NYC Meet-Up, Tuesday, March 4th

Commentor Abo Gato and her husband are visiting NYC, and area resident Diana volunteered Ballaro in the East Village, on Tuesday evening, as a good place for a meet-up.

Anybody interested in showing up, leave a comment below (or email me by clicking on my name in the right-hand column) so Diana can get a rough headcount for reservations.

25 replies
  1. 1
    Tommy says:

    Am I rude if I can ask for another city?

    St. Louis. Any BJers here that might like to get together? I know a much smaller city then NY, but just asking.

    I am on the IL side but well, it is a joint metro area.

  2. 2
    PurpleGirl says:

    Depending on the weather, I’m interested. I’ll check back to the thread.

  3. 3
    Elizabelle says:

    Can we have an Oscar-watching thread in a few? Curious what other Juicers predict re winners.

    And have fun, anyone lucky enough to attend the NYC meetup.

  4. 4
    Elizabelle says:


    Good luck, Tommy. I bet you have more localish BJers than you know.

    We need to do another meetup in the DC area soon.

    After the snow.

  5. 5
    Tommy says:

    @Elizabelle: Of the movies:

    American Hustle*
    Captain Phillips*
    Dallas Buyers Club*
    12 Years a Slave*
    The Wolf of Wall Street*

    All the ones with a * I’ve seen. I wasn’t that impressed with any of them.

    With that said 12 Years a Slave I left, I couldn’t watch it. My family members owned slaves and well ……

    I couldn’t watch it. I was crying within minutes of it.

    I think maybe the best movie.

    But I am all in with Matthew McConaughey as best actor. Wow. What a transformation he has done with his career.

  6. 6
    Elizabelle says:


    You must see Nebraska. It’s terrific, beautiful B&W cinematography. By Phedon Papamichael, and that’s my new favorite name.

    PS: only one I did not see is “Wolf of Wall Street.” Saving that for the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.

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    nhoj says:

    Lurker but definitely in.

  8. 8
    Dee Loralei says:

    I’m interested in running away from home, but can’t til sometime after the middle of the month. I want warmth. I want to be carefree and away from my father and son, my pets and my home. For a day, a week, a month….. I wish I could be in NYC this Tuesday, I need to go back there for longer than 24 hours. Y’all have fun.

    I’m hoping I’ll feel better and more emotionally capable after my aunt gets to Memphis on Wed. She’s going to help me go through mom’s things.

    Right now, I just feel despair. My father and son are mostly being mostly useless, with occasional bouts of helpfulness and other bouts of helplessness, and it’s all falling on me.

    Just fuck.

    A vacation sounds fucking wonderful now.

  9. 9
    JPL says:

    @Elizabelle: A friend was just told me that Nebraska was a wonderful story. The only movie I saw this year was Philomena and Judy Dench’s performance was great. I’m not sure it’s worthy of an Oscar but it was an enjoyable movie.

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    Tommy says:

    @Elizabelle: I will find Nebraska.

    Dallas Buyers Club is, well hard to put to words. I saw all the trailers and figured I knew what it was about. I didn’t.

    I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it is just not a movie you’d think you’d see. I thought about drugs, and it was at some level, but not at the level I thought it was about. Then I Googled the guy at the core of the movie, and well it was kind of “real.” I mean this happened.

  11. 11
    JPL says:

    @Dee Loralei: How about a hug.

  12. 12
    Elizabelle says:

    @Dee Loralei:

    I hear you. You are overwhelmed, and need a change of clime and anxiety level. Wishing you the best.

    And did you just lose your mom recently? My condolences to you.

  13. 13
    JPL says:

    A movie that I want to see is Before Midnight but at my age, I need to watch Before Sunrise and Before Sunset again.

  14. 14
    MattR says:

    I’d love to but it depends on the timing. I would be coming in from NJ so traffic probably won’t let me arrive before 7ish. And that depends on how my work day goes – one of my teammates is on vacation this week so I am covering any support issues that would have gone to him.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Dee Loralei: When we lost my mom there was a shocking amount of stuff that had to be done, and it all comes after a terrible loss.

    It sounds like you have had to do most of it alone, and have had to take care of everyone else at the same time. I hope wednesday comes quickly for you!

    In the meantime, it’s what I call one foot in front of the other time. It’s terribly hard but I know you can do it. Sending good thoughts and a big hug.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Yeah, Nebraska is a very human level wonderful story, which makes you think about time, its passage, and what you take from and can still find in a life.

    Judi Dench was wonderful in Philomena, but when is she not?

  17. 17
    RedDirtGirl says:

    I would like to come. (Lurker)

  18. 18
    GHayduke (formerly lojasmo) says:

    PsiFighter will be there +7

    GHayduke + 15 glasses of water. Wish I could come.

  19. 19
    katie5 says:

    I’m in. What time?

  20. 20
    Lurking Buffoon says:

    I really wish I could make it, but it’s crunch time with my grad classes, at least until later in the week. I hope everyone who does make it has a blast!

  21. 21
    PurpleGirl says:

    Lurkers are most decidedly welcome.

  22. 22
    Gary Malone says:

    I can probably make it (unless I have to stay late at work).

    What time?

  23. 23
    The Brooklyn Lurker says:

    What time is it? I can make it Tuesday if it’s 7:30PM or later.

  24. 24
    Abo gato says:

    7 PM at Ballaro, that’s all I know. But we’ll be there.

  25. 25
    Diana says:

    looks like we have people…. yeah!

    Anyhow, this is the place:

    It’s long and narrow; I’ll be at the back, where there is typically more space. Excellent coffee, excellent wine, excellent prosciutto (the awning identifies it as “Cafe Prosciutteria” which in Italian means a place that sells coffee and prosciutto, but which in American English means a restaurant named Prosciutteria, which, however, has not led them to alter the awning) usually quiet (some nights they have live music; I’ll check) and generally a good place.

    see everyone there!

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