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Last year, we rounded up 10 of our favorite off-the-radar museums in New York City, from the Troll Museum to the museum that’s just in a freight elevator. It’s been so popular, we’re expanding that list with ten more unique finds.

1. Treasures in the Trash Museum

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When was the last time you visited your local sanitation garage for a gallery tour?  Over the course of 33 years, sanitation worker Nelson Molina has collected thousands of items that can tell stories about NYC and its people arguably better than any hallowed institution could. His carefully curated collection titled “The Treasures in the Trash Museum” has its home in a sanitation garage on the Upper East Side. For more details, see our past coverage of this cultural marvel.

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Hunts Point Landing-The Bronx-Greenway-NYCHunts Point Landing, image via Urban Engineers

Far from the hordes of people that crowd New York’s more popular beaches are a host of lesser known parks offering waterfront access and panoramic views. The city published a map of all of New York’s public waterfront space, but we’ve picked out some of the most interesting from each of the five boroughs. Check them out before the summer weather disappears for good.

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New York’s bohemian culture has always copped its fashion cues from the ample amount of thrift stores this city has to offer. But as time has gone on and rents dramatically increased, many thrift stores have transformed into “vintage shops,” where items of used clothing are handpicked and sold for high fashion prices. We love them too, as evidenced by our list of 25 Favorite Vintage Stores in NYC, but here is our list of New York City’s great “legitimate” thrift stores which will help you stay ahead of the curve and look good for way less. Happy shopping!

1. Atlantis Attic

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Located on 771 Metropolitan Avenue, this Greenpoint thrift shop has a great selection of nearly everything. Notable among its collection is a huge amount of army apparel, which includes coats, jackets, and button downs of all sorts. Besides, where else in Brooklyn could you find a leather jacket for $20?

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One of the greatest assets of being a New Yorker is our overabundance of beautiful waterfronts. Whether its the East River Waterfront or other lesser-known spots such as Hunter’s Point South or Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, there are few better or cheaper ways to enjoy an afternoon in the Big Apple. If you’re looking to do something a little out of the ordinary for your next waterfront visit, consider one of these quirky waterfront activities. You’ll thank us later.

1.  Hudson River’s Floating Library

Floating Library-Hudson River-Lilac Museum Steamship-Tribeca-NYC-2Lilac Museum Steamship, image via Travsd

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Shooters Island-Staten Island-Abandoned-Newark Bay-Arthur Kill-Parks-NYC-6Shooter’s Island off Staten Island. Image by Hudson Kayaker

With the AMC Show Turn, the country is starting to get a wind of the history of the spy ring during the Revolutionary War. One spot is an abandoned island off of Staten Island, called Shooter’s Island, between Newark Bay and the Kill Van Kull.

43-acre Shooter’s Island is now part of the NYC Parks department but began as a hunting preserve for wild geese during the Colonial era (hence its name). According to the NYC Parks department, “George Washington used the island as a drop-off point for messages, and the place became a haven for spies.”

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Pomander Walk on the Upper West Side

Strolling through certain streets or areas of NYC, you might feel suddenly transported to an older time. From an old world fishing village in the Bronx, to back houses transformed into luxury mansions in the West Village, the following areas capture the essence of a different period of NYC. While some, like City Island Fishing Village stand as microcosms, others are literally side-by-side with modern skyscrapers.

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