper secrets in a busy station only to be heard on the other side of this acoustic arch.
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned wildly successful urban park.
Queens, New York

Pulaski Bridge

A drawbridge named for a potentially intersex Polish national who fought alongside George Washington during the American Revolution, and an example of "Pulaski Red".
Brooklyn, New York

Boardwalk Empire Set

HBO series' stage tucked away in a Greenpoint lot is the largest theatrical set of its kind in the United States.
Brooklyn, New York

Commercial Street Cat Village

Feral cats keeping the rodent population at bay all across Greenpoint waterfront.
New York, New York

Union Square Metronome

The most confusing clock in New York.
New York, New York

41 Cooper Square

This exemplar of modernist architecture is meant to captivate and inspire students of the Cooper Union.
New York, New York

The Evolution Store

A terrific purveyor of natural history objects and curios.
New York, New York

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Celebrate Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie ice cream.
New York, New York

'The Sphere'

This sculpture by artist Fritz Keonig survived the 9/11 attacks and now stands as a monument to the victims.
Brooklyn, New York

Pratt's Steam Whistle Christmas

Steam out your ears for New Year's Eve.