Catch It: The Book: Off the Beaten (Subway) Track

The other day, I tried to make a Key Lime Pie. It was a disaster, and afterwards, I thought, “Why don’t you pick up a homemade pie from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies—you read it in Off the Beaten (Subway) Track by Suzanne Reisman. While reading the book again, I remembered what I liked most: Ms. Reisman’s short stories of a tall and wide place, New York City—that is ever changing; that has neighborhoods of a country-inn; and a one-way fare that can take you anywhere for $2.25.

Ms. Reisman is a travel writer, and in Off the Beaten (Subway) Track she categorized everything one needs to know to personalize an adventure by: Art and Architecture, Eating, Ethnic, Factory Tour, Fort, Hall of Fame, Historic, Home-based, Libraries, Money, Music, Nautical, New York City-related, Oddities, Outdoor/Nature, Religious/Spiritual, Science and Technology, Shrine, Shopping, Sports, Store-based, Toys, and World’s Largest/Tallest.

Off the Beaten (Subway) Track is designed to help people find the unusual and quirky sites in New York City that even many lifelong New Yorkers don’t know about,” she writes, “I love road trips, strange museums, and eccentric people who share their unusual talents, passions, and obsessions with the general public.”

In short, I have listed 20 of the Off the Beaten (Subway) Track treasures and treats to explore:

Lower Manhattan (Below 14th Street)

Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl Street, www.FrauncesTavernMuseum.org

The Lower East Side Troll Museum, 122 Orchard Street, www.revjen.com

OTBST Treats: Pickle Guys, Economy Candy and Yonah Schimmel’s Knishery

 Middle Manhattan (14th Street to 59th Street)

Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace, 28 E. 20th Street, www.nps.gov/thrb/

OBTST Treat: Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop

Horticultural Society of New York, 148 W. 37th Street, 13th Floor, www.hsny.org

 Upper Manhattan East (Above 59th   Street, East of 5th Avenue)

Corning Gallery at Steuben Glass,667 Madison Avenue, Phone: 800.STEUBEN

Museum of American Illustration, 128 E. 63rd Street, www.societyillustrators.org/

Upper Manhattan West (Above 59th   Street, West of 5th Avenue)

Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, Frederick P. Rose Hall, The Shops at Columbus Circle, Broadway at 60th Street, www.jalc.org/jazzED/ejhf_web/about_ejhf.html.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, www.StJohnDivine.org

OTBST Treats: Hungarian Pastry Shop, Harlem Market/Malcolm Shabazz Mosque and Amy Ruth’s

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, 4881 Broadway, www.DyckmanFarmhouse.org

OTBST Treat: Scavengers of Inwood

The Bronx

Judaica Museum of the Hebrew Home for the Aged, 5961 Palisade Avenue, www.HebrewHome.org

OTBST Treat: Loeser’s Kosher Delicatessen

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, Poe Park, East Kingsbridge Road & Grand Concourse, www.BronxHistoricalSociety.org

OTBST Treats: Original Products and 258th Field Artillery Armory

Queens

Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, 1 Steinway Place, www.steinway.com

OTBST Treats: Astoria bakeries and food; Mini-tour

Louis Armstrong House, 34-56 107th Street, www.satchmo.net

OTBST Treat: El Indio Amazonico

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Brewery Tour, 79 N. 11th Street, www.BrooklynBrewery.com.

Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street at Pier 44, www.WaterfrontMuseum.org

OTBST Treats: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. and Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies

Harbor Defense Museum, US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, 230 Sheridan Loop, www.HarborDefenseMuseum.com

OTBST Treat: John Paul Jones Park

Staten Island

Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, www.statenislandmuseum.org

OTBST Treat: Professional Baseball Scouting Hall of Fame

Garibaldi Meucci Museum, 420 Tompkins Avenue, www.GaribaldiMeucciMuseum.org

OTBST Treats: Castleton Hill Moravian Church and Labyrinth Walk

Moreover, Ms. Reisman’s personal stories are humorous and historical while providing a detailed track to make your own adventure light and easy.

Catch the book: Off the Beaten (Subway) Track at www.barnesandnoble and www.amazon.com.

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