Hidden NYC attractions you can't miss

Hidden tennis court in Grand Central station

Not many know that you can play tennis in the Grand Central Terminal station in New York!

In 1960 a Hungarian immigrant Geza Gazdag founded an athletics club there featuring two clay tennis courts and a ski slope. In 1984 the place was bought by Donald Trump's company and transformed into public tennis courts, often visited by celebrities and rich New Yorkers who want to play tennis right in the city center.

The club is open to everyone, but it's entrance is somewhat hidden. To get there go to the third floor of the Grand Central Terminal and head to the Annex area (ask staff for directions, because it's not visibly marked).

Courts are open also at night and prices for an hour vary between 130 and 155 dollars.

Pictures, detailed pricing and contact information can be found here.

Abandoned City Hall subway station

An abandoned subway station in Manhattan (see on map) that closed in 1945 due to incompatible platform length with modern trains is beautifully decorated with fine architecture large chandeliers and glass tiles.

You can't normally visit this abandoned station unless you're a member of the New York City Transit Museum, but you can take the downtown 6 train after the Brooklyn Bridge station and sit in the 7th, 8th or 9th car that operates very slowly at the City Hall Station curve, so that you can see exactly the details of this magnificent abandoned station.

Abandoned 5 Beekman Street building, now a luxury hotel

This extraordinary building lies in the heart of Manhattan's Financial District and had been empty for decades, but it has been recently converted into a luxury hotel The Beekman.

The 5 Beekman is situated just one block away from NY City Hall, and it's absolutely incredible that this nine-storey building had been abandoned for so many years in Manhattan where space prices are among the highest in the world.

5 Beekman Street was built in 1882, in Victorian style, and its architecture resembles the pre-scraper era of New York, and it was also one of the first buildings in the city that had an elevator. It features an astonishing full height atrium and skylight, and is beautifully detailed with cast-iron railings and ceilings.

Now it accommodates the beautiful The Beekman hotel, with restaurant open to the public.

Please Don't Tell (PDT) speakeasy

Speakeasies came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era and the Please Don't Tell (PDT) on St. Mark's Place in New York resembles such an illicit, hidden establishment where the menu is not known until you get inside by squeezing through a secret telephone booth, where you must know the number to call in order to enter the building.

Even their website is only one page with the phone number to make reservations.

travelem tip: Reservations are recommended because the pub is extremely busy on most nights.

Trinity Place Bank Vault Bar

A bar hidden in an old bank vault in lower Manhattan, built in 1904 located in the basement of the 115 Broadway (see on map) - the magnificent, gothic style skyscraper. The super-heavy vault has two entrances at either end weighing 35 tonnes each and has been converted into a splendid cocktail bar in 2006.

Visitors can see the steel walls of the vault as well as the super-thick vault door while enjoying their cocktail. At the other end there is also a restaurant converted from the old company board meeting room featuring the original chandelier from the era.