Ten Really Cool Places For Geeks & Nerds To Visit In NYC

If you’re a visitor to New York City, there are literally hundreds of attractions you can see. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Statue of Liberty, maybe even get some cheap tickets to a Broadway Show. But if you’re a geek or a nerd, you may want to experience some things that are more up your alley. Well, the Big Apple has that, too. Take a look…

Barcade

Screen Shot 2018-05-25 at 11.38.57 AM
via Barcade / Instagram

If you’re into old-school arcade games, Barcade has several locations in NYC. Most games are still only 25 cents per play and include old favorites like Pac-Man Battle Royale, Frogger, The Empire Strikes Back, Tetris, Wizard of War and dozens of others. It’s a bar AND an arcade, so heads up that it’s 21+.

The Compleat Strategist

Compleat Strategist
via The Compleat Strategist

Established in 1975, it’s New York’s gaming headquarters for four decades, and called a ‘gaming mecca’ by many. They have board games, roleplaying games, collectible card games, miniatures, accessories, you name it. And it’s right around the corner from the Empire State Building.

Sleep No More

Screen Shot 2018-05-25 at 12.38.20 PM
Photo courtesy of the McKittrick Hotel

This macabre, ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ type theatrical experience tells the story of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a completely immersive and innovative way.

Audience members wear masks and are encouraged to interact with the set – a five story mansion (OK, it’s really a warehouse in Chelsea) dimly lit and filled with props – by opening drawers, examining clues, and more as they make their way through the mansion at their own pace. No two people have the same experience.

Sleep No More also boasts a restaurant and a season rooftop bar.

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-25 at 12.58.11 PM.png

Located in the Park Slope section of Bklyn, the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company sells capes and costumes, cans of superpowers like immortality, antimatter, levitation and, for your villains out there, doom & gloom, and even hideaway books. And the best part about shopping here is you’ll also be supporting 826NYC, a nonprofit that promotes writing and literacy programs for students in New York. Because not all heroes wear capes ;-).

Nintendo NY

Nin
via Nintendo NY / Facebook

This 10,000 square foot store in the Rockefeller Center area has all kinds of Nintendo Memorabilia. The two floors showcase upcoming Nintendo titles (some of which you can even demo), a Zelda-themed chess set, Pikachu snapbacks, adorable Kirby plushies and and a whole lot more. The store also hosts tournaments and launch parties that are full of door prizes and themed merchandise available for purchase.

The Way Station

Screen Shot 2018-05-25 at 12.25.57 PM.png
via The Way Station / PC: Gail Heidel

“Music venue and Nerdvana.” That’s about it ;-). And if you’re looking for the spot where a TARDIS landed in Brooklyn, that also has Doctor Who-themed cocktail, this is the place to go.

Strand Books

Screen Shot 2018-05-25 at 11.58.18 AM
via Strand Books / Instagram

They say they have over 18 miles of books and I don’t think they’re exaggerating! Located near Union Square in Manhattan since 1927, the Strand is a book lover’s paradise, with the latest best sellers, a bajillion used books and even a collection of rare, hard to find books!

The Paley Center for Media (Formerly The Museum of Television & Radio)

paley-ny-lens-4c-72
via The Paley Center For Media / PC: Michael Priest

 

If there’s a TV show you saw once that never made it onto VHS, DVD or YouTube, chances are good The Paley Center for Media has it. The museum is dedicated to examining the intersection where society and media meet and their collection includes over 150,000 items that were broadcast on TV. You can pick one out and watch amost anything you want from your favorite no-longer-aired cartoons to historic American broadcasts.

Toy Tokyo

Screen Shot 2018-05-25 at 11.54.12 AM
Via Toy Tokyo / Instagram

Located on 2nd Avenue between E. 5th and 6th Streets, Toy Tokyo is a specialist of tiny blind boxes to rare collectibles to limited-edition figurines from Japan.

Lovecraft

Lovecraft
Via Lovecraft / Instagram

Getting hungry yet? Lovecraft is a restaurant dedicated to, you guessed it, HP Lovecraft. The have a full dinner menu, full bar, a bottomless brunch and even  late night fare.

Like this post? Please share it! We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top (if you’re on your computer) or the bottom (if you’re on your phone/tablet) of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just two or three times a day). Or maybe you’d like to join our Facebook group, where we talk and ask questions about travel (including Disney parks), creative ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel points, how to save money on or for your trips, get access to travel  articles you may not see otherwise, etc. Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s