• Let's Check Out the 5th Avenue Holiday Displays

    Dylan's Candy Bar

    Fifth Avenue and its environs are known for some of the best store-window holiday displays in the world, from the elaborate dioramas at Bergdorf Goodman to the diamond-studded galas at Tiffany's. Has capitalism ever appropriated religion in such a fun way? And fortunately for us, 2014's displays are reported to be some of the best in years. After checking out the windows (and, of course, the nearby Rockefeller Center Christmas tree), we'll grab a bite to eat or some hot chocolate in a local cafe/coffeeshop. This will not be a guided walk; we will meet at 5:00 (the displays are much nicer after dusk) and then break up into smaller groups and move at our own pace. Groups that want to stand in line and scrutinize each display can do that, and groups that want to do a quick walk-by can do that, too. I'll hand out maps with locations of some of the most famous displays and a suggested route to maximize your ogling. Take note that this might not be the best way to spend your evening if you don't like crowds or cold weather! I can't predict what either of those will be like, but it will be the Saturday before Christmas, so keep that in mind. In keeping with the holiday spirit, there is no charge for this event. The only thing I ask is that you sign up if you'd like to go and change your RSVP status if you won't be able to make it so that I can get an accurate head count. If you don't manage your RSVP settings appropriately, then you will end up on a very different kind of list (my naughty list!).

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  • Let's Explore Manhattan's Chinatown and Civic Center

    Needs a location

    $5.00

    Our next outing will be to Manhattan's Chinatown and the neighboring Civic Center, home to great shopping, eating, and lots of history. This area contains some classic Manhattan locations, such as 5 Points, Confucius Plaza, the African Burial Ground National Monument, and of course City Hall. However, we'll also check out some lesser-known gems, such as Manhattan's second oldest extant burial ground, an old Newspaper Row building that figures prominently in the controversial 1920 case of a local anarchist, and a government office complex that impressed Josef Stalin so much that Moscow University's main building was based on it! The fee for this event is $5. You may pay in one of two ways: - You can use Meetup's website to pay directly using a credit card. Meetup uses WePay to process payments. Just click the appropriate link on this page. - You can also use PayPal. Just go to paypal.com and enter my e-mail address ([masked]) as the recipient. Make sure to include a message indicating your screen name as it appears on Meetup, since otherwise I might not know who the payment is for. Here are a few other points: - All fees must be paid in advance; you can not pay at the event. - Please pay when you RSVP. A few days before the event, I will remove people who have not paid. - If you have to cancel, make sure to do so at least 24 hours before the event's start. Refunds will be handled in accordance with this group's refund policy, which can be found at http://www.meetup.com/Lets-Explore-New-Yorks-Neighborhoods/pages/LENYN_Payment_and_Refund_Policy/. I'll send out the details (including the meeting location and my phone number) according to the following schedule: - If you pay by Tuesday, December 9, then you'll receive an e-mail with the details on that date. - If you pay later that week, then you'll get the e-mail within 24 hours (but no later than midnight the night before the event). You may be added to the attending list until 11:00 pm on December 12. No-one will be added after that time. If you are on the waitlist but can no longer attend, please change your RSVP status to "no." If you are on the "attending" list and have paid but haven't gotten the e-mail by the specified time, then feel free to contact me directly. (Go to my Meetup profile page and click "send message.") Please do not ask for details on the discussion board. I check my e-mail regularly up to the morning of the event. Thanks!

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  • Let's Explore Bed-Stuy

    Needs a location

    $5.00

    Buy the turkey early this year and then join us in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the city's largest African-American community, whose population already far exceeded that of Harlem by the mid-1970s. This neighborhood is especially known for its residential row houses, which include some of the finest examples from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among other locations, we'll visit the city's oldest public high school building, some gorgeous brownstones, and the birthplace of the teddy bear (yes, it was invented in Brooklyn!). This is the first paid event for this group, so please bear with me (pun intended) as I try to make this as smooth as possible. You may pay in one of two ways: - Meetup recently started using WePay to process payments. You can use that system to pay directly via Meetup using a credit card. - To pay by PayPal, just go to paypal.com and enter my e-mail address ([masked]) as the recipient. Make sure to indicate your screen name as it appears on Meetup, since otherwise I might not know who the payment is for. Here are a few other points: - All fees must be paid in advance; you can not pay at the event. - Please pay when you RSVP. A few days before the event, I will remove people who have not paid. - If you are on the waitlist, take note when you are moved onto the "attending" list and pay at that time. - If you have to cancel, make sure to do so at least 24 hours before the event's start. Refunds will be handled in accordance with this group's refund policy, which can be found at http://www.meetup.com/Lets-Explore-New-Yorks-Neighborhoods/pages/LENYN_Payment_and_Refund_Policy/. I'll send out the details (including the meeting location and my phone number) according to the following schedule: - If you pay by Tuesday, November 18, then you'll receive an e-mail with the details on that date. - If you pay later that week, then you'll get the e-mail within 24 hours (but no later than midnight the night before the event). If you are on the waitlist, then remember to check back regularly, since people will be added to the attending list until 11:00 pm on November 21. No-one will be added after that time. If you are on the waitlist but can no longer attend, please change your RSVP status to "no." If you are on the "attending" list and have paid but haven't gotten the e-mail by the specified time, then feel free to contact me directly. (Go to my Meetup profile page and click "send message.") Please do not ask for details on the discussion board. I check my e-mail regularly up to the morning of the event. Thanks!

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  • Let's Explore Haunted NYC

    Greenwich Village

    Thank you to everyone who asked about this group's recent hiatus! I got busy with work, and I was trying to find the best way to schedule new meetups now that there is a charge to attend. However, I decided that in the "spirit" of Halloween we should have one more free event! (The first paid event will be on November 22 and will be announced very shortly.) New York is rich in haunted history, and much of it is concentrated in the Village and NoHo areas, where we'll visit some old ghosts. We will see the site of a 1799 murder whose supposed culprit was successfully defended by Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, a church in which visitors claim to have heard Dutch colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant walking around on his peg leg, a house haunted by Edgar Allen Poe in which he wrote "The Cask of Amontillado" and at least part of "The Raven," and the aptly named "House of Death," which is said to be inhabited by 22 different spirits! So if you haven't put your Halloween costume away by Sunday, this will be your chance to wear it one more time. I'll send out the event details once a day to everyone who is signed up, so you should get that e-mail within 24 hours. If you haven't gotten it 24 hours after signing up, then feel free to contact me directly. (Go to my Meetup profile page and click "send email.") I check my e-mail regularly up to the morning of the event. No-one will be added after 11:00 pm on November 1. If you are on the waitlist but can no longer attend, please change your RSVP status to "no" so that others can attend. Thanks!

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  • Let's Explore St. George

    Needs a location

    It's hard to believe, but we haven't been to Staten Island yet! Let's check that box by checking out the borough's largest neighborhood, St. George. The area is home to lots of great houses, borough hall, an old lighthouse depot (soon to be the National Lighthouse Museum), the home stadium of the Staten Island Yankees, and plenty of other attractions. And best of all, it's just a breezy ferry ride away for most of us. Please read the reservation and cancellation policy, which you can find at http://www.meetup.com/Lets-Explore-New-Yorks-Neighborhoods/pages/RSVP_and_Cancellation_Policy/. Keep in mind that cancellations must be at least 24 hours in advance. - If your name appears on the "attending" list before Tuesday, August 26, then you'll receive an e-mail with the details (including meeting location and contact information) on that date. - If you appear on the "attending" list later that week, then you'll get the e-mail within 24 hours. - If you are moved to the "attending" list on Friday, August 29, then you'll get the e-mail later that day. If you are on the waitlist, then remember to check back regularly, since people will be added to the attending list until 11:00 pm on August 29. If you are on the waitlist but can no longer attend, please change your RSVP status to "no." If you are on the "attending" list but haven't gotten the e-mail by the specified time, then feel free to contact me directly. (Go to my Meetup profile page and click "send email.") Please do not ask for details on the discussion board. I check my e-mail regularly up to the morning of the event. Thanks!

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  • Let's Explore East Harlem

    Needs a location

    East (Spanish) Harlem is very different from its western neighbor. Now a largely Hispanic neighborhood, the area has hosted large German and Italian communities over the past century. In fact, we will be visiting during the annual Giglio festival, a tradition imported from southern Italy. The neighborhood also contains the northern half of Museum Mile (including the Museo del Barrio and the City Museum), legendary Italian restaurant Rao's, and some great architecture, including the New York Academy of Medicine headquarters building (which includes a publicly accessible library in which you can find original writings by Sigmund Freud and a prototype of George Washington's dentures, if you're into that sort of thing). Please read the reservation and cancellation policy, which you can find at http://www.meetup.com/Lets-Explore-New-Yorks-Neighborhoods/pages/RSVP_and_Cancellation_Policy/ . Keep in mind that cancellations must be at least 24 hours in advance. - If your name appears on the "attending" list before Tuesday, August 5, then you'll receive an e-mail with the details (including meeting location and contact information) on that date. - If you appear on the "attending" list later that week, then you'll get the e-mail within 24 hours. - If you are moved to the "attending" list on Friday, August 8, then you'll get the e-mail later that day. If you are on the waitlist, then remember to check back regularly, since people will be added to the attending list until 11:00 pm on August 8. If you are on the waitlist but can no longer attend, please change your RSVP status to "no." If you are on the "attending" list but haven't gotten the e-mail by the specified time, then feel free to contact me directly. (Go to my Meetup profile page and click "send email.") Please do not ask for details on the discussion board. I check my e-mail regularly up to the morning of the event. Thanks!

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  • Let's Explore Pelham Bay Park and City Island

    Needs a location

    *** This event will open for RSVPs on July 1 at noon. *** So what's the biggest park in NYC? At 2,765 acres, Pelham Bay Park is easily the city's largest. (It's over three times as big as Central Park!) We'll walk through only a small part of it, but we will spend the rest of the afternoon on City Island, where we'll see some reminders of the Bronx's heyday as a boatbuilding center, an island that is sometimes not an island, and an 1862 wooden church that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For those who want to get something to eat afterward, if you like seafood, you definitely won't be disappointed. Please read the reservation and cancellation policy, which you can find at http://www.meetup.com/Lets-Explore-New-Yorks-Neighborhoods/pages/RSVP_and_Cancellation_Policy/. Keep in mind that cancellations must be at least 24 hours in advance. - If your name appears on the "attending" list before Tuesday, July 15, then you'll receive an e-mail with the details (including meeting location and contact information) on that date. - If you appear on the "attending" list later that week, then you'll get the e-mail within 24 hours. - If you are moved to the "attending" list on Friday, July 18, then you'll get the e-mail later that day. If you are on the waitlist, then remember to check back regularly, since people will be added to the attending list until 11:00 pm on July 18. If you are on the waitlist but can no longer attend, please change your RSVP status to "no." If you are on the "attending" list but haven't gotten the e-mail by the specified time, then feel free to contact me directly. (Go to my Meetup profile page and click "send email.") Please do not ask for details on the discussion board. I check my e-mail regularly up to the morning of the event. Thanks!

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  • Let's Explore Roosevelt Island

    Needs a location

    We've been skirting the edges of the East River with our recent events, so let's dive right into the middle of that body of water. Roosevelt Island is poised to become a hub of high-tech with Cornell University building a new technology campus there, but the island still retains several reminders of the past, including a well-preserved lighthouse, the remains of a notorious insane asylum known as "The Octagon," the ruins of a 19th century smallpox hospital, and of course a Roosevelt memorial. And let's not forget that you can get there by aerial tram! Please read the reservation and cancellation policy, which you can find at http://www.meetup.com/Lets-Explore-New-Yorks-Neighborhoods/pages/RSVP_and_Cancellation_Policy/. Keep in mind that cancellations must be at least 24 hours in advance. - If your name appears on the "attending" list before Tuesday, June 24, then you'll receive an e-mail with the details (including meeting location and contact information) on that date. - If you appear on the "attending" list later that week, then you'll get the e-mail within 24 hours. - If you are moved to the "attending" list on Friday, June 27, then you'll get the e-mail later that day. If you are on the waitlist, then remember to check back regularly, since you might be added to the attending list as late as the evening of June 27. If you are on the waitlist but can no longer attend, please change your RSVP status to "no." If you are on the "attending" list but haven't gotten the e-mail by the specified time, then feel free to contact me directly. (Go to my Meetup profile page and click "send email.") Please do not ask for details on the discussion board. I check my e-mail regularly up to the morning of the event. Thanks!

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  • Let's Organize

    The Greater Astoria Historical Society

    LENYN has grown quickly since its creation in February 2013, now approaching 1700 members, making it one of the biggest Meetups of its type. Of course, rapid growth means growing pains, as anyone who's been waitlisted for one of our events knows. Therefore, I'd like us to get together so we can discuss where the group is and how we can improve it going forward. One thing I want to address is the waitlists. The number of people waiting to get in to our events has often exceeded the number who actually attend. (And the problem is likely to get worse as the group continues to grow.) There are a few different things we can do to deal with the issue, and I'd like to get members' input before moving forward. Other agenda items include the group's attendance / cancellation policy, having different kinds of events, etc. Please, please, please RSVP if you're likely to come and remove your name otherwise so I can get an accurate head count. Thanks!

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  • Let's Explore Museum Mile

    John Purroy Mitchel Monument

    *** THIS IS A SPECIAL EVENT *** (We will not be walking around a neighborhood as we usually do!) Once a year, the cultural institutions along Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile give the people of New York a respite from their exorbitant admission fees and, for a few precious hours, allow us to enter for free. Let's take advantage of the opportunity! This year the Museum Mile Festival takes place on June 10 from 6 to 9 pm and includes free access to: Museum for African Art (110th St.) Museo del Barrio (105th Street) Museum of the City of New York (103rd Street) Jewish Museum (92nd Street) Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (91st Street) National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts (89th Street) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (88th Street) Neue Galerie New York (86th Street) Metropolitan Museum of Art (82nd Street) Fifth Avenue will be closed off to cars between 82nd and 105th Streets, and there will be live bands and other entertainment. For more info about the festival: http://museummilefestival.org/. Because we will not be walking around as a group, I see no reason to limit the number attendees for this meetup. Still, please register if you'd like to come, and remove your name if you can't make it, so I can get an idea of how many people there will be. We'll meet at the John Purroy Mitchel Monument at 5:45 pm. We can then break up into smaller groups depending on who wants to go to which museums and visit them at our leisure. For those who'd like to get a bite and a drink afterward, we'll meet again at the same place after the museums close at 9:00. How to get to the Mitchel Monument: Go to the intersection of 5th Avenue and 90th Street. Heading west, 90th Street runs into the Engineers Gate, which leads into Central Park. (See first picture below.) Walk through the gate and cross the street inside the park (East Drive). The Mitchel Monument will be directly in front of you. (See next picture.)

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