New York City is a vibrant town jam-packed with traffic, skyscrapers and people. But when European settlers descended upon "New Amsterdam," it was nothing more than an island with plenty of room for growth and expansion.
Over the centuries, New York City has had a hand in shaping America into what it is today. Serving as the first capital of the United States under President George Washington, defending its people from the British throughout the Revolution and War of 1812, welcoming thousands upon thousands of immigrants, and acting as the home to founding fathers, presidents and generals, the city boasts rich history around every corner, just waiting to be uncovered. In Manhattan alone, there are 300 National Historic Landmarks.
Yet despite all this, most visitors to the Big Apple visit only the most iconic of sites: the World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and Broadway, to name a few.
If you have "been there, done that" and want to delve deeper into the city's past, the following are lesser-known (and less crowded) places with tons of stories to tell.