Where were you last night? And how great was that party? If you moved to New York to experience something truly different then you should’ve been with me and a hundred or so other nightlife adventurers on a random industrial block in Red Hook. I was at The Lost Horizon Night Market and those in the know were sworn to secrecy. But only about the location!
Participants lined up to get pied, sing karaoke or make hats is. Unexpected experiences is the point! Night Market happens because a devoted cadre of creative people rent box trucks and transform them into their personal vision. Each is as individual as its designer.
I visited War & Treats in hopes of sampling more of their bacon and jabenero pepper brownies. When it came to my turn, my challenge (a spin of the Wheel of War) was a tickle fight. I lost. No treat for me! Luckily I had friends with…brownies! The line for the Noodle Truck was a long one even as the artisans were still setting up. Having enjoyed their delicious noodles last spring, I decided to forfeit my bowl in order to let more newcomers sample the soup. The Noodle Truck is a tiny, fully-functional restaurant, with a menu of broths, noodles and garnishes as well as hot tea.
The pie truck offered you, yes, a pie in the face. Surprisingly, people were lining up for this creamy treat! Er, trick? There was a silent disco, a photo booth-type operation and a comedy club that was always so crammed I never heard the hilarity. I joined a group ad libbing in the karaoke truck but spent most of my time on the sidewalk, socializing with friends, meeting new coconspirators and interacting with artists whose projects expanded beyond the confines of a truck. I even spotted Trevor Sumner, NearSay’s Head of Products and Marketing!
In the past there have been smash trucks, Jesus Christ Hookah Bar, a jazz club and a sadly tepid hot tub, among many others. The limitations are only the four walls of the box truck and your imagination!
A few of underground nightlife’s most prominent producers are the secret team behind The Lost Horizon Night Market. News of the events is primarily through word of mouth and the location is disclosed only hours before the Market begins. If you’re interested in participating or attending the next Night Market, keep your eyes and ears open, and start asking around!