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 Museum of Sex, or 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…
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+.
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.
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 seasonal rooftop bar.
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 ;-).
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 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 (Closed in 2020, a victim of COVID-19)
“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.
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 bestsellers, a bajillion used books and even a collection of rare, hard to find books!
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 almost anything you want from your favorite no-longer-aired cartoons to historic American broadcasts.
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.
Getting hungry yet? Lovecraft is a restaurant dedicated to, you guessed it, HP Lovecraft. They have a full dinner menu, full bar, bottomless brunch and even late-night fare.
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