13 Secret Chambers Inside Famous Landmarks

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Empire State Building Floor 103

The observation deck on the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building closed to the public unless you’re someone super important. According to the building’s own fact sheet, “VIPs, celebrities, and dignitaries” are allowed “exclusive access,” to the top floor. Recently, Taylor Swift was allowed to take and model in photos from the almost secret room to promote her single, “Welcome to New York” according to Travel + Leisure.

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The room in the torch at the Statue of Liberty

There’s a room inside the Statue of Liberty‘s torch, but the room has remained almost entirely closed since July 30, 1916, the day of the “Black Tom” explosion. This act of sabotage by German agents during World War I involved blowing up munitions housed in a warehouse on a neighbouring island in the New York Harbour, damaging the Statue, and especially the torch. The only people who’ve been in it since are National Park Service Staff who access it via a 40-foot ladder. There are no plans to reopen the torch, due to terrorism fears.

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Secret bus station at the Carter Hotel in NYC

Inside the Carter Hotel, an arguably seedy hotel in New York City’s Time’s Square, lies hidden a nearly century-old bus station. Built in the 1930s, when the Carter was known as the Dixie, the Central Union Bus Terminal was built partly underground. “After descending underground, buses would rotate on a 35-foot turntable, then proceed into a designated berth,” explains Scouting New York. It’s now a parking garage, but if you venture down there, you’ll still be able to find that turntable.

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