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7 in ’11

Everything That Was Important in 2011

Odds are that at some point this year, you blinked (or spent a week off the grid in Bali). So in case you missed anything important over the last 12 months, here’s the highlights. For dramatic effect, you’ll want to read this in super slow-mo.

Sleep No More
THE MACBETHS MOVED TO CHELSEA

Sleep No More

Well, now we know what happens when you combine William Shakespeare, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and a bunch of half-naked witches. You get Sleep No More. Part interactive play. Part haunted hotel. Part culturally enriching fever dream.

Birreria
EATALY BREWED BEER ON ITS ROOF

Birreria

In 2010, you were gifted Eataly (and the immaculate prime rib sandwich that went along with it). So this year, what does Batali do for a follow-up: he sticks a 4,500-square-foot beer garden (complete with retractable dome) on the roof. Next year: Eataly space station

Ruschmeyer’s
AN ADULT SUMMER CAMP IN THE HAMPTONS

Ruschmeyer’s

Your home away from home base this past summer: a Montauk lakeside resort that operated like an upscale sleepaway camp. There were drum circles, tepees, nature walks, treehouses, cookouts, tetherball, summer romances, kite surfing and all-night, nautical-themed cocktail parties. After all, it was still the Hamptons.

The Destruction Company
A CLUB FOR BREAKING STUFF

The Destruction Company

Your penchant for violence was never higher than it was in 2011. In part, that was due to following the Mets. But mostly, it was thanks to the Destruction Company. That 24-hour den of demolition where you were free to take bat, axe and chain saw to all. Wrecking a Harley with a sledgehammer: very cathartic.

The Grilled Cheese Martini
A GRILLED CHEESE FOR TOASTING

The Grilled Cheese Martini

Forget about once a year. You’re lucky if you see a culinary breakthrough like the Grilled Cheese Martini once a generation. The comfort food cocktail featured sandwich-infused vodka, muddled basil and tomato juice ice cubes in a glass rimmed with prosciutto. A huge hit with the liquid lunch crowd.

The Cellar at Beecher’s, 900 Broadway, 212-466-3340

Pier 25
MANHATTAN’S FIRST MINI-GOLF COURSE

Pier 25

This was a big summer for fans of putt-putt. Not only did the city transform an unused wharf on the Hudson River into a mini-golf course, but they also accented it with a bunch of beach volleyball courts and a cooler full of Good Humor. And where the Chocolate Eclairs go, you go.

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