NYC Meetup May 17, 2007 3:50 AM   Subscribe

NYC meetup? I'll be in New York between 5 and 12 June, so let's have a meetup. Best days for me are 5, 6 and 7th. I'm staying at the Gershwin Hotel on E.27th Street. One of those dates will be a theatre night, but I don't know yet which one.
posted by essexjan to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:50 AM (107 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

You should totally have the meet-up on the roof terrace of the Gershwin, essexjan, assuming they let non-guests use it.
posted by jack_mo at 4:22 AM on May 17, 2007

You know I'll be there, eeeej.
posted by gaspode at 5:51 AM on May 17, 2007

Wow, I have meetup fatigue. For a while it seemed they were few and far between, but now I feel like I'm dancing and dancing as fast as I can, popping dolls and stumbling to keep up. Whose hand is that? I'm thirsty. Am I on next? AM I STILL PRETTY??

Oh wait, that's like over 3 weeks away. Yeah, I'm in.

ThePinkSuperhero has the market cornered on ideal venue selection, I've heard.
posted by hermitosis at 6:58 AM on May 17, 2007

we could always use Manitoba's again. worked out swimmingly last time.
posted by jonmc at 7:05 AM on May 17, 2007

Sorry, all, but I'll be in a different country at the time. However, you're welcome to bring a cardboard-cutout Afroblanco and take pictures with your arm around him and such.

Actually, no, please don't do that.
posted by Afroblanco at 7:16 AM on May 17, 2007

I think we should start the night somewhere quiet where we can all sit down, and perhaps move to Manitoba's at a later point; it's a little too loud to be a good first-stop. I think we should do Tuesday the 6th at Revival.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:18 AM on May 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

Sure, Afroblanco, I'll just bring the one I use for... Oops. I've said too much already.

Despite an excellent jukebox, I thought Manitoba's was pretty loud for civilized conversation, honestly. Some usernames don't lend themselves to being pronounced out loud, let alone shouted.

I just want to go somewhere where I don't have to scream (or be screamed at). I realize the latter might require some behavior modification on my part.
posted by hermitosis at 7:21 AM on May 17, 2007

Much as I want to go (and feel like a total loser for missing the last one), I can't do it if it's not on a Friday or Saturday. I'll keep tabs on the thread and see where you all end up.
posted by psmealey at 7:55 AM on May 17, 2007

I'll leave it up to the Noo Yawkers to tell me where and when to show up, being it's my first time in the city.
posted by essexjan at 8:05 AM on May 17, 2007

We'll take good care of our Jan! :-D
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:06 AM on May 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

I would love to meet ej and finally make it to an NYC meetup, but I very much doubt that I'll be able to make it on a weeknight. Boo.
posted by amro at 8:06 AM on May 17, 2007

(But have a great time!)
posted by amro at 8:06 AM on May 17, 2007

How about somewhere that also serves food?
posted by brujita at 8:44 AM on May 17, 2007

I loved Manitoba's but PinkSuperhero is probably right about the volume.

I also vote for a Friday or Saturday. And I'm so trying to get my husband to some (in which case I would vote for Saturday night, as he has to work Saturdays).
posted by timepiece at 8:48 AM on May 17, 2007

I can't make the weekend, but I'm going to be seeing essexjan earlier in the week no matter because WHAT because I loooooove her, so it's your call, essexjan.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:53 AM on May 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

TPS - Tuesday is the 5th, so were you calling for the Tuesday part or the 6th part?
posted by langeNU at 9:20 AM on May 17, 2007

Ah, I was calling for the Tuesday part.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:22 AM on May 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

By the sounds of it, essexjan prefers Tues/Wed/Thurs, so we should probably go with that.

Any night is good for me.
posted by gaspode at 9:25 AM on May 17, 2007

I have plans for Friday and Saturday so Tues/Wed/Thurs are best. If you can pick a day that suits most people, then I'll know when not to get the theatre tickets.
posted by essexjan at 9:30 AM on May 17, 2007

And yes, food is good, brujita. Food is always good. And I'm told NYC food is especially good.
posted by essexjan at 9:31 AM on May 17, 2007

Maybe we could start out at Revival, and move somewhere with food? Katz's is always fun.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:37 AM on May 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

Yeah, no NYC trip is complete without Katz's pastrami.
posted by jonmc at 10:17 AM on May 17, 2007

I second a trip to Katz's.
posted by josher71 at 10:36 AM on May 17, 2007

CRAP! The other one was too early. This one's too late.

If anyone else will be in NYC for Book Expo America (MeFibrarians, I'm looking in your general direction), can we have a mini-meetup? Maybe, like, breakfast?
posted by Alt F4 at 12:50 PM on May 17, 2007

I just looked at Katz's menu. Yes! I've wanted to try an 'egg cream' since reading about one in an Ed McBain story 30 years ago.
posted by essexjan at 1:13 PM on May 17, 2007

Ok... how about we meet up at Revival on Tuesday the 5th around 7 p.m., and then after an hour or two head over to Katz's? Tuesday night is a work night for most of us, so we probably won't/shouldn't party too late....
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:31 PM on May 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

So, are we decided on a date?
posted by essexjan at 1:33 PM on May 17, 2007

If it's a work night I'll prolly arrive late and depart early, but I'll be there come hell or high water, wearing my Hugh Janus hat.
posted by breezeway at 4:02 PM on May 17, 2007

count me in as well.
posted by youcancallmeal at 4:52 PM on May 17, 2007

ej: just so you know, there are no eggs involved. I've had to explain that to countless people.
posted by jonmc at 6:32 PM on May 17, 2007

Better hurry; Katz's is closing.
posted by bingo at 6:37 PM on May 17, 2007

bingo: not exactly.
posted by youcancallmeal at 8:17 PM on May 17, 2007

Why not just show up at Katz's?...They serve beer. EJ MUST visit Katz's...but I was also thinking about the Water Taxi Beach.....yeah Eideteker, I know what you think. ;-p
posted by brujita at 9:26 PM on May 17, 2007

jonmc: no egg?!! There'd better be cream then!
posted by essexjan at 12:09 AM on May 18, 2007

milk yes, cream no
posted by brujita at 3:15 AM on May 18, 2007

Judging by the morning after the last one, I should not attend meetups when I have work the next day, so I will have to sit this one out.

But the next time there's one on Friday or Saturday, I'm there.
posted by timepiece at 7:00 AM on May 18, 2007

I'm with you, timepiece. I'll post one in July or August some time. Possibly get together for drinks early and then live band karaoke somewhere.
posted by psmealey at 7:03 AM on May 18, 2007

bingo, I just spoke to the fine folks over at Katz's, who say that they are most definitely not closing anytime soon, as far as they know.
posted by dbiedny at 12:03 PM on May 18, 2007

Shhhhh... it was supposed to be a surprise.
posted by psmealey at 12:04 PM on May 18, 2007

Whatever. I just want to put something out there:

This city has a lot of places to hang out besides Manitoba's and Katz's. Tens of thousands, in fact.

There, I said it.
posted by bingo at 11:22 AM on May 20, 2007

I may make it out there, but that day is my graduation (yay!) and while the ceremony will most definitely be done by then, I'm not sure what my parents will want to do afterwards.
posted by piratebowling at 12:08 PM on May 20, 2007

This city has a lot of places to hang out besides Manitoba's and Katz's. Tens of thousands, in fact.

I always end up going to chain places when going out with New Yorkers. It's depressing, because I don't have to go to NY to go to Outback.
posted by smackfu at 6:44 PM on May 20, 2007

It would actually be nice if we found a place that was generally agreed on to be good for us and made it Our place for a while. Then we could negotiate a little with the management and maybe get some regular drink specials or other favorable treatment out of it, and they'd be glad for the business, as opposed to always having to gamble whether an establishment will be happy to see us (showing up unannounced with two dozen of our closed friends trickling in and out over the span of a few hours doesn't win a lot of friends in the hospitality profession, and it sure didn't curry us any favor at Temple!)

Revival, for example, seems to have worked well on its non-packed nights and is a pretty easy place to get to from almost anywhere. There's a lot to be said for taking MetaFilter on the road and meeting up in different neighborhoods all the time, but it's also sort of a pain in the ass. And if we establish a regular venue, people will stop waiting for us to come to them and will finally have to just decide we're worth the trip (WE ARE!).

I dunno, just an idea; most of us live here and are perfectly capable of broadening our own horizons bar-wise in our free time, we don't come to meetups expecting new delights and attractions like tourists, we just want a beer and a cocktail and a great gab with some witty internet weirdos, and maybe a sandwich after.
posted by hermitosis at 7:23 AM on May 21, 2007

Turns out, I have the 6th off, so I may show up on the 5th after all. But sans husband. Oh well.
posted by timepiece at 7:27 AM on May 21, 2007

It would actually be nice if we found a place that was generally agreed on to be good for us and made it Our place for a while.

Along those lines, my recommendation for that is the Cutting Room on 24th between Sixth and Broadway. It's pretty centrally located, they serve decent enough bar food, is not terribly loud, it has a serviceable jukebox, and if you get there early enough (6pm during the week), it's pretty easy to stake out one of the four corners of the bar where they have couches and tables set up for groups.
posted by psmealey at 7:33 AM on May 21, 2007

Yea, hermitosis is right- it's not about where we go, it's about US, because we rock. This is a meetup for one of the sweetest, greatest Mefites to ever grace us with her presence, and she's coming over the fucking ocean, so I'd rather go with an old reliable that we know will be good then risk it with a new place. We can try new places when it's just us regulars.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:40 AM on May 21, 2007 [1 favorite]

Maybe a few more places should be auditioned before settling on one. I'd still like to get everybody's read on Dakota Roadhouse, jason's_planet and grouse where there recently and agreed it had real potential.

My concern with Cutting Room is that often people are really there to see the shows, once the tables facing the stage are commandeered people may be clustered here and there blocking other peoples sight-lines, or in the waiting areas with people lined up actively waiting for a show.

Definately some thought should be put into avoiding places that are unlikey to work out, like Temple Bar.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:17 PM on May 21, 2007

I really liked the Water Taxi Beach when I went there--but I think it will be nicer for essexjan to experience Katz's with fellow mefites rather than on her own.

At the London meetup I attended, sueinnyc called the pub beforehand to set aside a few tables.
posted by brujita at 3:15 PM on May 21, 2007

I went and saw a cool burlesque show at the Cutting Room with some friends; it's a cool place, but if there's a show there, it might be even less conducive to a meetup than that dark expensive place over by Bleecker we started at when the Reverend was in town. But, like I said, I'm'a be late anyway, gotta go home to LIC after work and get outta my monkey suit, so anywhere's fine.
posted by breezeway at 7:02 PM on May 21, 2007

I liked that place we went for the CD party. And they gave us that extra room. Although maybe that was because one of us worked there, or something.
posted by bingo at 8:14 PM on May 21, 2007

Yea, I think we had the room because of the CD party. Without that, there's nowhere to sit.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:15 AM on May 22, 2007 [1 favorite]

I vote for revival - it's easy to get to and, above all, easy for essexjan to get to. plus the odds of it being busy on a tuesday night after work are low and all of us can cram ourselves up there.
posted by Stynxno at 8:26 AM on May 22, 2007

Not pushing for anything this time around, but for easy-to-get-to have a closer look at that DK I linked above. It's pretty much on all subways, express stop. Not just the eastside ones. (One more or less express stop than Revival on the 4-5-6.) Also close to Path train.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:50 PM on May 22, 2007

So wait, where is this taking place?
posted by milarepa at 8:47 PM on May 23, 2007

There are places like Dakota Roadhouse all over the US--I'm sure there's one near where essexjan's friends in Ohio live. Katz's is unique to New York.
posted by brujita at 8:50 PM on May 23, 2007

And yes, there are Jewish-style delis all over North America..this place is a law unto itself.
posted by brujita at 11:25 PM on May 23, 2007

Katz's is unique to New York.

I'd love to go to Katz's, but if the meetup isn't there, I'll go there another day, I have several days to explore NYC. So tell me where to go for the meetup, and what time to be there, and I'll show up bearing Cadbury's Flakes.
posted by essexjan at 12:50 AM on May 24, 2007

Sounds like this is it:
posted by hermitosis at 6:15 AM on May 24, 2007

Yes, this time we'll hit Revival.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:21 AM on May 24, 2007 [1 favorite]

Where is this place located? I'm considering coming to my first MeFi meetup, having read so much about this group. I'm not much of a drinker/bar person, so if someone just throws out a name, I'm clueless.
posted by cmgonzalez at 10:40 AM on May 24, 2007

posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:13 PM on May 24, 2007 [1 favorite]

Actually, the Magician would be closer to Katz's....but like Revival, it doesn't serve food. I think it would be best this time to just go to a place that did.
posted by brujita at 2:23 PM on May 24, 2007

There was a meetup at Veselka several years ago.
posted by brujita at 2:32 PM on May 24, 2007

Restaurants are inferior to bars for meetups in that there's no come and go. That's why it's best to start at a bar for awhile while people congregate, and then go to a restaurant when everyone who wants to eat is ready.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:59 PM on May 24, 2007 [1 favorite]

So Magicican, then Katz's?
posted by brujita at 10:14 PM on May 24, 2007

It looks Revival is the place, then possibly Katz's from there for whoever is brave enough to stay out late on a school night (meee!)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:51 AM on May 25, 2007 [1 favorite]

Ok, grand. Now, what to wear ...
posted by essexjan at 6:51 AM on May 27, 2007

I think we should both wear what we wore to the Vegas meetup. SEQUINS!!!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:40 PM on May 28, 2007 [1 favorite]

Oh noes, Pinkie, not a chance. Actually I have an outfit in mind. Travelling very light this trip too.
posted by essexjan at 9:57 AM on May 30, 2007

In preparation for essexjan's visit, the NYTimes reviews Katz's.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:10 PM on May 30, 2007 [1 favorite]

Ok, so just to remind all: Revival at 7; I imagine the train will have moved to Katz's by 9 or 9:30.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:31 PM on June 3, 2007 [1 favorite]

Sadly I have band practice Tuesday night and I probably shouldn't skip it because it's the last one before our shows on Thursday and Friday. Sorry to have missed you, essexjan. Enjoy the visit!
posted by safetyfork at 2:02 PM on June 3, 2007

For what it's worth, I think it would make a lot more sense to just start at Katz's. 7:00 is dinner time. Drinking at dinnertime and then going out to eat at 9:30 on a weeknight is wacky. We should go somewhere that has both food and drink, and stay there.
posted by bingo at 5:28 PM on June 3, 2007

I have kung fu class till 9, so I'll see you guys at Katz around 9:30 or so.
posted by hermitosis at 10:01 PM on June 3, 2007

Bingo, that's what I said a few weeks ago...Katz's is partly self-service and serves beer, so people can come and go as they please. I'm going to be a bit late, as I have another engagement....though I am looking forward to meeting essexjan (given that we share a birthday).
posted by brujita at 10:49 PM on June 3, 2007

Actually, it makes sense to me. People like coming to meetups whether they only have 20 minutes or 2 hours to kill, which makes bars ideal. Restaurants hate hate hate big nebulous parties that spontaneously double or halve in size, with folks lingering for hours. That was the primary problem at Temple last time; we don't know how many we'll be or for how long, and we want to belly-laugh and take pictures. Meeting at a bar guarantees a good visit for those at all commitment-levels, and then for those who are clearly there to make a night of it, the venue-shift functions as a sort of bonus round for the die-hards.

Besides, while I'm looking forward to eating at Katz, it's not at all the kind of place I would ever want to sit and hang out indefinitely for a whole meetup. It's a deli, by definition it's bustling, smells like cabbage, and has harsh overhead lighting. I'm looking forward to a good nosh, but I won't be inclined to camp out or anything.

In other words, I doubt I'd want to spend that amount of time in practically any eating establishment that would actually tolerate our presence.
posted by hermitosis at 5:50 AM on June 4, 2007

I've always thought moving from place to place is fun, which is probably why we do it at almost every meetup, it seems. I imagine if we went to Katz's first, after most people were done eating, they'd want to go somewhere else. At least this way people know where everyone will be.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:05 AM on June 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

Beyond the coming and going problems, restuarants are bad because you are inevitably going to be making someone unhappy. If it were at Katz's I wouldn't come because I think Eastern European food is one of the most repulsive cuisines known to humanity, and I am not going to show up and watch people eat. But everyone can find a drink they want at the bar, and not go to the restaurant after. Also, if you are going to be hungry at 7, eat before.
posted by dame at 6:39 AM on June 4, 2007

I'm only mentioning this for the serendipity of it all, but I note that another large website has a meetup at the same time, on the same date, a few blocks away. I suspect treachery.
posted by Skorgu at 2:17 PM on June 4, 2007

Shhhh! Don't let them in on our secret plans!!!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:32 PM on June 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

so, is it on?
posted by amberglow at 2:38 PM on June 4, 2007

The actual meetup, yes.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:39 PM on June 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

we could always do a blog fight with fark : >
posted by amberglow at 2:40 PM on June 4, 2007

In fact, Jan just posted that she's leaving for the airport to get here! WOOHOO we love you Jan we can't wait to see you!!!!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:40 PM on June 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

Hey, we've had a meetup at Solas before too. Copying copiers.
posted by gaspode at 6:28 PM on June 4, 2007

so, we're on for tomorrow at revival?
posted by amberglow at 6:40 PM on June 4, 2007

Yup, starting at 7.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:55 PM on June 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

And you better be there, stranger!!!!!! I haven't seen you in FOREVERS.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:00 PM on June 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

Whoops, looks like I scheduled a date for tomorrow without remembering this. I guess I'm not going. Sorry.
posted by bingo at 7:07 PM on June 4, 2007

I have an interview for something at 7:45. Have a drink for me!
posted by spec80 at 8:32 PM on June 4, 2007

I'll be in the hood but busy until 930ish. Will there be a contingent of hardcore boozers still at Revival or is everyone headed for pastrami?
posted by CunningLinguist at 8:42 PM on June 4, 2007

So, how would one identify the MeFi folks from the regular bar patrons? I will likely be stopping by and it would be my first meetup.
posted by cmgonzalez at 11:53 PM on June 4, 2007

We will probably be the shouting group upstairs. Or look st the old meetup threads and see if you recognize someone (ThePinkSuperhero is a good bet).
posted by dame at 6:37 AM on June 5, 2007

I'll be on time, since it's at seven. But I might turn into a pumpkin early, since I have to have a stack of regional compliance history assessment charts on my boss' desk tomorrow. We'll see how it goes.
posted by breezeway at 8:30 AM on June 5, 2007

Jan has arrived in the US of A- her flight was empty and she was able to sleep the whole way, so she's going to out party all of us. Woo woo.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:40 AM on June 5, 2007 [1 favorite]

I'll be there early, i think...have to leave earlyish too....
posted by amberglow at 11:51 AM on June 5, 2007

I think I can leave work by 6, so I should be there by 7.30 or so. Fun!
posted by gaspode at 12:17 PM on June 5, 2007

Won't be able to make it, but have fun! I was in Katz's earlier with my folks today, actually, so at least I'm only going through Mefite withdrawals, and not Cel-ray withdrawals.
posted by piratebowling at 3:09 PM on June 5, 2007

Well, turns out I have to work on something. But perhaps next time.
posted by cmgonzalez at 3:59 PM on June 5, 2007

It was fun! they're all downtown now...

yay, Essexjan! (and the newer folks!)
posted by amberglow at 8:02 PM on June 5, 2007

Good times had by all! Even though we found out too late that Katz's closes at 9:30 on a Tuesday! You plan and you plan..... Pictures are forthcoming (and I already know that I've forgotten the Mefi name of the one new person I met- ceravin, cerazin, something like that? Remind me how to spell it for when I caption the pics!)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:20 PM on June 5, 2007 [1 favorite]

posted by Stynxno at 8:22 AM on June 6, 2007

It's 'cevian' everywhere else, but that doesn't pull up a mefi profile for some reason. All aboard the failboat.
posted by Skorgu at 8:25 AM on June 6, 2007

did Jan have an eggcream?
posted by amberglow at 8:29 AM on June 6, 2007

She did!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:54 AM on June 6, 2007 [1 favorite]

Jan, do you have a number? I got your messages but there was no way to reach you. (and i don't know your last name for the hotel)
posted by amberglow at 9:08 AM on June 8, 2007

never mind...we're set for lunch : >
posted by amberglow at 9:33 AM on June 8, 2007

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