The 5 Craziest Places to See Art in New York City
These bizarre spots make normal museums seem lame
The Guggenheim, Broadway shows and the Met are great (oh hey, John Singer Sargent), but you can find amazing art in some really unlikely places. Like in the back of a diner. Or inside a freight elevator. Or on the Staten Island Ferry.
Move over, Sleep No More--here are five more weird places in the city to get your culture fix.
BEHIND A DINER
Little-known fact: There’s a time machine in Times Square. Walk to the back of the Liberty Diner and a 1920s-style burlesque variety show awaits you. Presented by immersive New York theater company Speakeasy Dollhouse, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic is bringing the glittering glamour of Paris to this unlikely space through October 17.
234 W. 42nd St. (at Eighth Ave.); 646-221-5239 or speakeasydollhouse.com
IN A FREIGHT ELEVATOR
After seeing a pint-sized exhibit at Mmuseumm, you’ll never complain about your cramped studio apartment again. The contemporary space has housed some really strange things, from incubated eggs to fake vomit from around the world. (Um, ew.)
4 Cortlandt Alley (at Franklin St.); 888-763-8839 or mmuseumm.com
ON THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY
The next time you venture to Staten Island, bring along some entertainment. Download the $2 podcast production of Ferry Play, created by the experimental theater group This Is Not a Theatre Company, and hear the story of fellow (fictional) ferry travelers unfold as you make your way through the New York Harbor.
Staten Island Ferry; 4 South St. (at Whitehall St.); thisisnotatheatrecompany.com
IN A ROOM OF DIRT
Craving some wide-open space? Head to this Soho loft to see…The New York Earth Room, a space entirely filled with soil. Yep, you heard us. It’s surprisingly peaceful and relaxing in there.
141 Wooster St. (at Prince St.); 212-473-8072 or earthroom.org
IN A HOSPITAL WARD
The story of Alice in Wonderland takes an eerie turn in Then She Fell, an interactive retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic. Imported from London, the immersive experience by Third Rail Projects takes place in a century-old hospital. #halloweengoals
195 Maujer St. (at Humboldt St.); 718-374-5196 or thenshefell.com