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New York City Meet-up 2010

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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 21:49:39


At 12/6/09 09:12 PM, AlphaCentauri wrote: Basically, I'd like to go, but does anyone have any pointers on how to just get there, seems like a huge endeavor.

Simply bring a friend along and say you're both willing to head out to the big city to get a fresh look on the kind of life you'll be living once you're out of school. Make them PROUD you're looking towards the future. Then give your father a manly handshake as you part them at the Amtrak station.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 21:53:23


At 12/6/09 09:12 PM, AlphaCentauri wrote: Do you all have any suggestions about how an 18 year old should convince his parents to let him travel to NYC alone to meet people he knows from a website?

"I'm 18 bitch, shut your face!"
No seriously, at that age, it's ridiculous you people still have to deal with that...
I moved away from my mother's a couple of days after turning 18, and my sister did the same at 16. Man up a bit for christ sake...

Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 22:22:30


Just say you are going on an educational journey....


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 22:52:37


At 12/6/09 08:57 AM, Valz wrote: Gory do you have a set itinerary yet?

Roughly speaking, for now, this is what it looks like so far. This is subject to change and nothing is set in stone yet:

Day 1:

1. Meet up at Bryant Park. I haven't decided on a time yet because I need to know more information from people on when their flights, trains or buses arrive. The meet could start as early as 10 AM or as late as 1-2 PM. I will of course be there early.
2. Once it's established that we have everyone, we'll head over to Gray's Papaya to eat on 37th Street and 8th Avenue, while passing through Times Square in the process.
3. Walk downtown to either Chelsea Piers or Bowlmor Lanes (I'll decide that concretely eventually) to bowl for a while.
4. After that, we will walk a bit further downtown, maybe stopping by points of interest, but I probably wouldn't take anyone south of say, Trinity Place and Liberty Street (the southern end of the WTC site) since it would be too much walking to do for some people.
5. Depending on how far downtown we get, we can take the subway from Cortlandt Street, City Hall, Canal Street, Prince Street, 8th or whatever...and take the N, R or W to 59th and 5th which is around Central Park. We'll probably make a stop over at the Apple Store on 60th Street where we can take advantage of the free Internet and post updates about the meet in this thread as it's going on.
6. Walk around/hang out in Central Park for a while.
7. Eat dinner, probably at a pizzeria (my personal favorite is Koronet Pizza between 110th and 111th Streets and Broadway--it's near Columbia's main campus). If anyone wants to give an estimate of their food budget, that would be helpful to me.
8. Split up between 8-10 or so we can all do our own thing, whether it's going home for the night (for those who live close), going to our hotels, or going to a bar...whatever.

Day 2:

1. Reconvene at the park at around 10 AM.
2. Go over to the NY Aquarium in Coney Island. This requires a subway ride that is well over an hour long, so have patience. Admission is $13.
3. (This could be done before or after #2.) Grab something to eat, probably at Nathan's or something, and maybe hang around Coney Island for a bit longer. Walk along the boardwalk for a while and just let off some steam...that sort of thing. As for when we'll all split up, I've yet to decide that. I need more info from people as to when their flights or buses leave.

I'm thinking we could have all of us walk through the Brooklyn Bridge later in the day, but that depends on everyone's energy levels.

As for the Museum of Sex, I haven't decided whether it should be on day 1 or 2. Probably day 2 at some point, and I should probably figure out some alternative arrangements for people who are underage while we're in there, unless they're content with walking around Midtown by themselves.

I live in NYC so although I don't NEED a hotel like people who are traveling from far away, I would be open to staying in someone's room if allowed.

At 12/6/09 09:12 PM, AlphaCentauri wrote: Do you all have any suggestions about how an 18 year old should convince his parents to let him travel to NYC alone to meet people he knows from a website?

Maybe instead of saying you're going out to meet people you know from a website, you could say that you're spending the night with one of your old friends who now lives in NYC?

And also any recommendation about how best to get there? I know some people were talking Amtrak but that can get expensive, and its a 7 hour drive so I don't know how up to that I would be.
Basically, I'd like to go, but does anyone have any pointers on how to just get there, seems like a huge endeavor.

I agree, Amtrak is expensive and I personally haven't used it in years. Also, this isn't just to you but for everyone else: if you're coming to this meet and you live in or close to Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlantic City, Toronto, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester or Buffalo, I would highly suggest Megabus (my personal favorite discount bus carrier) over Amtrak, as it's much much cheaper and also safe in my experience.

From your user page, it looks like you live in Virginia. I don't know where in Virginia you live, but hopefully you aren't too far away from DC. If you live at least somewhat close to DC or have some means of getting there, you can easily take the Megabus from its stop on 10th Street and H Street NW. On the way to NYC, the bus also stops at Baltimore, and their NYC stop is on 28th Street and 7th Avenue, which is 1 avenue west and 14 blocks east of the initial meetup site. If you book your ride early enough, you can get your ticket from DC to NYC and vice versa for as little as $1 to $10 each way. It's not possible yet to book rides for March 13th and 14th of 2010 as of yet, but keep going on the site every day and they will eventually add those dates. BoltBus, another discount carrier, makes trips from DC to NYC starting at the same stop and also offers $1 tickets to the early bookers, but it's much harder to book a cheaper ride, and people often end up paying $17.50 each way on average. So Megabus is the way to go.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 22:53:30


Say you're going to look at colleges?
Say you want to visit the city?
Bring a friend, sure!
Say you want to see the museums?
Say you want a nice pizza-pie and some bagels. :P
Good luck, though. I hope you can come.

Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 23:04:31


At 12/6/09 09:53 PM, AsthmaticHamster wrote:
At 12/6/09 09:12 PM, AlphaCentauri wrote: Do you all have any suggestions about how an 18 year old should convince his parents to let him travel to NYC alone to meet people he knows from a website?
"I'm 18 bitch, shut your face!"
No seriously, at that age, it's ridiculous you people still have to deal with that...
I moved away from my mother's a couple of days after turning 18, and my sister did the same at 16. Man up a bit for christ sake...

Ehh NYC is a scary place to parents and the whole meeting people from the internet is still very taboo and disconcerting to users and parents alike. I dont think its so much the age thing or about manning up. Some people's family relationships are different. Some people are really close to their parents and so its possible to be 18 and still face a great deal of resistance even if you dont even live in the same house as your folks. Just depends on what your household is like really.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 23:04:42


At 12/6/09 11:02 PM, FBIpolux wrote: But I don't has a cellphone lolz

Well have I got a deal for YOU!

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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 23:07:52


At 12/6/09 11:05 PM, FBIpolux wrote:
This one clearly isn't big enough to impress the ladies.

Gonna have to do some cock pushups to impress the ladies.

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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 23:08:09


Wait...do I sense the possibility of French Canadians?

That would be a plus in my book.

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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 23:13:41


At 12/6/09 11:10 PM, FBIpolux wrote: NYC ain't nearly as great as Montreal... but well try to bring some of it to the Meet.

Also need some adults in this meet! (21+ that is)

you're on the attendance shortlist for this meetup??

Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 23:19:38


At 12/6/09 11:10 PM, FBIpolux wrote: NYC ain't nearly as great as Montreal... but well try to bring some of it to the Meet.

I've been to Montreal twice--once in August 2003 and again in August 2007. It's an all right city for the most part, but both times I was there, I saw wasps everywhere, circling the streets and in and around most of the public trash receptacles. I'm severely apiphobic so this was a huge problem for me. One wasp landed on my head at one point and I was very close to being stung for the first time in my life. I've never seen such a major wasp problem with any other major city I've visited, and you can bet I've been to plenty of them. If I ever go to Montreal again, I will make it a point to visit during the winter and not the summer.

Also need some adults in this meet! (21+ that is)

Looks like there will be many.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 23:23:47


Isn't Concordia university in Montreal right next to McGill?
And doesn't Rig GO TO CONCORDIA?

Meet is moving to Rig's place


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 23:51:10


At 12/6/09 11:45 PM, FBIpolux wrote: Wasps?

There's barely any here, are you sure you were in Montreal?

100% sure. I also did a bit of Googling on the wasp problem in Montreal and I'm not the only one who has experienced it. I intend to go there for a third time in the future, but it'll have to be cold as hell when I get there.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-06 23:53:18


At 12/6/09 11:23 PM, STEM wrote: Meet is moving to Rig's place

But Rig will be in New York

I'm down for this. Just need to get my passport. ;D

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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-07 00:25:13


At 12/6/09 11:53 PM, Rig wrote:
At 12/6/09 11:23 PM, STEM wrote: Meet is moving to Rig's place
But Rig will be in New York

I'm down for this. Just need to get my passport. ;D

So once you get that, Deluca and I can count you in as a roommate? :)

Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-07 00:28:54


At 12/7/09 12:25 AM, Kitala wrote: So once you get that, Deluca and I can count you in as a roommate? :)

So far so good. PM me moar details ;D


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-07 07:31:33


At 12/6/09 11:53 PM, Rig wrote:
At 12/6/09 11:23 PM, STEM wrote: Meet is moving to Rig's place
But Rig will be in New York

I'm down for this. Just need to get my passport. ;D

OH SHI---.......hey Rig.

This meet is geeting better & better.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-07 07:37:25


I'd go if my parents thought it was okay to be with a bunch of internet cock loving so-called "Newfags".

Frankly if my parents weren't douches then I'd be living with my girlfriend in New York too. >.>


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-07 14:01:45


This is a very important heads-up and a follow up to my long post on the last page of this thread:

If you're coming to this meet from Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlantic City, Toronto, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester or Buffalo, Megabus just added a bunch of dates up to March 20, 2010, and of course the meet is on March 13th and 14th. If you live in any of these cities and want a $1 bus ride to NYC and $1 back, your chance to get those tickets is now...so book your ticket NOW and DON'T wait. As the seats fill up, the tickets will get steadily more expensive, so don't take any risks.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-07 18:09:43


At 12/7/09 06:00 PM, Twilight wrote: Also ffs Gory why couldn't you hold this on a Friday. Then I could just cut school and then use my School Metros to get people places for free.

Friday would be inconvenient for most people, because of work and school obligations, durr...

Also, that MetroCard idea will never work, believe me. If a cop sees someone using a Student MetroCard and that person looks too old to be in high school, they can and will stop you and issue a summons. That happened twice when I let my mom borrow my Student MetroCard in the late 90s.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-08 03:06:45


At 12/6/09 11:02 PM, FBIpolux wrote: But I don't has a cellphone lolz

I'm in the same boat. If Gory is willing to PM me his cell #, I can call from a payphone if I'm delayed. But that's about as likely to happen as Maus coming back on a regular basis. :(

I know where the working payphones are near Bryant Park.

Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-08 12:50:32


At 12/8/09 03:06 AM, Monocrom wrote: I'm in the same boat. If Gory is willing to PM me his cell #, I can call from a payphone if I'm delayed. But that's about as likely to happen as Maus coming back on a regular basis. :(

Check your PMs. I just sent you my number.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-08 13:08:54


At 12/6/09 11:04 PM, Luis wrote: Ehh NYC is a scary place to parents and the whole meeting people from the internet is still very taboo and disconcerting to users and parents alike. I dont think its so much the age thing or about manning up. Some people's family relationships are different. Some people are really close to their parents and so its possible to be 18 and still face a great deal of resistance even if you dont even live in the same house as your folks. Just depends on what your household is like really.

Yeah, guess I overacted a bit. I come from a pretty torn apart family, so my sister and I split from the family house early enough and went our separate ways, mostly. So we became autonomous of our mother pretty early on. Guess we're not as close as some families still are...

But I still think that if your parents still have that much control in your life at age 18, you need to sit down with them and have a little chat...

Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-08 13:12:03


At 12/6/09 11:08 PM, 36Holla wrote: Wait...do I sense the possibility of French Canadians?

That would be a plus in my book.

At least 2 so far actually :)

Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-09 17:27:05


I should also add a trip to Buffalo Wild Wings for the second day. I'm thinking it's a very likely possibility.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-10 19:29:09


At 12/10/09 07:26 PM, DannyJay wrote: Just to remind yourself that you COULD have gone to Buffalo Wild Wings WITH coupons for free wings.

Yeah, I came in 3rd place, but OneGunn won it. Those coupons are his now, and it's entirely up to him if he wants to give those out to us and make it part of the meet. I know he's coming, but I'd like to hear more from him on this one.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-10 20:34:15


At 12/9/09 05:27 PM, GoryBlizzard wrote: I should also add a trip to Buffalo Wild Wings for the second day. I'm thinking it's a very likely possibility.

Yes yes yes! :D I've always wanted to go to BWW...well since my ex from ng would tell me about it all the time and how awesome it was. I'd never heard of it, though, until then. But yes I want to go. :)

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At 12/10/09 08:34 PM, Kitala wrote: Yes yes yes! :D I've always wanted to go to BWW...well since my ex from ng would tell me about it all the time and how awesome it was. I'd never heard of it, though, until then. But yes I want to go. :)

All right...I'm officially putting it on day 2 then, since it's in Brooklyn, and we'll be spending most of that day in Brooklyn anyway.


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-10 21:12:05


At 12/10/09 08:53 PM, BareNakedMike wrote: Alright I'm officially going now, anyone else going to take the metro north to Grand Central?

I'll be taking the metro from Poughkeepsie, NY to Grand Central
Not sure if I'm doing just day one, or both days


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Response to New York City Meet-up 2010 2009-12-10 21:15:50


yayyy im going to buffalo wild wings :D thanks gory! dont back down on me when the time comes