NYC Meetup: All of the Awesome, None of the Sauna. July 23, 2009 2:30 PM   Subscribe

As discussed in the Tenth Anniversary Meetup Aftermath Thread, for the next NYC meetup we'll be starting out at the FREE Dinosaur Jr. concert at SummerStage, Sunday, August 16, 2009 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Afterparty location TBD.
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:30 PM (100 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Alas, I'll be out of town, soaking up the heat in FL with my family. Have fun, everyone!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:42 PM on July 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


omg omg omg I just got invited to a party in NJ that weekend. Now I just need a job so I can afford the trip...
posted by Eideteker at 2:48 PM on July 23, 2009


I suggest an afterparty in lower Manhattan, because lower Manhattan is awesome.

Barring that, how about the beergarden in Astoria?

Anything but midtown.
posted by Afroblanco at 3:04 PM on July 23, 2009


astoria: yes please

although the beergarden is destined to be packed, it is a classic
posted by kathrineg at 6:28 PM on July 23, 2009


Afroblanco, if it's lower Manhattan you want, maybe one of the places on Pearl Street, like Ulysses Folk House? Shouldn't be too crowded on a Sunday night and they have tables outside on the cobblestone, traffic-free Stone Street side of the bar.

The only downside I can think of is that it can be a pain in the ass getting a cab from there at the end of the night.
posted by JaredSeth at 7:25 PM on July 23, 2009


I vote for Manhattan, because Astoria is a schlep. So what if I might not be going?

omg d, jr! ♥summerstage♥
posted by Eideteker at 7:28 PM on July 23, 2009


I don't have any downtown suggestions that are good for more than a few people but will think about it. Astoria is really far for Brooklynites.

Ulysses is definitely cool (and large) although you're right that it's hard to extract oneself.

Generally, if we could get 10 people I would reserve space at the Blue Owl. But it really is pricey on the weekends, I'm usually there when there is some sort of discount. Hmm.
posted by kathrineg at 7:47 PM on July 23, 2009


Say hello to Lou Barlow for me!

(okay, I don't actually know Lou Barlow. I just saw him play an acoustic set last night that was GREAT.)
posted by pinky at 7:47 PM on July 23, 2009


Oh, I tangentially know the gut who manages this place
(warning music) which is a good place with a basement room that has pool tables.
posted by kathrineg at 7:49 PM on July 23, 2009


Well, for lower Manhattan, there's kind of a secret bar over on C. Yeah, I know, alphabet city is only marginally more accessible than Astoria. But this place is the bestest -- pool table, darts, quality jukebox, outdoor garden, room to move around, never crowded. Hoegarden on tap. It's unmarked and I don't even think it has a name, but I've been going there for years. It's kind of a 'neighborhood' place, but on a Sunday I'm sure they'll appreciate the business.

Other places, let's see.

Manitoba's is always a favorite. They have air hockey. AIR! HOCKEY! Also, shouldn't be too packed on a Sunday. Yeah, we know all about this place and their awesome fucking jukebox and punk rock pedigree. You don't want to hear about it.

Revival has never failed us.

I'm sure I'll think of a few others.
posted by Afroblanco at 9:40 PM on July 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


I think I know that bar, Afroblanco, and it is my vote. Because it's not crowded. If we go there I vow to share a cab home (or to their trains) with anyone who lives westerly of Alphabet City
posted by kathrineg at 9:47 PM on July 23, 2009


I say we all grab a jug and go to someone's house. I know I will be exhausted and drunk when the show is over. Also, has anyone been to a well-attended Summerstage show? They are not doing ticket pre-distribution last time I checked, but this show could get crowded, and I missed Dino the last few times they were in town so I am getting there and getting in line early.
posted by vrakatar at 12:07 AM on July 24, 2009


Revival was shut down (maybe temporarily?) by the health department earlier this week.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:53 AM on July 24, 2009


Astoria is really far for Brooklynites.

....dude, the G or the B-61 bus could get you there pretty quick.

...For the record, I'm interested in the after-party element -- that may be the day I've planned a stoop sale and may be tied up during the day. (We are now up to roommate #4 I've had in this apartment, and each one has left things behind. I need to get rid of 4 peoples' worth of crap I never owned to begin with.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:29 AM on July 24, 2009


Anyone know if a Dinosaur Jr show is kid-friendly? Our 7 year old niece will be staying with us that week (in fact that's her last day before my wife flies her back to Detroit on Monday).

And if Uncle Jared's done a good job of entertaining her for the day, her aunt may just let him participate in the afterparty stuff.
posted by JaredSeth at 5:51 AM on July 24, 2009


I could probably host like 10-20 people at my place, but I'd need to know in advance how many people were coming so that I could adequately prepare.
posted by Afroblanco at 6:48 AM on July 24, 2009


Darn. Moving that weekend, don't think I can make this one.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 6:58 AM on July 24, 2009


this sounds awesome. what do you have to do to go to the dinosaur jr show? just show up and wait on line or what?
posted by shmegegge at 8:12 AM on July 24, 2009


I can't think of any reason why the show would be not safe for kids. It will be loud and crowded though, kids might hate it.

Showing up and waiting in line seems to be the method, shmeg.
posted by vrakatar at 8:22 AM on July 24, 2009


Astoria is really far for Brooklynites.

....dude, the G or the B-61 bus could get you there pretty quick.


Fair enough, I lived in Astoria for a long time and dated someone in Brooklyn and it always seemed like a long-distance relationship...anyway, I think someone's apartment would be way awesomer than any bar.
posted by kathrineg at 8:42 AM on July 24, 2009


Maybe I'll manage to make it to this one. I was at a family reunion in Colorado during the last one :(
posted by scrutiny at 11:01 AM on July 24, 2009


Now that I think on it, I realize that the day before I am taking over a pal's house and dog while he goes on vacation, so after the show I'll have to hustle over there and take the beastie outside, alas.
posted by vrakatar at 12:32 PM on July 24, 2009


....dude, the G or the B-61 bus could get you there pretty quick.

I'm not sure that you can ever describe the G or the B-61 as quick. Especially since either would require a transfer to get to a reasonable walking distance of the beer garden.
posted by andrewraff at 2:04 PM on July 24, 2009


....dude, the G or the B-61 bus could get you there pretty quick.

Not if you live in any part of Brooklyn that isn't Park Slope/Williamsburg/hipsterville.
posted by cmgonzalez at 2:11 PM on July 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


Afroblanco, if you're willing to host, I'll be happy to bring some booze.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:57 AM on July 25, 2009


Don't think I'll be able to make this one, but if I can ditch my visiting family I'll try to be there.
posted by HotPatatta at 1:13 PM on July 25, 2009


I might go to this. I am getting tired of my current city.
posted by grobstein at 3:07 PM on July 25, 2009


I'll be working until 7 that evening. I'll be on a bike (work is in red hook, which is more or less inaccessible by any other means), so I'd appreciate a not-Astoria location.
posted by Jon_Evil at 11:17 PM on July 25, 2009


One of my beefs about Revival were/are the broken seats.....and this is New York! Variety!


That said, whether or not I come by the after party will depend on how I feel.
posted by brujita at 11:58 PM on July 25, 2009


Well, I would like to have everybody over at my place at some point, but this event may not be right for it.

First off, we'd be kind of limited for space. Now, most people here know me, and know that I am a rather disreputable individual with little redeeming social value. So for the most part, we don't have to worry about people actually showing up. However, there are a few who don't know me yet, and won't think twice about venturing into my evil lair. And there's the possibility (however remote) that these people will number more than the 10-20 that my evil lair can comfortably accommodate.

Second, it's a Sunday. And I have to admit this is probably the bigger reason. I can have people over on a Sunday, but pretty much everyone would have to clear out around 11 so that I don't anger my neighbors -- who are already a bit peeved about the experiments and evil robots and sharks with frickin' lasers.

So I think I'll have to suggest the secret bar on C, unless you guys are cool with leaving by 11 and being fewer than 20. But this does give me an idea -- I think I would like to have an opportunity for capturing more test subjects happy fun end-of-summer shindig at my place, probably some time in August.

More on this later.
posted by Afroblanco at 9:35 AM on July 26, 2009


So, Afroblanco, what is the actual location of this seekrit bar? Because we can't go there if we can't find it.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:26 PM on July 27, 2009


Hello New York City.

I may be in town for this.

And for the rest of that week.

I'm not 100% certain of my plans yet, but there it is.
posted by The Straightener at 5:14 PM on July 27, 2009


Er so wait, is this happening at someone's house or at Dinosaur Jr? Or is it the afterparty that's going to be at someone's house?
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 7:03 AM on July 28, 2009


Meetup part one is at Dinosaur, Jr.

Meetup part two is at a place yet to be determined. Should probably be somewhere in Manhattan that is easily accessible by subway from Brooklyn and Queens.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:14 AM on July 28, 2009


Yeah, and while I can't play for part 2, may I suggest 151 on the LES (newpotato's place) or an old fave of mine, Dusk, which is down around w 24th or 25th and 7th ave.
posted by vrakatar at 8:26 AM on July 28, 2009


Hell with the move, I'm in for Dino Jr, if not the afterparty.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 11:04 AM on July 28, 2009


Okay, the secret bar over on C actually DOES have a name. Apparently it's called C Bar, and it's on C between 8th and 9th. Good place, chill, room enough for everybody.

151 is a decent place, but it's kinda small and kinda loud. We've had meetups there before and it was just so-so.

Anyway, I'm down for the afterparty if you all still want to have one. Probably won't be at the show, because it sounds like a lot of hot sweaty waiting in line and standing still for hours. Yuck.
posted by Afroblanco at 1:04 PM on July 28, 2009


Yes I am down for the after party as well but not the concert as apparently I will be in Jersey until that afternoon, in some sort of beach house thingy.

C Bar, huh. That is not actually the place I was thinking of but it looks rad.

A+ everyone. A+.
posted by kathrineg at 12:02 PM on July 29, 2009


Just confirmed my vacation days, I will try to make this and will also be floating around NYC for the rest of that week if anyone wants to grab coffee or something.
posted by The Straightener at 12:26 PM on July 29, 2009


All right. The Bipartite Meetup:

Meetup Part the First: FREE Dinosaur Jr. concert at SummerStage, Sunday, August 16, 2009 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Meetup Part the Second: C Bar on Avenue C between 8th and 9th, 7:30 PM onward.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:23 PM on July 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yaaay! We all win. We're winners!
posted by Afroblanco at 4:23 PM on July 29, 2009


Fun fun fun!
posted by smackfu at 7:28 PM on July 29, 2009


Yeah, I know a big outdoor rock show is not an ideal get-to-know-humans scene, but I have been into this band since the begining and have had such a groovy summer so far I plan to rock as hard as I can.
posted by vrakatar at 8:13 PM on July 29, 2009


Argh. My first NYC meetup as an official MeFite and I'm going to be out of town.

However, I am down like a clown for the Halloween party idea and now StickyCarpet knows how to get a hold of me for planning.
posted by TrishaLynn at 3:13 PM on August 5, 2009


Halloween party idea?
posted by Afroblanco at 12:13 PM on August 6, 2009


I believe it was mentioned in the now terribly difficult to find aftermath thread on the 10th subsite.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:19 PM on August 6, 2009


here it is

indeed a halloween party would be pretty cool...in theory
posted by kathrineg at 12:53 PM on August 6, 2009


I'll come after work if I get to meet the Straightener.
posted by CunningLinguist at 2:51 PM on August 10, 2009


you have to come!
posted by shmegegge at 2:54 PM on August 10, 2009


I'm in!

LET'S DO THIS.
posted by The Straightener at 5:55 PM on August 10, 2009


Here's a little something to get everyone in the mood to ROCK.
posted by vrakatar at 7:42 PM on August 11, 2009


I won't be able to make it due to trip to visit family.
I demand that everyone have fun if only to make me sufficiently jealous.
posted by sciencegeek at 9:21 AM on August 12, 2009


vrakatar, how are we to find each other at Summer Stage?
posted by ocherdraco at 10:12 AM on August 12, 2009


excellent question. I know I'll recognize a couple of people if they show up, but not everybody who might.
posted by shmegegge at 10:45 AM on August 12, 2009


A map. Last show I went to, the entrance line went south from where the entrance arrow points, but I think that may have been a ticketed show.
posted by smackfu at 11:20 AM on August 12, 2009


I'll be wearing my fisher cats baseball hat. I'll be getting there around noon.
posted by vrakatar at 1:32 PM on August 12, 2009


I'll come to C bar because that's close and easy for me to bike to, but most likely not summerstage. See all y'all there.
posted by fuq at 2:35 PM on August 12, 2009


I'll try to do the Afterparty -- I am trying to stoke up a travel writing career and a major deadline for a writing opportunity is Monday at noon. I'll be taking the afternoon to draft things, and will hold out the party for myself as a reward.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:15 AM on August 13, 2009


I should clarify that since I'm coming up on Sunday afternoon I'll be at part 2, not part 1.
posted by The Straightener at 12:26 PM on August 13, 2009


Yay! I'll definitely be there :)
posted by scrutiny at 1:17 PM on August 13, 2009


At Summerstage, just go around asking everyone, "are you from the internet?"
posted by andrewraff at 1:06 PM on August 14, 2009


So here's my plan. I'm getting there early. While the walkmen are on I'll be at the closest beer to the stage. When Dinosaur is on I'll be as close to the stage as i can get.
posted by vrakatar at 3:43 PM on August 15, 2009


Is C Bar the place with the light blue door?
posted by Obscure Reference at 3:47 PM on August 15, 2009


C Bar is pretty much unmarked from the outside. The only thing that gives it away is a small Guinness sign in the window. Otherwise it looks kind of like an empty storefront.
posted by Afroblanco at 4:42 PM on August 15, 2009


It's looking like I'm going to only be at part two myself. Enjoy Dinosaur Jr., other folks!
posted by ocherdraco at 4:43 PM on August 15, 2009


On at Saturday night at 9PM, there were only 2 people in there (unless everyone was in the back.) Do they know that a large number of people will be descending on C Bar? Should someone warn them?
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:02 PM on August 15, 2009


I really wanted to meet The Straightener, but I've had a weekend of showing my parents around New York, so I'm beat. Also, hello! Mad Men season 3 starts this evening!
posted by zoomorphic at 5:49 AM on August 16, 2009


The videos that will be posted as a result of this meetup will be much more fun than Mad Men.
posted by jason's_planet at 10:14 AM on August 16, 2009


So wait, it's unmarked but for a Guinness sign? Is there a street number or something? East or west? I can't find it on street view.
Given that that OMGMeetups thread revealed that a bunch of mefites actually show up only to chicken out before going into a meetup, I'm picturing a potential fiasco here....Then again, I guess this will weed out the unresourceful.
posted by CunningLinguist at 11:32 AM on August 16, 2009




What OMG meetups thread was that?
posted by kathrineg at 1:23 PM on August 16, 2009


Totally forgot about this. If I can finish the things I need to finish, I will be there.
posted by defenestration at 2:13 PM on August 16, 2009


Leaving my place now, so I (the meetup caller) won't be there right at 7:30, but should be there pretty soon after. I'll be bringing a MeFi sign for ease of identification if we aren't obvious.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:43 PM on August 16, 2009


Oh yeah, I'll be there. Woooooo.
posted by defenestration at 3:55 PM on August 16, 2009


I'm gonna have to pass -- I have writing deadlines and I am pretty damn exhausted as it is.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:57 PM on August 16, 2009


Too hot, too tired, too broke. Hope to meet you all next time.
posted by greta simone at 4:16 PM on August 16, 2009


The meetup was fun! Thanks to all for coming out. I love it when we do this! I have never had a bad time at a meetup. You all are awesome.

Cheers!
posted by Afroblanco at 9:30 PM on August 16, 2009


By the way, I made it home on horribly bent rims by asking for am allen wrench by DUFF'S, then disconnecting my front brakes and wobbling back home.


Great Meet-up everybody! Everyone is so awesome!
posted by fuq at 9:46 PM on August 16, 2009


I had an awesome time. It was great meeting everyone (again?). I can't wait till the next meet up. To all those who didn't show up: you totally missed out!
posted by defenestration at 10:04 PM on August 16, 2009


We fucking rock. NERDLETS REPRESENT.
posted by ocherdraco at 10:10 PM on August 16, 2009


Glad you made it home, fuq. I didn't realize your rims were all bent up!
posted by defenestration at 10:15 PM on August 16, 2009


Also, the title of this post is officially ironic given that, indeed, C Bar was pretty much a sauna.
posted by ocherdraco at 10:44 PM on August 16, 2009


I took some photos/videos at the concert, even though there was no meeting up there.
posted by smackfu at 7:11 AM on August 17, 2009


Totally righteous meet up, MeBros.
posted by The Straightener at 7:13 AM on August 17, 2009


yup, a great time all around. J Mascis officially broke my brain, and metafilter fixed it. Pleasure seeing you all again, and meeting the ones I met for the first time!
posted by shmegegge at 7:55 AM on August 17, 2009


I had a nice time; sorry we had to leave so early but there were Jujyfruits and a movie to be had.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 7:57 AM on August 17, 2009


I had a lot of fun last night, it was great meeting all of you!
posted by scrutiny at 8:15 AM on August 17, 2009


That was a particularly fun one, yes. Good mix of new peeps and old. More of these please.
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:57 AM on August 17, 2009


Yeah, defenistration, I had an awesome head-on bike crash on the way to the meet-up. No big damage except my front wheel is all bent up and then I drank a lot, leading to a mild hang-over this morning.
posted by fuq at 12:15 PM on August 17, 2009


Fun meetup, glad I could make it out there for a bit. Though I'm a bit disappointed that the "kind of secret bar" had blinking beer signs in the window and a huge chalkboard in front that advertised happy hour. My favorite part was when fuq described his bike accident as "like jousting" and "giving someone a hug but really quickly."
posted by zoomorphic at 7:20 PM on August 18, 2009


Secret Bar = Any bar on Avenue C
posted by smackfu at 8:16 PM on August 18, 2009


seriously. the subway map to get out there was like plotting out the ending to The Road Warrior.
posted by shmegegge at 7:52 AM on August 19, 2009


Or The Warriors, for that matter.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:24 AM on August 19, 2009


Though I'm a bit disappointed that the "kind of secret bar" had blinking beer signs in the window and a huge chalkboard in front that advertised happy hour.

Yeah, it didn't used to be like that. I think the recession holds the smoking gun on this one. That and the fact that I've rarely ever seen any actual people in that bar.

But still, good place, no? I thought the whole thing was very meetup-friendly. They didn't even seem to mind our locust-like descent on the place. I'd say it was an all-around win.
posted by Afroblanco at 11:21 AM on August 20, 2009


yeah, I dug the place. the weirdest thing was that the first person to say anything to me was the bartender, who recognized the t shirt I was wearing and then explained to me that he knows someone I work with. weird.
posted by shmegegge at 12:41 PM on August 20, 2009


Did the bartender have missing fingers or was I crosseyed from the booze?
posted by CunningLinguist at 1:06 PM on August 20, 2009


Yeah, he only had a finger and a thumb on one of his hands.
posted by ocherdraco at 1:07 PM on August 20, 2009


yeah
posted by shmegegge at 1:08 PM on August 20, 2009


Did the bartender have missing fingers or was I crosseyed from the booze?

These two things are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

Anyway, we need to plan the travelling-Cortex NYC meetup!
posted by defenestration at 3:21 PM on August 20, 2009


you bet your ass we do! we're first one the list! we're #1! we're #1!

but if we try to plan it here, we won't be including all those we might include, as not many are still reading this thread.
posted by shmegegge at 3:27 PM on August 20, 2009


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