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New York, New York

Harry Jenning's Rat Pit of the Five Points

This humble historic facade hides a history of boozing and the gentlemanly sport of rat-fighting.
New York, New York

New York Marble Cemetery

A hidden "place of interment for gentlemen."
New York, New York

REI's Wall of Litho Stones

A trove of century-old litho stones from the Puck Building's printing days were discovered behind a cellar wall, and are now hanging in the store.
New York, New York

Sidewalk Subway Map

Plot your trip through the city on the sidewalk.
New York, New York

The Village Gate Sign

The former sign of this immortal music venue is just that--undying.
New York, New York

Second Cemetery of the Congregation Shearith Israel

New York's unstoppable progress turned this cemetery into the smallest burial ground in the city.
New York, New York

Stationary Figures Mosaics

Stunningly detailed mosaics in a New York subway station bring life to the Weimaraners of artist William Wegman's work—and to thousands of commutes.
New York, New York

The Jane Hotel

This historic building housed the surviving crew members of the Titanic, who were left destitute after the wreck.
New York, New York

Long Lines Building

An uber-secure, windowless tower of doom in the center of Manhattan is an NSA spyscraper.
New York, New York

Delmonico's Pompeii Columns

Possible relics of the ancient Roman city are hidden in this restaurant's façade.
Florence, Italy

Medici Hall of Maps (Sala delle Carte Geografiche)

Over 50 exquisite hand-painted Renaissance maps decorate a Medici storage room.
Florence, Italy

Fresco of John Hawkwood

In Florence's great Duomo, a 26 foot fresco honors a mercenary famous for attacking Florence.
Salamanca, Spain

Casa de las Conchas

The facade of this 16th-century building is decorated with carvings of 300 seashells.
Salamanca, Spain

Cave of Salamanca

A hidden medieval crypt where a famous legend says the devil used to teach black magic.
New Shoreham, Rhode Island

Southeast Lighthouse

An architecturally unique lighthouse that had to be lifted up and moved to avoid falling in the sea.
Inverness, California

Point Reyes Lighthouse

The lighthouse central to the 1980s horror classic "The Fog" is, in fact, located in one of the foggiest areas of the Pacific Coast.
Sausalito, California

Marin Headlands

Concrete strongholds stand guard over the Golden Gate.
San Francisco, California

Three Gems

A hidden subterranean installation offers a view of the sky.
San Francisco, California

Drawn Stone

Art in the form of a winding, man made crack in stone.
San Francisco, California

Site of the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition

San Francisco's first World's Fair, dedicated to the wonders of California.
San Francisco, California

Spreckels Temple of Music

The elaborate gift from Claus Spreckels, now a piece of San Francisco's history.
Pescadero, California

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

A New England-style lighthouse along California's beautiful Highway 1 gets a re-do.
Atlanta, Georgia

Folk Art Park

A psychedelic tribute to one of Georgia's most unique artistic visionaries, out of place and time in the heart of Atlanta.
Charleston, South Carolina

Robert Smalls Memorial

This small memorial is almost as well concealed as Smalls himself was on the night he sailed to freedom.