This list is provided by Marie Carter, a guest of The Expat Chit Chat Show, Episode 14.
1. Morris-Jumel Mansion. This is a mansion built in 1765, and played a huge role in the revolution, has ample ghost stories and regular paranormal investigations. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote part of Hamilton there because Aaron Burr once lived in the mansion. They always have super fun events and exhibitions like colonial ice cream making and colonial role playing game nights.
2. Roosevelt Island tram. It’s free with your metro card, offers the most spectacular views of the city, and it’s a fun ride if you’re not scared of heights. If the visitor kiosk is open, chat with whoever is tending the place, usually someone from Roosevelt Island historical society and they’re very knowledgeable about the island’s history. If you have time, try and find a tour. Roosevelt Island’s history is macabre, shocking, and fascinating.
3. Museum of the Moving Image. This museum is in my Astoria neighborhood so it’s near lots of fabulous and diverse restaurants, but more than that, it has a lot of fun and interactive exhibitions to do with the history of film making. During the week it doesn’t get terribly crowded, either.