Secrets to seek, from Union Square to Madison Square Park
In this unusual game, you and your team will take on a series of fun and funny team-building challenges in and around Madison Square Park, Gramercy Park, Union Square, and Broadway that highlight the neighborhood’s hidden history and most surprising sights.
Strategy is crucial: which mix of the three kinds of challenges and what route will combine to produce victory? First and foremost, you’ll follow clues to track down fascinating places and find answers to tricky questions about them. You might find points among the carnival of gourmet food shops that is Eataly, or discover movie locations from such movies as Spider-Man, or dig into history outside Theodore Roosevelt’s childhood home and grand buildings that once made up “the Ladies’ Mile.”
You might tackle such questions as…
- Find a store that sounds like it sells shards from a Hollywood studio. Nearby, what year did some pirates from Penzance arise here? Answer: A sign next to Rosen Paramount Glass reads, “On this site Sir Gilbert Sullivan composed ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in 1879.”
- One building facing Madison Square Park suffers from stunted growth. It was supposed to climb 100 stories to become the tallest in the world—but money ran out after the 1929 market crash. The semi-tower’s predecessor across the street was the tallest in the world (1909–13). It too has played a role in movies, including After Hours. After hours, whose chorus chimes? Answer: A chorus from Handel chimes, as noted on a Met Life Building plaque.
You’ll also search for opportunities to tackle Team Photo Challenges, requiring sharp eyes and creative minds. And along the way don’t forget to find the objects you must collect or create. Rounding out the game, you’ll meet up with our Hunt Host for a surprise bonus challenge.
Even if you don’t win (but of course you will, right?), you’ll be surprised at all the cool places you visit and the fun you have with your teammates.