11. Amster Yard

Amster Yard may look like just another quaint garden, but it has been the subject of intense controversy. Located at East 49th Street between Second and Third Avenues, the community became angry when some of its buildings were demolished. It has since been restored in 2003 with replications of its original 19th century buildings. Today, the garden, enclosed by the brick buildings, continues to host lectures, exhibits, readings, classes, and other events. Although it is relatively hidden, this gem is open to the public, so be sure to scope this one out!