Two upcoming NYC poly events
Got an email announcement from OneLove NY about two June events for polyfolk in NYC, so just passing the word along...
First, is the monthly Poly Cocktails party in the East Village. As usual, it is held on the second Monday of the month. That will be Monday night, June11. See the Poly Cocktails thread in this forum for details.
About two weeks after that, we have the Poly Picnic in the Park on June 23rd in Queens. Here's the info:
You are all invited to a family-friendly, pot-luck picnic at Gantry Plaza State Park, hosted by Open Love NY! Kids of all ages are welcome to attend!
This will be a great event to bring the kids out and to meet other poly families in a nice, informal way with a bunch of poly-folks, friends and families as we enjoy the weather and stunning views of Midtown that Gantry Plaza State Park has to offer. There is a playground within eyeshot of our meeting location to keep a close eye on little ones and a pulse on the rest of group.
Bring the basics: food to share, blankets, cups, plates, games, bikes, etc., (there's a supermarket one block away http://www.yelp.com/biz/food-cellar-long-island-city for convenience. Please feel free to bring anything you'd like to nosh on, and perhaps which you'd like to share with other people. Creativity always encouraged!
We will leave the ending time open-ended. Some people might stay until the park closes (the view is amazing at night), so bring extra clothing and/or a jacket, especially for the kids since this is a waterfront park. Some folks may be heading to a few local hang-outs (Dominies Hoek (http://dominieshoek.com/) and/or L.I.C. Bar (http://www.licbar.com/) for some evening food and libations.
We’ll be meeting Saturday, June 23rd at 1 pm at the West Lawn.
We'll be setting up on the grassy area. If you have an Open Love NY wristband, remember to wear it proudly so we can help people find us. If you have trouble finding the location, or want to know how late people are staying, call or text Carlos (917.583.2791) for help.
See a map and more park information here: http://www.nysparks.com/parks/149/details.aspx and below.
RSVP on Facebook (optional): https://www.facebook.com/events/427549967275446/
*In the event of rain, the picnic will be cancelled.* We hope to see you there!
*By Car from Manhattan:* Queensboro Bridge to 21st Street, turn right on 21st. Turn right on Jackson Avenue. Turn right on 48th Avenue. Turn left at the corner by City Lights Building, then right on 49th Avenue. Continue to the end. Gantry Plaza will be in front of you.
*By Subway:* Take #7 Train one stop into Queens from Grand Central Station. Get off at Vernon-Jackson Avenue Station. Walk down 48th Avenue to the river. The Court Square stop on the G train is only 4 blocks away. The park is in front of City Lights Building
Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park's four piers or through the park's manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Along the way take a moment to admire the rugged beauty of the park's centerpieces - restored gantries.
Recreational facilities include basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts, and a fishing pier with its own cleaning table. Pier 1 allows leashed dogs from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Follow-up message about location
I received a follow-up message from OpenLoveNY's prez regarding the map that apparently is incorrect on Facebook. I very rarely login to FB, so I haven't seen it, but she writes: "The location shown on the map is incorrect - the park is in Queens, basically right across the East River from the where the Manhattan dot is shown. Just didn't want anyone to be confused. Stupid Facebook :/ "
The directions in my previous post should be correct. There is also an informative page about the park, with directions for coming from various places via subway, bus, train, ferry, or car, on about.com:
Change of location for today's picnic
From an email I received:
*6/23: LOCATION CHANGE! Poly Picnic in the Park*
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to change our picnic venue from Gantry Plaza to Socrates Sculpture Park, about 1 1/2 miles north along the waterfront from our original location. Socrates Sculpture Park is a wonderful large-scale sculpture and multimedia park in a unique outdoor environment overlooking the East River. It is located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, in Long Island City. Start time will remain 1 p.m. and the park closes at dusk.
We will meet along the northwestern boundary of the park between the waterfront and the treeline. There is parking at the north and south entrances of the park, and on surrounding streets.
Here is a link with directions and nearby transportation:
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/427549967275446/
We apologize for any confusion and we hope you can come join us tomorrow!
DIRECTIONS BY SUBWAY: Take the N train to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks west
on Broadway (toward the East River) to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard.
If you need help getting to the picnic site at Socrates Sculpture Park, you can call or text 917.699.2772. We are still starting at 1 p.m. Hope to see you there!
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