Best things to do when you're high 2012

These venues and events don’t condone drug use. Oh, and drugs are bad for you. Don’t use them.

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Get freaked out

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There’s nothing like a freak show to make you feel normal again. Cabaret of the Flesh is presented by Baron Von Geiger and the DisGraceLanD Hook Squad, a group of pain-seeking performers specializing in flesh suspension. It also includes live music from Amour Obscur and sideshow acts by the Freak Kings. 9pm; $10.

  1. 1208 Surf Ave, (at 12th St), 11224
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Eat ice cream

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Fort Grace Ice Cream and Sweet Shop is located at the back of the General Greene restaurant, just follow the orb-shaped lights. Flavors change daily and are updated on twitter (@FortGrace); we’re fiends for the salted-caramel pretzel—a creamy, balanced scoop with ripples of bittersweet caramel. With those droopy eyes, you’re going to need that sugar rush.

  1. 229 DeKalb Ave, (at Clermont Ave)
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Creep around in a mask

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In the interactive theater show Sleep No More, producers Emersive and Punchdrunk have created the staggeringly detailed McKittrick Hotel, an atmospheric set where you can roam freely from room to room in a half mask while a wordless film noir retelling of Macbeth takes place all around you. We won’t give anything away except to say it’s a real head trip.

  1. McKittrick Hotel 530 W 27th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Until Thu Dec 31
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Play video games

Video games appeal to the stoner because they allow the player to perform amazing feats while sitting perfectly still. Next Level Arcade in Sunset Park (one of our favorite arcades in the city) boasts an extensive collection of mostly fighting games, along with a veritable library of Xbox 360 and PS3 titles. On Fridays it’s usually open till 3am so you can practice the newly released Street Fighter X Tekken all night in preparation for Wednesday’s tournament, or at least until your eyes glaze over. 4013 Eighth Ave between 40th and 41st Sts, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (347-618-8813, nycnextlevel.com). Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun noon–midnight; Tue, Thu 3pm–midnight; Fri noon–3am. First hour $3, subsequent hours $2.50, all-day pass $10; arcade machines 25¢ per play.

Play non-video games

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They don’t make ‘em like this any more (probably because Health and Safety would shut ‘em down). West Village hangout the Fat Cat is a basement bar and pool hall where the sofas are scruffy, the drinks are cheap and the ambience is jovial. Should you grow tired of billiards, there’s also foosball, checkers, backgammon and even Scrabble for the erudite stoner (plus live jazz every night). The great thing is that pool, Ping-Pong and shuffleboard are pro-rated, so you can pay by the minute, which is perfect for rapidly waning attention spans.

  1. 75 Christopher St, (between Seventh Ave South and Bleecker St)
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Enjoy the other kind of greenery

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When the weather is nice, escape city life by visiting Fort Tryon Park, about 25 minutes from midtown. It boasts three landscaped acres that look as if they were transplanted from an English country estate house; get lost among the winding paths of the Olmsted Brothers–designed Alpine Garden, or just enjoy the views of the Palisades and New York City—the park includes one of the highest points in Manhattan.

  1. Margaret Corbin Circle, (Fort Washington Ave at Cabrini Blvd)
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Defeat the monster

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Sarge’s Deli may be the unsung hero of New York City stonerdom. Not only is it open 24 hours a day, but it’s home to the Monster ($31.95), an aptly named mammoth sandwich featuring corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, turkey and salami (and that’s just the meat). Find out if you have what it takes to win bragging rights and a "I defeated the monster" T-shirt by devouring the whole thing. Who says smoking zaps your ambition?

  1. 548 Third Ave, (between 36th and 37th Sts), 10016
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Marvel at a Möbius strip

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The New York Hall of Science’s interactive exhibits concerning molecules, physics and outer space are all about mind stimulation. You’ll take everything in rabidly and then forget it all later, but you’ll have a damned good time in the process. Leave your too-far-gone friends on the Rocket Park Mini Golf Course while you wander off to a 3-D movie or the 30,000-square-foot outdoor science playground.

  1. 47-01 111th St, (at 47th Ave)
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Conquer the castle

Five years into its existence, the expansive wonderland that is Spa Castle has taken on near-legendary status in NYC. Spend all day at the multifloor venue checking out the year-round outdoor water park and the seven themed saunas. Interrupt your crazy adventure to snack on dumplings ($10) from the on-site food court, or sit down to a proper meal in the third-floor Korean restaurant ($12–$20). 131-10 11th Ave at 131st St, College Point, Queens (718-939-6300, nyspacastle.com). Daily 6am--midnight. All-day admission Mon--Fri $35; Sat, Sun $45.

Give yourself a sugar high

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The colorful array of cupcakes at retro-cheerful bakery Sugar Sweet Sunshine come in flavors like Sunshine (yellow cake with vanilla buttercream), Ooey Gooey (chocolate cake with chocolate almond buttercream) and Goodie Goodie (dark-chocolate cake with whipped peanut butter buttercream). Try a couple; one of them is bound to be the perfect cure for the munchies.

  1. 126 Rivington St, (between Essex and Norfolk Sts)
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Longboarders were out skating around midday, in the Central Park Mall in front of the Naumburg Bandshell. This particular skater, Wil Bouillon, was stealing the show.

Watch kids wipe out

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It might take you back to your teenage years to get baked and hang out at a skate park, but is that such a bad thing? Watch the courageous and sneakered youths pop ollies at FMCP Skate Park in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park (enter at Passerelle Pedestrian Overpass near the Mets–Willets Pt subway station; 718-760-6565, nyc.gov/parks), Hudson River Park Pier 62 (W 23rd St at Twelfth Ave; 212-627-2020, hudsonriverpark.org) or Riverside Skate Park (Riverside Dr at 108th St; 212-408-0250, nyc.gov/parks).

Join a drum circle

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Sunday afternoons are made for lazing in the park; if there’s live percussion nearby, that’s even better. Drummer’s Grove in Prospect Park has been hosting an informal circle since 1968, when a group called the Congo Square Drummers started gathering there. Bring your own instrument if you want to join in, or just chill out in the grass and enjoy the rhythms. April–October, Sun 2pm.

  1. Prospect Park West to Flatbush Ave, (between Prospect Park Southwest and Ocean Ave)
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Let your fingers get sticky

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At Pok Pok Wing, James Beard Award winner Andy Ricker (of Portland, OR's Pok Pok) takes his signature fried fish-sauce wings to the Lower East Sidet. Inspired by a Saigon street snack, Ricker marinates the chicken in fish sauce, garlic and sugar, deep-fries it and coats it with the caramelized marinade. Diners can bolster their orders with som tum (Thai-style papaya salad), sticky rice and khao man som tum (papaya salad with coconut rice and braised pork). To drink, find Ricker's TONY-approved line of drinking vinegars, Som, in flavors like pomegranate and tamarind.

  1. 137 Rivington St, (between Norfolk and Suffolk Sts)
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Master that 7-10 split

Channel the Dude at one of our top bowling alleys. We suggest you leave the bathrobe at home, but feel free to go wild on the White Russians.

Browse bookshelves

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For the learned stoner, the legendary Strand Book Shop has been around longer than pot has been regulated in New York. Boasting 18 miles of books, it has a mammoth collection of more than 2 million discount volumes. Reviewer discounts are in the basement, while rare volumes lurk upstairs. If you spend enough time here you can find just about anything, from that out-of-print Victorian book on manners to the kitschiest of sci-fi pulp.

  1. 828 Broadway, (at 12th St)
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Trick your eyes

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Challenge: Try counting 500 polished brass rods lined up in increasingly spaced-out parallel rows on the floor of an otherwise empty room. Walter De Maria’s art installation, The Broken Kilometer, has been on view in a dedicated space since 1979, and challenges your visual perception of space and distance, making it one of the city’s largest optical illusions. 393 West Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts (diaart.org). Wed–Sun noon–3pm, 3:30–6pm; free.

Embark on a taco mission

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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 Lee’s roving Kimchi Taco truck for a Kimchi Bowl ($8) or a Cheez Whiz–covered steak sandwich ($7). Follow the truck’s whereabouts at kimchitacotruck.com, facebook.com/kimchitruck and twitter.com/kimchitruck.

  1. twitter.com/kimchitruck
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Ride the East River Ferry

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Hop aboard the ferry and take in the stunning views of the skyline in all its springtime glory. We've got suggestions on what to do at each stop including, importantly, where to satisfy your snack cravings.

Stay on the couch

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Let’s be honest: Out of everything on this list, you’re most likely to do this one. We understand, so here are selections from our various top-50 film lists that are streaming on Netflix. All you need to do is order delivery.


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stare off in space....while talking to yourself