Moving to the big city or changing careers can be a slog.
The process often involves about 6 months of the following:
We go to Meetups that have a wide variance in qualityWe scour Garysguide.com (For those of us in tech/startups)We check out a couple of the “Largest Networking Event in NYC” rooftop parties, and never go back.We finally get a sense of the NYC universe, and start to prune the event schedule of the most network-y ones.
No need to waste those 6 months.
Since I changed careers in 2015 from education to the startup ecosystem, I’ve kept track of every event I’ve attended (plus some I have yet to attend which come highly recommended).
Here is a starting list of the best ones that are publicly accessible, non-network-y, and fun because of both the activity involved and the people you are with:
ExploreBreakout: Local events diving social issues, daylong trips around the city, and 4-day trips to other cities