Dance and get weird at the House of Yes
The House of Yes is a hedonistic dance party that’s essentially a scene from a Baz Luhrmann movie. The theme varies, but you can count on elaborately dressed staffers, cage dancing, and trapeze performers. The performance is the experience is the performance: A woman walks up to you wearing a trench coat. She opens said coat to reveal a corseted corpus and a series of neon drinks contained within test tubes that you may purchase. Fire jugglers, barkers, laughers, screamers. By the time you figure out that you're part of the show, and contemplate the fact that you just paid to well, see yourself, it'll be too late and your young funk head will explode into 1,000 pieces. -- Matt C.
Browse books at the Strand
Home to over 100 miles of books (vertically, not lengthwise -- this isn’t a major workout), The Strand bookstore has three stories of ceiling-high shelves packed with bestsellers, obscure imprints, foreign titles, and even first-edition treasures to admire behind locked glass cases. Tables of books curated by famous faces may help you pick what to read. Want a discount? Sell the book you just finished at the back desk to earn store credit, redeemable for whatever you purchase. -- Melissa K.