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Seen At 11: Even Lifelong New Yorkers Are Surprised By Some Of The Big Apple’s Hidden Secrets

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Every city has its secrets, the trick is tracking them down.

As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, there are enough secrets in the Big Apple to surprise even lifelong New Yorkers, you just need to know where to look.

A brownstone at with blacked out windows at 58 Joralemon St. in Brooklyn Heights isn’t really a brownstone at all. It’s an emergency subway exit and air vent.

“I’ve walked past it a hundred times and I’ve never taken much note of it,” one man said.

That isn’t the only Brooklyn subway secret. On the Q line there’s a mini movie visible when the train pulls out of the Dekalb station. The train’s movement animates murals on the walls creating a pleasant surprise for anyone who happens to catch it.

“It was really wonderful. It was like animation as you go by,” one straphanger commented.

Meanwhile, a full acre of beautiful parkland, complete with knockout views exists 30 feet above the Financial District in Lower Manhattan. It’s called the elevated park and is known to nearby workers.

It was designed by Ted Smith, who said that being under the radar has its advantages.

“Everybody knows about Central Park, Bryant Park, or the High Line, but this place is tucked in. It’s quieter,” Smith said.

There is not just one, but three waterfalls in Central Park’s north end at 110th Street.

“I like it. I didn’t know it was there, so I’m really surprised,” a park-goer said.

On the East Side on 53rd Street near Madison Avenue, concrete slabs from the Berlin Wall are often mistaken for urban graffiti.

“It’s actually pretty cool because I didn’t know. So I’m really going to take a look at it now,” one man said.

Deep in the heart of the United Nations is a meditation room that is open to the public. It is currently being renovated, but will reopen in the fall.

“I think it’s fabulous. Let’s build one of those in every building in New York,” said a woman outside of the UN.

Steps from the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, are acres of trails and waterfront horseback riding, bringing a little bit of the country to the city.

“It’s a way to get away from the taxis and the noise and everything. It’s just a nice calm place,”Sarah Rosario said.

Indeed, many of the city’s secrets are not so secret anymore.

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