Inside the pitch-black Touch Tunnel, you're completely blind. On your hands and knees, you crawl forward, relying solely on your other senses to lead you through the darkness. The tunnel is only 80 feet long, but the exit might as well be miles away. After finally emerging safe (and sighted) from the most popular exhibit at Liberty Science Center, a family could still spend four more hours at the many hands-on attractions and experiences designed to enlighten visitors about the power and fun of science.
All told, Liberty Science Center houses a dozen galleries for interactive exploration. Visitors can perform surgery on a 3D robotic simulator; tip-toe across a steel girder hovering 18 feet in the air; or even connect with more than 90 different animals, including giant fish and a family of tamarin monkeys. At I Explore, young scientists ages 2?5 learn about the world around them while launching colorful balls into the air or using a xylophone made of stone slabs. When it's time to relax, the whole family can visit the largest IMAX dome theater in the U.S., which transports onlookers from outer space to the deepest depths of the oceans and just about everywhere in between.
When asked what I do, I will tell you that I “spit shine” people and things for a living. My arsenal of expertise helps smooth out the rough spots, whether it’s your look, the space you inhabit, or how you interact with the world around you.
Blue Planet Grill is an undisputed champion of the local. Its staff crafts the dishes on its menu of classic American dishes using chickens raised in Amish countryside and brews cups of coffee from in-state roaster Gimme! Coffee. Free from antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones, entrees include grilled salmon fillets with shallot fondue sauce and boneless pork chops stuffed with saffron risotto and orange gremolata. Behind the bar, the staff blends uniquely inspired cocktails designed by venerated head mixologist Artemio Vasquez. Raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, Vasquez lets his heritage shine through in his concoctions, including the Poquito Picante—gin, jalapeño, cucumber, and cilantro—and the Wall Street Kick—espresso-infused tequila, crème de cacao, and espresso.
At City Blossoms, expert florist and Russian native Inna Lipovsky combines fresh, elegant blossoms to craft crisp bouquets inspired by European architecture and cosmopolitan New York sensibilities. Like a handmade toupee, each bouquet is customized for clients' tastes and desires to impress Bon Jovi. A dozen roses in a square glass vase ($85) thoughtfully spruce up bare spaces by brandishing brilliant reds. A single-stem orchid plant in a terracotta pot dressed with fresh green moss ($100) adds a touch of delicacy to a decorating scheme, and a sansevieria plant in a 12-inch ceramic vase ($80) awes eyes with greenish white flowers. The sunshine bouquet ($95) harnesses the yellows of the sun to brighten dreary office spaces or declare allegiance to Apollo.