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New York, New York

Roosevelt Island Tramway

One of only two commuter aerial tramways in the United States.
40.7573, -73.9541
The Show Folks Shoe Shop Building
New York, New York

The Show Folks Shoe Shop Building

Amidst the nightmare marketing blitz of modern Times Square is an elegant holdover from its showbiz glory days.
40.7586, -73.9848
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
Mmuseumm
New York, New York

Mmuseumm

Tiny museum housed in a New York freight elevator specializes in the "overlooked, dismissed, or ignored."
40.7174, -74.0028
Chuck Close's mosaic portrait of his wife, Sienna Shields
New York, New York

Second Avenue Subway Art

Beautiful mosaics cover the first stations opened on New York City's newest subway line.
40.7843, -73.9482
Barrow Street Garden
New York, New York

The Gardens at St. Luke in the Fields

A quiet and contemplative oasis in the middle of New York's bustle and riot.
40.7326, -74.0068
C. O. Bigelow Apothecary
New York, New York

C. O. Bigelow Apothecary

The oldest operating apothecary in the US has treated everyone from Thomas Edison to Mark Twain.
40.7339, -73.9992
Hess' Triangle
New York, New York

Hess' Triangle

New York City's smallest piece of private property.
40.7335, -74.0031
(Flickr/pvsbond)
New York, New York

Life Underground Sculptures

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

The White Horse Tavern

Great place to have a drink and a bite to eat in an atmosphere laden with New York's Bohemian past.
40.7357, -74.0062
New York, New York

Burger Joint

Slyly buy a shake in the Parker Meridien lobby.
40.7638, -73.9783
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned wildly successful urban park.
40.7392, -74.0083
The Oldest Fence in New York
New York, New York

The Oldest Fence in New York

Built hundreds of years ago this downtown iron barrier once protected a much despised king.
40.7049, -74.0137
New York, New York

Giant Needle and Button

There must be a pun in this haystack somewhere...
40.7542, -73.9881
The true-to-size statue of Robert Wadlow.
Alton, Illinois

World's Tallest Man Statue

This life-size bronze statue remembers the tallest recorded human in his Illinois hometown.
38.9035, -90.1450
The illusive (and mythical) Piasa Bird
Alton, Illinois

Piasa Bird

A mythical bird etched into the face of a rock doubles as the mascot for a nearby school.
38.8982, -90.1991
St. Louis' Old Courthouse was the scene of the Dred Scott Decision, which served as a catalyst in the eradication of slavery in the United States.
St. Louis, Missouri

Old St. Louis County Courthouse

The Old Courthouse takes visitors on a captivating trip through St. Louis' timeline.
38.6249, -90.1863
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
38.6330, -90.2001
The World Chess Hall of Fame.
St. Louis, Missouri

World Chess Hall of Fame

A chessmaster's dream destination.
38.6443, -90.2612
The World's Largest Amoco Sign
St. Louis, Missouri

World's Largest Amoco Sign

This titanic oil company sign is a reminder of the Americana boom of the 70's and also its commoditization.
38.6330, -90.3045
The pin point impression wall gives spectators of all ages the chance to create 3D works of art.
St. Louis, Missouri

The Magic House

The Magic House provides a beautiful and creative environment for curious youngsters to get their knowledge on.
38.5739, -90.4053
Once owned by President Ulysses S. Grant during the mid-1800s, Grant's Farm is now cared for by Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri

Grant's Farm

What was once a presidential estate is now an exotic menagerie and home to the Budweiser Clydesdales.
38.5460, -90.3510