35 Top-Secret Locations You Need a Secret Knock or a Whole Lot of Money to Get Into

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35 Top-Secret Locations You Need a Secret Knock or a Whole Lot of Money to Get Into

Pack your bags, we’re going on a vacation! We’ll be visiting ultra-luxurious apartments hidden in plain sight in tourist centers, unfathomably huge dystopian mines, and if you’re lucky, the Supreme Court basketball court. 

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This building looks like it's using advanced cloaking technology. But it's just really, really reflective. The building is Delaware State University's Optical Science Center for Applied Research, so it could be where people figure out how to cloak for real. CRACKED.COM

In Slab City, California, it feels like the apocalypse came and went. In the '60s, RV owners passing through the Colorado desert flocked to slabs left over from a military base, and eventually built a Mad Max-like shantytown there. Slab City's 200-ish residents mostly have no water or power, but they do have churches, businesses, and a library. CRACKED.COM

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Habitat 67 looks like it could turn into a giant robot. It's a housing complex of 354 cubes connected by walkways, elevator pillars, futuristic halls, plazas and more. Architect Moshe Safdie's idea was for the whole thing to house a model society (it was the '60s). Its resemblance to a Transformer is unintentional. CRACKED.COM

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NOT 2018 TOSHIBA HAPPY NEW YEAS TOSHIBA «ТОК HAPPY NEW YEAR A major building in Times Square is empty. It's the building where they drop the New Year's Ball - One Times Square. There's one tenant: a Walgreens on the ground floor. The building has been used as a gigantic, vacant advertising stand since 1992. It makes $23 million a year. CRACKED.COM

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The highest floor of the Empire State Building is reserved for a chosen few. The 103rd floor, which is so secret it's usually not listed, is only open to the rich and/or famous. It's a small observatory with 360-degree views. Almost no sounds reach it, so there's near-total silence. CRACKED.COM

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There's a subway station under Grand Central Station. It led directly into the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, so the well-to-do wouldn't have to mingle with the masses. It was used from the '30s to the '60s, when it was abandoned (except for a 1965 party by Andy Warhol), and it was eventually totally closed off. CRACKED.COM

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Lake Erie lies above a massive salt mine. The mine is a three-mile-long complex that's so deep underground, fresh air has to be pumped in and miners have to carry an hour's worth of backup oxygen. Many of its sprawling tunnels are unexplored (and might be home to horrors that should not be awakened). CRACKED.COM

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa contains an empty tube. The Tower of Pisa is actually a bell tower for the nearby cathedral, and there's literally nothing inside it. Aside from the ginormous bell, of course. CRACKED.COM

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People literally used to live in New York's public libraries. Back in the day, janitors had to keep books warm and dry with coal furnaces, which needed to be fueled with coal 24/7. So libraries had special apartments for janitors. Those apartments are abandoned today, since there's no money to renovate them. CRACKED.COM

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