Yesterday was our final day in New York and Tim wasn’t working, so we spent the day doing all of our favorite New York things. This whole trip felt like a little bit of a dream to me– museums! shows! Central Park!– but this day was probably the best of all.
We started off with breakfast in bed, which was such a treat. After a few nights of little sleep, it was amazing to wake up and have coffee and pastries ready to go. There’s something so satisfying about toast and eggs. :)
Afterward, we went to the American Museum of Natural History…
which was just as fun and geeky as I remembered. I especially loved the Hall of Marine Mammals and the dinosaurs. I guess it’s the five-year-old boy in me?
And finally, after lunch and a little shopping, we headed to Sleep No More, an interactive show based on MacBeth that takes place in a multi-story, spooky “hotel” in Chelsea.
Image c/o Sleep No More
We had talked about going to a less traditional show to try something new, and we landed on Sleep No More based on a friend’s recommendation.
I had prepared myself for an especially artsy, interactive, somewhat creepy experience, and it completely surpassed my expectations. Each guest wears a mask and travels through the multi-story hotel at their own pace. But it’s more than a hotel; there’s a graveyard, a mansion, an insane asylum and a taxidermy business all contained within the floors. Each member of the audience is encouraged to go alone (which totally freaked me out at first) and can touch anything they’d like, go anywhere they’d like, and watch any of the many actors while they dance and interact with other actors in various vignettes throughout the evening.
At one point, I even got pulled into a secret room alone by one of the men who was part of the show, who then proceeded with (an incredibly spooky) scene that I had inexplicably become a part of. I would be lying if I said it was anything less than exhilarating.
I don’t want to give too many details in the hope that someday you’ll get a chance to attend Sleep No More yourself, but if you’re curious, here’s the New York Times review.
We talked about the show for the entire cab ride home. It was the best way to end our trip– ridiculously fun, and quintessentially New York.
I hope you all had a good weekend. I’ve spent today unpacking and grocery shopping, and I can’t help but feel a little bit sad that it’s all over. New York is just such an incredible city. :)