MeFi20 NYC - Picnic in Prospect Park
posted June 3, 2019 2:21 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun July 14 at 1:30 PM, Prospect Park
11 West Dr, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
YES it's happening. We’ll be at the northern part of the meadow, just south of Meadowport Arch. Bring snacks drinks kids and/or pets. In case of rain, let's do BERG'N instead. If we should change anything about the plan to make this more accessible, please let me know!
posted by estlin to Meetup (35 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm truly not the best person to propose something [pretty new to NY], but I wanted to make sure the ball got rolling! Consider it now rolling.
posted by estlin at 2:22 PM on June 3, 2019 [1 favorite]

What if we did a fun picnic in Prospect Park on Sunday afternoon 7/14? [I can figure out a backup venue nearby in case it rains]
posted by estlin at 12:56 PM on June 12, 2019

Prospect Park sounds like a great idea. Even if it rains, there are lots of places nearby.
posted by cowlick at 8:49 AM on June 13, 2019

+1 Picnic.
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 10:08 PM on June 13, 2019

July 13th & 14th are currently free for me; we could plan a Prospect Park picnic on Saturday the 13th, with Sunday the 14th as a backup date in case of rain on the 13th. I own and could bring a copy of "Snake Oil" which is a fun party-type card game that has rounds that last maybe 5-10 minutes each, and it's easy to add and subtract people between rounds in case people want to come, go, play Frisbee, and so on.
posted by brainwane at 10:13 PM on June 13, 2019

I just learned a fantastic party game, now available as a fully offline app: Person Do Thing

It's roughly Taboo, where your goal is to get people to say a certain word. But you're only allowed to speak from a whitelist of 36 words, and in the hardcore version everyone else is restricted to the same whitelist except when guessing your goal word. This usually generates fantastically quotable exchanges like,

A: Person do thing, person feel good!
B: Heroin!
A: ...No. Many no.

(Okay, maybe you had to be there. But you could be! If we play!)
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 12:16 AM on June 16, 2019

Yay! Hello everyone [and thanks if someone sent this link around - publicizing meetup proposals is a mystery to me].

Anyone have strong opinions on the 13th vs 14th? 14th works way better for me, but I don't want to strongarm the group! I also see and appreciate the logic of brainwane's "call it for the 13th, use 14th as a rain date."
posted by estlin at 8:20 AM on June 17, 2019

The 14th works slightly better for me.
posted by cowlick at 6:36 PM on June 19, 2019

Both days are open for me right now, and Prospect Park or vicinity would be perfect.
posted by theory at 9:33 PM on June 19, 2019

I am excited about this! Just please don’t make the location too far from the edge of the park for those of us who are literally lame!
posted by ferret branca at 4:56 PM on June 26, 2019

Hmm picnic house is really kind of a hike from transit for me if I am understanding the map correctly (more than half a mile from the nearest subway). I can try to make it work though if that’s best for everyone, I know that’s not a huge walk for most people.
posted by ferret branca at 8:09 AM on June 28, 2019

Hey ferret branca, just updated the plan (and this post) to be at the northern part of the meadow instead of the Picnic House. Go south out of the Meadowport Arch and we’ll be directly there.

Thanks for mentioning this - it matters!!
posted by estlin at 1:56 PM on June 28, 2019 [2 favorites]

Looks like we're set on date, hopefully, because the 14th is also better for me. Looking forward to seeing you all (and telling those who heard my endless complaint at the last Brooklyn meetup I was at the conclusion of that story)!
posted by limeonaire at 11:02 AM on June 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

Thanks, estlin! Bonus: now I get to have the Ladybug Transistor song about it in my head.
posted by ferret branca at 1:18 PM on June 29, 2019

For those so inclined, this date should also be the July knitting/crafting meetup, 11am at our summer location of Coffeed on 6th (6th and 17th? 16th? something like that).
posted by hoyland at 1:45 PM on June 29, 2019

I'm up for knitting (if that's happening), but not for a park.
posted by betweenthebars at 7:06 PM on July 1, 2019

I’m happy with a picnic, though fingers crossed that we’ll get a break in the heat that weekend. I will plan on making my ‘angry deviled eggs’, gotta remember to buy a few dozen this weekend so they have time to shrink for easier shelling.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:44 AM on July 2, 2019

I'm on the wrong continent, have a blast.
posted by Hactar at 6:32 PM on July 5, 2019

Will there be shade?
posted by 1970s Antihero at 3:24 PM on July 13, 2019

Yes! Lots of trees around the perimeter of the meadow. I’ll scout for the shadiest spot as close as possible to the park entrance.
posted by estlin at 7:30 PM on July 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

If you’re a Maybe... consider this a gentle nudge from the universe to join us today!
posted by estlin at 8:05 AM on July 14, 2019

On my way to the PATH train now, got a later start than I’d meant to but hopefully I’ll make it sometime around 2. I’m bringing my deviled eggs, and some cheese and meat assortment from Trader Joe’s and a handful of odd TJ sodas.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:55 AM on July 14, 2019

I will have carrots, hopefully hummus, and a little bit of rainbow cookie cake.
posted by ferret branca at 10:07 AM on July 14, 2019

Yahoo! Headed over with blueberries, beer, olives, a speaker, blanket, and backup hummus 😎.

I put my cell phone # in my profile in case you need help finding us.
posted by estlin at 10:19 AM on July 14, 2019

Thanks, estlin! If you’ve got hummus I will get munchkins instead cause I am passing a Dunkin and not necessarily a grocery store (sorry, all, for the bad planning).
posted by ferret branca at 10:31 AM on July 14, 2019 [1 favorite]

Got us a good shady spot right when you get in the main park area (super close to where the pin on this map is). Look for my watermelon towel!
posted by estlin at 10:49 AM on July 14, 2019 [1 favorite]

Had a thing earlier but can run home and grab some cantaloupe w/ prosciutto now! Will people still be there at 3?
posted by theory at 11:10 AM on July 14, 2019

Bringing a watermelon feta salad. Running late but should get there at 3.
posted by jilloftrades at 11:12 AM on July 14, 2019

We will be here!
posted by ferret branca at 11:19 AM on July 14, 2019

On the Lower East Side right now and headed your way, F train willing.
posted by limeonaire at 11:28 AM on July 14, 2019

We are here and enjoying the shade.
posted by cowlick at 11:44 AM on July 14, 2019

If you’re coming through the Arch, turn left to find the group
posted by oh yeah! at 11:44 AM on July 14, 2019

Hey, I’m in the park and I can’t find you guys! Any particular landmarks/ hints as to where you set up?
posted by Champagne Supernova at 11:50 AM on July 14, 2019

The annual Nicholas Cage "Cage in the Park Face/Off" is going down in the peristyle if anyone's still around
posted by theory at 2:47 PM on July 14, 2019 [1 favorite]

Thanks for uploading that photo, 1970s Antihero! So wonderful to see y’all.
posted by estlin at 4:08 PM on July 14, 2019 [5 favorites]

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