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HOW TO ESCAPE IN HARLEM? Upper Manhattan Launches First "Escape Room" Venue


Upper Manhattan Launches First “Escape Room” Venue


(New York, NY) January 15, 2016 -- An international trend combining puzzles, riddles and codes comes to Harlem in the form of Hoodwinked Escape -- Upper Manhattan’s first “escape room” experiential venue. In less than five weeks, Hoodwinked Escape, located on the ground level of the Historic Graham Court (151 West 116th Street at Seventh Avenue) has welcomed more than 500 attendees in less than two weeks! The venue is the brainchild of former finance executive and Harlem resident Michele Ware.


Ware first found out about escape room adventures in November 2014 when she was working in corporate finance and had to find team-building activities for her co-workers every year. “Escape rooms were a unique and interactive adventure. After much research, I thought becoming an entrepreneur and owning my own escape room and bringing it to my community – Harlem would be a win/win!”


Hoodwinked Escape is a real-life escape and physical adventure experience. Guests must use their analytical and cognitive skills to discover, decode and analyze clues and puzzles in order to escape the four walls within 60 minutes. Hoodwinked Escape has four distinct rooms - Asylum, Hangover, Military and Spirit of Harlem.


“It’s absolutely amazing to see our guests put down their cell phones and technology,” says Ware. “There’s something captivating about actually communicating with your friends and solving puzzles together to escape. I’ve actually had teams to escape as little as 20 minutes. Of course, they were “escape room aficionados.” Most people need the full 60 minutes. And, of course some are Hoodwinked and can’t escape.”


The clues are updated periodically, so guests can continue to visit us over and over. The rooms will also change over time – in the meantime, Ware says she challenge New Yorkers to escape and not get Hoodwinked!


Hoodwinked Escape is great for date night, fun with friends, family bonding and corporate team outings. The venue welcomes bachelor/bachelorette and birthday parties including for tween/teens (ages 12 with adult supervision preferred). Hoodwinked Escape is opened daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (reservations needed). $28 per guest for one (1) hour, per room; group rates available.


To book a reservation: (212) 665-CLUE (2583) or | #HoodwinkedEscape

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