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Ask.MeFi has been assembling an eclectic guide to "the best alternative/weird/unusual/eye-opening places in Manhattan." Most of the suggestions are actually located in the outer boroughs, but nevermind that. We've pulled out the highlights and linked everything for your browsing pleasure:

Places
Vinegar Hill
Red Hook
Prospect Park
Pelham Bay Park
Coney Island
Chinatown
High Line
Manhattan Greenway

Venues
5 Pointz
Galapagos
Arlene's Grocery
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Bluestockings
Sugartown Books

Museums and Gardens
Cloisters
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Museum
Transit Museum
Grand Army Plaza

Restaurants
Marriott Marquis roof bar
Shake Shack
Cedar Tavern
Corner Bistro
Six Point Craft Ales

Resources
OMR
Forgotten-NY
NonsenseNY
DUMBA
NYC Punk
C Squat
WOW Cafe

Add your own suggestions in the comments, and we'll expand this list.