7. The Waldorf-Astoria Was Once a Cemetery

Like some other famous spots in New York City, the Waldorf-Astoria was once a cemetery. Yes, the land where the lavish hotel currently sits was a New York City potter’s field for a time. The potter’s field was originally located at Bryant Park, but when the Croton Distributing Reservoir took up residence on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, the potter’s field moved here. When the Park Avenue land was granted to the Women’s Hospital, the remains from the potter’s field were moved to Ward’s Island.