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+)

Meals on Wheels 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.

A Bronx Tale Hike

Pelham Bay Park

**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, snow or polar vortex cancels hike! 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.

Fall Foliage Hike to Pick Anthony's Nose

Grand Central 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 Meetup write-up below before you rsvp as DEPARTURE AND RETURNING POINTS ARE DIFFERENT** FALL is the best season for hiking. 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 a short but sweet hike to ANTHONY'S NOSE. Pace will be LEISURELY and NO ONE WILL GET LEFT BEHIND. About Anthony's Nose: This is a rugged ridge in the Hudson Highlands near Cortlandt Manor. A steep, 500-foot rock staircase takes you up the first section of the 2.6-mile hike, then a relatively flat trail leads to an overlook with views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge. ============= GETTING THERE: In the morning, we'll meet at GRAND CENTRAL to take the 10:45AM Metro-North to MANITOU. ONE-WAY OFF-PEAK ticket from GC to MANITOU station is $15.00. AGENDA: Once we get to Manitou, we'll walk about 1.5 miles to the Anthony's Nose trailhead. The trail starts out with some simple scrambling but flattens out as you reach the top. At the top there are some spectacular views of Bear Mountain vicinity. We'll have lunch at the top before making our way back down. From here, we'll then make our way to the Bear Mountain Bridge - don't forget your cameras the views from the bridge is simply spectacular! We'll cross the bridge making our way to the Bear Mountain Inn where we will then pick up the 5:19PM Shortline Bus back to the PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL (NOT GRAND CENTRAL!) One-way bus ticket is $14.35 payable to the bus driver IN CASH ONLY. HIKE INTENSITY: Easy to Moderate. Hike starts out walking on paved roads, followed by a short scrambling to reach the top of Anthony's Nose, followed by an easy breezy bridge crossing. TOTAL MILEAGE: About 4 MILES. DURATION: We will be out for the entire day. I cannot guarantee finishing time so if you have to ask what time we'll be done, you're better off just staying home!! We will finish when we finish. PACE: LEISURELY PACE and NO ONE WILL BE LEFT BEHIND, with plenty of stops for refreshments and taking in the surrounding views, taking the time to savor the sights and sounds of nature. PLEASE, NO SPEED DEMONS!!!! In addition, we'll hike together as a group. If you can't or unwilling to stick with the group, DO NOT SIGN UP. WHO SHOULD COME: Anyone with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. A smile also goes a long way. Please leave the drama and crankiness at home. 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, snow, polar vortex 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. Hike at your own risks. Hold no one liable, etc, etc.

Past events (13)

Fall Foliage Hike Over the Hudson

Grand Central Terminal

$1.00

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