Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen
Venue: A Damn Ship
Rating: Uzo gives it a unique 5 stars
As part of my 5-year Columbia college reunion, the last 10 classes to graduate from Columbia were invited to take part in a complete takeover of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which is permanently docked on the Hudson River in the Hell’s Kitchen part of the city.
Having walked directly over to the Intrepid,after spending the past 4 hours that Friday open-bar drinking at Summer Activity #1, the Hudson Terrace, my former classmates and I walked across the Westside Highway and onto a “ginormous” boat that continued to feed us gourmet sliders and serve the attendees unscrupulous amounts of champagne and wine.
Needless to say, it was a hell of a time. There’s nothing like running into people that you haven’t seen in 3, 4, 5, 6 or even 7 years at 1 a.m. in the morning after you have been socially-lubricating yourself for the better part of the night.
To take it a step farther, there is nothing better than running into your former football teammates, who are about as down to earth and unbelievable a group of people that I have ever associated myself with. The immediate camaraderie that returned to my body upon seeing those guys aside, they quickly reminded me that they know how to have a good time. Somehow, during one of the most security guard-filled events I have ever been to, my former teammates and I managed to get an Intrepid employee to give us our own behind-the-scenes trip inside the Intrepid. The employee took us to parts of the boat that none of the other 1,100 Columbia alum got to see that night, and we saw people in some of the weirdest places within the boat having random conversations or doing Lord knows what.
After our “exclusive” walkabout the Intrepid (of which I left some things out for secrecy’s sake), I stayed on that damn boat until about 2am in the morning, dancing, talking, reminiscing, and wishing like hell to the Hudson River that I could get one more semester back in college. My dreams didn’t come true, but my night at the Intrepid was anything but short-lived.
As you can tell, my lone experience on the Intrepid was rather unique; thus, I am certainly not qualified to give a fair assessment of how much fun and interesting the Intrepid Museum can be. That said, it certainly has the potential to be a great time. And if you’re ever on the look-out for a place to throw a thousand-person party, I assure you that the Intrepid is one of the first places you should consider.