Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sony, Chinatown and Sleep No More

On our last day in NY, we woke leisurely, ordered room service breakfast (free to diamond members) and finally left our hotel with a plan.
First stop was the Sony Technology Wonder Lab near Rockefeller Center. This place is FREE and absolutely amazing. We spent two geeky hours there, programming robots, producing a news show and practicing open heart surgery.
We left and took a taxi all the way down to Chinatown. I'd been there many times, but never explored it in the way we did that day. We went deep into China town. We ate amazing dim sum for lunch at the Nom Wah Tea house with chrysanthemum tea. It was absolutely delicious and the kids loved it. Then we explored the back streets of chinatown, visited a mahayana buddhist temple and picked up a fortune, played in the local park and ate ice cream at the chinatown ice cream factory.
We went home and had a rest and then got ready to Go Out. Our friend Jamey had a friend who was willing to babysit and she came to our hotel and watched the kids. We met Jamey under the Highline at the McKittrick Hotel for Sleep No More. I wish I could describe this for you, but I cannot. I can just tell you that it was absolutely the best thing we did in NY. I loved it so much. I want to do it again. We wore white masks and were not allowed to say a word the entire time. We explored the film noir set in almost darkness, rifling through papers, lying on the beds, opening drawers. The actors danced through the four floors in a Macbeth type story set in the late 1930's. You just have to go to understand, but you do have to go. Don't miss it.
Here is how they describe it on their website:

Sleep No More is an indoor promenade performance lasting up to three hours. There are five arrival times for each performance ranging from 6:00pm-12:00am depending on the day of the week.

After admission, guests embark upon an individual journey and may stay inside the performance for as long as they wish. Following the culminating moment of the performance guests are welcome to stay on at the Manderley Bar.

After the performance, Jamey and M and I met in the bar and discussed our adventure and what we each saw. Then Jamey took us to an amazing tapas bar where we sat at the bar, drinking cava and eating bar snacks and had a wonderful time. It was the best.

And then we went home and went to sleep and the next morning we flew home. sigh.

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