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The Social FUNdation™. This meetup group was initially established Oct 2002. Making this the oldest known Meetup group in New York City or the world.

This group has a long and storied history. And the story continues. Be part of it. Have your tales of debauchery mingle with ours.

This group dates to the earliest meetup group created. It's the oldest group in NYC. It's the funnest one!

This group is not about being sad or alone. It's about being positive and awesome. Come inside and join us in the party. The gang is all here and all that's missing is you.

(quick legal note: this group name and all derivations are ™ Trademarked and protected. Unauthorized used is NOT permitted. This group is part of a confederation of groups. You may NOT start a chapter without express permission. There is no charge or fee to be part. The group must be for the most part "non-profit." You may not charge organizers to list events. The group may NOT be a promotional front, or a venue for one person or entity. The group must be diverse and open Chapter Guidelines may be obtained by clicking the "Contact the Organizers" button)

The mission of this group is its name.

The New York Social FunDation (get it?)

This group aims to be positive and safe environment for members to experience things that, for whatever reasons, you longed for but weren't able to do before.

New York is vibrant and diverse city. We have the opportunity to explore it and make new friends while doing so. Meetup is one of the few (maybe only) websites dedicated to having it's participants get offline and do things in reality.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME INTO THE GROUP!

Think of this group as Summer Camp, . . . but for adults. Most events are free. There are a few that cost. Those do make enough to cover the Meetup fees. We do extend out to lots of other organizers, as a good community is made of many and diverse voices and people. If you are interested in posting an event send a note and we will see what can happen

This is a place where everyone can just come as they are, and mingle with people who are like them AND who are NOT like them. We are not limited, restricted or exclusive by age, gender, gender preference, national origin, relationship status, etc. To put it more simply this group is open to all. All ages, all genders, all sexual orientations, all types - And that includes you!!!

There are plenty of meetups that exclude based of one reason or another. Or there plenty meetups where people self segregate. This meetup is neither of those. Diversity is coveted here. People are not monochrome and neither are we. You will fit in perfectly and find a lot of folks who just like you in certain aspect, and differ from you in others. It's the good kind of variety of life.

Some events on this group may specify limits at times. Those will be clearly noted when needed. At times they may be age delineated, or even gender related. Limits are placed often as a means to control size. The event can then be repeated/recycled with a different limit range. If there is an event you really wish to go to with a limit, . . . please contact me. You can be the impetus and the catalyst for the next event in the different limit/range. Other times the limit can be waived or bent as needed.

Challenge yourself and importantly, BE yourself and expand your horizons and comfort zone. Let your hair down! Go wild! Be open minded and be non-judgmental. The group is based off quality events to bring people together from positive social interaction. Anyone who wants to explore an alternative, bohemian, experimental, strange, obscure, weird, wild, absurd, bizarre, avant garde, unconventional, wild-at-heart side of Los Angeles is welcome!

In the interest of making events successful . . . We will spread events across other meetup groups to bump up attendance. For as you know, . . . sometimes people don't show up. Some Organizers get really bent out of shape about that. I do however know that life happens. Even if it's 10 mins before the event. Just change your rsvp. No worries. No harm-no foul. There is not any sort strikes or penalty system, and there is nobody keeping score. The exception will be if it is listed as a "no flake" event. On those you gotta give good notice of changes. It's about fun and community. What I have found is that by being mellow and and having good events more show up. We tend to have 80% or more attendance. I approach with compassion. So if you don't make one event or another. . . try and make it to the next, or the one after that. When you do make it, .. . . we will be glad you are there and all are welcome.

Here are the basics of group rules.

Do NOT contact members who you have not met in real life.

Avoid Put Downs.

Speak For Yourself.

Listen To Others.

You Have The Option To Pass.

Expect Unfinished Business.

While there are flexible attendance rules. There are sex/gender related rules. As a guideline do not message people you have not met in person. This is not an online dating place. Ladies: If a guy messages you please contact me. There have been problems with that happening over meetup in general. It's just not cool. Meetup is about real life and not virtual. Guys, . . . get off your computer and come to an event. Say hello in person. Smile, . . . be personable and decent. And just be there to get to know people and make friends of whatever gender. You can always use new good friends. And this is one way to make/meet them. Wingman tactics and and Pickup artist tactics are similarly not allowed in this group. Organizers of another group that are not an organizer or host here are also not allowed to solicit members.

The rest of the rule are just good ways to live and be.

These rules apply here AND on like-minded sister groups. So it also applies on the following

Photo and Name: You are allowed to join with whatever name and whatever photo. HOWEVER the main organizers may request you change either name or photo a their discretion. Names that are products, promotional, advertisements are red flags that will be requested to change or be removed. If you are using a photo that is not your face, a current face photo may be requested. Here is the rule of thumb. Fake name and fake photo will be requested to change to a real photo and a real name or face removal. Real photo and fake name is usually fine. Fake photo and real name is usually fine.

IF you need to maintain privacy of both then contact the main organizers and just ask. That's all it takes usually.

All organizers on the group do have different set of rules.

The rules simplified.

• No Emailing (do not use the bulk email feature in any way)

• No outside links

• Great Copy

• Great Pix

• 4 weeks notice is best.

• List any money costs in the first 2 or 3 lines.

Not too many rules. Not too complicated. They all have to do with respect for the membership.

Let's talk a little more about age: Are you in your 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s ? (btw some write 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's ). I am often asked "What age range is this group?" 20 40 maybe? 30 50 perhaps? Or even 60 70. Forties ( forty's forty ), Fifties ( fifty's fifty ) of sixties ( sixty's sixty ) or older does matter. 24-39 3000 20+ 30+ 50+ 60+ & under or over. We are just aiming at good community.

Yeah, . . . All that is great, . . . But I still have one question, . . . What age is your group?

Age is a state of mind. And our state (this group) has no borders.

If so then you may be looking for us!

We do NOT discriminate by age, sex or gender, gender preference, origin, religion, belly button lint, etc . . . .

Do you enjoy friendship, activities, key networking, casual socializing, parties learning, sharing, inspiration? You do!?!?! How about personal and professional development with active nerd adult ( adults ) who like adventure ( adventurers, adventures, adventurous ) stuff that may involve silly dance game ( games ) and cool nerds with addicting, amazing fun? Great!!!! There will be sweet things to discover while engaging in retro revival underground unique geeky exploration of fringe play plus speed punk quirky sophisticated spectacular geek socials with high society making savvy friends. It will be an offbeat odyssey of an outing to nerdy paradise and we will party at random places (see locations below). Come and share fine no flake ( flakes ) fun that is free or inexpensive and goes late into the lovely night. Left, right or center, we will live life together and enjoy.

We do some sports related events. Are you interested in teammates players for your sport or hobby? Such as bowling, trivia, camping, biking, hike, hikes, hiking, snowboarder, snowboarding, ski, skiing, kayaking? Or even related to bmi, exercise, fitness, healthy, lock pong, recreation, recreational, outdoor, york Halloween, mammoth mountain, St Patrick's, Ensenada, un scrabble solitaire poker or more!!! We run the range.

A bigger majority of what we are cultural ( culture ), language, travel, music, arts, festival, performance, crave, dining, exotic, restaurant, food, foodie, architecture, art, artistic, urban, or ballet. But it does not stop there. We also do comedy, concert ( concerts ), cook, cooking, theater, theatre, culinary, cultural, tours, sub-culture, subculture sponge ( sponges ), performances, dances, dancing, museums, musical ( musicals ), bars, foodies, dinner, dinning, bbq, beach, restaurants, trips, cruise ( cruises ), cuisine. And even with all that we still to even more!!! Including, flea n farmer (farmers) market ( markets ), boutique, burlesque, crafting, craft, create, creating, sushi, pho, pizza, tastings, tickets, kim chi, tai kimchi, deserts, eating, festivals, film, films, galleries, games, karaoke, movies, sutra kama karma.And now the important question. Did we miss one? Oh. . . OK then, . . Send that so we can add it to the list.

Aside from the High Brow we do engage in the Low Brow such as wine, beer, drink, bar hopping, dive bars ( dives ), rave ( raver ravers raves raving ), hip-hop hiphop, hole holes-in-walls, crawl crawls, trance techno, dubstep, night nightclub, nightlife, nights. As well as classic club clubbing, clubs eclectic, edm electro electronica, pubs, pub speak, speakeasy, drinks, meet meeting mix mixer mixers mixing, greet, happy hour hours haunts, Did somebody say volunteer mingle? Let's DoLA or make a Timeout and TimeoutLA. LAist anyone?

So the High Brow and the Low Brow get together and make up THE KNOW BROW and that is all about people and who makes us up.

By ethnicity we very much match the instagram ethnic makeup of Los Angeles with Caucasian and Non Hispanic Whites, Latino, Black or African American, Native American,Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and others such as Middle Eastern such as Arab or Israeli, and many more from across the global atlas.

Different than ethnicity is Nationality, or National Origin. And again . . . from that we run the range European, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Indian, Taiwanese (Taiwan), Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese ( China, Cantonese, Mandarin ), Hong Kong Mexican ( Mexico ), and more and more. Even USC or UCLA

And that makes for sooooooooo many languages. We like language and the culture it is able to unlock It brings English, Spanish second ESL and ELL and ASL are big here. Hebrew, Yiddish, German, French, And the gamut of others to translate ( translation translator ) with class (classes).

Tolerance is a main tenet here as we are Christian ( Catholic, Mormon, etc), Jewish (Jew Jews), Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, tech Scientology and more. And even Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Libertarian, Bernie / BernieCrat, or even Trump or Trumpian or Scientologist. This is a big tent and since it's decent social we will all be decent.

What it comes down to is we are making new friends ( friend freind freinds ) and to be friendly. Almost like finding your entourage Made up of Men (man men's mens) and women ( woman women's ) and non-binary too. Members may be young or old, married, single ( divorce divorced separated and never married ) or coupled (couple as part of a committed relationship / relationships ). Many are likely singles and looking to date in one way or another. Going on dates or dating is fine. But it does NOT happen via using the group like Tinder, Match.com, POF or eharmony.

This group is about real life. So online messaging of people you have not met in real life is not allowed. Why such a rule?

Because it is heterosexist of you to assume that all people are interested in you. Like is says above there are married or those in committed relationships. There is is also the range of sexual preference in the group. Gay, lesbian girls lgbt lgbtq queer bi poly swing swinger swinging and any sort of variation such as transsexual and transgender. We do accept all. Even rs40 and rso40. We do NOT accept SpeedDating or Speedating or whatever you call it. It's forbidden.

Whoever you find cute, hot, sexy or find attraction to that comes in person. Plenty a match and romance or spark may happen. You may find your love (or lover). But you also may just make great friends girlfriend ( girlfriends ). It's just down to good decent social. Conscious communication and engagement that makes for self-improvement and improvement of others. Conversation and network or networking of professionals. That's just smart l33t leet api entrepreneur groupting that will lead to inspirational international consciousness.

We just added Game of Thrones GOT and The Walking Dead viewing parties.

Where do you do events? We do them ALL OVER!!!! I have taken the time to look at past events and the cities they have happened in and near and put it together with the upcoming location too. Our groups IS different, . . . we DO range all over the city. Here are where we HAVE BEEN, and where we are GOING!! All of it is obscure or obscura.

So I have gone in great detail to cover who we are and what we do. This is accurate and verifiable by going to our past events and looking that what we have done. This is all fact based on the breadth, scope and mission of this group.

If you have made it this far. Then watch this and then, . . .get off social media and on meetup. The social part of social media.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEWnXmDfVZg

This group is also very Reddit and Redditor affiliated. As such redditors events will be doing activities that do involve meme memes dank redidit subeddit snu snoo lurker boardgames board gaming gamer video cardgames card cards against humanity computers anime internet upvote downvote vote secret santa harry potter wow world warcraft karma programming digg cheap low cost nsfw league legends wtf youtube hearthstone twitch csgo narwhals bacon bacons midnight overwatch lol bernie sanders front page reddiyt r/all homepage android apple iphone mac samsung s6 s7 s8 r mobile funny dota dota2 nba politics discussion pokemon aww askreddit app apps comicon comic con convention disneyland disney diy diablo rams dodgers raiders cosplay star trek wars trekkie scifi sci-fi science fiction gif troll thrones got comment comments ama til today i learned ask me anything steam pc independent yorker independents artemis jackbox jack box com firefly serenity citizen& something comedy urban nightlife foodies friendship sierra wine food drinks dining american ny karaoke

And the other members will have events involving cuisine recreation organizations snowboarding recreational fitness pubs eating culinary consciousness psychology philosophy growth conversation snowboarder theatre theater performances movies films creating galleries museums speak easy speakeasy opening nights music film festivals dancing street performance literature hikes greet tastings tours crawls outdoor activities beer * " ! +

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NY is made up of MANY smaller cites. Those living ANY of those cities are of course welcome in the group. They include: . . .

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Upcoming events (5+)

Hudson River Blues/Funk BBQ-Free on Pier 97- all details below

This is an awesome annual music festival that I've been attending for at least 20 years. It's actually called The Hudson River Blues BBQ..I added the Funk.. cause they've always had a great Funk or Nola Brass band headline this day of such kick ass music.. and this year they're having one of the absolute best Funk/Groove bands you could ever hope to see! The fest actually starts at 2pm so if you wanna go earlier and meet me around 4ish we can do that. I'm going at 4 cause I wanna see the amazing slide guitar player AJ Ghent at that time..plus I think 5 hours of music is enough for me this Saturday and wanna be fresh for the headlining band. The 2 bands coming on earlier are a smokin soul/blues band and a heavy duty gospel act. After AJ at 4pm.. hugely popular Singer,Gtr player Ruthie Foster takes the stage around 5:45 with her band. She's the Real Deal when it comes to a mix of blues,soul,rock,R&B, and more! Then at 7:15 Karl Densons Tiny Universe hits the stage and without a doubt..will have the pier dancing up a storm with their high energy Funk. I guarantee you that if you're not familiar with them.. you'll be blown away by their music and show! Karl tours as the Rolling Stones' regular Saxaphone player...but during the long layoffs between their tours.. he's been tearing it up all over the country and really throughout the world with his band KDTU! He's also the real deal ultra talented Sax player/singer who's energy is infectious..to say the least. He tours festivals all over the world with KDTU as well as with his first major band that he still tours with..The Greyboy Allstars. PS.. while all the music is free..the BBQ isn't. There will be some great BBQ to be had though..Blue Smoke BBQ, Butcher Bar, Dinosaur BBQ, and Mighty Quinn's will be serving up loads of yummy food that'll be easy to burn off the calories if you wanna dance along with yours truly 😉🕺💃🎸🎵🎶🍻

Speed FRIENDING - Add To Your Social Network! (Includes entry to After Party)

*PREPAY REQUIRED - https://dljparty.ticketleap.com/speed-friending2/dates/ Join one of Meetup's most popular events! Come expand your social circle by meeting new people and making new friends! Plus, your Speed Friending ticket includes entry to the after party immediately following at the same location. HOW IT WORKS: 1. We will break attendees up into groups of 2-6 people and provide some ice-breakers get to know you questions. Please try to arrive as close to the event starting time as possible. 2. The group will stay together for about 5-10 minutes and at the end of the round, half of the participants will move to a new station and start a new round, meeting new people. FAQs: How many will attend? This is a MULTI-GROUP partner Meetup. Don't go by the RSVPs you see in this group alone. We will have a good number of members attending. Can I come alone? Yes. 95% of those attending will be coming on their own. This is a great way to network, connect and make new friends! Is this age-specific? We will have a good mix of attendees ranging from 20-50s. All are welcome 21 and over. Is there a dress code? Yes. NO hats, sweats, shorts, t-shirts etc. Jeans ok. Dress stylish. This is for new friendships, please be respectful of people of the opposite sex. If someone does not want to disclose their information as far as phone numbers and/or emails, please respect that. *Prepay Only Event. Must get ticket in advance to attend. $20-$30 depending upon how early you purchase ticket. *GET TICKETS AT - https://dljparty.ticketleap.com/speed-friending2/dates/

Salsa & Bachata Lesson (includes after party @ 230 Fifth Penthouse)

*PURCHASE AT - https://dljparty.ticketleap.com/salsa127/dates/ (*Prepay only event. Tickets not sold at door. Payment for this event will include admission to our after party at same location - https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Social/events/263264141/ Dancing is a great way to meet people! You'll receive a professional 1 hour lesson. It doesn't matter if you've never danced before or if you're a pro. This is a fun way to learn new moves and make new friends. Multiple Meetup groups are co-organizing this event so the RSVP's shown here won't reflect total # of members attending. We expect to have 20-30 members to attend. This is not intended to be completely gender-balanced or age/ethnic specific. All welcome 21 & older. Is there a dress code? Yes. NO hats, sweats, shorts, t-shirts etc. Jeans ok. Dress stylish. *PAY AT THIS LINK - https://dljparty.ticketleap.com/salsa127/dates/ *$20 advance admission is required (goes up to $30 as event gets closer). Reminder, space is limited so you need to purchase in advance to be confirmed.

I Love The 80s & 90s Penthouse Party! (2 For 1 Drinks, Comp Apps, DJ, Giveaways)

*PURCHASE TIX AT - https://dljparty.ticketleap.com/upscale-penthouse-party/dates/ Back by popular demand we're taking you back, WAY back to our most popular party at the luxurious 230 Fifth Penthouse! Party to the best of both decades at 1 party! Plus we'll have 2 For 1 Drinks, Complimentary Appetizers, DJ, Dancing, Giveaways and more! All this on the 20th Fl Empire Room with breathtaking views of NYC! And you will also have free VIP access to the rooftop! No Cruel Summer on this night as your drinks will have Ice Ice Baby while you Walk This Way and like an Egyptian! Get Into The Groove with Good Vibrations as we are Gonna Make You Sweat, Bust A Move, Push It, Jump Around, All Night Long and party like it's 1999! What to expect: • 2 for 1 Drinks (8-9pm) • Free Light Appetizers • Ice Breakers & Giveaways • DJ & Dancing to the best of the 80s & 90s FAQs: How should I dress? Neat casual. No shorts, sweats, hats, sneakers etc. Jeans ok. Is this event age/ethnic-specific? No. It's a multi-group event and all are welcome, 21 & older. Can I come alone? Yes, most will come on their own. So come alone or bring a friend or two - either way you will feel comfortable and have a great time. How many will be attending? This is a multi-Meetup group event. This page only shows a small portion of the actual attendees. 250+ members will attend like all our past 80s/90s parties. *Purchase online here - https://dljparty.ticketleap.com/upscale-penthouse-party/dates/ *1st 15 are just $15 with discount code "5". Price will go up as event gets closer. $30 at door w/ RSVP, $35 w/o.

Past events (320)

Speed Dating- Men ages 33-46, Women ages 32-45

The Bryant Park Lounge (Residence Inn Marriott - Times Square)

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