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The McKittrick Hotel: Not a Hotel

The McKittrick Hotel in the Chelsea neighborhood of in New York City is not actually a hotel (as far as I can tell). It’s more of a bizarre collection of venues and edgy entertainment.

👉 The McKittrick Hotel

Their about page sets the tone…

Completed in 1939, The McKittrick Hotel was intended to be New York City’s finest and most decadent luxury hotel of its time. Six weeks before opening, and two days after the outbreak of World War II, the legendary hotel was condemned and left locked, permanently sealed from the public. Until now…

This “hotel” features the creepy and insanely immersive Sleep No More, a bar on the roof, a bar in the basement, magic shows, cabaret, anything weird and especially 1930’s-themed.

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This may be the weirdest and most fun place in NYC (that I know of). I’m definitely going back if I ever get the chance.

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The Western Baths Club

Another swimming pool to add to the swimming pool / lido / spa / bath tour of Great Britain! This one is in Glasgow.

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________________________ Western Baths Club | ​Glasgow, Scotland​ | c. 1876 • The Western Baths Club is a Victorian-era private swimming and leisure club in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1876, the club remains at its original site at 12 Cranworth Street and, along with the Arlington Baths, is one of two clubs of its kind left in Glasgow • The 'Baths', as they are more commonly known, are cherished not only by residents of the city’s west end from where they take their name, but by many all over Scotland and across the world. Designed by architect Clark and Bell, the Baths are distinguished for their period ​trapeze​ and exercise rings suspended​ over the ​swimming pool • During its early years, members of the private swimming pool came from a variety of backgrounds – from merchants, manufacturers, and shipbuilders to physicians, bankers, professors and writers. Notable Scottish society members also attended. Yet, despite its popularity, the Baths would face difficult times and dwindling membership over the decades • At the root of many of its issues was a Cochrane oil-fired boiler that provided more problems than heat for the Baths. Bathmaster family the Wilsons would end up putting in 90-hour work weeks to maintain the private club and breathe life into the rarely-working boiler. Eventually, the boiler was replaced, but in the 1970s the Baths would face another setback when the Victorian roof collapsed • Today, after significant restoration and expansion, the Baths are thriving. They’ve acquired adjacent ground and erected a new building to house a modern sports hall and gym, and currently have a membership of 2,600 • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @sooukdotcom ✍: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia + @westernbathsclub + historicpools.org.uk • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #AccidentalWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vscotravel #SwimmingPools #Glasgow #VisitScotland

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National Building Museum

Okay, this Austin Graff character really has me going on Washington DC now. I’ve always had the National Building Museum in the back of my mind when visiting DC, but now I have to go see it.

The thing is, I always had a slight cognitive dissonance about this museum. Is it a museum about buildings? Or a museum about building things? Or just a museum in a building? Whatever the case, I’m there!

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DAR Library

This looks like a great place to visit for some quiet time and to soak tip some pre-industrial America while in DC. Or maybe enjoy some genealogical and historical manuscripts, if that’s your thang. Or just looked around with mouth wide open. 😲🤩

(DAR = Daughters of the American Revolution)

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Manchester Victoria Baths

This place hits two of my personal sweet spots: swimming and amazing architecture. 🤩

👉 Victoria Baths: Manchester’s Water Palace

If I ever get to Manchester, and this place is actually open, I know where I’m going to get my exercise. In fact, I’d love to do a swimming pool / lido / bath / spa tour of the UK. Who’s down?