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Greater New York Mensa - Featured Events

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mensa Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the third Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia.
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
[3rd Wednesday every month] #9

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mensa Speaker Meeting
Manhattan, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Subject: Survive 60 Minutes, by Aviva L. Andreen, DDS
•First responders in a major terrorist attack are expected to take 72 minutes to arrive. Your first hour of survival is critical to your overall survival, no matter how well you've prepared at home. Dr. Andreen draws on her anti-terrorist training in the Navy and CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Teams) training from the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's University Hospital in Newark. Dr. Andreen covers the dos and don'ts of what to wear to a disaster and how to save your life using a disaster kit that differs from the government-recommended disaster kit.
Aviva L. Andreen, DDS has a patent pending on a dental device for special-needs patients, and is marketing handmade jewelry on eBay. She was the first woman licensed to operate high-intensity lasers. She served as a forensic dentist volunteer after 9/11 and flight 873. She taught in two dental schools and multiple graduate hospital programs, one of which referred her to the Civilian Emergency Response Team training. Dr. Andreen was a LCDR in the Navy Reserve, where she received anti-terrorist training and corps protection instruction as well as medical corps responsibilities such as setting up radiological, biological, and chemical attack decontamination stations. She is a mother of two wonderful children. Mensa keeps her busy while she waits for grandchildren to play with. For more information, contact Aviva at aviva.andreen@gnym.org.
•The GNYM Third-Thursday Speaker Series is always free. All are welcome.
•Location: Joria Productions Mainstage Theater [on Facebook]
410 W 47th St, 2nd floor, New York NY 10036
(212) 563-6781. [Google map with multi-modal directions]
[3rd Thursday every month] #12

•Travel alert: Manhattan is more car-unfriendly than ever. Cross-town traffic is horrible. The location is near the Theater District, so local car and pedestrian traffic are high, and parking is scarce. On post-summer weekends, car traffic and demand for parking are higher than usual. Actual travel time from Queens Midtown Tunnel to the door can be 2 hours. From Long Island, the subway or LIRR + subway (or walk 10.5 blocks) reduces travel time by 1.5 to 2 hours.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

GNYM Holiday Party 2015
Manhattan 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Come one, come all to GNYM's annual holiday party! Traditionally our largest event of the year, this is an opportunity to dress festively, enjoy free snacks, beverages, conversation, games, and good times with other Mensans, our friends, and guests. (There will be a board meeting before, from 1 to 2 p.m., if anyone is interested in checking out our inner workings or volunteering for a future position.)
OPTIONALLY, bring to the party:
•a wrapped unisex gift valued at less than $20 if you'd like to participate in the holiday gift swap;
•a coat or two from your closet if you'd like to donate it to those who need it more than you do.
There is no charge for current Mensa members or their guests.
•Location: Union Square Loft, 873 Broadway, Suite 408 (buzzer 050), New York, NY [map]
(enter on Broadway between 18th & 19th Streets [map]) http://unionsquareloft.com/

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Using games to shape cognitive, perceptual, temperament, and social development:
This presentation will examine how analog board- and card-games influences cognitive, perceptual, and interpersonal development. Using the Brooklyn Strategist as a model of after-school enrichment activity, topics will cover the underlying neurodevelopmental influence game play has on decision making (e.g., risk-reward), cognitive skills (e.g., literacy, numeracy) and social functioning (e.g, predicting behavior and decisions of others). Additional areas to be discussed are the comparisons between analog and digital game play experiences, how specific games impact unique brain areas and the utility of social games (e.g., role-playing games) in student groups with diagnostic deficits in social skill functions (e.g., 2E students).

Dr. Jon Freeman is a Clinical Psychologist, Neuroscience Researcher, and President and CEO of The Brooklyn Strategist - a community-based, board- and card-game store and caf. Prior to starting The Brooklyn Strategist, he developed and ran a state-of-the-art Neuroscience Research facility in a Manhattan-based Clinical Research Organization. In his capacity as Director of Neuroscience Research, Dr. Freeman oversaw the growth and development of the CNS research practice and is recognized in the field of Quantitative EEG (QEEG) research as a key opinion leader (Dr. Freeman was invited to present to the FDA regarding the development of a QEEG database).

As Director of Neuroscience Research, Dr. Freeman was responsible for overseeing scientific and ethical conduct of the early- through late-phase clinical trials. Jon also served on the clinical faculty of the Sleep Disorders Institute and oversaw supervision and teaching of Sleep Medicine Fellows during his 20 years working in the field of Sleep Disorders Medicine. During his years of private psychotherapy practice, Jon worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples and, from it, gained an understanding of the importance of social space within a given community. As a CNS consultant, Dr. Freeman founded Brooklyn Strategic Consulting, LLC, and has advised several of the largest and medium-sized pharmaceutical companies regarding study development and data analyses.

For Jon, the Brooklyn Strategist represents the ultimate combination of a life-long passion for strategy games, promoting social responsibility and interaction within his community. It also means he finally gets to be his own boss. Jon brings to the Brooklyn Strategist a unique blend of life-long passion for board, card, and strategy games and a love of teaching. During his years in CNS industry clinical research, Jon was continually recognized for his warmth and avuncular style, leadership qualities, attention to detail, and ability to find novel solutions for complex problems. The Brooklyn Strategist amplifies these interests by engaging children in after-school enrichment activities that are fun but are also designed to promote neurodevelopmental growth by concentrating on focal brain areas, methods of approach to problem solving, and social interaction. The Brooklyn Strategist also provides adults a community where they can challenge each other - or play cooperatively - in a psychologically safe and healthy spirited manner.
•The GNYM Third-Thursday Speaker Series is always free.
•Location: Joria Productions Mainstage Theater [on Facebook]
410 W 47th St, 2nd floor, New York NY 10036
(212) 563-6781. [Google map with multi-modal directions]
[3rd Thursday every month] #11

•Travel alert: Manhattan is more car-unfriendly than ever. Cross-town traffic is horrible. The location is near the Theater District, so local car and pedestrian traffic are high, and parking is scarce. On post-summer weekends, car traffic and demand for parking are higher than usual. Actual travel time from Queens Midtown Tunnel to the door can be 2 hours. From Long Island, the subway or LIRR + subway (or walk 10.5 blocks) reduces travel time by 1.5 to 2 hours.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mensa Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
•Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the third Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia.
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
[3rd Wednesday every month] #8

Sunday, October 25, 2015

GNYM Halloween Party 2015
Manhattan 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a family-friendly Halloween party. Many people come in costume, and you can, too, if you'd like. As always, there will be refreshments and the chance to meet with your fellow Mensans.

•Price: included in your membership.
•Location: Union Square Loft, 873 Broadway, Suite 408 (buzzer 050), New York, NY [map]
(enter on Broadway between 18th & 19th Streets [map]) http://unionsquareloft.com/

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mensa Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
•Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the third Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia.
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
[3rd Wednesday every month] #7

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Westchester Area Meeting of GNYMensa
Westchester 6pm
Schmoozing and discussion; one presentation; some trivia; new friends. Bring cash.
•Location: Ben's of Scarsdale [Kosher Deli & Restaurant], 718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale NY 10804. (A new location for Ben's; opened January 2015.)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Westchester Area Meeting of GNYMensa
Westchester 2pm
Schmoozing and discussion; one presentation; some trivia; new friends. Bring cash.
•Location: Ben's of Scarsdale [Kosher Deli & Restaurant], 718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale NY 10804. (A new location for Ben's; opened January 2015.)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Subject: Composer/lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh will discuss his memoir: Sleep. Write. Now. Emerging from a dark year of insomnia, anxiety and depression from loss. In 2012, Seth Bisen-Hersh had a dark year. By the end of 2011, a myriad of his best friends had abandoned New York City, and the girl he thought he was going to marry decided they had irreconcilable incompatibilities. The breakup triggered an intense adverse reaction: insomnia, anxiety and depression ensued. As he was battling these, he lost two grandparents in the span of two weeks during the summer of 2012. Then that fall, his younger sister got married and moved away. Seth tried everything to get through the tough times of compounded loss, and this memoir is a testament to his dedication to recover. Filled with non-euphemized truth and self-aware hindsight, and infused with a wry sense of humor, this book includes unabridged journal entries, real emails to friends, therapy recollections, medication analyses, and heart wrenching poems and song lyrics written during the dark year as it charts his journey from Cloud Nine to rock bottom and finally back to the surface. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, sometimes in the same sentence, Sleep. Write. Now. is dedicated to anyone who is going through a dark year.

SETH BISEN-HERSH is a prolific, versatile and award-winning composer/lyricist and performer. His musicals include Love Quirks (successful limited run in NYC, September 2014, lovequirks.com), Stanley's Party (Manhattan Children's Theatre, 2010), More to Love (2014 Winner: Best Lyrics, West Village Musical Theatre Festival), The Spickner Spin (2004 Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award), and Meaningless Sex (2003 Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award). He has also written and starred in 9 cabaret song cycles of his work: And Then She Dumped Me, The Gayest Straight Man Alive, Meaningful Sex, Neurotic Tendencies, Why Am I Not Famous Yet?, Writer's Block: a cabaret that was hard to write, I'll Relax When I'm Dead: a reluctantly prolific cabaret, If Adele Can Do It, So Can I: an evening of mostly sorrow and Not Your Grandma's Cabaret (unless she's really naughty). He produces two annual charity concerts of his work featuring Broadway performers (Broadway Meows and Broadway Can!), writes/ stars in the web series Every Day a Little Seth (Season 5 concluded August 2015), and as of October 2015, he has emceed, produced and accompanied over 370 talent showcases at Don't Tell Mama. He has two Bachelors from MIT (Computer Science & Engineering and Music Composition) and a Masters in Music Technology from NYU. www.sethbh.com

•The GNYM Third-Thursday Speaker Series is always free. All are welcome.
•Location: Joria Productions Mainstage Theater [on Facebook]
410 W 47th St, 2nd floor, New York NY 10036
(212) 563-6781. [Google map with multi-modal directions]
[3rd Thursday every month] #10

Sunday, September 20, 2015

GNYM Performing Arts Festival - Mensa Talent Show
Manhattan 2:00pm - 4:00pm
•Who has more talent than you? Come on, show us what you've got.
•Maybe you like to watch. We've got something for you, too.
•It's time once again for the Annual GNYM Talent Show! As talent lies in many different areas, each year GNYM's Talent Show revolves around a different theme. This year's theme is Performance! We're calling on all of our members to show us your skill - whatever you can do, no matter how mainstream or off-the-wall, we want to see it! In years past we've run the gamut from magicians to singers to speed-eaters to comediennes, and we can't wait to see what we'll get this year.
•Admission is free for all. Refreshments will be served.
•(A board meeting precedes at 1 pm. Talent show 2 pm.)
•To perform in the Mensa Talent Show, or for any other questions related to the event, please RSVP to GNYM President Leon Feingold at leon.feingold@gnym.org or (516) 850-4533. We'll see your talented selves there!
•Location: Roy Arias Studios & Theatres, 300 W 43rd Street, New York NY 10036 (at 8th Avenue).
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan, 8:0pm - 11:00pm   [Note: New time and new location.]
An evening with Natalie Mosco
•In 1988, en route from Australia (where she had been living) to New York to perform "Hair: For the Next Generation" at the United Nations in a benefit for children born with AIDS, "Hair" original-Broadway-cast member Natalie Mosco stopped in Chicago. There, The Art Institute of Chicago was presenting the first posthumous exhibition of the work of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Ms. Mosco attended the exhibition and became intrigued.
•The result was her play "A Brush with Georgia O'Keeffe", which was produced off-Broadway in 2008 and at the Smithsonian Institution in conjunction with another O'Keeffe exhibition in 2009. In creating the play, she explored sundry methodology for unearthing and dramatizing such an occult-yet-celebrated life.
 •The lecture on Thursday, September 17th will discuss that initial spark and the points of access she explored to create the biographical word picture that is "A Brush with Georgia O'Keeffe".
•The Q & A will not only explore the play and its creation, but can include her experiences performing "Hair" on Broadway in 1968-1969, in Paris in 1970, and in Australia in 1970-1971.
 •As a child prodigy who attended Hunter College Elementary School from nursery school through 5th grade (when her parents moved too far from the school), she will also welcome discussions concerning similar experiences of audience members.
•Natalie Mosco has been a performer, writer, choreographer, director, and teacher on three continents. She played leading roles on Broadway ("The Magic Show"), London's West End ("Grand Hotel"), Paris' Boulevard ("Hair"), throughout Australia and New Zealand (originating roles too numerous to mention). On Australian TV, she became a household name for her regular appearances in prime-time series, mini-series, and variety shows. A member of the Original Broadway Company of "Hair". (recording), she toured the world re-choreographing productions of the piece in Toronto, Boston, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland. Other noteworthy choreography includes a 1968-1988 juxtaposition called "Haircut" for Baz Luhrman (director of "Moulin Rouge!") at the Sydney Theatre Company and being series choreographer for the Australian Broadcasting Company's satirical current affairs hit "The Money or the Gun". Recent performing work of which she is most proud includes originating the role of Sophie in "The Housewives of Mannheim" for NJ RepTheaters, and in Santa Barbara; ., 59E59 partnering the late Donald Saddler in Paper Mill Playhouse(recording); 's much-acclaimed revival of Follies and portraying the title role in her original play, "A Brush with Georgia O'Keeffe" off-Broadway and at the Smithsonian Institution in D.C.
•Other writing includes two separate productions each of her Harold Arlen tribute "Get Happy!" and "Gershwin", both in Australia. A founding member of Shakespeare Globe, Australia (where she performed Cleopatra in "Antony & Cleopatra"), she made her performing debut at The Metropolitan Opera House in operas and with The Royal Ballet. As a director, she has tackled subjects as varied as the original musical "Bobby, the Middle-aged Celebrity" by "Hair"-alumnus Robert I. Rubinsky, the "Asperger-focused Mixed Messages" by Mensa member Anton Spivak, and "The Death of Peter Pan", about James M. Barrie's “son” and model for the character of Peter Pan, by Barry Lowe. She has piloted an airplane, had her art work featured in special exhibitions at MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has received her Doctorate from the University of Western Sydney.
•The GNYM Third-Thursday Speaker Series is always free.
•Location: Joria Productions Mainstage Theater [on Facebook]
410 W 47th St, 2nd floor, New York NY 10036
(212) 563-6781. [Google map with multi-modal directions]
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[3rd Thursday every month] #9

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mensa Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
•Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the third Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia.
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
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[3rd Wednesday every month] #6

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Break Diving - The Lost Art of Finding and Creating Opportunity
•Instead of waiting for breaks and opportunities to float to the surface, Break Divers jump into the cold, icy, hark-infested waters of resistance and find and make their OWN breaks. In this lively, motivational, and inspiring hands-on workshop, you will learn about how to apply the Break Diver's Creed (No Rules, No Excuses, No Regrets) to your own life. Further, as a bonus, you'll be introduced to a few subsets of break diving, such as learning multiple foreign languages, traveling the world inexpensively, and pursuing your dream career.
•About the Speaker: Monroe Mann is the founder of Break Diving (www.breakdiving.com). He is an attorney and motivational speaker; holds an MBA, an LLM, and a Master of Entrepreneurship degree; is now completing his PhD in psychology; has written and published 8 books (one of which was a Barnes & Noble # 1 bestseller); has appeared on countless TV talk shows; has been nominated for a US Army bronze-star in Iraq; has lived in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia; is the producer, co-director, and co-star of the successful indie comedy-horror film, "You Can't Kill Stephen King" (available on Amazon and Best Buy); and speaks five languages at various levels of fluency, including Mandarin Chinese at an intermediate level (including reading and writing).
•Location: Champions Studios
257 W 39th St (between 7th Ave and 8th Ave), 14th floor
New York NY 10018. [Google map with multi-modal directions]
[3rd Thursday every month] #8

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mensa Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
•Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the third Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia.
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
[3rd Wednesday every month] #5

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Xmas in July Party on Long Island
Nassau 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Once again at Domenico's Restaurant, 3270-A Hempstead Tpk., Levittown NY. Menu to include: Mozzarella sticks, fried zucchini, bruschetta, garden salad, pizza (mushroom, sausage, green peppers, pepperoni), and unlimited Pepsi and Diet Pepsi.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Xmas in July Party in Westchester
Westchester 4pm to 7pm
Dobb's Ferry Library, 55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, NY
Speaker program with discussion; funny xmas sweater competition (no masks allowed per library); light refreshments as special Xmas Mensa gifts may fill some stomachs. Xmas in July specialty gifts for Mensans only so be sure to sign up now. Public welcomed and eligible for door prizes, like the crazy Xmas competition. Please pass on to all Mensans you know, and all Mensa groups and remind your Mensa friends to RSVP ASAP! aviva.andreen@gnym.org .
•Location: Dobbs Ferry Public Library, 55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522, 914-693-6614.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Board Meeting & Annual Business Meeting
Manhattan 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Xmas in July Party on Manhattan Island
Manhattan 6:00pm - 9:00pm
LATE CORRECTION OF LOCATION!!!
The board meeting (4:30-6pm) and the Xmas in July Party (6-9pm) are at The LGBT Center, NOT the Kimmel Center!!!
•Xmas in July is our largest party of the year! All Mensa members and guests are welcome. Come in Holiday-themed attire or not, just come! It won't be as much fun without you. You may also bring a wrapped gift (value ~$10-15) and we'll coordinate a gift exchange with others.
•Along with interesting conversation, there will be games and food.
•Price: included in your membership.
•Location: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center (LGBT Center)
208 W 13th St (between 7th Ave and Jackson Square (Greenwich Ave and 8th Ave)).
New York NY 10011 (212-620-7310)
A, C, E, or L to 14th St and 8th Ave
1, 2, or 3 to 14th St and 7th Ave
F, V, or PATH to 14th St and 6th Ave
•[Google map with multi-modal directions] •[Mapquest map and directions]
•Board meeting and Xmas in July Party on Facebook
•Board meeting on Meetup •Xmas in July Party on Meetup

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series   [note: place and time updated]
Manhattan, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Dr. Glen Z. Brooks, MD, founder and Medical Director of New York Ketamine Infusions, LLC, will speak on two topics:
1) The connection between alcoholism and genetics. It had been said that alcoholism runs in families. How true is this? More and more evidence supports this claim, such as a finding by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that the children of alcoholic parents are at four times at risk of developing a drinking problem than those of non-abusers. However the actual genetic link has yet to be identified. Are other factors, such as environment and personal choice, the actual cause? We hope to determine the cause of this disease so that we may prevent it.
2) Ketamine therapy for PTSD arising from childhood trauma. Ketamine is an anesthetic drug known for its hallucinogenic effect, which gives it a reputation as a party drug. It is also capable of preventing a great deal of pain and discomfort, and recent research shows that it is effective in treating depression, alcoholism, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Could Ketamine Infusion Therapy be the future of antidepressants?
•Dr. Brooks, a licensed anesthesiologist in New York and Connecticut, has been a General Medical Officer with the United States Navy in Bahrain, completed his residency and fellowship at Harvard Medical School, has been as assistant professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Director of Anesthesia at Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan. He currently practices in Lower Manhattan.
•Location: Champions Studios
257 W 39th St (between 7th Ave and 8th Ave), 14th floor, room 21
New York NY 10018. [Google map with multi-modal directions]
[This event on Facebook]
[3rd Thursday every month] #7

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mensa Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
•Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the third Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia.
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
[3rd Wednesday every month] #4

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Open House and Membership Drive
Westchester 1:15pm to 3:45pm
Sponsored by Greater New York Mensa and the Cross Westchester Toastmasters Club, this afternoon gathering features short presentations by members of the Cross Westchester Toastmasters Club and Mensa members from Westchester, meet-and-greet, and refreshments provided. Members of any organization and the general public are welcome. No admission fee. Come for fun and food and thought-provoking discussion. Look for the balloons. Bring your friends. For info contact: aviva.andreen@gnym.org .
•Location: Dobbs Ferry Public Library, 55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522, 914-693-6614.
This event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449320752047329/

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series   [Note: New location.]
Manhattan, 6pm to 8pm
•This month's speaker, Julienne Ryan, a recognized speaker and coach who specializes in helping people to communicate better at work or on a professional job search, will show us why developing and utilizing your "Back Story" and personal narratives effectively helps engage your listeners in interviews and professional settings. Attendees will walk away with proven learning and engagement tools and story-telling techniques to help them – whether it's performing better at work or on a job interview. Don't miss this opportunity to network with your peers and learn some valuable lessons!
•Julienne Ryan is a story connector who helps people find their true selves. Working with individuals and teams to develop their unique talents and strengths allowing them to see themselves in new ways to become more productive, successful and achieve levels they never thought possible is her passion. She specializes in helping people successfully navigate transition and works with individuals at all stages of life and career. Her background includes roles with Fortune 500 companies including Avon, American Express, Right Management, Diageo, and Con Edison. Her Masters in Organizational Psychology and Leadership is from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a dual B.A. in Psychology & Urban Studies from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY.
•Location: Lower level at Cakeshop NYC, 152 Ludlow Street, New York NY, 212-253-0036. [on Facebook]
This event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1591666574417994/
[3rd Thursday every month] #5

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mensa Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
•Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the third Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia.
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
[3rd Wednesday every month] #2

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Board Meeting and Board Games Afternoon
Nassau 12:30pm - 2:00pm (board meeting)
Nassau 12:30pm - 5:30pm (board games and strategy games)
FREE for members and guests.
•Greater New York Mensa will provide a selection of drinks (e.g., sodas, bottled water) and nosh (e.g., crudites, pretzels) and/or bring what you like (no greasy foods at the tables). The room has an ice machine.
Marty G. is providing games, and/or bring what you like.
The place is basically one large room. The board meeting will occur at one end. Gamers may observe the board meeting and/or begin playing at 12:30pm at the other end.
•Location: VFW hall, 20 Queens Street, Syosset, NY [map]
It's "within crawling distance" (about 950 feet) from the Syosset LIRR station.
(Trains from and to Penn Station every half-hour; 55 minutes, usually no transfer. ($19 off-peak round-trip. Will NYC people come out?))

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Third-Wednesday Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Polyamory
Leon Feingold is founder of American Mensa's national PolyamorySIG in 2009 and President of Open Love NY, the East Coast's largest polyamory group, and has been featured on The View, HBO's Americans In Bed, the New York Times, and MTV for his role as a public figure in the exploding polyamory movement – but he did it before it was cool. He's giving the first full TEDx talk on Polyamory on Saturday, March 21, 2105; this will be one of his final rehearsals, to be followed by a Q&A, discussing responsible nonmonogamy and anything else on your minds.
•There is no cost. However. those in attendance are expected to order food and drink.
•Location: Stone Creek Bar & Lounge
140 E 27th St (between 3rd Ave & Lexington Ave), New York NY, 212-532-1037
http://stonecreeknyc.com/ [on Facebook]

Friday, March 6, 2015 (6pm) – Sunday, March 8, 2015 (noon)

SNOWBALL 41 (Regional Gathering of Central New Jersey Mensa)
Iselin, NJ – all weekend
•“Come join CNJM for Snowball 41. Snowball is the longest-running and best RG the United States has to offer. Beautiful hotel, close to a train station, outstanding included hospitality, huge game room, riveting programs, and the company of the brightest people in the world. Registration is $75 until Feb. 21. Day rates: Friday $35; Saturday $45. •Saturday night buffet: $25 until sold out. Little India is just down the road.
All info: www.cnj.us.mensa.org/snowball.html or Andrea G. at andreabgg@hotmail.com.
Just minutes from Staten Island, Snowball is the nearest RG to much of our NY area.
•Location: Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark (formerly the Hilton Woodbridge), 120 Wood Ave. S., Iselin NJ 08830; (732) 494-6200; www.hotelwoodbridgemetropark.com .
Room rate of $106 is guaranteed "only until our block of rooms is sold out. Mention CNJM to get the special rate".
•What is a Regional Gathering?
“Each weekend-long Regional Gathering, or RG, usually features speakers; games; a Hospitality room with food, beverages and lots of socializing; and often a little something special, a signature program or activity that the hosting local group injects into the event to make it their own.
While some long-established RGs draw hundreds of attendees, most are much smaller. (Snowball gets a few hundred.)
Approximately 40 RGs are held around the US every year, and all are planned and staffed by local volunteers.”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Azerbaijani Music: discussion and performance by Jon Liechty
•The Republic of Azerbaijan is a former Soviet republic located on the Western shore of the Caspian Sea. It is known in the West for its oil exports, but its rich musical culture has only recently begun to attract attention. Jon Liechty will be playing and discussing a number of songs by Azerbaijani composers.
•American composer and pianist Jon Liechty has performed in Baku, Azerbaijan, London, Brussels, New York, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, Vancouver, and other places. He has appeared on Azerbaijani National Television, and his work has been discussed in Azerbaijan International magazine. He is the Associate Music Director of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. http://jon-liechty.com
•Location: Stone Creek Bar & Lounge
140 E 27th St (between 3rd Ave & Lexington Ave), New York NY, 212-532-1037
http://stonecreeknyc.com/ [on Facebook]
•There is no cost. However. those in attendance are expected to order food and drink.
•Also promoted at: www.facebook.com/GreaterNYMensa and
www.meetup.com/Greater-New-York-Mensa-Meetup/events/220566749/
[3rd Thursday every month] #1

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Annual New Member Potluck Social & V-Day Party! (Party: about 35 attended.) (Gaming Night: about 10 attended. (most also at the party))
Manhattan 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Come one, come all to our popular annual GNYM Valentine & New Member potluck social! This is your chance to rub shoulders and minds with some of our newest members, and reconnect with some of our oldest. We request all attendees bring a food or non-alcoholic beverage item to share (enough for 4+) plus we'll have some supplementary food and soft drinks for all - otherwise, both members and guests are FREE!
Board meeting BEFORE from 1-2:30 if you want to see how our chapter runs (check it out if you have any ideas for us and/or want to volunteer!). The party officially runs from 2:30-5:30, then we transition to all-night Strategy Gaming until midnight! Bring your favorite games, and/or play ours.
•Price: included in your membership.
•Location: Union Square Loft, 873 Broadway, Suite 408 (buzzer 050), New York, NY [map]
(enter on Broadway between 18th & 19th Streets [map]) http://unionsquareloft.com/
[The Party and Strategy Gaming Night are also announced on Facebook.]

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Finding The Ability in Disability: working with disabled artists by Nick Linnehan.
"What are the challenges and rewards of working with disabled artists? How do we create more opportunities for these people? Why is it important?"
•Nick is an avid director, actor, and writer. Previously, he has been busy writing five new original works; His first play, The Real Story was produced in 2001 by The Post Theatre Company. His second play, Identity (award winning), was produced twice by Queens College in 2005, once by Manhattan Repertory Theater in 2006, and by Nicu's Spoon Theater in 2007. His last original work, Erosion: Life on Life's Terms premiered in January 2010 at Nicu's Spoon Theater. He has worked as a director for many children's shows and taught several drama classes for children over the past 14 years. Nick graduated from CW Post at Long Island University with his BA in Theater and holds a Master's Degree in Education from Queens College. Nick founded Identity Theater Company in 2011, and is looking forward to making great theater with great people.
•Location: Stone Creek Bar & Lounge
140 E 27th St (between 3rd Ave & Lexington Ave), New York NY, 212-532-1037
http://stonecreeknyc.com/ [on Facebook]
•There is no cost. However. those in attendance are expected to order food and drink.
(Also promoted at:
www.facebook.com/GreaterNYMensa
www.meetup.com/Greater-New-York-Mensa-Meetup/events/219617444/ [enrollment required.])
[3rd Thursday every month] #1

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wine Tasting
Suffolk 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Join fellow Mensans and guests at Raphael Winery, 39390 Main Road (Rt 25) in Peconic, NY. We will all chip in and buy a few bottles of wine and share them as well as bring snacks to share. RSVP required by ____ to: ____. More information at: www.raphaelwine.com .

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Suffolk Mensa Holiday Seasonal Get-Together:
nth annual Gathering Between Xmas and New Year's Eve
Suffolk 6:00pm -
Winter is the time of year where it is nice to get together with friends, so we are repeating a Suffolk County tradition, which we like to share with our Mensa friends from NYC, Nassau and Suffolk. Come to the Hauppauge Palace Diner, 525 Smithtown Bypass, (southeast corner of Route 111 & Route 347) in Hauppauge. All Mensa members and guests are welcome. If you would like to participate in the grab bag gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift $5 to $10 in value. RSVP required to ____ by December 20, 2014.
(Previously it has been the Thursday between; this year it's New Year's Eve Eve. A virtual July in December, given the weather.)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

GNYM Holiday Party & GNYM 50th Anniversary Celebration
Manhattan 2:00pm to 5:00pm
This December it has been FIFTY YEARS since the founding of the GNYM chapter. Meet with your fellow Mensans in a beautiful setting to kick off the holiday season, with a couple commemorative surprises. It won't be the same without you, so please come!
As a bonus, the chapter is hosting a Strategy Gaming Night directly AFTER - at the same venue, from 5pm to 11pm (or when everyone goes home). Bring your favorite games from home or play ours - and bring a snack and/or drink to share.
•Price: included in your membership.
•Location: Union Square Loft, 873 Broadway, Suite 408 (buzzer 050), New York, NY [map]
(enter on Broadway between 18th & 19th Streets [map]) http://unionsquareloft.com/
[The Party is also announced on Facebook. The Strategy Gaming Night is also announced on Facebook.]

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Long Island Holiday Party
Massapequa 7:00pm-9:00pm
Enjoy a fine Italian dinner and great Mensan conversation. We return to the Olive Garden, 5598 Sunrise Hwy, in Massapequa Park. To participate in the traditional (optional) grab bag, bring a wrapped gift $7-15 in value. A festive time is sure to be had by all. To reserve, contact ____ by Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
We got 10 regulars and two new people.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

GNYM Halloween Party
Join us for a family-friendly Halloween party. Many people come in costume, so you can, too! As always, you will have a chance to meet your fellow Mensans. We hope to see you there.
(Locations this year were determined at the last minute.)

GNYM Halloween Party
Nassau 6pm-9pm
Come hungry -- we will feed you all the hot and cold food and soft drinks you can consume -- Italian, Chinese, Greek, White Castles, snacks, cake, and even some Halloween candy!
•Location: VFW, 20 Queens Street, Syosset, NY [map]
About 950 feet from the Syosset LIRR station (55 minutes out of Penn Station; almost all trains are one-seat (no train changes or transfers)).

GNYM Halloween Party
Manhattan 7pm-?
Dinner at PJ Moran's, 3 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017 (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave in Midtown East) [map]. GNYM will pick up half the tab! Ask for the Mensa table when you arrive.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Xmas in July
Three locations. Free for members.
Manhattan: 7:00pm - 9:30pm at Union Square Loft, 873 Broadway, Suite 408 (buzzer 050), New York, NY [map]
(enter on Broadway between 18th & 19th Streets [map]) http://unionsquareloft.com/
Nassau: 7:00pm - 9:30pm at Domenico's Restaurant, 3270-A Hempstead Tpke, Levittown NY. Menu to include: Mozzarella sticks, fried zucchini, bruschetta, garden salad, pizza (mushroom, sausage, green peppers, pepperoni), and unlimited Pepsi and Diet Pepsi.
Westchester: 6:00pm - 9:30pm at The Melting Pot, 30 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains NY. (Gluten-free choices available.) RSVP no later than Monday, July 21, to Jean Havens at (914) 954-3148. On-street metered parking is available, plus ample parking in the City Center garage across the street.

Friday-Sunday April 4-6, 2014

A New York State of Mind - GNYM's Regional Gathering
•Greater New York Mensa is throwing a big weekend party, and you're invited. Competitions, games, educational lectures, alcohol tasting, martial arts, music, dance, 24-hour hospitality, and - of course - Mensans! See old friends and make new ones, learn something new, and remind yourself why you joined in the first place.
•Full information: http://rg.gnym.org/
•Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel White Plains-Downtown, 66 Hale Ave, White Plains NY 10601.
[This event is also promoted on Facebook.]
•What is a Regional Gathering?
“Each weekend-long Regional Gathering, or RG, usually features speakers; games; a Hospitality room with food, beverages and lots of socializing; and often a little something special, a signature program or activity that the hosting local group injects into the event to make it their own.
While some long-established RGs draw hundreds of attendees, most are much smaller. (We expect a few hundred.)
Approximately 40 RGs are held around the US every year, and all are fully planned and staffed by local volunteers.”

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Greater New York Mensa lecture mini-series, free and open to the public. Four Sundays at 2pm.
Eastchester Public Library, Eastchester NY (a town in Westchester)
at 2:00pm:
"From Points to Curves: The Transubstantiated Transform of Infinite Decimal Geometry", a presentation by Elyas Isaacs, Ph.D., DPH, DDiv., MD(res)
at 3:00pm:
"Success with SMARTER Goals", a presentation by Rob Salkin, MSci, MBA, JD
•Location: Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester NY 10709. (914) 793-5055
[their Facebook page]  [Google map with multi-modal directions]

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Greater New York Mensa lecture mini-series, free and open to the public. Four Sundays at 2pm.
Westchester, 2:00pm
"Poetry: Painting With Words", a presentation by Dr. Jay Albrecht
•Where does the creative urge originate? What makes a poet? What artifice turns mere words into something called a “poem”? How does one paint pictures with words?
•"I see my poetic task as a telling of my imaginings, avoiding incomprehensible symbols. I paint word-pictures ranging from graceful to stressed to comedic, in rhythmic fashion with occasional surprises. Subjects go from nature to intriguing people such as growing kids, to the far reaches of thought. They draw on life observations of travels, technology, therapeutics, and personal yearnings."
•Dr. Jay Albrecht is a published poet, a multimedia artist, and a retired Clinical Psychologist. A long-time Mensa member, he founded Mensa of Sweden.
at 3:00pm:
"Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestors", a presentation by Elder Thomas Hanson and Sister Elisabeth Hanson
•Location: Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester NY 10709. (914) 793-5055
[their Facebook page]  [Google map with multi-modal directions]

Friday, February 28, 2014 (6pm) – Sunday, March 2, 2014 (noon)

SNOWBALL 40 (Regional Gathering of Central New Jersey Mensa)
Iselin, NJ – all weekend
“Come join CNJM for Snowball 40, the longest-running and best RG the United States has to offer. Beautiful hotel, close to the train station, outstanding included Hospitality, huge game room, riveting programs, and the company of the brightest people in the world. Registration is $70. Day rates: Friday $30; Saturday $45. (Rates go up after 1/31 and again after 2/21.)
•Location: Hilton Woodbridge, 120 Wood Ave. S., Iselin NJ 08830; (732) 494-6200; www.hiltonwoodbridge.com .
Room rate $106 is guaranteed "only until our block of rooms is sold out. Mention CNJM to get the special rate".
Info, program: www.cnj.us.mensa.org/snowball.html or Andrea G. at andreabgg@hotmail.com
Just minutes from Staten Island, Snowball is the nearest RG to much of our NY area, as is our own RG later this year, April 4-6, 2014.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Greater New York Mensa lecture mini-series (Free and open to the public. Four Sundays at 2pm.)
Westchester 2:00pm
"Humanity's Toothache", a presentation by Dr. Aviva Andreen
•From Pakistan to Peru, from Persia to Paris, from prehistory to present, the toothache has plagued humanity.  Demystify the infamous toothworm, the "dentatus", and the esthetics of teeth.  Learn how humanity has coped with tooth pain and immortalized dentistry in art as well as the development of the science behind the history of dentistry. (Parental warning: pictures of skulls & mummies included).
•Dr. Aviva Andreen is a retired dentist. She taught in two dental schools, several graduate dental programs, and was a dentist in hospitals, private practice and the Navy Reserve. Dr. Andreen is an active Mensa member and glad to give a program on the history of her former profession.•Location: Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709. (914) 793-5055
[their Facebook page]  [Google map with multi-modal directions]

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Greater New York Mensa lecture mini-series (Free and open to the public. Four Sundays at 2pm.)
Westchester 2:00pm
"Fencing", a presentation by Elizabeth Penn
•From Hamlet to The Princess Bride to Xena: Warrior Princess, sword fighting has been an important and exciting component of many an adventure story (let alone world history). Though we (hopefully) no longer duel to the death to solve our disputes, we can still engage in sword play in real life through competitive fencing. Come learn about historical as well as modern-day fencing, with information about rules, weapons, and competitions; displays of equipment; and maybe even a few demonstrations.
•Elizabeth Penn is a graduate student at the Ferkauf Graduate School of psychology where she is working on a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is a graduate of Stern College for Women where she fenced for four years, serving as pe Squad Captain for two of those years. Elizabeth earned her squad's coaches award three years in row, and won several awards in competition, including EWFC fencer of the year. Elizabeth has served as Recording Secretary for Greater New York Mensa.
•Location: Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709. (914) 793-5055
[their Facebook page]  [Google map with multi-modal directions]

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mensa Valentine's Day Party and Welcome to our New Members
Manhattan, 2:00pm–5:00pm
•Once again we will meet and greet in NYU's Kimmel Center, a great setting overlooking Washington Square Park. We welcome all of our new members to celebrate winter and Mensan comraderie, and to enjoy light refreshments and soft drinks. All we need is you and your guest.
•Price: included in your membership.
•Location: Kimmel Center for University Life at NYU, rooms 405-406.
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. 212-998-4900
[their Facebook page]  [Google Map with multimodal directions]  [NYU's Directions page]
•Ask for the Mensa event at the desk. NYU requires photo ID for entry.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 Winter Winery Event
Suffolk 12:30pm
The usual wining, lunching or snacking, and socializing. Bring some money to buy wine, and plenty of munchies to eat and share. This time at Jason's Vineyard, 1785 Main Rd (NY 25), Jamesport, NY 11947 [map], 631-238-5801.
You must RSVP to ____ or 631-____ so that we can contact you if plans change.
[This event is also promoted on Facebook.]
Outcome: The roads and weather were a little wintery. Eight Long Island acquaintances and one lucky new person had a great time.


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