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“How do you find these events?”
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.”
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, 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.