4. Shoes Hidden in Wall of New York City Center

When renovations on the ceiling of New York City Center were recently carried out, a surprising discovery was made. Within the walls of the Neo-Moorish theater designed by architect Harry P. Knowles, workers found a pair of shoes that date back to the 1920s.

When the building was originally constructed, it was built for the ancient Order of the Mystic Shrine. Workers building the structure stuffed objects in the walls to keep evil spirits away. In 1943, it re-opened as New York City Center, Manhattan’s first performing arts center.