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New York is one of the busiest and most visited cities in the world, packed full of things for tourists to do.

Whether it’s the Statue of Liberty, Times Square or Central Park, some of the most recognizable places on the planet lay within its boundaries. Central Park is the most visited urban parks in the whole of the U.S and one of the most filmed locations in the world.

Away from the cameras, lights and glamour is the real New York, the hidden gems that not everyone gets to see or experience. There are plenty of things that a savvy tourist can experience off the beaten track, as we examine below.

Pomander Walk

This unique little slice of England in the middle of Manhattan is often missed by tourists, but well worth a visit.

It’s inspired by a play called Pomander Walk a romantic comedy set in Chiswick, London. It was meant to be a temporary tourist attraction whilst a hotel was built, but the plans never came to fruition and it still stands today, a slice of old England in the middle of the busiest city in the U.S.

Yappy Hour at Heineken Riverdeck

This is the perfect event for you to feel like a local as it’s a place for New Yorkers to congregate with their dogs and enjoy a social gathering.

As most tourists won’t have a dog with them, you’ll find a great mix of residents here enjoying time out from their lives. That makes it a great place to meet the people who call the wonderful city home and get a glimpse into their culture.

It’s every Tuesday from 6pm until 8pm and won’t be on most tourists’ itinerary lists. It’s held at the Heineken Riverdeck on Pier 17, one of the best outdoor bars in New York.

Bingo

Few tourists come to New York to play bingo, but those who want to see something different to the regular travelers should pay a visit to one of two interesting bingo venues.

Le Poisson Rouge is a must-visit for a taste of something different. It’s a music venue and multimedia art cabaret, which hosts ‘Le Bingo Friday’, on Friday and Saturday.

There’s also the Stonewall Inn which hosts another bingo night, a culturally important venue as the scene of the 1969 Stonewall riots. Nowadays, the venue isn’t quite as divisive and brings people together for a game of bingo. The Foxy Bingo how to play guides detail how 75-ball is the most played in the U.S. It is a faster version of the classic 90-ball version of the game with fewer balls and different patterns. And this is the version that is played at both these iconic venues.

So, it might be worth brushing up on the rules before visiting these two hidden gems, as it would be great to top off your trip with a big win.

Old-hand shuffleboard

Few tourists will know what old-hand shuffleboard is, making this something you simply must investigate when you hit NYC. Shuffleboard is an old game in which players push weighted pucks down a long and smooth wooden table into a scoring area.

A visit to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus will give you plenty of entertainment for a day away from the crowds of sightseers. Not only are their shuffleboard lanes for you to enjoy, but other pastimes such as Connect Four and Jenga.