What is Nerd York City? A calendar. A black book. A map. A guide to all things nerdy for the 8.3 million folks who call Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island home. What's a misfit, geek, nerd, otaku, or fanboy (or fangirl) to do in NYC today? This weekend? This month? Nerd York City's collection of events, shops, and organizations revolving around comics, movies, anime, manga, television, toys, and games in the five boroughs (and even New Jersey and Connecticut) is all you need.
Nerd York City is the pet project of boyfriend and girlfriend Peter Tatara and Petrina Cheng. Seriously. Rather than getting a cat, they started this site. Peter's left-handed, a vegetarian, and his blood type is A. He's a fantastically unpublished writer who likes animation, cashews, penguins, pugs, pomerians, rice cookers, WWII, NPR, Netflix, the New York Rangers, Doctor Who, and Universal Health Care. He dislikes the poetry of Sylvia Plath. The high point of his life was meeting Alan Alda. Rumor has it, Peter's the Content and Talent Director of New York Comic Con. Petrina likes knitting, ruffles, lace, fancy hats, and the color black. She has a crippling addiction to macarons and drinks her body weight in tea every damn day. She is very likely a vampire from Rococo France.
Beyond the efforts of self-proclaimed nerd power couple Peter and Petrina, Nerd York City would like to thank all those below for their support, guidance, and inspiration -- Michelle Manning, Chris Cimi, Ali T. Kokmen, Jim Brooks, John Fuller, Asif Iqbal, David Bushman, Mike Negin, Mike Singer, Adam Ghahramani, Gina Gagliano, Anita Jacobs, Anna Fischer, Renee Gloger, Shannon Jowett, Newton Grant, David Tennant, Bibi Kam, Sonnya Paz, Megumi Sato, Andre Smith, Chris Troy, Carrie Wink, and Shauna.
And, an eternal huzzah and kudos to Clair Segal for coining the "Nerd York City" name, as before it, the working title for the website was fishcustard.com. (And, before the brilliance that was fishcustard.com, concepts included newgeekcity.com, newyorkgeekly.com, geekle.com, sciencemeat.com, nerdsushi.com, wasabinyc.com, umaminyc.com, hachikonyc.com, oringo.com, dairingo.com, donburinyc.com, sukiyakinyc.com, 42ndstreetsamurai.com, daleksinmanhattan.com, geronimonyc.com, and nerdsherpa.com. It's amazing how bad most of these were, and it's even more amazing that most of 'em were taken. Seriously, someone was squatting on oringo.com, but nerdyorkcity.com was open?)
We're always adding, updating, and refreshing Nerd York City, but we can't cover all of New York City alone. If you know of something we don't have in our listings -- a great toy store in NoHo, an Okinawan grocery store in Jamaica, or the best place to score high tea in Park Slope -- let us know. Please send ideas to email@example.com. But, before you do, please make sure you read the submission guidelines below.
Please submit calendar items at least two weeks prior to an event's start date. There is no fee to be listed, but with any submission, note that Nerd York City reserves the right to edit material for length, content, and style. Further, before submitting, understand that submitting something does not guarantee its inclusion. We're a curated list of odd and off-kilter events and institutions. Think you're a match? Then send us an email with the following information...
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Do you know or own a store, restaurant, gallery, museum, or other establishment that you feel is geeky enough for us? Send it in! We're always looking for new additions to our guidebook, and suggestions for additions can be sent in just like calendar updates. Just like calendar updates, too, know there is no fee to be listed, but with any submission, Nerd York City reserves the right to edit material, and we don't guarantee its inclusion. Or, in other words, Nerd York City is not a list of every tofu taco truck in Gowanus. Got it? Good. Please be sure to include the following information with shop, restaurant, or cultural suggestions...
But what if you found something wrong? Did you spot an error in our lists? A wrong address? An evil typo? Send it off to firstname.lastname@example.org. We aim to be accurate, compulsively spell-check, and make updates whenever we're aware a shop moves or closes, but Manhattan real estate is pricey, so there's no telling what changes tomorrow will bring. (We miss you, Takashima!) If you've found something we've overlooked, please let us know.
Got money to promote a product and the irresponsibility to want to spend it here? It's free to submit your event, activity, or noodle shop to Nerd York City, but if you're interested in more, we're happy to discuss sponsorships, advertisements, and contests. Send us a message at email@example.com to talk. First and foremost, know that Nerd York City is a guide for the geeks, nerds, and otaku of NYC, and we're looking for advertisers who get that. We're happy to promote a number of things, but we want them to play well together and make sense in the same sandbox. So, no pop-ups, interstitials, or page peels from skeevydate.com (or skeevypoker.com, too).
Just want to talk to us? Get to know us better? Sell us oringo.com? You can reach Peter and Petrina at firstname.lastname@example.org for any general questions or comments about the site.