50 best things to do when you're high
These venues and events don't condone drug use-hell, they don't even know we're writing this story. Oh, and drugs are bad for you. Don't use them.
Tue Apr 19 2011
Track down a taco truck
As we learned from Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, an epic quest for food makes the result all the more satisfying. Follow the duo's lead and chase down Phillip and Youngsun Lee's Kimchi Taco Truck for a burrito-like Kimchi Bowl ($8), or satisfy your snack cravings with a Cheez Whiz--covered steak sandwich ($7). Various locations; follow the truck's whereabouts at kimchitacotruck.com and twitter.com/kimchitruck.
Ogle oddities at the Waterfront Museum
Depictions of ringmasters and lion tamers will be the latest sights at the New York harbor, when the Waterfront Museum (290 Conover St at Pier 44, Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-624-4719, waterfrontmuseum.org. Thu 4--8pm, Sat 1--5pm; suggested donation $5) opens its "Circus Lives" art exhibition (May 25--June 29). If you're not impressed by the acrobats and anomalies, return for the surreal pictures of fish and crustaceans of "Creatures from the Deep" (June 30--August 22). Afterward, reward yourself with a chocolate-covered key lime pie on a stick ($5) at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies (204 Van Dyke St at Pier 41, Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-858-5333. Sat, Sun 10am--6pm; call for weekday hours).
Trip out at Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana
Try not to flip out when aerial performers dressed as mystical creatures zip across your vision. This new Cirque du Soleil show brings the fantastical to your (altered) reality, with more than 70 acrobats, jugglers and trapeze artists performing large-scale stunts to a score composed by Elton John protg Nick Littlemore. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave at 50th St (212-247-4777, cirquedusoleil.com/zarkana). Jun 9 through Sep 4; $52--$300.
Indulge your short attention span at Radio Happy Hour
Part old-time radio drama, part talk show and part stand-up comedy, Radio Happy Hour will challenge your wandering mind. Watch as host Sam Osterhaut shoots pointed questions and trivia at his special guests (Norah Jones and Jesse Eisenberg have fielded his enquiries in the past), and engages them in crime-solving mystery onstage. Help yourself to a heaping plate of nachos ($11) as you attempt to decipher what exactly is going on. (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-505-3474, radiohappyhour.com). Monthly; visit the website for upcoming dates. $15, advance $10.
Sing along to Sublime
Tribute bands are lame, but there's something cool about a band devoted to Sublime. Badfish has been honoring the stoner ska legends for ten years now, and they've imbued the feel-good tunes with their own style and vocals. Grab your chillest buddies and head down to B.B. King's to mellow out and resurrect some of that '90s West Coast spirit. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St between Seventh and Eigth Aves (212-997-4144, badfish.com). Apr 23 at7pm; $25.
Consider a tattoo
Before you get a hemp leaf permanently inked onto your body, look for inspiration at Tattoo Culture Gallery. The current exhibition "Year of the Rabbit" has a Chinese astrology theme. Whether or not you gain any cultural understanding, you'll be impressed by the colorful and intricate artworks created by tattooists including Dan Marshall, Gene Coffey, Emma Griffiths. 129 Roebling St between North 5th and 6th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-6532, tattooculture.net). May 12--July 1st. Mon, Thu--Sun noon--8pm; free.
Explore a ship graveyard
For a change of scenery and some meditative silence, journey to the fabled Staten Island Boat Graveyard, a spooky abandoned harbor packed with rotting boats that form a kind of ghostly nautical cemetery. Try not to freak out and jump off the side of the ferry on the way—the Black Pearl isn't trying to kidnap you, we swear. Arthur Kill Rd at Rossville Ave, Staten Island
Bliss out beneath cherry blossoms during Hanami
Loll in the grass during Hanami (a monthlong celebration of cherry blossom season) and marvel at the surreality of it all: Last month these were just a bunch of normal trees, and suddenly they are all bursting with insanely bright, white and pink petals! If you're feeling especially adventurous, come back during the Sakura Matsuri weekend festival and munch a California roll from the sushi stand, while wrapping your head around the Tokyo goth girls parading through the garden. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave at Eastern Pkwy, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-623-7200, bbg.org). Tue--Fri 8am--6pm, Sat--Sun 10am--6pm. Hanami through May 1; $10. Sakura Matsuri: Apr 30, May 1; $15, seniors and students $10.
Cook up some hemp snacks
Let cooking instructor Phil Lempert and chef Alexandra Jamieson school you in the other uses of your favorite leafy green plant. Using natural hemp seed and oil products, you'll learn to whip up hummus, coconut and hemp milk smoothies, and—best of all—hemp fudge. You'll also take home a gift basket with the tools to re-create your "special" snacks at home. Whole Foods Bowery Culinary Center, 95 E Houston St at Bowery (212-420-1320, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/boweryculinary). May 3 7--9pm; $25.
Get higher...on the roof
This year marks a half century since British artist Anthony Caro's first steel sculpture exhibition, and he's bringing the celebration to the rooftop of the Met with "Anthony Caro on the Roof." Nurse an exhibit-themed cocktail ($8--$12) as you stare at the large-scale works, highlighted by the greenery of Central Park below. 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (metmuseum.org). Apr 26--Oct 30. Tue--Thu, Sun 9:30am--5:30pm; Fri, Sat 9:30am--9pm; Apr 25 9:30am--5:30pm. Suggested donation $20, seniors $15, students $10, members and children under 12 free.