4. Cortlandt Alley

Cortlandt Alley is named for the Van Cortlandt family, who immigrated to then-New Amsterdam in 1637 and became a powerful landowning family. They would eventually buy the Van Cortlandt estate in the Bronx in 1899 and turning it into the namesake park. Today, Cortlandt Alley houses Mmuseumms 1 and 2, a set of mini-museums built into a freight elevator and a window display, respectively, and was the backdrop of the video for the Vampire Weekend song “Cousins.”