• Let's Go to the Queens Night Market

    111th Street 7 line station

    *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 go check out the Queens Night Market. http://queensnightmarket.com/ The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens. ADMISSION TO THE MARKET IS FREE!!! GETTING THERE: 7 train to 111th Street station then walk over.

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  • August Volunteer to Deliver Meals to the Elderly

    Burden Center For the Aging

    **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** WHAT WE'LL BE DOING: We will be volunteering through the Burden Center for the Aging to deliver pre-packaged hot and cold meals to the elderly living in the Upper East Side of MANHATTAN, between 69th and 79th Streets, between Fifth Avenue and the East River. Meals are delivered on foot by volunteers in pairs or groups; each group generally visit 4-8 clients. Volunteers should be able to carry 5-10 pounds and walk up several flights of stairs comfortably since some clients live in walk-up buildings. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: RSVP COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED. This event happens rain or shine! WHERE TO MEET: Meet in the cafeteria of the Carter Burden Center AFTER VOLUNTEERING: we'll go for eats and drinks and get social. About The Carter Burden Center for Aging: The Burden Center for the Aging, Inc. promotes the well-being of elderly residents of the Upper East Side of Manhattan through a broad array of direct social services and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. We are dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to remain in their own homes living independently, safely and with dignity..

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  • Let's Hike Fire Island

    LIRR Jamaica Station

    **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 description below before you rsvp** Let's get outside and do summer fun and frolic on Fire Island. Nestled in between the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Fire Island is the ultimate vacation getaway, offering pristine beaches without a hint of pretention and has been a haven for generations of beach-goers, outdoor enthusiasts, and water sport lovers. Free of cars and chaos, Fire Island uniquely seems like a world away from its neighboring New York metropolitan way of life. For this Meetup, we will visit the Sailors Haven / Sunken Forest part of Fire Island. Considered the crown jewel of the Fire Island National Seashore, Sailors Haven offers a truly unique combination of breathtaking ocean beach and a 1.5 mile nature trail through the Sunken Forest, one of the few remaining maritime forests on the eastern seaboard and spans over 40 acres of wildlife. Serious hikers, bird watchers, and ecologists find this part of Fire Island to be absolutely fascinating. The forest features holly, bayberry, blueberry, sassafras, and shadblow trees that are estimated to be well over 200 years old and have been twisted and shaped by the constant salt spray. This beautiful forest is home to a vast eco-system of plants and wildlife. Guided tours of the forest are provided by the Fire Island National Park Service. A visitors’ center with nature exhibits, picnic areas, a snack bar and a gift shop are located on the bay front near the marina and ferry dock. Restrooms and showers are located near the life-guarded ocean beach. GETTING THERE: The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) offers an all inclusive beach package to Fire Island!!!!! http://web.mta.info/lirr/getaways/beach/sunkenforest.htm Take the train to the Sayville Station and board a Colonial Taxi to the Sayville Ferry. $37.25 from NYC and Brooklyn $36.75 from Jamaica $19.00 Children 5-11 Package includes: R/T Rail to and from Sayville Station R/T Ferry Voucher Taxi Voucher For schedule of ferry departure times call Sayville Ferry Service (631)[masked] or visit: sayvilleferry.com. If you are leaving from PENN STATION in Manhattan: Take the LIRR train leaving at 8:43AM, transfer at Jamaica Station at 9:10AM, and arrive in Sayville at 10:09AM. If you are leaving from ATLANTIC TERMINAL in Brooklyn: Take the LIRR train leaving at 8:43AM, transfer at Jamaica Station at 9:10AM, and arrive in Sayville at 10:09AM. If you are leaving from JAMAICA STATION in Queens: Take the LIRR train leaving at 9:10AM, arriving in Sayville at 10:09AM. OUR AGENDA: We will arrive in Sayville by 10:09AM. There will be Colonial Taxi cabs waiting to meet the train and will take passengers to the Sayville ferry terminal. We will aim to take the 10:30AM ferry ride to Sailor's Haven (about 30-minute ferry ride from Sayville to Sailor's Haven) Ferry schedule: http://www.sayvilleferry.com/schedule-sailors-haven.php Once we arrive in Sailors Haven, we will spend the rest of the day exploring on foot. Activities include, but are not limited to, nature walk through Sunken Forest, beach fun and frolic time, as well as walk to Cherry Grove part of Fire Island for lunch. We can also leave for home from Cherry Grove back to Sayville. LIABILITY WAIVER: come prepared, participate at your own risks, hold no one liable, etc, etc.

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  • Breweries of the Bronx Trolley Tour (Must Purchase Ticket In Advance)

    **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 sure to read through Meetup write-up below before you rsvp** **THIS MEETUP REQUIRES PREPAYMENT. To maintain RSVP integrity, all interested rsvps are WAITLISTED until you confirm you have actually bought your ticket. ** Woodlawn Cemetery partners with The Bronx Historical Society for this one-of-a-kind tour. Woodlawn Cemetery is the final resting place to many notables and their families who have contributed to a beer-brewing legacy in The Bronx dating back to the 1850s. These mostly German families have made their impact in communities such as Melrose, Morrisania, Mott Haven, and other areas in the South Bronx. To celebrate this legacy, this tour will take participants on our Woodlawn Trolley, beginning at Woodlawn Cemetery and then on to the borough’s newest breweries and beer halls. The Bronx County Historical Society will lead the tour. The tour starts and ends at the Jerome Avenue entrance of Woodlawn Cemetery. There will be a one-hour lunch break in in Little Italy (Arthur Avenue). Lunch is not included. Price: $40, or $35 for members of Woodlawn Detail and link to purchase your ticket: https://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm%2Fevent%2Finfo&reset=1&id=471 Please note money goes to Woodlawn so you are subject to their cancellation policy. GETTING THERE: Woodlawn is located directly across the street from the Woodlawn stop on the IRT #4 subway (last stop). Free parking available in Woodlawn Cemetery. LIABILITY WAIVER: Come prepared. Participate at your own risks. Hold no one liable. Etc. Etc.

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  • Let's Volunteer to Deliver Meals to the Elderly

    Burden Center For the Aging

    **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** WHAT WE'LL BE DOING: We will be volunteering through the Burden Center for the Aging to deliver pre-packaged hot and cold meals to the elderly living in the Upper East Side of MANHATTAN, between 69th and 79th Streets, between Fifth Avenue and the East River. Meals are delivered on foot by volunteers in pairs or groups; each group generally visit 4-8 clients. Volunteers should be able to carry 5-10 pounds and walk up several flights of stairs comfortably since some clients live in walk-up buildings. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: RSVP COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED. This event happens rain or shine! WHERE TO MEET: Meet in the cafeteria of the Carter Burden Center AFTER VOLUNTEERING: we'll go for eats and drinks and get social. About The Carter Burden Center for Aging: The Burden Center for the Aging, Inc. promotes the well-being of elderly residents of the Upper East Side of Manhattan through a broad array of direct social services and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. We are dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to remain in their own homes living independently, safely and with dignity..

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  • Music and Flamenco at Queensbridge Park

    Queensbridge 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.** SummerStage Flamenco Concert on Friday, July 12, 7PM at Queensbridge Park: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2019/07/12/a-palo-seco-in-association-with-lamc FREE dance classes are held on stage before dance performances. All are welcome. THIS IS A FREE PUBLIC EVENT. We'll meet early to find a good spot. Afterwards perhaps we'll grab dinner in the 'hood Named after a stripped-down style of Flamenco often sung a capella or with percussion alone, the New York-based Flamenco dance company, A Palo Seco, combines traditional techniques with a modern, metropolitan flair. Returning to SummerStage for the first time since opening for Ballet Hispanico in 2014, the company will perform with a live band, and hold a free 45-minute dance class led by artistic director Rebecca Tomas before the show, sharing their expertise in Flamenco with the Queensbridge community. Free dance classes are held on stage before dance performances. All are welcome and no RSVP is required. WHAT IS SUMMERSTAGE? For New York music fans, SummerStage is always one of the highlights of the summer-concerts calendar. The City Parks Foundation series, which celebrates its 34th anniversary this year, is a juggernaut among warm-weather concert presenters, booking everything from classic New York hip-hop artists in outerborough NYC parks to big-name indie-rock bands on the Central Park mainstage. T When is SummerStage? This year's festival runs from June 1 through September 24. Events happen almost every day of the summer including both free concerts, dance parties, live theater, ballet and an outdoor opera series. The series' affiliated benefit shows (for which you'll need a ticket) run through September. Where is SummerStage? Events happen at many of the city's parks in all five boroughs. The iconic SummerStage mainstage in Central Park, situated at Rumsey Playfield, houses plenty of gigs. But the series is by no means a Manhattan-centric affair, with concerts taking place all summer at parks and outdoor spaces throughout NYC. How do I get tickets to SummerStage? As always, the majority of SummerStage's offerings are 100 percent free.

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  • Tour Lyndhurst Mansion (part 2) (Must Purchase Ticket in Advance!)

    ***YES RSVP ONLY IF YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU CAN JOIN US. If you bail out last minute or are a no show, you are subject to removal from the group. So please rsvp responsibly.** **Please sure to read through Meetup write-up below before you rsvp** Let's spend the date touring the LYNDHURST MANSION in Tarrytown and learn how the 1% lived during the Gilded Age. There will be two separate Meetups - separate tours - for the day. This is the second tour - The CLASSIC TOUR. NOTE: Ticket must be pre-purchased in advance. To maintain rsvp integrity for this event, all interested rsvps are WAITLISTED. Once you confirm you have actually bought the ticket, post a comment to that effect and I will move you off the Waitlist** CLASSIC TOUR: https://www.showclix.com/event/classic-lyndhurst-mansion-tours-2019 From the calendar, select the June 15 date on the calendar, select the 2PM timeslot, enter # of tickets, follow instruction to pay... Perfect for first-time visitors, the mansion tour lasts approximately one hour. On the mansion tour, you will see the majestic vestibule and entrance hall, reception room, parlor, library, cabinet room, Jay Gould’s private office, and the sumptuous Victorian dining room. The second-floor centers around the Grand Picture Gallery hung with its original and varied collection of European paintings. Impressive Tiffany and La Farge stained glass windows and decorative wall paintings adorn the gallery and adjacent bedrooms. Advance online ticket purchases are recommended. Tours do sell out. GETTING THERE: If you're not with us for the morning tour ... make your own way to Lyndhurst in time for the 2PM tour. The 12:30PM Metro-North train from Grand Central to TARRYTOWN should get you to the mansion in time for the 2PM tour. One-way off-peak ticket from Grand Central to Tarrytown is $11.25. Once in Tarrytown, short Uber ride to the Mansion. LIABILITY WAIVER: Come prepared. Participate at your own risks. Hold no one liable. Etc. Etc.

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  • Tour Lyndhurst Mansion (part 1) (Must Purchase Ticket in Advance!)

    ***YES RSVP ONLY IF YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU CAN JOIN US. If you bail out last minute or are a no show, you are subject to removal from the group. So please rsvp responsibly.** Let's spend the day touring the LYNDHURST MANSION in Tarrytown and learn how the 1% lived during the Gilded Age ... There will be two separate Meetups - separate tours - for the day. The first one is the Backstairs Tour at 11:30AM NOTE: Ticket must be pre-purchased in advance. To maintain rsvp integrity for this event, all interested rsvps are WAITLISTED. Once you confirm you have actually bought the ticket, post a comment to that effect and I will move you off the Waitlist** BACKSTAIRS TOUR: https://www.showclix.com/event/backstairs-tours-2019 Select June 15 date on the calendar, click on "Get Ticket" then follow instructions to order ticket for yourself. Tour is at 11:30am: ONLY 10 TICKETS AVAILABLE This tour looks exclusively at ‘behind-the-scenes’ areas of the mansion. Come discover how during the Gilded Age and beyond, the staffs at Lyndhurst functioned to provide an efficient and seamless lifestyle for the Merritt and Gould Families! The tour begins with a journey up 79 stairs to the 5th-floor observatory tower. After enjoying the spectacular views of the lower Hudson Valley and Manhattan, you will descend 99 stairs to view the servants’ quarters including the butler’s suite, root cellar, scullery, kitchen, ice closet, and servants’ dining room. The tour will conclude with a visit to the 1911 laundry building. Please note that this tour does NOT visit the main rooms of the mansion – please purchase Classic Tour Tickets for the traditional tour experience. this tour is approximately one and a half hours and because of its physical demands, it is not recommended for individuals with mobility issues. GETTING THERE: We'll take the 9:32AM Metro-North train from Grand Central to TARRYTOWN. One-way off-peak ticket from Grand Central to Tarrytown is $11.25. Once in Tarrytown, short Uber ride to the Mansion. LIABILITY WAIVER: Come prepared. Participate at your own risks. Hold no one liable. Etc. Etc.

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  • Let's Take a Hike on the OCA + Ceviche Dinner Post Hike

    Grand Central Terminal

    ***YES RSVP ONLY IF YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU CAN JOIN US. If you bail out last minute or are a no show, you are subject to removal from the group. So please rsvp responsibly.** **Please be sure to read through the Meetup write-up before you rsvp!** Welcome Urban Escapers! For our very first Meetup, let's do an EASY BREEZY hike on the Old Croton Aqueduct (OCA) trail. Pace will be LEISURELY and NO ONE WILL GET LEFT BEHIND. This is the FIRST of FOUR planned hikes on the OCA. For this Meetup, we will hike 9 MOSTLY FLAT MILES from CROTON HARMON, then head NORTH to a very scenic stop at the New Croton Dam, then SOUTH to eventually reach OSSINING. ADDED BONUS FOR THE DAY: In Ossining, we'll head on a guided tour of an actual OCA WEIR CHAMBER led by the Friends of the OCA organization - good stuff~! https://aqueduct.org/events/weir-tours-continuous-part-ossining-village-fair-1 About the OCA: The Old Croton Aqueduct was NYC's first water supply system. It was built between 1837 and 1842 as the solution to the city's over population and the twin scourges of fires and diseases, and served as NYC's first water supply system with fresh water delivered from Westchester all the way to Bryant Park/42nd Street. The Aqueduct remained in service until 1965 when it was supplanted by the New Croton Dam and other newer reservoirs. Links to read more about the OCA: https://www.nyhistory.org/seneca/croton.html https://parks.ny.gov/parks/96/details.aspx Today, the unused OCA pipe remains underground, but above it is a scenic path that winds through urban centers and small communities and passes numerous historic sites, preserves, a museum highlighting the construction of the Aqueduct, and through the backyards of many private residential homes. GETTING THERE: We'll meet at Grand Central to take the 9:30AM Metro-North to CROTON HARMON. One-way off-peak ticket from Grand Central to CROTON HARMON is $11.25. AGENDA: Once we arrive in CROTON HARMON, we'll proceed over city streets to make our way on to the OCA trail, making our way NORTH to the New Croton Dam, then SOUTH to eventually reach OSSINING. Post-hike, for those interested, we'll have eats and drinks at the Karma Lounge where they serve AMAZING CEVICHE!!! At the end of the day, for return trip, we'll leave from OSSINING station. One-way off-peak ticket from OSSINING back to Grand Central is also $11.25. HIKE INTENSITY: This will be an EASY BREEZY hike and walk through packed-dirt paths running through a forest, while some parts are asphalt and concrete streets and sidewalks. NOTE: there is one small - about 200-feet descent - from the OCA trail onto paved road en route to the New Croton Dam. 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. PACE: slow 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!!!! 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! LIABILITY WAIVER: come prepared. Hold no one liable. Participate at yoru own risks. etc. etc.

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