Renwick Smallpox Hospital
Endlessly eerie, Renwick Smallpox Hospital on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island (accessible from Manhattan via tramway or subway) is widely regarded as New York City’s most chilling attraction. This now-closed infirmary, which treated approximately 7,000 patients during its 19-year-run, has sat abandoned since the 1950s, yet its ivy-covered ruins and ghostly lore still draw visitors decades later. For a truly frightful experience, explore this spooky site after the sun goes down. Like scary stuff? These are the most haunted hotels in America.
courtesy Maha Rose
Living in NYC can get stressful. Heck, there are times when it feels like total pandemonium. That’s just part of the reason we’re so grateful to have found Maha Rose, a holistic wellness center on an industrial block in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Healing sessions run the gamut from acupuncture and breathwork to reiki and tarot readings. This sacred space also hosts spiritual workshops, special events, and upstate retreats. And you can stock up on positive-energy-promoting crystals, incense, and books at the ground-floor shop.
When the Loew’s Kings Theatre opened to the public in 1929, it was one of the most opulent film and live performance venues in the nation. Sadly, economic downturn took its toll and the curtains closed in 1977. As they say, “the show must go on,” and it has, thanks to a $95-million project that restored this Flatbush institution, now called the Kings Theatre, to its former glory—ornate plasterwork, gold-leaf ornament, crystal chandeliers, and plush seats.