4 N.Y.C. Landmarks Locals Need to Finally Visit

New York City is filled with a plethora of sights, landmarks, tourists and ... tourists. With over 56 million sightseers visiting the city each year, it is no surprise that locals avoid touristic areas, destinations and crowds like the plague. Go ahead and ask any local New Yorker if they've been to the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building: you'll be interested to find that unless it was on a field trip in elementary school, the answer is often "No".

This annoyance with fear of tourist crowds, while legitimate, prohibits locals from enjoying the sites and history their city has to offer. Here are N.Y.C. landmarks (both popular and lesser known) that locals need finally to visit, and how to see them:

African Burial Ground National Monument
Lower Manhattan

Many New Yorkers don't know there is an African Burial Ground Memorial in lower Manhattan, on the corner of Duane and Elk Street. Over 15,000 enslaved and free African and African-American men, women and children were buried there during the 17th and 18th centuries. The monument dates back to a dark time in New York City's history when 40% of the population consisted of slaves. Considered one of the most significant archeological finds in the 20th century, the symbolic monument pays homage to New York City's forgotten history of slavery and the lives of those lost.

The African Burial Ground National Monument is open between March and November. You can visit on your own or sign up for a guided tour.

Renwick Smallpox Hospital
Roosevelt Island

If you are seeking a historic landmark that will make the hair on your arms stand up, take a trip to Roosevelt Island and visit the abandoned Renwick Smallpox Hospital. Initially a quarantine center for small pox patients (with 450 deaths, annually), the hospital is rumored to be swarmed with paranormal activity. The abandoned building's ruins are a secret attraction for visitors and locals itching for a good scare.

Grab your camera and take the Tram over to visit the haunted site before it gets completely renovated.

Old Quaker Meeting House
Flushing, New York

The Old Quaker Meeting House, built in 1694, is a historic landmark located in Flushing, New York and the oldest standing house of worship in New York City. Briefly seized in 1776 during the Revolutionary War before reverting to its original purpose, the Old Quaker Meeting House is a symbol of New York City's religious and cultural development.

Mind your inner light and visit the meetinghouse on Sundays to join a traditional Quaker meeting for worship.

Empire State Building
Fifth Avenue

Wait. You mean walk up lots of stairs? With overbearing crowds? And lines?

Just kidding.

Visit any one of the swanky rooftop bars surrounding the Empire State building and grab two drinks for the price of an admission ticket, get the same views of the New York City skyline and observe the Empire State Building's signature art deco construction.

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Olivia Christine is a Travel Writer and native New Yorker from the South Bronx. No, she doesn't know J.Lo personally. Yes, she has her driver license.