Preview: Uomo Moderno Magazine Reception at Fashion Week Fri. Sept 11, 2015

 

 

Event: Meet the Designer Edoardo Francesco Gradi from Florence at New York Fashion Week

Sponsor: Uomo Moderno Magazine: Uomo Facebook Page

Date:  Fri. Sept. 11, 2015 (includes a special tribute to the victims of 9/11

Where:  The Cutting Room

44 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(between Park Ave and Madison Ave)

Time: 7:30PM  After Party begins at 11PM

Cost: $20 (Limited advance tickets for with promotional code: BIRTHDAY See below!) Uomo Tickets

Code: BIRTHDAY$20 & 25 – Premiere Table Seating
Code: BIRTHDAYTABLE$35 – VIP Balcony with 1 Hour Open Bar
Code: BIRTHDAYVIP
Click on the link below

 

Line Up
6 Designers
Men’s & Women’s Catwalks
Fashion Vignettes
Live Music
Meet the Designers
Special Guest
Great menu!

Uomo Fashion Magazine has hosted previous events such as a rooftop meet and greet at the Ganesvoort Park Avenue, but I got an invitation to this one, which looks pretty interesting.

Although I haven’t a clue who this designer is, I suspect that there will be many who don’t know either. So, I won’t be alone on that one.  But hell, with fashion designers, fashion shows, live music and food and drink, you can’t go wrong for $10!

As for the venue, I have been only once, but that was for a birthday party for a mate of mine. My advice is to bring cash. Don’t be swindled. The barmaid tried to overcharge my credit card, which I had given to start a tab on our table. Somehow, she added four other tables as well. Ridiculous.

I’ve seen similar venues from Eurocircle and French Tuesday events. You can check out The Cutting Room’s homepage here:

Helpful tips:

  • Dress to impress. There is no excuse for shabbiness. Men, be relaxed but fashionable and your clothes should be definitely in season. Put your stylish jackets on and get your shoes shined. Accessories are cool as well as a nice polished bag.
  • Bring your business cards because this is also a good networking opportunity to connect with others – some who can hook you up with other events in the city.
  • Cash is highly recommended based from my experience of starting a tab at the bar.
  • Come with a friend. With the discount promo code, tix are half off but in limited supply. So buy your tickets early.
  • Get on Uomo Moderno’s mailing list for future events and promotions.

 

 

Preview: Rinsed: Museum of Artificial History House Party Sat. Aug. 15

EVENT: Rinsed: Artificial History at the Museum of Artificial History

Location: TBA on Saturday

Time: 11pm-12am open bar – and this party will go on all night into the wee morning hours

Cost: $28.15

Tickets are still available on Resident Advisor so act quickly

Sorry for not putting this up earlier, but I was away sunning myself silly in Los Cabos, but here’s the late preview. My apologies.

If you haven’t been to a Rinsed party before, they are fantastic. The music is generally an eclectic style of house with plenty of disco, funk and retro mixed in. Happily, you won’t hear the same stuff on Z100 or your gym. The parties are often in warehouses in Brooklyn (usually Williamsburg or Bushwick), but they are really fantastic.

You may have missed the early bird tix, but fourth tier ones are still available for $25+$3.15 handling fee.

For tickets, click on the link below to Resident Advisor

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?740125

DJ Line up

French Fries b2b
Bambounou
Max McFerren
Dan Wender
Blacky II

Disclaimer from Rinsed

Tickets are EXTREMELY limited, and nearly sold out, you know what this means. We aren’t here to explain things. That’s what the tour guides are for…

Open Bar Provided 11pm-12am

To maintain secrecy and continue to keep RINSED going, we only release the address to people who buy advance tickets. We have a limited amount and they’re first come, first serve.

Event Preview: Copenhagen Street Dog and Whisky Saturday August 16

Event:  Revolving Dansk Copehagen Street Dog

Location: Brooklyn Navy Yards /

King’s County Distillery

65 Flushing Avenue

Time:  1-10pm

Tickets $5 available through Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hot-dog-and-whiskey-tasting-tickets-17862474141?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre

 

 

Greetings from mexico

My apologies for the last minute notice, but if you’re looking for something to do tomorrow (Saturday, August 16) then come enjoy hotdogs and whisky tastings at Revolving Dansk and King’s County Distillery’s all day event.

Come join COPENHAGEN STREET DOG for a WHISKEY TASTING and hot dog party! Bourbon, chocolate whiskey, moonshine? We are not yet sure which whiskey pairs best with hot dogs, but you can have hell of a time trying to figure it out.

Join us anytime from 1pm and 10pm for a specialty cocktails, whiskey tastings and good old fashion Copenhagen style hot dog eating in the outdoor bar.

Entrance and tour are free. Drinks, tasting, and food available for purchase.

Eurocircles Summer “Safari” Rooftop party Thursday Aug 13. 2015

 

Location: Empire Hotel & Rooftop – 44 West 63rd Street, New York, NY

Date: Thursday, 7-11PM  August 13

RSVP Here Eurocircle RSVP

NO Cover: Say “Eurocircles” at the door!

There will be $10 absolut drinks on special, as well as $10 champagne by the glass (make sure you get a stamp at the door to get these specials).  Food also available for purchase.

If you haven’t been to a Eurocircles event before, then you should definitely check it out. A girlfriend of mine introduced me to this swanky group earlier this year at the Ganesvoort Park Avenue rooftop.

The name Eurocircles sounds like some poncy Euro-centric organization, but their events are really cool and generally are closer to the weekends. They range from meet-and-greet lounge gatherings to full on dance parties, but I’ve had fun at all of them.

TIPS:

You must register with Eurocircles to attend, but it’s free and unlike French Tuesdays, you don’t have to be nominated by an existing member.

Dress code: These parties are generally swanky so dress to impress. For guys, a jacket is highly recommended if not obligatory.  Good grooming and hygiene are also musts. You will meet a lot of people at these events.

Bring friends. I’d recommend bring a mixed group of guys and gals. I find it much easier to mingle with others if you’re part of a group at these events. Why? Generally, people come and talk to you when you’re with a mixed crowd in my experience.

 

 

DJ Party: Rinsed Artificial History Aug 15 @ 11PM

RINSED IT party at Le Bain Dec. 12, 2014

RINSED IT party at Le Bain Dec. 12, 2014

Just a quick heads up to let you know that another Rinsed party is on the way.  If you feel like dancing to some really killer DJ sets, then you’ll definitely want to show up for this one.

I’ve been to a couple Rinsed parties thanks to one of my friends who’s pretty plugged into the dance scene. The parties are usually in Brooklyn, but they sometimes surface at Le Bain in Manhattan as well as on the Circle Line boat.

 

This event’s location is TBA, which means that it’s probably in Brooklyn – usually Williamsburg or Bushwich, but that could change. Ticket holders get a text normally around 9:00 with the location and address. So be ready on the day off.

IMPORTANT: FACEBOOK DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION – you must go to Resident Advisor and get your tickets.

Resident Advisor       http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?740125

As for the music, it’s a fantastic blend of house, disco, funk and R&B with some pretty experimental stuff. I’m a big house fan, but there’s always something there for everyone. The best bit about these parties is that they’re all different in terms of themes and DJs.

TIPS:

If you’re going to check it out, but your tickets early. With some exceptions such as the parties at Le Bain, they usually are sold in three tiers with first being the cheapest, usually $10:00. Be aware that the prices hike as the event draws nearer.

Dress code: Remember this is a dance party so you don’t have to treat this like you’re at a wedding. Stylish, fly and fun are the basic guidelines you should follow.

ESSENTIALS:

When: August 15th, 11:00pm
Where: The Museum of Artificial History, Secret Location TBA
How: Limited Presales on Resident Advisor
Stay Connected: By Attending on Facebook

Resident Advisor

AfroPunk Free Concert at Lincoln Center Outdoors

IMG_20150803_225741Event: Afropunk                            Date: Saturday 1 Aug 2015

Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center    Cost Free / All ages

Verdict: Can’t go wrong! Great live music, family friendly a fantastic vibe and free!

To go or not to go? That is the question when either your friends are out of town or flake out on you. Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it on your own. Normally, I’d recommend that you go with friends to any of the events featured on this website; however, when there’s no alternative, don’t be a afraid to take matters in your own hands.

If you ever are on your own or want to listen to good music in the summer, Lincoln Center hosts several concerts and dance evenings, which many are free. Whether you fancy classical, rock, Jazz or R&B, this is great way to get out of the house and see something new.

This Saturday, I was feeling particularly lonely. After soccer practice. I headed home, showered and went to check out Afropunk at Lincoln Center. Best decision ever! What a fantastic evening of live R&B, classic rock, funk and soul. The line up for this show included: top act Vintage Trouble a really cool rock group from L.A. that  I’d seen once on David Letterman. The singer had the most amazing energy. The highlight of the evening is when he jumped off stage and continued singing while strolling through the crowd. This group is going to be huge soon.

Other key acts included The Skins, Lion Babe and an experimental group Chargaux from Brooklyn. The Skins really rocked it, giving a lovely soul twist with funky dance beats. Wicked!

My only issue was that Chargaux played on a smaller stage away from Damrosch Park, which meant that I missed the first opening act on the main stage. And when I got to Damrosch Park behind the Met Opera, I had to wait in line.

After Vintage Trouble ended their set with such frantic euphoria, it seemed odd to show a somewhat somber art documentary about an artist from Africa. Although the documentary was interesting, it seemed completely out of place with the concert. Maybe, they should have shown it before the live music? I really can’t say.

Happily, Afropunk isn’t over just yet. If you’ve got nothing on for Saturday, August 22, get your tix for Afropunk Fest at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. This is ticketed event so it ain’t free for general admission, but if you volunteer you can earn your keep.

You can get your tickets through eventbrite.com

For more info on this upcoming event visit:  Afropunk Tix info

 

 

 

Copenhagen Street Dog Launch Party in the LES

 


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EVENT: Revolving Dansk at The Delancey in the Lower East Side.

DATE: Sunday 2 August, 2015

What do you Danes put on their hot dogs?  I decided to find out for myself as I headed to at The Revolving Dansk launch party at  The Delancey  in the Lower East Side.

It seems everywhere you go, you can learn a lot about a society by watching what condiments they use on their beloved street food. From vegetarian fare such as kulcha with mustard greens and achar (an Indian spicy, sour pickle) in Amritsar, India to a kebab with extra white sauce in London, condiments define the tastes of the region.

Ceci n’est pas un hot dog. Ceci est un pølse!

Hotdogs are no exception. I often thought growing up in Chicago that a good dog meant everything on it, including chilies. But what does “a hot dog with everything on it” mean in different cities or countries come to that? In Seattle, they put on cream cheese on it. Or in Sweden, a friend told me that mash potato and shrimp salad are the preferred accompaniment. It sounds revolting, but if you’re pissed drunk at 2AM, probably any condiment, however strange, will do. I’d draw the line at Nutella.

So what do they put on theirs in Denmark?
The Danes’ got their own unique twist on the perfect everything-on-it dog or pølse: sour whole grain mustard, ketchup!, thinly sliced pickled cucumbers, fried and raw onions, apricot marmalade and slightly savory, aniseedy liquorice powder. I especially liked the thin pickled cucumbers, which weren’t too sweet and brought a little acidity to beef. The Carolina Reaper hot sauce – allegedly made from the hottest peppers in the world was good but didn’t pack much of a punch. It was more like a slightly spicy ho-hum condiment. Still, the dogs were really delicious and perfect with a refreshing beer.IMAG2827

Revolving Dansk, run by Mark Høedholt and his wife Sera, are hosting a slew off pop-up tastings and participating in some upcoming hot-dog cook offs, which are worth checking out. Bloggers and select guests at today’s event got a gift bag of goodies including: whole grain mustard, ketchup, a pint of pilsner beer, and the Carolina Reaper sauce. Shit, now I’ve got run to the butchers and buy some frankies!

But I digress. Let’s get to back to the event.

Savoring the delights at the Copenhagen Street Dog launch party

Savoring the delights at the Copenhagen Street Dog launch party

On the whole, the launch party was fantastic, and I sampled  Danish pølse, which were free along with the eccentric but frickin’ delicious condiments.   The $4 bottled beer special was also a welcome relief to the afternoon blazing sun. I decided to go it alone to this event, but there were plenty of opportunities to chat with people. The place was crawling with photographers, foodies and writers as well as Scandinavians.

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My only gripes was that I had expected a street fair because after all the title of the event was “Copenhagen Street Dog”. It turns out that others had the same impression. The Delancey is actually a bar with a small rooftop space. Although they had both an indoor and rooftop bar, all the hot dogs where on roof, which was incredibly crowded people reaching for a free pølse. At times, it was difficult to get to the dogs because of the long lines.

This was partly because so many people showed up. When I asked people, “How did you hear about the event?” Everyone had a different answer. I got an invite through Eurocircles (see Associations and Groups for more info), but others found out about the event through Danish churches and food distributors. The rest found it on Revolving Dansk’s website, friends or through other social media.  The event filled to capacity. Despite  too much advertising; however, everyone seemed to have a great time.
USEFUL TIPS FOR ROOFTOP PARTIES.

1. If you’re going to a launch party, always bring cash! Whether or not drinks are free, always tip the barman or lady. The Delancey charges for drinks, and for this event, had  a $39 credit card minimum, which is ridiculous if you ask me. I’m not going to drink 10 beers on a Sunday afternoon!

2. For summer afternoon rooftop parties, always hydrate and put on sunblock before you go because it’s hot up there.  Sunglasses are highly recommended. It was over 90 degrees today and the sun was directly on us the entire time.

3. Make sure you have your ticket. Always RSVP in advance because even Revolving Dansk’s pølse party was so crowded that they were only allowing people who had registered.

4.Oh, and bring your business cards. Lots of them. Events like these a great networking opportunities for you to get to other events.

Please see my Event Previews section or consult the calendar for upcoming Revolving Dansk festivities.

How to find stuff that interest you?

People often ask me how do I find fun stuff to do the city. It really depends on what you like to do. What are your interests? And most importantly, you go  have fun. So enjoy and get out there.

Here are, however, my useful tips to help locate events yourself. Have a look.

1. Business cards, a must

If you’re going to schmooze, then  get cards made. Think of it as if you’re networking for a job. You wouldn’t just write your number on a scrap paper and hope they phone you up. Cards are the easiest way to spread your contact info and get on mailing lists.

Cards also show good etiquette in certain cultures. For example, the Japanese exchange them when meeting for  the first time, but professionals in many cultures also do the same. If you’re going to a reception at The Japan Society or the French consulate for example, have your cards handy. This also goes for trade shows, wine / food tastings and especially meet-and-greets.

When selecting a design, choose something attractive, unique and bold.  Give basic contact information: including your E-mail, phone number and / or website. Your job title or company is optional. Just remember that you don’t need to put too much info. Easy as hell.

If you’re comfortable using your company cards, then by all means, go ahead.

If you need them made, go to Staples and Fedex, which have cheap online options and you can pick them up on your lunch break. I also included Vista, but if you know of someone else, then go for it.

http://www.fedex.com/us/office/designprint/index.html?lid=fo_dpc

http://www.staples.com/sbd/content/copyandprint/businesscards.html

http://www.vistaprint.com/category/business-cards.aspx?couponAutoload=1&GP=8%2f1%2f2015+6%3a47%3a17+PM&GPS=3575835273&GNF=0

2. Plug into  your local community

Some of my friends are involved with their local church or temple. Others volunteer with their local politician.  That’s not really my thing, but my pals who do this taught me local message boards and news bulletins are really good ways to find events in your neighborhood.

The same works for businesses like wine and food distributors that hold frequent events in the city. Sign up to receive their newsletters.

3.   Keep tabs on your favorite websites. Sounds like a no-brainer, which is because it is. A lot of the event pages  are updated routinely and can send you alerts, but always check up on your sites regularly because you may find something cool that you’d have missed otherwise.

All the websites that I’ve listed here are available as phone apps, which is convenient because you can get your tix sent directly to your smartphone.

Eventbrite.com and Goldstar.com are fantastic websites that many organizations and groups post on. It was through Eventbrite that I found some great foodie events, wine tastings as well as fashion parties.  The stuff posted on Goldstar are mostly ticket offers from shows and boat tours, but I found America’s Test Kitchen Live and the caffeine charged Coffee and Tea festival, and the Architectual Digest expo. Both Eventbrite and Goldstar frequently offer early bird deals so act quickly!

Other useful websites and apps are: the skint, Nearify, Viper, and  livingsocial.com. Sometimes these websites are so cluttered with things to do that I sometimes feel slightly overwhelmed.

For those who like dance parties, I would suggest checking out Resident Advisor – a really fantastic London-based website that posts info on upcoming DJ shows in the city. You can buy tickets to these shows on RA.

4. Read the paper for crying out loud!

I get the New York Times delivered. You’re probably thinking “Why?”, but it was the best decision ever. When I used to read it online, I would only read a limited number of  articles, completely missing the rest of the paper. But in print form, you actually discover more by just turning the pages. If you’re into food, pay particular attention to the Front Burner in Wednesday’s food section. where I discovered the French Cheese Board – an association of  French cheese makers that have a pop up shop near Bryant Park.  Thursday’s styles edition is a good way of finding fashion-related and promotional events. And finally, don’t forget to read the art and weekend sections, too.

The NY Times has an event listing app as well, but they’re often posted the day of, giving you less advance notice.

5. Museums, galleries, cultural institutions and consulates are event treasure troves.

This is the best way to plug into all things happening in the city. Sign up for their newsletters or become a member of one that interests you.  For details check out my section on Associations and Groups, where I put additional info and useful links.

6. Join social groups.

Some of my friends use meetup.com which is great, but I also recommend that you join some more established  associations. Certain groups require a member recommending you, but that’s often an easy thing to do. For more info, check out Groups and Associations here:

7. Share your infor with event organizers and PR firms.

Always know who is organizing it and get on their mailing list for upcoming activities. Many PR companies and event organizers need people for their clients’ events and therefore will be happy to add you on their lists.

Personal privacy is sometimes overrated. For instance, last year the Bologna Business School got my name and info and invited me to attend their afternoon talk at Eataly, where they filled us with wine and delicious grub.

8. Fashionistas befriend your department store salesperson

I have a couple of contacts at Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store as well as Bloomingdales on Lexington. High end boutiques like Ted Baker also throw invite-only promotional parties for clients as well as people in the industry. This past spring Saks hosted an event the Kooples and Kenzo, which included fashion shows and complementary drinks and snacks. Make sure you’re on their contact list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are we not men?

“Hey you!” he shouted to me as I was heading to the subway station. “Just say ‘no’ to skinny jeans! Remember you’re a man!” I glanced at what I was wearing: a blue, checkered blazer, a tie and a pair of black, stretch J-Brand jeans. I just shrugged and said, “Yeah, thanks for the tip.” I hear a lot of this from guys who often feel the need to remark on what I’m wearing. Many of my friends often call it “metrosexual” or “Urpean”, which is completely beyond me. Seriously, they’ll say things like, “Hey, you look very metro” or “That’s really European”. When I ask them to explain what that means, they’ll use terms like: stylish, feminine, or even soft. I don’t really mind. I like nice clothes and invest in my appearance, perhaps a bit more so than many men would care to admit.

Terms like “metrosexual” or “European” to describe how men dress indicate a wider problem of how we define sexuality. Let me clear. I’m straight with no hang-ups about my sexuality and no problems of any kind with anyone else’s orientation. I keep thinking of Seinfield: “I’m not gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” But I digress. My point is that somewhere we were conditioned to believe that being a man means not investing in his appearance or wearing stylish clothes. I’m sorry to say, but I think many men in America have pigeon-holed themselves into dressing in a manner that doesn’t look “Euroepan” or “gay”. After all we have TV shows like “Queer Eye for the Straight guy”, which, although a great program, still feeds stereotypes that are engrained in our psyche. So, the logic goes like this: Only gay men know how to dress. So if you know how to dress, you are …wait for it… gay! Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Of course there isn’t. But let’s not forget that homosexuality is an orientation not a style of dress. I think that guys from all walks of life, religious or not, gay, bi or straight can identify what looks good or not, but societal stereotypes actually limit creativity. So my fellow men, you should be classy, suave or dapper and whatever you do or wherever you go, always look the part!

“I really don’t care how something fits. I don’t really look for slim fit clothes,” a pal said as we were peeking at some shops along the way from the gym. “Why not?” I thought. “What’s the point of working out if you’re not going to flaunt it?” But that’s just it. A lot of guys are afraid of flaunting their goods or they feel they have to dress in a certain way so they don’t bring too much attention on themselves. Now, I’m not suggested that men wear whatever just to be flamboyant or start wearing makeup, but just take a bit more time and see what works or diversify their wardrobe and don’t be afraid of accessories. They are all cool. The Magnificent Bastard blog makes a really good point, if guys are looking to change their wardrobe, guys should buy more jackets. It really shirks me when one of my mates says, “I only got one jacket.” How the hell do guys let that happen?

In reality, I think guys do spend a lot of energy in how they look. They are fully aware of colors, name brands and fits. And ladies, yes, they notice what you wear, how you style your hair and makeup and whether your nails are done. I think the problem is that many guys often spend too much energy unwisely on their appearance and ignore basics. Just to quell any potential backlash from a manly rebellion, I don’t claim to know anything, but I have noticed a couple of things that we got to get right. So gentlemen shall we begin?

Basic grooming. I can’t stress this enough. If you’re planning to go to social events to meet people, you’ve got to get this right. Don’t forget that physical grooming is a two-way street; we notice how others look just as they notice us. And before you start, there is nothing European about trimming your nose and ear hairs or trimming your nails or I’m using the f-word, filing them.

Got black spots on your nose? No soap or facial cleanser will take care of that. You’ve got to open your pores with those fancy strips. I use those tape strips from Bioré that are available at most drugstores. I get mine from the Japanese supermarket Sunrise out of convenience. But boy do they work! The stalactites of dirt that the tape removes will amaze you. Honestly, I didn’t know that pores could hold so much gunk!

And while we’re talking about skin, hot showers and shaving dries your skin so remember to use a facial moisturizer and lip balms every morning before you head out and at night before you hit the sack. Flaky skin and chapped lips just look wrong.

Where NYC Events

IMG_20150804_214028“How do you find these events?”

Tibet House

Art Reception with Rima Fujita at the Tibet House

My friends often ask me this every time I talk about one of my little adventures. Then more questions arrive. “Did you find the event on a website or did you crash it and somehow got lucky? Or “Was it by invitation?” And finally, “How much did it cost to get in?” And when I spill beans, they say, “Hey, you should write about it.”

Sake and smiles at The Japan Society

Sake and smiles at The Japan Society

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Spirikal, which you’re probably wondering why anyone would go by such a ridiculous sounding pseudonym. Why not use my real name?

Spirikal and friends at Moma Pop Rally

Spirikal and friends at Moma Pop Rally

Baron François

Spirikal at Baron François

Cheese, honey and wine - oh my! Barnyard Collective

Cheese, honey and wine – oh my! Barnyard Collective

Spirikal, however silly, keeps certain anonymity, and it speaks to me. It describes my spirit and passion for exploring city events and parties. It sums me up pretty well. I am a socialite, an event-goer, or as I prefer to call myself, a metronaut.

Spirikal, l'ambassadeur at the French Consulate

Spirikal, l’ambassadeur at the French Consulate

Here's to yours !

Edible Magazine NY Grand Tasting  Here’s to you !

What is a metronaut?  To me, it is an explorer of the city. Someone who walks the street with open eyes. A person who is naturally curious and who wants to learn something new. Whether it is sale, a reception, an expo, a lecture or a dance party, a metronaut sees every event as an opportunity to meet new faces and get connected with the city. No stone is left unturned. I want to know what everyone is doing, who’s hosting what, and what contacts can I make.

Girls'night out with wine, cheese and art. French Cheese Board

Girls’night out with wine, cheese and art. French Cheese Board

For years, I have been checking out loads of social, cultural, and foodie events and parties in the city. And through these activities, I have met many people and really gotten a feel for New York, which has much to offer.

Harney & Sons: You starin' at my cocktails, punk?

Harney & Sons: You starin’ at my cocktails, punk?

And from every occasion, I have learned something new and made new friends. These events have become my livelihood, an escape from the daily grind of my job.

No matter how rewarding my career choice has been, it’s still a day job. And let’s face it; it can’t always be about work. We have to live a little and meet people. And what better place to do it than New York?

What is Where NYC Events?

I had been mulling over the idea of creating a website, which would both preview and follow up on foodie, fashion, cultural and social events in the city. I talked to everyone I knew and asked them what they thought of creating such a website.

Then my genius brother brought up a valid point. “Aren’t there already tons of sites that do this? Why would anyone care about yours?” Of course, I still don’t have answer to that. Shit. Could I really offer anything that wasn’t already out there?

Califia serving sweet iced coffee at Food Loves Tech

Califia serving sweet iced coffee at Food Loves Tech

Websites and apps such Eventbrite, Goldstar, Nearify and Viper

and the numerous social groups list events by the hundreds, and in many cases, you can sort through the stuff you like yourself. Plus the events I choose to discuss on my blog may not be your cup of tea.

Open House at the Alliance Française

Open House at the Alliance Française

But wouldn’t be cool to consolidate the best activities that I can find on one calendar, complete with previews and reviews of events, thus saving the time of having to comb every single site?

And with every question I asked myself, I thought of ten more. Who would find this website interesting? And what are these associations and groups I talk about?

How do I suggest people dress for these occasions? Should we bring friends or go on our own? And finally how to meet people at these events and get leads on other goings-on in the city?

Where NYC can answer all of that, plus include a personal perspective on events rather than just list them. This blog has three simple goals: inform, report and inspire. Many of the events featured concern food, lectures, expos, receptions and dance parties.

I hope to add more kinds of stuff, once I discover more. Whether you are looking for friends (or potential bedfriends) or just want some ideas on events to attend, this blog will help you up off your chair and hopefully out the door.

Wine and hors dœuvr

Wine and hors d’œuvres at Edible Escape 2015

Besides previewing and reviewing, I am also going to include some suggestions of restaurants, lounges and bars near some of the venues just in case a nightcap is on the agenda. You will also find savvy tips on this blog on how to find the stuff you like.

Finally, I’m going to provide a little lifestyle and social advice to those who want make a good impression on others. In this section, you can learn about upcoming sales and fashion tips as well as how to present yourself. I am not going to be smug, but I have learned both from my mistakes and watching others at events.

Can we comment on the blog posts?

No, I don’t forsee any Yelpification on the site, where one can read the same comments on how ‘it used to be cool’ or rants about how everything sucks. Although you can’t comment on the posts, you can certainly contact me if you have suggestions or requests for information.

Reception at the Asia Society

Reception at the Asia Society

I’m also aware that the Internet is a troll-infested cesspit from hell with mean-spirited people everywhere. So if your aim is to trash everything, this site won’t be for you. I really want it to be fun and positive so I won’t respond to any negativity.

Japan Society

Meet and greet at the Japan Society Members Preview

All events reviewed will have warm and sometimes cool, but constructive, feedback. If I don’t anything nice to say, then I won’t write about it. Cheers for your understanding.

Fancy a drink? Edible Good Spirits

Fancy a drink? Edible Good Spirits

I hope that this blog will serve in some way as a blueprint to getting excited about this city I have learned to call home. So join me and let’s get out and about.