What is WhereNYC?

Cover Photo © Daniel Serrette

“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 wants to learn something new. Whether it is a conference, a reception, an expo, a lecture, sale 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 I can 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 and a journey to another life full of excitement.

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, unwind and of course, keep our curiosity alive. 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, educational, cultural and social events in the city. I talked to everyone I knew and asked them what they thought of creating such a website. I thought this would be easy.

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 haven’t an answer to that. 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. In many cases, you can also sort through your preferences. Meanwhile, the events I choose to feature on my blog may not be your cup of tea. Then again, I might feature something that appeals to many. I can’t pretend, however, to know everything.

My motto is that you may know more than me, but whatever I find, I share.  In doing so, I consolidate the best activities that I can find on one calendar, complete with previews and reviews of events, hopefully saving you some time to comb every website. But I wondered what would WhereNYC be like?

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?

WhereNYC 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, as 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?

Sorry mates. 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 who seek to trash everything in sight. So if your aim is deride, this site won’t be for you. I really want it to be fun and positive so I won’t respond to any negativity.

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. It’s that simple.

I hope that this blog will serve in some way as a blueprint to helping you find events in the place I have learned to call home. So join me and let’s get out and about.

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9 Comments

  1. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest
    but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to
    come back in the future. Cheers

  2. Hi there,

    I was wondering if you can help us promote promote our upcoming sale event. Details are below:

    Designer Sample Sale – Valentino, Red Valentino, Marchesa, Anya Hindmarch – Everything 70-80% Off Sale Event

    Date of Sale: Mon-Thu 9/11/17-09/14/17
    Time: Mon- Thu 9am-6pm
    Location:
    49 W. 38th St
    (btwn 5th & 6th Ave.)
    Main Floor
    New York, NY 10018 
    Payment Type Accepted: Cash/MC/VISA/AMEX/DIS/Checks w/ID 

    Global Fashions is running their End of Summer Designer 4 Day Sample Sale featuring luxury designer apparel and accessories for Men and Women. Apparel will be discounted at 80% off and Shoes, Handbags, and Accessories will be discounted at 70% off.

    Look for brands such as Valentino, Garavani, Red Valentino, Marchesa, Anya Hindmarch, D&G, Moschino, Alberta Ferreti, and much more.

    All sizes will be available. You will find everything for men and women including eveningwear, sportswear, accessories, outerwear, handbags, shoes and more.

    All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. 
    ###

    • Hi Dianna,

      Do you have any flyer, links and credited photos that we can use?
      Thanks.
      Spirikal
      WhereNYC

  3. Hi There, I was hoping you can help us promote the Luxury Designer Sample Sale that is going to be held December 11 through 14th. Please use link to see the image: http://www.topbutton.com/images/articles/sales/Globalfashions_VIPFinal.jpg

    Designer Secret Sample Sale – Red Valentino, Marchesa, M Missoni and Others We CAN’T Mention – Everything 70-80% Off Sale Event

    Date of Sale: Mon-Thu 12/11/17-12/14/17
    Time: Mon- Thu 9am-6pm
    Location:
    49 W. 38th St
    (btwn 5th & 6th Ave.)
    New York, NY 10018 
    Payment Type Accepted: Cash/MC/VISA/AMEX/DIS/Checks w/ID 

    Global Fashions just announced that they are running a 4 day Secret Sample Sale with some of the most coveted brands in the industry which we are NOT allowed to mention… However, this exclusive affair will feature other names that we are allowed to divulge such as Red Valentino, Marchesa, Moschino, M Missoni, Alberta Ferretti, and many more.

    Setting the fashion high bar, this sale will feature women’s elegant couture gowns discounted at 80% off, RTW discounted at 75% off and shoes and accessories discounted 70% off. All sizes will be available. Shop for men and women including eveningwear, sportswear, accessories, outerwear, handbags, shoes, wallets, and even small gift items such as couture tree ornaments and much more.

    • M Missoni Sweater retailing at $450, now on sale for $112
    • M Missoni Dress retailing at $850, now on sale for $212
    • Designer Couture Name Handbag (can’t reveal name) retailing at $1150, on sale now for $345
    • Red Valentino Fur Coat original $3500, now $875
    • Red Valentino Animal print knit dress retail at $690, now $172
    • Couture Hand painted Tree ornament retailing for $95 now on sale for $28

    All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

  4. HI There,

    I was hoping you can help us once again promote another Sale event. copy is below:
    Fred Gelb Furs – Up To 60% Off
    Designer Label Wholesale Fur Inventory Clearance

    Date of Sale: Thu-Mon 12/5/18 – 12/22/18
    Time: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm, Other Times by Appt Only
    Location:
    345 7th Avenue (btwn 29th & 30th St) 20th Floor New York, NY 10001

    Payment Type Accepted: Cash/MC/VISA/AMEX

    After 40 years as one of the largest wholesale designer label manufacturers, Frederick Gelb is going to reduce it’s multi-million-dollar inventory by 60%!
    There are never to be seen again deals on sheared mink, reversibles, sporty hooded pieces, the new horizontal look, sables and so much more in a fantastic range of in stock sizes and colors. That we can only name a few:

    • Reversible American sheared mink jackets uptown $7000 here $2,995
    • Horizontal Blue mink jackets $8500 in the department store here $3,895
    • Full length American mink coats-Designer salon at $10,000-$14,000, now at wholesale here at $4,500 to $5,000!
    • Over 1500 fantastic deals on 1500 furs at Closeout Clearance Prices.

    • Hi Dianna,
      Thanks for the heads up. We put out a preview on December 4th.
      Best wishes,

    • Hi Dianna,
      Thanks for the heads up. We put out a preview on December 4th.
      Best wishes,

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