New Photos! EP Meetup NYCEver wonder what it would be like to meet members of EP, face to face?
Would they be as friendly, welcoming, and easy to talk to as they are on the site?
Well, last week, during our first East Coast Meetup in NYC, guests seemed in agreement that the answer is a clear, YES!
As EP community members filled Latitude Bar and Grill in Manhattan a couple blocks from Times Square, the positive energy in the room quickly reflected the atmosphere that makes EP so special.
The overlook room, with large windows overlooking the busy city streets of midtown Manhattan was a fitting location, one that reflected the diversity of our community and the experiences shared on EP.
EP members greeted one another, a few reconnected with familiar faces, while the majority, arriving alone quickly recognized that they were among friends. Though guests varied in age, gender, and interests, everyone I had an opportunity to chat with had a similar message. They were all happy to have a supportive space like EP where they could share without being judged or criticized.
Many shared how they had met some of their closest friends on EP and how they had developed deep friendships with members that live across the country and/or globe. One member who described how he had made friends from the UK and Australia confessed that he may never have an opportunity to meet those friends in person but that it was OK, because location had little importance when it came to the deep and genuine friendships that develop on EP.
As the evening progressed, we nibbled on a variety of tasty appetizers and sipped on cocktails while chatting about EP, New York, life, friends, connections, and more.
Members often mentioned how much their EP friends from around the world wished they could have joined us. Though many couldn't meetup with us in NYC, they were certainly not forgotten. If you weren't able to attend, know that you were missed!
Some members who couldn't attended had opted to share a short note/shout out which many of the guests enjoyed reading. Some guests at the event thought the comments were so thoughtfully written that they opted to take a few scribbles home. If you look closely, you may notice a note from our very own founder, EP Armen: "Wish I could join you guys in the EP room, but will be in the wrong coast at that time. Drink an EP-Tini for me, this is going to be a fun party!"
Quickly the hours passed and it was time to say goodbye to new friends. As a token of appreciation and to remember the unique night that brought together a group of New Yorkers with such a diverse set of life experiences all under one roof. Guests received special EP magnets and stickers. EP gift bags were raffled off, filled with t-shirts and other fun goodies.
It was a truly memorable evening, thanks those who attended as well as those who sent in notes and joined us in spirit. Though we do hope to have future meetups in additional locations--we won't be waiting until then to let each and everyone of you know how much you're appreciated as a member of this community! It's because of each and everyone of you that EP is the positive, unique, welcoming space it is.
Until next time! Cheers!