As I entered the room, I was taken aback. In front of me stood a space the size in which no bed could fit. They gestured me in. I was surprised to be separated from the group of spectators I had been with just a short time before. I stepped inside. All alone, there was an eerie feeling inside of me, possibly brought about by the complete silence that pierced the air. Then, out of the blue, and without as much as a warning, a flustered man in white rushed in. He was worried, upset. I tried to figure out what was happening, but before I could start, an angry woman flowed inside behind him. I wondered how the three of us could fit into the little cubicle we seemed to be shoved into, and in turn tried pasting myself to the corner of the room. A knife was brandished and I suddenly thought, “I’m all alone in here with these strangers, in the middle of this ‘show’. No one would actually know if I was gone. Not until later, that is, but by then it would be too late.”
This excerpt follows a night spent in an interactive show in Brooklyn, NY. It’s just one of the many evenings that still stick out my head as being extraordinary.
Not fitting the mold.
It was a night worthy of memories for years to come. Too good not to write about. It’s also one night of many that we’ve experienced. I’ll document these evenings in a few posts here, on the blog, so that you too can enjoy the uniqueness of our nights out.
Even if you’re normally an introvert, or if you enjoy a quiet outing on your evenings off, wouldn’t it be great to spend a few hours doing something than you normally wouldn’t? It’s stepping out of your shell and trying things that are new that often reignites your passion for life.
Ideas for unique things to do
The following actually took place, and each one made for a certifiably unique night out.
An immersive night out in Brooklyn, spending several hours in the darkened rooms of a former hospital. This eerie but super cool experience is worth the cost. It takes each participant, which there are only 15 of per show, through the scenes of Lewis Carroll’s life and writing (he is the author of Alice in Wonderland), in a surreal, imaginative, and somewhat frightening experience. Each participant will have a different experience, depending on what rooms he is taken into, which order it takes place in and what he discovers in each of these beautifully adorned rooms. Interpretation is also key as each person in our party came out with his/her own take on certain scenes. All in all, super unique.
Oh man. Get your bathing suit on and brace yourself for some relaxation time. This place is where you’d want to go for an evening (or morning if you have one off) of down time. This place originally opened in Seville, and then others followed in suit. This Tribeca spa was built to resemble the traditions of Greek and Roman baths of ancient times, complete with underground pools that range in temperatures. My two favorites are the salt bath, aka the flotarium, where you literally float, as you would in the Dead Sea, and the ice pool, at a frigid 46 degrees F, which is not for the faint of hearts. I believe they called it the frigidarium. Luckily, I was there with a cardiologist and took the plunge. Don’t forget to recuperate after the experience and hydrate aggressively, as things get a bit hot in those tubs.
Rearing its ugly head in the middle of this Williamsburg, Brooklyn eatery called Viva Toro is a mechanical bull. The adrenaline rush is plain as day, judging from these pictures of my good friend Ann, as we celebrated her birthday and watched as she yee-hawed the moments away. The cuisine is Mexican and, while she took a big risk riding the beast after her meal, my girl managed to keep the food in.
You go, cowgirl.