Brooklyn meetup? Other boroughs a possibility too. March 20, 2010 3:04 PM   Subscribe

I'll be in Brooklyn From the 23rd of March until the 28th. Anyone want to meet up? I'm mobile, I can go anywhere in New York City people want to meet up. The weekend is probably best, either Friday or Saturday. Whatcha say?
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:04 PM (127 comments total)

I'm out and about on tuesday afternoon after a meeting in Times Square at 12.
posted by The Whelk at 3:35 PM on March 20, 2010


Some other folks are going to be in town too (gman and Uburovias), and I was already working on something for the evening of Saturday, March 27th in Manhattan. gman was hoping for sushi for dinner followed by a bar. I'm going to scout around tonight in the village for good venues.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:36 PM on March 20, 2010


UbuRoivas. Yes, that is it.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:41 PM on March 20, 2010


Oh, I should've said the 24th. I arrive the evening of the 23rd.
posted by Kattullus at 3:42 PM on March 20, 2010


Oh shit! Ubu's in town! Oh man, that's gonna be awesome. Saturday the 27th is perfect for me. Count me in!
posted by Kattullus at 3:43 PM on March 20, 2010


Meet Ubu Meet, good mefite.
posted by The Whelk at 3:44 PM on March 20, 2010


Yeah, I met him almost exactly 2 years ago in Sydney. Fun fact, at the same time I was at the meetup, somebody threw a molotov cocktail into my apartment in Providence. Man, did I ever have a rock solid alibi.
posted by Kattullus at 3:56 PM on March 20, 2010


Fabulous! I'll have details later on where we should meet. Thanks for getting the ball rolling :D
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:57 PM on March 20, 2010


Sweet. I'm up for anything.
posted by gman at 4:04 PM on March 20, 2010


Well, crap. I fly to Florida on the morning of the 27th. I'm up for hanging out Thursday afternoon if anyone's around...
posted by gaspode at 4:30 PM on March 20, 2010


This is gonna be fun!

Is Carlton a borough, or just a hotel? That's where I'll be staying, anyway. I think it's somewhere in Manhattan, so that should narrow it down.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:50 PM on March 20, 2010


Let's keep it in Brooklyn, because the meetups skew rowdier and drinkier there for some reason. Last one in DUMBO ended, memorably*, with a game of Drinking Whiskey Out of Measuring Cups in zoomorpic and Optimus Chyme's kitchen.

*actually I don't think anyone actually remembers that portion of the evening.
posted by zoomorphic at 4:51 PM on March 20, 2010


Please no more brooklyn meetups. I don't have insurance at the moment so I should probably, you know, not get cirrhosis.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 5:07 PM on March 20, 2010


Don't worry, I'll cut you off before you get cirrhosis

And by cut you off I mean steal your likker
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 5:29 PM on March 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm only arriving about a day or so before, with something like a 12-hour timezone change, so would prefer to keep the location as local as possible - unless it's a breeze to get to Brooklyn & back from East 25th St; I have no idea.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:32 PM on March 20, 2010


Kattullus - note also that there's already another NYC meetup on Fri 26th (I can't make this one as I have something else already booked).
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:45 PM on March 20, 2010


I guess I could always just drink milk with cinnamon in it.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 5:50 PM on March 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


mental note: bring duty-free single malt
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:07 PM on March 20, 2010


by the way my chances of making this are very very low, but hope you all have fun in NYC even if I don't see you.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 6:25 PM on March 20, 2010


Stop by my store (12th & broadway) around 6pm and ask for me. We'll grab a beer.
posted by jonmc at 6:28 PM on March 20, 2010


*actually I don't think anyone actually remembers that portion of the evening.

Never* follow a mefite to a second location

*ALWAYS follow a mefite to a second location

Stop by my store (12th & broadway) around 6pm and ask for me. We'll grab a beer.

Why don't we consider the benefits of Bar None on 3rd av bet. 12th & 13th? I've heard* it's a great place to meet friends for a boozy evening...

*actually I don't think anyone actually remembers that portion of the evening.
posted by fuq at 6:50 PM on March 20, 2010


Brooklyn is slightly preferable because then I can stumble/taxi back "home" without too much trouble.

jonmc: Stop by my store (12th & broadway) around 6pm and ask for me. We'll grab a beer.

You work at the Strand, no? I'll definitely come by during my stay in New York.
posted by Kattullus at 9:14 PM on March 20, 2010


Hmm, my brother will be in town around this time. Maybe I'll introduce him to my "internet friends." He'll just have to remember he can't tell mom about this...
posted by kkokkodalk at 11:06 PM on March 20, 2010


Random extra question: Would a meetup at Pocha 32 ever be a possibility?
posted by kkokkodalk at 11:43 PM on March 20, 2010


There is highly likely an Rubulad party on Friday the 26th and this happens on Saturday the 27th.

So, good weekend for a meetup. I'll be at the Rubulad, for sure. Met my SO there two years ago to the day so it is a ritual party.
posted by vrakatar at 11:44 PM on March 20, 2010


Wait, aren't the Rubulad things those enormous warehouse parties? They are insane but not exactly meetup material.

For Brooklyn venues, ReBar worked really well last time, and I liked Bar Great Harry or whatever we went to in December.
posted by zoomorphic at 7:42 AM on March 21, 2010


Yeah,they get insane, but they go late, so meetup people can come check it out when the meetup starts to wane.
posted by vrakatar at 8:54 AM on March 21, 2010


Also, bring Brennevin. Please. I love that shit.
posted by jonmc at 10:15 AM on March 21, 2010


Almost have this nailed down! Details later.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:50 AM on March 21, 2010


Brennivín is a distinct possibility. I'll see what I can do.
posted by Kattullus at 10:52 AM on March 21, 2010


Pocha 32 sounds cool, I would love to have a meetup there at some point
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 11:01 AM on March 21, 2010


I'm in.

In like Brennivín.

I like the idea of the 27th.
posted by functionequalsform at 12:35 PM on March 21, 2010


There is highly likely an Rubulad party on Friday the 26th and this happens on Saturday the 27th.

Oh god doing a meetup at a Rubulad, that would be like trying to perform cataract removal surgery at a jackhammer party
posted by Damn That Television at 3:07 PM on March 21, 2010


Hah, that was quite an end to the night, zoomorphic. Great meetup all-around.

So, I guess what I'm saying is, yeah I'm in.
posted by defenestration at 5:14 PM on March 21, 2010


I'm mobile

Yeah, but listen out for those "this D train is now running as an A train"-type announcements, or you'll wind up god knows where.

disclaimer: this is what used to happen with some frequency when I lived in NY, '84 to '95, but maybe doesn't happen anymore...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:03 PM on March 21, 2010


unless it's a breeze to get to Brooklyn & back from East 25th St

The breeze factor will depend on where in Brooklyn you're staying, Ubu. Brooklyn's a big place.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:06 PM on March 21, 2010


I'm staying in Manhattan in Brooklyn. I understand that it's part of Manhattan.
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:11 PM on March 21, 2010


Ah, sorry, didn't properly read your comment, Ubu. So, it depends where the meetup will be, if it's in Brooklyn... but wait...

I'm staying in Manhattan in Brooklyn

I think we're both confused.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:03 AM on March 22, 2010


UbuRoivas: "I'm staying in Manhattan in Brooklyn. I understand that it's part of Manhattan."

I WILL FIGHT YOU TO DEFEND THE HONOR OF THIS FAIR BOROUGH CALLED BROOKLYN!

Wait, I live in Manhattan. Never mind!
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 7:32 AM on March 22, 2010


I live in Queens and mock you both!
posted by jonmc at 7:36 AM on March 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ok, Ubu. Here we go. Manhattan is an island, and one of the five boroughs of New York City. It's where most of the "famous" New York stuff is. Often, people in the other four boroughs refer to it as "the city." Brooklyn is another borough, which lies to the Southeast of Manhattan, across the East River. To give you a bit of perspective, Brooklyn alone has a larger population than Brisbane and Perth combined.

Things in Brooklyn tend to be less expensive, which is why many of us folks like to have meetups there. I like to have meetups there.

I guess what I'm saying is that I'm in.

I prefer non-weekend meetups because bars are less crowded, though.
posted by Jon_Evil at 11:14 AM on March 22, 2010


Feel free to continue the discussion, guys, but this meetup will be taking place in Manhattan. We're getting a good deal on a sushi place on the LES (courtesy of a fellow Mefite)- once I confirm I'll post all the details, thanks.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:29 AM on March 22, 2010


What about Buffalo? Is that one of the boroughs? Wednesday sound good?
posted by gman at 11:45 AM on March 22, 2010


I am OK with manhattan, as well as with weekend meetups, and am very enthusiastic about sushi.

Buffalo is about 300 miles away.
posted by Jon_Evil at 12:44 PM on March 22, 2010


And I'm damned if I'm gonna go anywhere that's named after an extinct animal. You'd never arrange to meet up in Dodo or Diprotodon, would you?

It'd be like dancing all over the graves of the buffalo. Too much of that & you'll risk raising up their ghosts.
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:48 PM on March 22, 2010


Buffalo is about 300 miles away.

Better start shuffling...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:09 PM on March 22, 2010


Whoops, forgot the quote italics on the Buffalo quote above. OK, gotta shuffle off now...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:07 PM on March 22, 2010


Buffalos are not extinct.
posted by newpotato at 5:35 PM on March 22, 2010


They must be at least close to extinct, with the rate at which people eat their wings.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:03 PM on March 22, 2010


Ok, here's the plan for Saturday (3/26) evening:

Dinner at Sushi Uo at 6:30 p.m.
newpotato works here and is going to put together a $25 prix fix for 12 of us- some platters and then we can order some stuff, too. Vegetarians can be accommodated. Drinks can be purchased separately, of course. Please let me know, in thread, if you plan to attend- we only have 12 seats, so flaking out and/or being late is strongly discouraged. Right now, I have 4 confirmed on the list- our out-of-towners (gman, Kattalus, UbuRoivas) and myself.

Drinks downstairs at 151 from ~8:30 on. I haven't been to 151 since the Great Transit Strike Meetup of 2005. Oh man, that was fun.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:07 PM on March 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ahhhh, Saturday is 3/27, not 3/26!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:08 PM on March 22, 2010


YAY - thanks for organising! [imagine a smiley here]
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:21 PM on March 22, 2010


YAY - thanks for organizing! [actual smiley] —> :)
posted by Kattullus at 6:29 PM on March 22, 2010


I'm fairly sure I can make this.
posted by brujita at 10:41 PM on March 22, 2010


Not in for the sushi, but likely in for the drinking. Glug glug glug.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:22 AM on March 23, 2010


Hmmm, I may have to bow out of this one. I wouldn't want my bro to take up a seat that could be taken by a mefite that wants to enjoy dinner with fellow mefites, and as he's not of drinking age getting into 151 would be hairy. Sad to miss out on the out of towners, but if you guys plan on doing some kind of secondary meetup on another date I shall try to make it there.
posted by kkokkodalk at 7:52 AM on March 23, 2010


Woops, this saturday? Not going to be able to make this one. Have eighteen shots on me...
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 12:36 PM on March 23, 2010


I will also be hosting Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School down in the LES from 4-7 on Saturday if you wanna see what that's all about. I usually get there around 2ish.
posted by The Whelk at 12:54 PM on March 23, 2010


Would it be possible for me to take 2 of the dinner spots, TPS? If there is a lot of interest, I could bow out since my 2nd isn't a mefite. If that makes sense.
posted by spec80 at 1:10 PM on March 23, 2010


Hey, I know somebody who hosts a Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School - is it a kind of franchise, or was the local version just a direct ripoff? It's basically life drawing, and you can be as talentless as you like. And it's hosted in a pub.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:28 PM on March 23, 2010


You're in, spec80. Non-mefites welcome! That puts the total so far at 7.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:35 PM on March 23, 2010


We do a weird not-really-a-franchise-but-it-is thing with the branches. Is it in Sydney cause our Australian branches where one of the first.

Yep, lifedrawing, in a pub, ours is more theatrical/show-like but it's same idea.
posted by The Whelk at 1:35 PM on March 23, 2010


seems it is more theatrical / burlesque, judging by the website (NSFW). tuesdays i normally have something else on, so i've never actually made it...hm, 25 cities & counting.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:41 PM on March 23, 2010


that would also explain why i bumped into the host - basically an ex of an ex, some years ago - outside a burlesque show, coincidentally starring a NY artist.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:45 PM on March 23, 2010


I'll be there for dinner & drinx. Hooray!
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:27 PM on March 23, 2010


I'm definite.
posted by brujita at 10:31 PM on March 23, 2010


Here's the dinner list, thus far:

TPS
gman
Kattalus
UbuRoivas
spec80 + 1
brujita
Jon_Evil
kkokkodalk + 1

2, 2, 2 spots remaining!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:57 AM on March 24, 2010


I have never been to a meet-up before, but I am interested. Add me please :)
posted by rosswald at 8:11 AM on March 24, 2010


You know what, I'll do sushi, too.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:19 AM on March 24, 2010


And, that's 12 for dinner!

TPS
gman
Kattalus
UbuRoivas
spec80 + 1
brujita
Jon_Evil
kkokkodalk + 1
rosswald
ocherdraco
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:33 AM on March 24, 2010


Fun. I look forward to seeing you all in real life. And sushi, definitely sushi.
posted by rosswald at 10:46 AM on March 24, 2010


Oh no, I am too late! Let me know if someone drops out!
posted by amicamentis at 11:02 AM on March 24, 2010


Darn, I'm too late as well. What's the layout like at Sushi Uo? Would I be better off just joining the group at the drinks@151 part of the evening, or would it be worth showing up on my own for something quick at the sushi bar?
posted by oh yeah! at 7:54 PM on March 24, 2010


Awesome! Unfortunately I didn't manage to bring Brennivín. That'll have to wait 'till next time.
posted by Kattullus at 10:05 PM on March 24, 2010


Random extra question: Would a meetup at Pocha 32 ever be a possibility?

You should do this and maybe I'd finally drift into a meetup! In the meantime, maybe I'll find myself around the LES on Saturday..
posted by suedehead at 10:38 PM on March 24, 2010


Hi,
I'm making up the prix fix menu for Saturday. Is anyone coming vegetarian?
posted by newpotato at 6:22 AM on March 25, 2010


I don't eat red meat or fowl, but I do eat fish, so I should be fine at a sushi restaurant.
posted by Kattullus at 6:47 AM on March 25, 2010


I don't eat vegetables.
posted by gman at 7:06 AM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


And I don't eat rice. Hope that's not a problem.

J/K, I love rice.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:39 AM on March 25, 2010


kkokkodalk and her +1 have dropped out, so the updated list is:

TPS
gman
Kattalus
UbuRoivas
spec80 + 1
brujita
Jon_Evil
rosswald
ocherdraco
amicamentis
oh yeah!

posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:11 AM on March 25, 2010


Huzzah! But sorry we won't be seeing you, kkokkodalk and +1. Hot Patatta will probably be gracing us with his presence later at the bar.
posted by amicamentis at 9:46 AM on March 25, 2010


I'm going to have to back out of dinner, but I'll meet you at the bar.
posted by brujita at 11:33 AM on March 25, 2010


Thanks for letting us know! I already have interest from HotPatata in the seat.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:10 PM on March 25, 2010


Wait, no! I was mistaken. There is still one open seat at dinner.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:26 PM on March 25, 2010


My plus one cannot come, but I will still be there. Sorry about the inconvenience.
posted by spec80 at 3:32 PM on March 25, 2010


Two open seats at dinner!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:02 PM on March 25, 2010


Neat, sign me up then.
posted by smackfu at 6:13 AM on March 26, 2010


One seat left! You, too, could dine with these fine folks:

TPS
gman
Kattalus
UbuRoivas
spec80
Jon_Evil
rosswald
ocherdraco
amicamentis
oh yeah!
smackfu
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:40 AM on March 26, 2010


I might stop by for drinks. While I am the only person in this city who hates sushi, I am one of multitudes who loves liquor.
posted by zoomorphic at 8:41 AM on March 26, 2010


Heh, yea, sorry for the confusion. Earlier (BEHIND THE SCENES) I let Pink know that she could put me down as attending, but was more than welcome to remove me from the list if more people showed up that wanted to go. Who knows, maybe I'll run into you guys tomorrow.
posted by kkokkodalk at 3:19 PM on March 26, 2010


Guys guys guys, when you meet Kattullus, ask him about Road Island sports.
posted by The Whelk at 3:37 PM on March 26, 2010


THE WHELK HAS INSIDE INFORMATION
posted by Kattullus at 11:03 PM on March 26, 2010


See everyone at dinner tonight at 6:30! Please be on time! Call with questions/problems- 727.475.4373.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:50 AM on March 27, 2010


I'll be there for the bar portion of the evening.
posted by fuq at 9:12 AM on March 27, 2010


What fun! So nice to see you all.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:31 PM on March 27, 2010


Special thanks to newpotato for setting up dinner! It was so delicious. Mmmmm, raw fish.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:55 PM on March 27, 2010


Thanks to everyone for being so amazing and newpotato for the after party drinking. I am coherent with joy
posted by The Whelk at 9:10 PM on March 27, 2010


omg so drunk...

Thanks to everyone for making my first meetup so fun. Especially Hot Patatta; the whole setup was amazing!
posted by rosswald at 9:50 PM on March 27, 2010


er, I mean newpotato. My bad.
posted by rosswald at 9:52 PM on March 27, 2010


I am confused on my new vs. hot potato/patta so those people, totally cool.
posted by The Whelk at 9:53 PM on March 27, 2010


see it is universal.
posted by The Whelk at 9:53 PM on March 27, 2010


Good times, all!
posted by Greg Nog at 10:10 PM on March 27, 2010


This was goddamn amazing! A quality damn meetup. Thanks newpotato for hosting! Thanks ThePinkSuperhero for planning, thank you one and all for being absolute gems. It was great. Oh, and special thanks to The Whelk for the book, it kept me entertained during the two-hour long trip back to my bed & breakfast (I should've listened to you, Optimus Chyme, when you told me to just get a cab).
posted by Kattullus at 11:34 PM on March 27, 2010


I just texted OC asking when he'd be home, and he texted back, "Drizmyli." So I guess I can assume the meetup was a success.
posted by zoomorphic at 12:49 AM on March 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Thanks for the great meetup! Sorry I couldn't stay for the drinking. It sounds pretty epic.
posted by spec80 at 4:34 AM on March 28, 2010


hot potato/patta

You say 'potato' and I say 'drizmyli'
posted by fuq at 7:01 AM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was a very good meetup.

My stomach hurts.
posted by smackfu at 7:08 AM on March 28, 2010


I may still be on the F train. GodDAMN that's a hell of a commute. Great times guys!
posted by amicamentis at 7:14 AM on March 28, 2010


Why do hotels have such early check out times? And why did Ubu and I start drinking with The Whelk at 5 in the afternoon?

If the good people of New York could pray for a turbulence free ride home for me, it'd be much appreciated.

See you all at the next silent ballet!
posted by gman at 7:29 AM on March 28, 2010


Oh, and I had a fuckin' AWESOME time. Thank you.
posted by gman at 7:35 AM on March 28, 2010


where are my pants?
posted by The Whelk at 8:11 AM on March 28, 2010


zoomorphic: I just texted OC asking when he'd be home, and he texted back, "Drizmyli."

At one point The Whelk and I were exchanging texts about where the place was and when he'd get there. I texted him asking when he'd arrive and got the response: We are cra4h you.

I asked the assembled MeFite braintrust but no one made perfect sense of that.
posted by Kattullus at 8:26 AM on March 28, 2010


s2rw u i t8yep ok
posted by The Whelk at 8:48 AM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Great meetup - newpotato, that was a spectacular meal. Those little wasabi-flavored tempura fried shrimp? Soooo good. Nice to see everybody again or for the first time.

I got all turned around trying to find my way back to the Bleecker street station for the 6 train, but eventually ended up in Little Italy, so I bought a box of cannoli to take home for breakfast, which made it feel more like a purposeful sidetrip than another "why do I have no sense of direction and why is my iPhone not being helpful?" journey.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:37 AM on March 28, 2010


well done, everybody!

I enjoyed myself thoroughly. Especially the food. The food was fantastic.
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:57 AM on March 28, 2010


I seem to remember hugging a lot of people.
posted by The Whelk at 10:10 AM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


I hugged you!
posted by functionequalsform at 10:16 AM on March 28, 2010


Yay!
posted by The Whelk at 10:25 AM on March 28, 2010


Thank you all for the kind words, I'm really glad people enjoyed themselves. It was great meeting (or re-meeting) everyone--such an awesome and fun group, and interesting dinner companions to boot.
Thanks to TPS for doing all the arrangements and taking on Sharpie responsibility. I ended up getting sucked back into work mode when I went upstairs to get my coat, but I would love to do it again, anytime.

I'm also really glad no one stole the bathroom sink.
posted by newpotato at 2:30 PM on March 28, 2010


Check again, mwa ha ha.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:17 PM on March 28, 2010


Totally forgot this was happening. =(

Next time!
posted by defenestration at 8:23 PM on March 28, 2010


I just texted OC asking when he'd be home, and he texted back, "Drizmyli." So I guess I can assume the meetup was a success.
posted by zoomorphic at 12:49 AM on March 28


I actually thought this was an exaggeration until I checked my phone the next day. To UbuRoivas: thanks for letting me say incomhensibilities about Australia while buying everyone tequila. And also sorry for the venue change and the then unchange at the end and basically don't listen to me once I have tequila jesus christ
posted by Optimus Chyme at 6:42 AM on March 29, 2010


This was awesome. I am only sad that I didn't stay longer--it turns out I could have stayed for about another hour. Alas and alack.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:48 AM on March 29, 2010


Also: Whelk, you HOPPED for me! It was WONDERFUL!
posted by ocherdraco at 8:49 AM on March 29, 2010


Some pics are up.

a) sorry I am in all of them
b) sorry my phone takes such crap photos
c) sorry I apparently enjoy eating people's ears when I'm drunk
posted by gman at 11:44 AM on March 29, 2010


hi everybody - that was great fun; many thanks to TPS for organising & to newpotato for the venue and the outstandingly tasty food.

i regret that i wasn't able to chat properly with more people, but that's the way these things sometimes go, i guess.

looking forward to sometime when i can check thread at length without having to sell what's left of my liver to pay for the internet tab.
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:46 AM on March 29, 2010


fuq, you have really nice teeth.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:03 PM on March 29, 2010


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