What we're about

~ Escape the Ordinary ~

Are you tired of having nothing fun to do? Or have no interestingly engaging friends to hang out with? Are you either working that same 9-5 and never taking time to smell the roses? Or just sitting at home on a perfectly good Friday night alone knowing perfectly well you should be out partaking in all life has to offer?

Or is it the other way around, are you always on the go, always visiting cultural exhibits, participating in grass roots events and/or checking items off your ever growing "bucket list", but you wish could find your niche, a savvy adventurous open-minded welcoming group of people who share your interests?

Well either way, you’ve come to the right place.

OUR EVENTS: Unlike other groups, we do not do the same tiresome events over and over and over, week after week. Here at NY Wanna Do, we strive to make the most of what this great city has to offer by seeking out a diverse assortment of NEW and FUN events and activities, be it blazing a new hiking trail, or attending a concert or Broadway show, trying out a new restaurant, visiting museums, see the latest movie blockbuster, learn a new skill, taking day trips out of the city, and so much, much more!

All our events are typically casual and low key and held throughout the five boroughs of New York City and beyond, all reachable by public transportation!

OUR MEMBERS: All are welcome regardless of age, race or creed as long. As long as you are open to adventures, possess a “wanna do” spirit, maintain a positive attitude and a willingness to do new things ... we want to meet you!

****SLACKERS, COUCH POTATOES, SERIAL LURKERS ... NEED NOT JOIN*******

LIABILITY WAIVER: We are not a commercial, profit-making group, nor are we a professionally guided group. You participate in our events at your own risks. Our main goal is to have fun while we are outside not to look after your safety. You have to do that for yourself. Upon signing up for any of our events, you agree that you are solely responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and you agree you will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold any event host or any other group members responsible for any injuries, mishaps or any other situation that may arise. Your attendance at our Meetups signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver.

Upcoming events (5+)

Let's Volunteer at Senior Center in Harlem

Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program

**THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT - RSVP COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED. IF YOU TAKE UP A SPOT AND THEN BAIL OUT LAST MINUTE, YOU ARE SUBJECT TO REMOVAL FROM THE GROUP. SO PLEASE RSVP RESPONSIBLY** Every day, seniors gather to socialize and enjoy a hot meal. The Carter Burden Network prides itself on serving restaurant-style meals made in our own kitchens and served on-site to our participants. WHAT WE'LL BE DOING: Volunteers work both in the kitchen and dining room in food preparation, meal distribution, and cleaning capacities. Aprons, hairnet and rubber gloves will be provided to all volunteers. Hours & Locations: Volunteer hours are from 10am - 1:00pm Monday - Sunday at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program located in East Harlem (312 East 109th Street). WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: RSVP COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED. This event happens rain or shine! WHERE TO MEET: Meet in the dining room on the second floor at the Carter Burden Center. AFTER VOLUNTEERING: we'll go for eats and drinks and get social. About The Carter Burden Center for Aging: Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program (Covello Program) is one of NYC'S Innovative Senior Centers that provides socialization, recreation and education through a wide array of daily activities including: breakfast and lunch; exercise; dance and yoga classes; computer training; health and wellness activities; arts programs; special events & holiday parties; and other activities. Exciting day trips are also planned on a regular basis.

Fall Foliage Hike: The Nose Picking Edition :)

Port Authority Bus Terminal

$1.00

**PLEASE RSVP RESPONSIBLY. YES RSVP ONLY IF YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU CAN JOIN US. Any NO rsvps, habitual rsvp changers and no shows are subject to removal from the group.** **Please be sure to read through the Meetup write-up before you rsvp!** 'Tis the Season for a Fall Foliage hike! Air temps and humidity have dipped, and the leaves are blazing shades of yellow, red and orange. If leaf peeping is on your agenda this autumn, come join us as we get outside and do an EASY TO MODERATE hike to GERTRUDE'S NOSE at Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New Paltz, NY. About Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Located in Ulster County, NY Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, 35 miles of carriage roads and 50 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy. And, all this within an hour and a half drive from New York City. GETTING THERE: The best way to get to Minnewaska is by car. If there are drivers, or those can drive and willing to rent a car, and pick up people, we'll share carpool expenses. Alternately, there is a Trailway bus out of NY's Port Authority that goes to New Paltz. Why drive when you can sit back and relax and let someone else drive? :) One-way bus ticket is $23.00. Round trip is $46.00. Once we arrive at the bus station in New Paltz, we'll share an Uber/Lyft to Minnewaska. AGENDA: Once we arrive at Minnewaska we'll hike the Gertrude's Nose trail. HIKE DESCRIPTION: https://www.nynjtc.org/hike/print/171 NOTE: we are doing the Gertrude's Nose trail (NOT Millbrook Mountain) which is easy to moderate. There are some ups and downs but nothing strenuous. TRAIL MAP: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/MinnewaskaMinnewaskaStateParkTrailMap.pdf HIKE INTENSITY: This will be an EASY BREEZY to Moderate intensity hike. There are some ups and downs but nothing strenuous. PACE: leisurely with plenty of stops for refreshments and taking in the surrounding views, taking the time to savor the sights and sounds of nature. Everyone will hike at their own natural pace with no fear of being left behind. PLEASE, NO SPEED DEMONS!!!! TOTAL MILEAGE: About 6 MILES DURATION: We will be out for the entire day. I cannot guarantee finishing time. So if you have to ask, you're just better off staying home. We will finish when we finish. WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING: Dress in non-cotton layers. Wear hiking shoes. Bring at least 3 liters of liquid to stay hydrated. Bring lunch and snacks for yourself. Carry all your stuff in a backpack. WEATHER: Rain or extreme heat cancels hike! MEETUP FEE: a $1.00 Meetup fee will be collected to help offset the cost of keeping this group going. LIABILITY WAIVER: come prepared. Hold no one liable. Participate at your own risks. etc. etc.

A Bronx Tale Hike

Pelham Bay Park

$1.00

**PLEASE RSVP RESPONSIBLY. YES RSVP ONLY IF YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU CAN JOIN US. Any NO rsvps, habitual rsvp changers and no shows are subject to removal from the group.** Let's take a hike at Pelham Bay Park reachable by MTA subway GETTING THERE: Make your own way to the Pelham Bay Park station - last stop on the 6 train line by no later than 10:30AM. Then we'll share a Uber/Lyft ride (no more than $5 or so per person) to Orchard Beach Nature Center. From the Orchard Beach Nature Center, we'll pick up the Kazrimiroff Trail which will take us through Hunter Island. About Hunter Island: Right next to Orchard Beach and the Twin Islands, the 3-mile loop around Hunter Island offers an exploratory route through marshland, beaches full of herons and mussels, gorgeous forests, the area’s tiny, rock islands, and unprecedented views of the Long Island Sound. READ MORE ABOUT HUNTER ISLAND -------> http://www.backpacker.com/trips/new-york/new-york-city-hunter-island-loop/#bp=0/img1 We'll also allot time to explore Twin Island. About Twin Island: Twin Island is nothing more or less than the ragged outcrop of rock at the north end of Orchard Beach in the Bronx. [Walk] out to the wide, flat promenade and white sand beach. Look into the distance, and you can see City Island and the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. READ MORE ABOUT TWIN ISLAND -----> http://www.nytimes.com/1992/02/02/news/sunday-outing-boulders-sand-treasure-silence-that-faraway-land-called-bronx.html HIKE INTENSITY: easy to moderate MILEAGE: We'll do a loop hike of about 3 or 4 miles DURATION: I cannot guarantee finishing time. So if you have to ask, you're just better off staying home. We will finish when we finish. PACE: leisurely with plenty of stops as needed for refreshments and taking in the surrounding views, taking the time to savor the sights and sounds of nature. Everyone will hike at their own natural pace with no fear of being left behind. PLEASE, NO SPEED DEMONS!!!! WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING: Dress in non-cotton layers. Wear hiking shoes. Bring at least 3 liters of liquid to stay hydrated. Bring lunch and snacks for yourself. Carry all your stuff in a backpack. WEATHER: Rain or extreme heat cancels hike! MEETUP FEE: A $1.00 Meetup fee will be collected to help defray the cost of keeping this group going. LIABILITY WAIVER: come prepared. Hold no one liable. Participate at your own risks. etc. etc.

Food and Libation at the Bronx Night Market

Bronx Night Market

**PLEASE RSVP RESPONSIBLY. YES RSVP ONLY IF YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU CAN JOIN US. Any NO rsvps, habitual rsvp changers and no shows are subject to removal from the group.** Let's take a Metrocard journey to the Bronx Night Market. The Bronx Night Market is the largest celebration of cuisine & culture in The Bronx, Westchester County and Uptown Manhattan attracting more than 80,000 people in its debut season in Fordham Plaza. This open-air, food-centric market features Bronx-based vendors serving up tamales, soul food, latkes, ice cream, pastries, elotes and vegan creations, plus libations from the Bronx Brewery and others. In addition to all of the delicious provisions, the market offers nifty wares from local artisans and live music performances from Bronx musicians. Come appreciate all that NYC's northernmost borough has to offer. NO TICKETS OR ENTRY FEE, JUST COME HUNGRY AND COME EARLY.

Past events (13)

Fall Foliage Hike Over the Hudson

Grand Central Terminal

$1.00

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