Originally posted by Jessycat:
What areas are you thinking of for the party?
And when you say "divey"... HOW divey?
I know LOTS of divey bars in midtown.
Rudy's on 9th between 44th and 45th is absolutely disgusting...AND they serve free hotdogs all night. I don't think they have A/C, but in the summer they open the "garden" (for lack of a better word) out back.
If you want someplace more upscale, you better ask someone else.
That sounds like a good location geographically. It's only about 12 blocks or so from the Javits Center where the Expo is held. But, I think that A/C is mandatory. We don't need to put together a lot of sweaty geeks.
There may be music involved, and music often means dancing. If it is hot as Hell, that would be out of the question. The party is liekly to be crowded. Must be air conditioned. As to how "divey" ... I am not quite sure what you mean by "disgusting." I am not sure I am looking for "disgusting." "Funky," maybe... "bizarre," probably. We've looked at "Beauty Bar" which is between 2nd and 3rd AV on E 14 ST. The place is kinda "kitchy" with all the original beauty parlor fixtures, but it only holds 250 people. I want to be able to hold 500 people, if I can swing the funds from sponsors.
There may be entertainment. I am looking to put together some sort of really cool show or at least some music.
So, Jess, if you would like to go bar hopping to help me check out the scene, I will be going to NY to do just that next Friday (5/24.) I don't drink much, but I like to socialize and go to bars that aren't too smokey. (Who says geeks are social misfits?)
I also want to look for air conditioned warehouse space. A big open space of 2,000 - 3,000 square ft ought to do it. That would be enough room to do about anything, and we could hire people to pour drinks.