1. Diplomatic Brownstones and Hidden Church Cafes

Norwegian Seaman's Church-Turtle Bay-Coffee Shop-NYC

If you look closely at the plates on some of the picturesque brownstones, you’ll see that some are actually offices for international United Nations missions. Another building at 17 Beekman Place reading “Grand-Duche de Luxeumbourg” under Luxembourg’s red, white and blue flag, is the office of the Consulate General of Luxeumbourg in New York City. Two buildings in Turtle Bay are the Seamen’s Churches of Sweden and Norway, which have hidden cafes inside that are open to the public – though the organizations themselves primarily serve the expatriate community.

Fun fact: the composer Irving Berlin lived at 17 Beekman Place from 1947 until his death in 1989. It adopted its current function the following year.