I am probably the last one in the world to hear about this thing and have zero need for it — my biggest luxury is not having to get out of bed until I want to.  But I want one anyway.  This is the greatest thing ever.  Hit the snooze button more than once and it jumps of the table and starts skittering around the room so you have to catch it to shut it up.  I’ve ordered two.  It comes in colors.


You and six or a dozen friends or co-workers pay $28 each (give or take) to be locked in a room — an office or a small theater or an apartment — with an hour to figure out how to escape.

You’re fed clues by a Cluemaster watching via closed-circuit TV, but the clues are hard.

If you fail, you’re allowed out anyway; and either way you then get a debriefing from your Cluemaster, showing you how it all works and what you got right and wrong.

People love it.

As the New York Times reports:

. . . After years of popularity in Asia and, more recently, on the West Coast, escape rooms have arrived in New York with increasing frequency. Escape the Room NYC began an open-ended run in February not far from the Empire State Building. The Real Escape Game, which says that it invented the phenomenon in 2007 in Japan, came to Webster Hall in the East Village over the weekend and has plans to return this year. Trapped NYC is scheduled to open on the Lower East Side on the same weekend this month that The Purge: Breakout, a promotion for the horror film “The Purge: Anarchy” heads to Coney Island.

Add it to your list?  I’ve added it to mine.



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