Contrary to popular belief (and movie clichés), there are in fact few dark alleyways in Manhattan.
But just below Canal Street lies a gem of a side street, Cortlandt Alley. There you?ll also find the city?s smallest--and absolutely weirdest--museum, named, well, Museum.
Housed in an abandoned freight-elevator shaft, Museum?s recently unveiled second season displays collected oddities--most of which have pretty much nothing in common aside from a quirky-cool factor. Think foreign toothpaste tubes and rejected Cambodian menu photography. Even the shoe that was thrown at George W. Bush is included--right above children?s Disney-themed bulletproof backpacks. (We told you it?s weird.)
Our favorite items, though, are the tip jars from around NYC, which come from places like Katz?s Deli and Grand Central?s shoeshine stations.
Now, how exactly do you find it? It?s on the south-most end of the alley, right around the corner from Franklin Street. On weekends (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), the doors are open to the public, but should you want to catch it another time, just peer through the doors? viewing windows (available all hours of the day) and dial into the audio tour on your cell: 888-763-8839.
If you ever need a reminder of how amazing it is to live in New York, this is definitely it.