let's pick 5 or so NOSQL Dbs. Then assign people to research them. Then each person does a 10 to 15 min presentation. We do that for 1 hr or so, then we drink beer. So we have a goal of informing the group about a specific topic.
Yes there are developers on Long Island. We're a group of Long Island developers who share an interest in code craftsmanship and new technology.
Professionally we work in Node.js, Ruby, Clojure, Hadoop (EMR), Mongodb, and a long list of related technologies. We organize, and contribute to, open source projects on github. We work hard and love to have fun in the process.