Mefi joisey gathering, anyone? November 3, 2003 7:25 PM   Subscribe

mefi joisey gathering, anyone?
posted by dorian to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:25 PM (46 comments total)

well, I am bored and unemployed, and I surely do like to imbibe the black nectar. and there just happens to be this little place on washinton st. the clever bit is that they serve $1 drafts every thursday night (and they know how to pour it, even); so, it could be this coming thursday, it could be next thursday, it could be every frelling thursday for the rest of the year...

spicerack, janet, boo, samsonov, vader, taxi-boy, I am looking directly at you*. of course, manhattan and other-borough-ish mefites are more than welcome, just axe yousself if you are really willing to cross the hudson.

and maybe this time I will even remember to bring along a dropkick marphys disc for them to spin.

*in a friendly and non-combative manner, mind.
posted by dorian at 7:26 PM on November 3, 2003

also, when I grow up to be a big boy, I will possibly learn how to spell 'washington'.
posted by dorian at 7:29 PM on November 3, 2003

my aunt and uncle used to live in fort lee.
posted by quonsar at 7:55 PM on November 3, 2003

that explains a lot, q ; >

there are tons of jersey people, so it should be good.
posted by amberglow at 8:07 PM on November 3, 2003

(Sorry to butt in, but when I read "Hoboken" I hear "Come Fly With Me"!)

Was Frank Sinatra born on what is now Frank Sinatra Drive?
If not, can one visit the house where he was born?

If so, that should be America's true Graceland.

Oh and no - I can't make it, but I augur it'll be fun! :)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:25 PM on November 3, 2003

just remember: in jersey they let people smoke* in bars! ooooo-er!

fort lee has a mighty good koreatown, altho 32nd st is rather more convenient for those of us sans autocars.

not only did sinatra absolutely despise hoboken, he hated baseball too. well, the first part is true anyway, and I can sort of agree with him on that. I'm always partial to the thirty-four remixes of 'fly me to the moon' from neon genesis evangelion. if you find cheep tickets + zany pretext, you can always stay with us miguel, the turtles don't mind sharing a room (but the pbx might...)

NB: I didn't deliberately-like mean to leave anyone out by name, just grabbed the random top bits of the MeFi Near-O-Maticâ„¢

(also, wtf does spellcheck suggest 'Mafia' for 'MeFi'?! oh wait, it's jersey, ok...)

*well, they let people smoke bad things as opposed to letting them smoke good things...
posted by dorian at 8:32 PM on November 3, 2003

just remember: in jersey they let people smoke* in bars! ooooo-er!
I forgot about that--I'm in! what day? Do those ferries go there, or only path?
posted by amberglow at 8:53 PM on November 3, 2003

thar be ferries from wfc (but sometimes it's pier-a and/or pier-11 instead, and I can never keep it straight...) to hoboken south end, and also from 38th street to hoboken north end (and sometimes south end too, jeez...)

path as always (and there will be wtc path service starting nov23, be damned sure I will be on a train that day to check things oot).

I really prefer taking the ferry, it's always less crowded and there's none of the rank sweaty heat of the path stations. not to mention it only takes 15 mins. of course, it usually involves walking a lot more once I get to manhattan, but, hey, exercise and all that.

day? day?!! let the mob decide, sez I. but if only a solitary mefite condescends to disdain to pretend that they will be there this very thursday, I will be there waiting with guinness in hand. or next week, or the next following, &c. &c.
posted by dorian at 9:18 PM on November 3, 2003

ok...i can't til mid-late nov. tho...I live really near the ferry on 38th st. so that's that for me : >
posted by amberglow at 9:26 PM on November 3, 2003

i'm in too.
posted by goddam at 6:17 AM on November 4, 2003

I live in Queens (the New Jersey of New York City), and it sounds like fun. I'm in.
posted by Vidiot at 7:18 PM on November 4, 2003

What the hell. I'm in. That's like 6 blocks form my apartment anyway. Any Thursday but this week is fine by me.
posted by Samsonov14 at 11:26 AM on November 5, 2003

Answers for MiguelCardoso: Was Frank Sinatra born on what is now Frank Sinatra Drive?

Nope, Sinatra was born on the wrong side of the tracks at 415 Monroe Street on the southwest side of town. (I live one block south on Monroe, and while it's still a pretty modest address, it used to be a lot worse.)
Frank Sinatra Drive, on the other hand runs along the length of the "gold coast" - remember the dock scenes in On the Waterfront? That's it exactly, but not for much longer.
If not, can one visit the house where he was born?

You can visit the site, but not the house, that burned down in 1967. Right now it's an empty lot, but there is a rather sad museum next door.

If so, that should be America's true Graceland.

Agreed, but for more reasons than just Frank:

Site of the first brewery in the United States, Castle Point.
Site of the first baseball game, Elysian Fields, between 10th and 11th Streets and Hudson Street. (I used to live there too!)
Site of the first demonstration of a steam railroad in the United States at 56 Newark Street at Hudson Street.
Site of the first departure of an electrified train, driven by Thomas A. Edison from Hoboken Terminal to Montclair, NJ.
Site of the first central air-conditioning unit, Hoboken Terminal.
Site of the first wireless phone, Hoboken Terminal.
World War I embarkation point, 1st and 2nd streets at River Street-- almost all American troops sent to Europe left from here.
Alfred Stieglitz birthplace, just west of Sinatra park on the waterfront.
Site of the accidental invention of soft ice-cream, 726 Washington St.

(above from the Hoboken wiki)
posted by lilboo at 11:28 AM on November 5, 2003

Lost link: The Hoboken Museum has a lot of great links for exploring the town.

Oh yeah & count me in for the meet...
posted by lilboo at 11:47 AM on November 5, 2003

6 people so far; 13nov or 20nov should fit what schedules have been mentioned. either day is fine with me, everyone please let your preference be known.
posted by dorian at 12:32 PM on November 5, 2003

Site of the first baseball game

You mean the first organized baseball game between two different teams... that we know of. It was preceded by many games between the members of the Knickerbocker Club of which we have no record, but we know the club formed in Manhattan and practiced south of where Grand Central is today (in fact, not far from where I sit as I write this), so the "first baseball game" under any reasonable definition must have been in the city, not across the river. You may now return to your regularly scheduled meetup planning.
posted by languagehat at 1:55 PM on November 5, 2003

languagehat, that text was pulled straight from the wiki (Except my note)

so you may want to follow up there too.
posted by lilboo at 2:32 PM on November 5, 2003

Done. Thanks for the suggestion!
posted by languagehat at 3:38 PM on November 5, 2003

I'm in (how about the 20th?).

If you send me a list of how many total, I'll provide some logo items and toys (CDs perhaps?) from work (wbgo). or

Let me know.
posted by bluedaniel at 8:51 PM on November 5, 2003

the 20th is good for me as well.
posted by goddam at 9:41 PM on November 5, 2003

So far the 20th looks good for me. And I promise to try not to wuss out like I did for the last NYC meetup. And I can thank amberglow and goddam for the awesome CDs that I haven't stopped listening to yet...

dorian - what's up with the "joisey"? You don't actually say it like that, do you? I've lived here all my life and I've never once heard someone seriously pronounce it like that.
posted by MsVader at 12:56 PM on November 6, 2003

nah, I just like to pretend that it's funny (yes I realize that it's not actually funny...) aside from in movies, I don't think I've ever heard anyone actually say it that way.

right, so 20th sounding preferable; next week I will re-post to MeTa so's to compete with the other various no-you're-wrong threads and gatherings, as well as to generally antagonize the hall-monitors.

I would love to recommend going earlier in the evening to La Isla* for anyone that wants to eat, but their space is so small and usually-crowded that it's probably not a good idea.

so: Dippers' bar-food is not imaginative or spectacular, but it's not bad. however, far as I can remember, they don't offer anything better than veggie-"burgers" and "salads" for the non-carnivores among us. the point, after all, is alcohol!

*, even though they stopped selling their grilled portobello salad.
posted by dorian at 2:07 PM on November 6, 2003

I guess I've gotten so much abuse for being a Jersey native that the "joisey" hasn't been funny for a long time (come to think of it, was it ever funny?), and I just end up getting all pissed off and defensive. I thought we (Jersey folks) all reacted like that.

I need to get out more.

Just tell me to shut up and hand me a Guinness or some kind of fancy chocolate martini...
posted by MsVader at 8:50 AM on November 7, 2003

actually, I get pissed and defensive about it too.

but I let it slide since she's organizing this gathering and all.
posted by goddam at 9:03 AM on November 7, 2003

ah jeez, I didn't even stop to think if it's the sort of thing that bothers people. leave it to me to turn a friendly gathering-planning thread into something that needs its own MeTa thread. rather inconsiderate of me, and I apologize.

thinking about it that way, I don't think I will find it funny (or even my-own-personal-twisted-funny) ever again.
posted by dorian at 9:31 AM on November 7, 2003

I can probably make it. What, no weekend meet?
posted by adampsyche at 7:18 PM on November 7, 2003

I think I can swing the 20th as well. Is it cool to bring non-mefites along?
posted by mad at 11:06 AM on November 8, 2003

I'm not the boss of anyone ( or: <rabelais/> )

but since we are potentially nine, and since the place holds maybe 40 people max and does not take reservations, I'd say: as long as it's not a whole rugby team, sure. of course, it probably violates random mefi-gathering by-laws and will result in my eventual excommunication, but, eh. I even considered inviting the meta-infamous donna, but she has a class that night (also, metafilter scares her)

I will try to arrive there a little before 7 so's to bogartsinatra us some tables in the back where there's the most space.
posted by dorian at 6:11 PM on November 9, 2003

aw--thanks msvader! : >

So, anyone want to hop the ferry (to go bridge-and-tunneling in reverse) together?
posted by amberglow at 6:45 AM on November 11, 2003

20th might be possible for us, too. (If we're over this ferslugginer fleeeW! Won't come if we're still sick, tho. In my heart of hearts, I know that those who will get it, will get it, but I don't want to be the one who gave it to you ;)!) I love Hoboken and I'd love to hear about more restaurants and places to love therein. 7 o'clock or so?
posted by realjanetkagan at 1:51 PM on November 13, 2003

Did you know that Hoboken has more bars per square mile than any other city in the country? Including New Orleans.

Don't forget to bring a spare liver.
posted by bluedaniel at 4:11 PM on November 14, 2003

I would come (& bring pale friends, as always) if it were a friday or a weekend. I'm sure you'll all miss the hell out of me though. right. I would send a pale emissary who lives in NJ but she spooks easy & I don't trust you all.
posted by palegirl at 6:42 PM on November 16, 2003

Whither MeFiJersey?
posted by attackthetaxi at 2:11 AM on November 17, 2003

Just found out that a friend of mine is playing at the Whiskey Bar later that night. I'll be heading over there for sure. Anyone else interested?
posted by MsVader at 10:45 AM on November 17, 2003

is it still on? I'm in, if it is : >
posted by amberglow at 7:53 PM on November 19, 2003

still on as far as I'm concerned...

7pm or so,

616 washington street

(next door to the dive shop)

lordy it's cold today, but at least the raining stopped.
posted by dorian at 7:36 AM on November 20, 2003

cool! I'll be there by 8 (i'm hoping)
posted by amberglow at 9:03 AM on November 20, 2003

Damn, I was hoping to make this one, but as it stands and as the ol' cliche goes: "something came up" (i.e. my car is at the dealership and cannot be picked up until this evening).

For what it's worth, I'd like to arrange a MeFi MeetUp in New Hope, PA (Bucks Co.) in the future should the interest occur. From what I've gathered (via Zip Codes), primarily the folks in this neck of the woods are in Princeton, but damn if this'd not be a brilliant location for a MeetUp roundabouts Christmas-time.

Have a great time Dorian, take as many pics as you can!

And have a beer on me, I'll call in a beer comp to you folks at 9 p.m. I'll tell the bartender to page Dorian to see who's there and how many beers you'll need.


posted by bluedaniel at 10:08 AM on November 20, 2003

I'll get there as soon as I can (maybe by 7:30). But I'm sure most of you have an idea of the traffic and parking situations involved.

Dan - sorry we won't get to see you. I'll try to make it down to New Hope if you promise some cool WBGO stuff (I listen every morning). ;)

I'll bring my digital camera too. (Unless, of course, we don't want photographic evidence...)

Are we going to be totally dorky-scary and wear nametags or something?
posted by MsVader at 10:17 AM on November 20, 2003

yar, I'd almost forgotten about evidence. thanks for reminding me, you two... ok, I've snagged la donna's digital camera, and the batteries are charging as we, er, speak.

I'd be interested in new hope, definitely keep us updated! ...although it's possible (but unlikely, given this shite of a job market) that I will be in boston by then. also, your offer of beer is most gracious and I would be happy to be able to return it next time 'round.

I think I will forgo a nametag, hehe.
posted by dorian at 10:32 AM on November 20, 2003

no nametags, but a shoutout to bluedaniel will definitely happen : >
posted by amberglow at 10:45 AM on November 20, 2003

Alas, I could not go.

But do wonder who did and how it went?

I telephoned Dippers, they informed me they couldn't take my credit card on the phone, that their system requires a signature, so my round was rather... dry. Apologies in advance.

Though I spoke with Dorian yesterday, and an idea came up that just might be timely for the holidays... (more soon).
posted by bluedaniel at 10:08 AM on November 21, 2003

Well it was a small crowd, but we had a good time.
posted by lilboo at 10:19 AM on November 21, 2003

it was fun...there'll be pics posted tonight.
posted by amberglow at 10:19 AM on November 21, 2003

oops...or posted now : >
posted by amberglow at 10:20 AM on November 21, 2003

Now having seen the pics only compounds being pissed not being able to make the ol' meetup.

Looks as though ya'll had a great time though!

I'm hoping to work together with Dorian to assemble a meetup for Christmas-time, and perhaps with a "holiday twist."

The cogs are moving, let's see if we can pull this off...
posted by bluedaniel at 1:09 PM on November 21, 2003

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