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Bronx, New York

Rat Island

Legendary private island in the Bronx...devoid of rats.
Holbrook, Arizona

The Plotz Plot

For those going through a life transition, a place to leave behind a piece of your former self.
Chicago, Illinois

Rainbo Club

Beloved bar home to musicians of all eras and reputations.
Chicago, Illinois

Shit Fountain

A giant bronze coil of feces is both a tribute to doggie defecation and a reminder to pick it up.
Chicago, Illinois

North Avenue Baths Facade

Former bath house turns gastropub.
Chicago, Illinois

Wooden Block Alley

All of Chicago's wood-paved streets are long gone but two alleys remain.
Modena, Italy

Nautilus Antiques and Old Oddities

David Sedaris called it "The greatest shop in the world."
Los Angeles, California

Cactus Store

The neighborhood shop is a sort of tiny cactus museum full of exotic specimens you can take home.
Hawthorne, California

SpaceX Space Cheese

The first privately-owned space capsule to orbit and land carried a secret payload: a wheel of Le Brouère.
Los Angeles, California

Barnsdall Art Park

This hilltop park offers magnificent views and a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece.
Los Angeles, California

John Sowden House

Most famous work of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's sons.
Los Angeles, California

The Magic Castle

The private clubhouse for the members of the Academy of Magical Arts.
New York, New York

The Narrowest Building in New York

This slender three-story building has also had several famous residents.
Brooklyn, New York

Le Boudoir

Just your average Marie Antoinette–themed speakeasy in an abandoned 19th-century subway tunnel.
New York, New York

Keith Haring's 'Once Upon a Time' Bathroom Mural

A masterpiece of LGBT art has been restored in what may now be the most valuable restroom in America.
Realmonte, Italy

Scala dei Turchi

"Stairs of the Turks", a chalky white cliff eroded conveniently into stairs, allowing for easy pillaging.
Santo Stefano Quisquina, Italy

Teatro Andromeda

Gorgeous views of Italian mountains and valleys form the backdrop of this unique open-air theater.
Sicily, Italy

Cretto di Gibellina

Leveled by an earthquake, this Italian village is now preserved as a concrete art project.
Savoca, Italy

Bar Vitelli

A quiet Sicilian village is home to a cafe that had an important role in "The Godfather."
Tokyo, Japan

Koukokuji Buddhist Temple

Inside the columbarium, thousands of colorful, high-tech Buddhas guard the ashes of the dead.
Red Hook, New York

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

A living antique aviation museum in the historic town of Red Hook, New York.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

T.H. Stemper Co.

This holy goods emporium is where priests go for a little retail therapy to outfit their churches.
Chesterton, Indiana

City West Ghost Town

The site of a 19th century "dream city" that almost rivaled Chicago before being swallowed by the Indiana sand dunes.
Athens, Greece

Magic Sphere of Helios

This mystical orb covered in strange symbols is thought to have been used in ancient Greek magical rituals.