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Let's arrange a first meeting just to break the ice.

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  • Sony Atrium

    550 Madison Avenue
    entrances on 55th St. and 56th St.
    New York, NY (map)

    40.761239 -73.973120

  • First meeting will be held at 6pm for those of you still working. If the group ends up being made up of retired people, or those working from home, the group will meet during the day. This is a new group and I just want to get together to see what people hope to get out of attending these meetings. I'm thinking the group may start with simply going around the table, introducing ourselves and describing where we are in life and what we hope to achieve in finding new friends.

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  • Robin A.

    I don't see my name on this, but I can't come. I don't know if I rsvp yes, sorry for the last minute change

    May 29, 2013

  • Arlene S.

    Sorry to miss this one. Hope to meet some of you at the next event

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Conflict now. See you next time.

    May 28, 2013

  • Linda

    Sorry to cancel so late, but I have another commitment. Hope to make it another time :)

    May 27, 2013

  • Jeanne

    For those who have asked about a Waiting List, I have set this to "Off" but kept the limit of attendees to forty. I'm sorry to hear that people have had trouble with being notified when a slot has opened up. I've contacted Meetup and hope to hear back shortly

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Jeanne

    Agree about notifyingn Meetup. I won't be able to do this today but hope to get to it tomorrow. I do have the limit set as 40 and h ave the automatic Waiting List function checked.

    May 14, 2013

  • Sarina

    You need to set the limit on the number of attendees and then not close the list but keep it open, even though there is a limit of 40 for example, and then do what Barbara suggested. Then if one of your 40 drops out the people from the wait list get moved up and notified.

    May 13, 2013

  • Barbara

    As far as I know you, as the organizer go into Tools at the top of your meetup announcement. Then the drop down should have RSVP change and then you redo the part to automatic wait list. That's how I do it.

    May 13, 2013

  • Jeanne

    I'm having trouble with the Waiting List function. Although it's supposed to automatically notify the people who have RSVP'ed as "yes" after the total of 40 has been reached, it doesn't seem this is working. Anyone who organizes a group and has a suggestion on how to correct this, please let me know.

    May 13, 2013

    • Diane

      Under the settings where you can set the no. of partipants is a "wait list" setting. It may be set to "off." It needs to be set to "on. Hope this helps.

      May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I may be added to the wait list, I would appreciate it. Looking forward to attending on May 29. Thanks.

    May 13, 2013

  • Ruth R.

    Barbara, as far as I know, since the wait list thingy isn't working and not everyone that RSVPs tends to show up, you can just go. Jean and Cat:

    I think advertising two different meet ups here is confusing. Shouldn't this site just refer to this meet up?

    May 13, 2013

  • Barbara

    Would love to RSVP and be put on the wait list but it says it is closed.
    I run a meet up and the RSVP goes automatically to wait list. How can I go?

    May 13, 2013

  • charlotte

    jeanne- i am an ageless hippie, myself and a deadhead and still wear tiedye lol

    1 · May 12, 2013

    • Diane

      That's great! I'm from the 60s folk era & can relate.

      May 13, 2013

  • charlotte

    thanx barbara -glad you liked what i wrote

    May 13, 2013

  • charlotte

    thanx ruth glad you liked what it wrote

    May 13, 2013

  • charlotte

    cat still couldnt get into site- i am very low tech- where and when would it be? is it free? thanx

    May 13, 2013

  • Frances

    I will be joining you on the 29th. Looking forward to it. Frances

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Ruth R.

    I just clicked on the link and see that it is a different group with a different name. Looking forward to our first meeting on 5/29.

    May 13, 2013

  • SHARON S

    Jeanne, I think you have to turn the waiting list function on. It looks like you might have deactivated it by accident.

    May 12, 2013

  • Robin A.

    Agreed let move on.

    May 12, 2013

  • Stephen A. S.

    I would ideally prefer a location on the East Side,below 23rd Street, Manhattan, but I don't insist on it.

    May 12, 2013

    • Dianna

      Stephen, do you have a suggestion for a potential Meetup Space/Place in the area you suggest?

      May 12, 2013

  • Jeanne

    If less than 40 people are due to attend the wait list should be notifying people that there's an opening. Please feel free to attend if you see that the attendance is not at the limit. Although people RSVP that they're attending, I'm sure the number who actually show will be less.

    May 12, 2013

    • Diane

      For some reason, the wait list function doesn't seem to be working. It lists "RsVps closed." Didn't want to just show up if there are many others who are before me. You should be flattered your group is so popular! I think that's great! Thank you for starting this group.

      May 12, 2013

    • Karen G.

      How does one add their name to the wait list?

      1 · May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please put me on the waiting list

    May 12, 2013

    • Karen G.

      I don't believe there is a waiting list for this meetup. The event has been closed b/c so many people had responded. So the rest of us will have to wait until the next meetup, perhaps in June.

      1 · May 12, 2013

  • SHARON S

    It was Jean Messner's dismissive comment that it was "of no use to her" to go to "who knows where" on LI which reeked of Manhattan snobbery and led to my responding post. I have lived in and LOVE Manhattan but I also love that land called The World Outside Manhattan. I am not challenging group leader Jean's right to choose where these meetings are held. I never asked for a change of venue, nor did I criticize Manhattan or Long Island as a venue.

    May 12, 2013

    • Karen G.

      Sharon, can we please let this go? PLEASE?? Enough already.

      2 · May 12, 2013

  • charlotte

    i am laughing at all this- my friends who live in manhattan can hardly get by and live in small studios- and wonder if your family is from ny- like i said my family has lived in manhattan and bklyn for over 100 yrs and i have lived in calif and hawaii for yrs came back 12 yrs ago- and been a hippy for yrs-

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • charlotte

    if it on wed only can come if rains since i drum and dance in belmar on wed nights- thurs nites are best for me- what about the others?

    May 12, 2013

  • charlotte

    cat couldnt get into your site i am low tech -and old computer and slow- where and when and what time will it be? thanx

    May 12, 2013

  • Margaret D.

    I replied yes at the beginning of the announcement and for some strange reason my IPhone knocked me off the meetup by mistake-please amend as I would like to attend and joined and said yes from the very beginning !

    May 12, 2013

  • Margaret D.

    Too late for me- I work full time-wish it was mid day

    May 12, 2013

  • Jean M.

    I live in Queens -I join groups in Manhattan - Sharon I am sorry you feel that I was dismissive. Not my style. I'm bigger than that. So lets all forgive and forget and enjoy each others company no matter what a day at a time! Lets make this group positive and really accomplish new Friendships!!

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Ruth R.

    Enough already. Let's move on.

    May 12, 2013

  • Margaret D.

    Hi Jeanne
    I'm sorry about the negative comments about Manhattan. It is true that Manhattan is most central to the boroughs and Long Island as a whole. It true that I live in Manhattan. And it is more convenient for mySelf, however the issue is essentially twofold: 1. The centrality of Manhattan and therefore the practicality.2. This is a group that you have initiated and it is your choice to have the meeting in Manhattan. There will always be disagreements among people but more importantly tha I you for starting this group. Kudos to you

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Jeanne

    To clarify, this is a Manhattan group and will continue to be this in the future. I was responding to a question about setting up a similar group in Long Island. I urged this person to think about becoming an organizer for such a group. However, I live in Manhattan and this group will only meet in Manhattan, not the boroughs and certainly not Manhattan

    1 · May 10, 2013

    • Ruth R.

      Sharon, You have managed to alienate people that could have been friends. I do not live in Manhattan, but I don't assume that any person that doesn't share my location, ethnicity, gender or opinion is inherently negative. I'm sure this is not the first group you've alienated and I truly feel sad for you. It's where your mind lives that's the problem.

      2 · May 11, 2013

    • Karen G.

      I was raised on Long Isand and love it, have now lived in Queens for over 35 years and enjoy it, worked for many years in Manhattan and love the Manhattan vibe...so people get the heck over it! Stop the dissing of communities! We can only meet in one place at one given time. If you can't make it to a particular location, then you don't join, or you don't go to that meet up. Get over it and and grow up y'all!

      1 · May 11, 2013

  • Cindy

    Wow, a simple and wonderful idea has stirred up such a hornet's nest.

    I RSVP'd early, however, based upon what I'm reading, I'm not that sure I wish to attend.

    You baby boomers should be mature enough to behave better than this.

    Thank you, Jeanne, for your great idea - who woulda thunk it would generate such animosity? Shame on those of you for behaving so badly.

    3 · May 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't know if all members are aware that organizers pay to create a group. For those who are bitching and moaning about Jeanne being more flexible about accomodating other's needs re location should get a grip. It's her group and she has the right to decide how she wants to run it and where. Those who don't like it should start their own group and pay the cost.

      4 · May 11, 2013

    • Karen G.

      I think the best thing to do is to ignore those who are acting like children and put all of this other nonsense behind you. No one needs the negativity. So Jeanne, thank you for your time, effort, patience, etc, in creating this group. For those of you who are going to the first meetup on the 29th, please enjoy yourselves and have a great time!

      May 11, 2013

  • Jeanne

    Thanks to those of you who wrote positive responses regarding the foolish comment from someone who took issue with this group being in Manhattan. This really brought me back to High School, a place in time I have no wish to revisit. However, those of you wish would like to wear penny loafers, button down oxford cloth shirts, mini skirts and white go-go boots are welcome to when we get together. Having gone to Woodstock (the REAL one), I may look around for an old tie-dyed t-shirt.

    3 · May 11, 2013

  • Ruth R.

    You're right, Cindy. I apologize for my part in the animosity. Let's move on and enjoy.

    Looking forward.

    May 11, 2013

  • linda

    Wow, Jeanne, that was actually my first thought in response to Sharon. Not everyone is necessarily equally as mobile. Anyway, thanks again for all you are doing. I understand this craziness, though. I've seen it here and even on customer reviews on Amazon! I think it's partially a product of our ability to voice opinions electronically. It's just too easy to say something dumb!

    May 11, 2013

  • ellen g.

    Also to Sharon's comment - If you do not like doing things in Manhattan and Manhattanites maybe this isn't the group for you. I live in Queens and have a car so can go anywhere. the idea of taking a subway into Manhattan is quite pleasing. I know a number of low cost places to eat and free things to do in the City just as I know some expensive restaurants and activities on Long Island.
    Jeanne had the wonderful idea to set up this group and there is a lot of initial interest. Let's not suggest ideas and make judgements about people until we meet.

    4 · May 11, 2013

  • Jeanne

    To Sharon's comment about being too Manhattan centric:
    The reason why this group will be in Manhattan is because I don't own a car and actually use a cane so the subway is out. Before you post such a criticism, perhaps you should check your own attitude.

    4 · May 11, 2013

  • charlotte

    i ended up living in jersey- and also have a car but work /t in nyc and there and coney all the time-and my family has been in nyc and bklyn for over 100 yrs- best place in mid -town manhattan to meet and tues or thurs nights are best for me- since i drum in asbury and belmar and do performance art in coney weekends

    May 11, 2013

  • linda

    Sharon, you are so off the mark! Firstly, there are areas of Queens and LI that I could not afford to live in. That's not the point at all. The point is that not all meetups will be accessible to all people. I've had to pass on meetups that I'd love to attend that begin too late in the evening and are too far uptown for me or are in NJ, LI or Brooklyn. Too bad for me! I just move on. And by the way, thank you, Jeanne, for your efforts and patience.

    4 · May 11, 2013

    • Diane

      I live in Brooklyn, no car & a bus & 2 trains to get into the city. I've had the same issues w/time & locations for meet ups, but like you I just move on & do what I can. The point is to have a good time, make friends, & experience life. :--)

      2 · May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sharon, I find your comment rude. Jeanne, is trying very hard to organize a group for the first time. Let's give her credit for that. Thank you Jeanne !

    3 · May 11, 2013

  • linda

    Jeanne is organizing this group and is suggesting a reasonable time and venue. I've wanted to attend other meetups that were inconvenient for me so I just passed them by and looked elsewhere.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Dianna

    Jeanne, as the original organizer of this group - you are for sure heading in the right direction. Maybe bigger than you thought - but HEY someone has to get the conversation going. Glad you did. Rock on!! Look forward to participating.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Diane

    Don't see a wait list. I just joined, so missed the sign-up. Sorry about that. Prefer NYC, too.

    1 · May 10, 2013

    • Karen G.

      Hi Diane: Yes, a bunch of us missed the sign-up so we will have to wait until June. I, too, prefer NYC. Suppose a LI group can be set up as well.

      1 · May 10, 2013

  • Jeanne

    Hi Robin:
    Depending on where attendees at the first few meetings live, I think it would be a great idea to set up something on Long Island. I wouldn't be the organnizer but you may wish to use the NYC group as a start in setting up your own mtg. Look forward to meeting you at future meetings.

    May 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jeanne -- One of the reasons I joined is that it is listed as NY,NY. I prefer NYC centered activities. Thanks!

      3 · May 10, 2013

  • Jean M.

    I really don't want to see this group go to Long Island. I want to be in the city or it is of no use to me to travel by Long Island Rail Road to who knows where. Thanks. Jean

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Robin A.

    I see I signed up but did not RSVP fast enough, so I guess i have to want for the next one, hoping you do it in NYC

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Though the usual meetup-no-show pattern is certainly a factor, in consideration of the potential and the time of year, may I humbly recommend a pot-luck picnic in the park for June? (I'd present the idea in person but just saw/joined this group and there's no space left for me to attend this month.) If you, Jeanne, and others like the idea I offer to help organize...

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Dianna

    WOW! I worked at 550 Madison for seven years. Can I get on the Wait List? Thanks.

    May 10, 2013

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