On April 9th, I'll be doing my darndest to attend three, count em, three Obscura Day events. If you don't already know, Obscura Day is put on by the Atlas Obscura, and aims to be a day of expeditions, back-room tours and hidden treasures in your own town. With over 86 events all over the world, Obscura Day 2011 is shaping up to be an epic celebration of the curiosity seeker.
My own Obscura Day will start off racing with Dylan off from Brooklyn to East Shoreham, Long Island to tour Tesla's Wardenclyffe Laboratory, (Nikola Tesla's only remaining research facility), then we'll book it back to Brooklyn in time for the ghost ships of Coney Island tour led by the folks from Underwater New York, and we'll end the night at the Coney Island Spectacularium. The Spectacularium - run by friend and Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein, and the amazing Aaron Beebe of the Coney Island Museum - sounds like it's going to be nothing short of incredible. From the exhibition's website,
At the end of the 19th Century, Coney Island was the pinnacle of an astonishing era of live attractions – pre-cinematic spectacles that brought millions of people to the shores of the Atlantic to see things that were completely unique in their experience. The Great Coney Island Spectacularium will be a live exhibition and experience exploring that momentous age, bringing you sites, sounds, and immersive experiences that can’t be seen anywhere else on earth.
I'm incredibly excited and I'll be back on April 10th with pictures and full reports from each event. I just hope my lazy self can actually make it to all three events without collapsing!