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Geek's Guide To NYC Travel: Interop Preview

Superheroes, Dr. Who bars, video games, Seth Meyers, and more. Check out some of the coolest things a geek can see while in New York for Interop.
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When Interop hits New York from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, we know many of you would like to see a different side of the city. Anybody can tell you to go see the Statue of Liberty or Central Park, but who else can tell you where to find the best spots to get your nerd on? So here it is: the Geek's Guide to the Gotham City. Read the guide, mark off your favorites, and register for Interop, but don't forget to give yourself plenty of time to see these sights. New York is the city that never sleeps, so when Interop does (hey, Interop is 28 now; we're not so young anymore), these are the hotspots to keep the party going.

New York is so busting out with geek culture that some pretty cool stuff didn't even make the list. We didn't even get to the truly excellent New York Hall of Science, and that's not because it isn't great. We just couldn't see listing a science museum when you probably have one in your town. Same goes for the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. You may not have an aircraft carrier in your town, but you probably have an aircraft museum nearby.

So what did it take to make the list? It had to be a place where you can buy superpowers in a can -- or maybe see Kermit the Frog in person. We highlighted a ninja village, a cyclone, and a forbidden planet. You'll walk in the steps of superheroes, science legends, and Dr. Who. You can even join a secret club that describes itself as underground... shrouded in mystery... and chock full of brainiacs who will report on the findings of its secret missions, whether in the heart of Papua New Guinea or Brooklyn.

If that's not enough, I'll tell you where you can see the King of the Geeks, Seth Meyers, the former SNL Weekend Update host, current late night star, and animated superhero himself.

We've got so much fun, you'll want to register, not only for this year's Interop, but next year's, as well, because there's no way you'll see it all in one year. Check out the slideshow. Tell us what you are excited to see at Interop and in New York. And if you're local, add your favorite fun spots to the list.

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Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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8/11/2014 | 9:59:58 AM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
Great point about the superhero characters. A few made the news over the past few weeks, not for saving damsels in distress or beating up villains but for trying to shake-down tourists who apparently didn't tip adequately. All anyone has to do to join the melee is don tights and a cape, so you never really know who's behind the mask!
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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8/11/2014 | 9:58:00 AM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
Seeing the World Fair site is always a bit jarring, although I must admit i don't believe i've ever made it to the actual site -- just driven by (or more likely been stuck in traffic) while driving the LIE into Manhattan.
Alison_Diana
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8/11/2014 | 9:56:05 AM
Re: 3D Printers
Looking even further into the future, most likely there'll be a day when a decent percentage of households own a 3D printer. This device will revoutionize many industries, from healthcare (as we're already seeing) to distribution (say goodbye to 10-14 business days for parts delivery)! It could become a similar scenario to that seen with PCs: Many middle and upper class families will own one (or more) while the less fortunate, those who only need them occasionally, and others will access them at libraries or other centrally located community sites.
Brian.Dean
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8/9/2014 | 6:15:55 AM
3D Printers
It is just a matter of time before every city in the world has at least one 3D printing store, this would help individuals utilize equipment for which manufactures have stopped producing after-sales parts. For example, if a car's tail light that is not being produced any longer is broken, a customer could just find the design, send the files to the printing store and the printing store would mail the customer their new tail light -- all in a single day. 
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8/9/2014 | 6:03:40 AM
Re: Beer and Arcade Games!
Arcade games and super hero movies have a deep connection to IT, for example, movies such as "The Matrix" would be impossible to create without the computational capabilities of computers as well as without IT/simulations, the viewer would not be able to conceptualize the story. 
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jastroff,
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8/8/2014 | 6:32:09 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
Brooklyn is just the also-ran of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Nobody would bother with Bklyn unless they couldn't live in Manhattan.

Also, avoid the Superheros around Times Square. They are not licensed, and they have questionable behaviors for some time.

But, welcome to NYC, and enjoy! You can get anything here you want, and pretty much do anything round the clock!
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/8/2014 | 2:15:02 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
@Susan- Don't blame me. I just follow the geeks to wehere the geek stuff is. :)

Also if anyone from Long Island or the Bronx wants to trumpet the geek cred of their neighborhood, go for it. :)


Susan_Nunziata
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8/8/2014 | 1:56:35 PM
Brooklyn Bias?
@Dave: my Queens-girl ire was up when I saw how many places on the list are in B'klyn. Then you redeemed yourself with the World's Fair site and the Queens Museum, which boasts - among other attractions -- this lovingly maintained Panorama of the City of New York. It's also fun to stroll around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (where the museum is located) and walk amongst the post-apocalyptic ruins of Worlds Fairs past. Oh, and it's just steps from the Hall of Science--added bonus is fantastic Latino food to be found along Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights, or a visit to the classic Italian  The Park Side Restaurant of Coronoa, with dessert at the nearby Lemon Ice King of Corona followed by a game of bacci ball in the park. 
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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8/8/2014 | 12:54:15 PM
Re: Beer and Arcade Games!
I like Rampage too. I'd definately drop some quarters in that one. My favorites, which the bar doesn't seem to have, are Tron, Star Wars, and Heavy Barrel. Not to mention Street Fighter 2. I spent way too much time in arcades as a young man.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/8/2014 | 12:34:09 PM
Re: Beer and Arcade Games!
@Drew- Don't shoot the food! Elf needs food...badly. :)

My favorite was Rampage. I loved knocking down buildings like King Kong or Godzilla (though I preferred to play the werewolf). 

I worked at a miniature golf course with an arcade when I was young. I used to go to sleep with the sounds of the arcade in my head. It is strangely...soothing.
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