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Old 02-11-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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World Maker Faire NYC 2012

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I am wondering if anyone would be interested in participating in a rally at World Maker Faire 2012 in NYC from 9/28-10/1?

For those unfamiliar with Maker Faire, they are gatherings that have been described as part science fair, part Burning Man. There are two big ones in the US (the other is in the San Francisco area and there are mini faires everywhere). The NY Faire feature lots of arts and technology demonstrations, workshops, and interactive activities. It's very family friendly--for all ages. If you are interested and want to research the Maker Movement and Maker Faires, there's lots of online stuff about it. Also, tomorrow's (Sunday 2/12) episode of CNN's ďThe Next ListĒ will profile it at 2 pm EST.

It seems that a lot of folk around the forums are makers of one sort or another--so I though it would be great to have a laid-back rally. Days can be spent at the Faire, but after-hours we could possibly tour NYC, have cook-outs and show off our own maker achievements! Heck, maybe we could also make stuff, too!


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The Faire will take place at the NY Hall of Science, in Queens, NY. From what I can see, the only nearby RV park is Liberty Harbor in Jersey City. Sites there cost $80.25 for rather tight parking, but water/50w electric and convenient dump site. Friends who have stayed there tell me the staff definitely have NY attitudes, but that the place is all about location, location, location: mere minutes from Manhattan and convenience to the whole city.

If anyone has any other park suggestions let me know! If we have to stick with this, I think if I can get a gauge on how many folks might be interested, I might be able to negotiate some better rates.

Anyhow, there'd be nothing cooler than going to the Maker Faire and hanging out with the Airstream gang. Let me know if this is tempting!

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Old 02-11-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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If we weren't on the wrong coast...

This sounds great. We've been going to the SF area Maker Faire for years. It is about equal parts entertainment and inspiration. They usually have demonstrations (some hands on), some blow-your-mind strange ideas, and lots and lots of examples of more garden variety innovations, plus some vendors.

Things will be different on each coast. Here are a couple of pictures from last year's Maker Faire south of SF:

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Old 02-12-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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I wish you were on this coast--we're hoping some other campers want to join us! Thanks for the photos. The big centerpiece creation in NYC is a huge Rube-Goldbergesque Mouse Trap--apparently, they catch the mouse a couple of times during the event!
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If it's the same one we've had out here, the mousetrap is awesome! It took me back to my childhood, complete with a real, full size cast iron bathtub. It is a lot of fun to watch it run, and as much fun again to watch them set the trap.
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Check this out: Gateway National Recreation Area - Camping at Gateway (U.S. National Park Service)
Only six rv sites but...Maybe you could talk the park into letting Airstreams boondock at the airfield hanger area at Floyd Bennett Field. They must have a dump station. It looks like there are a bunch of vintage AIRcraft that are stored there.

We stayed at Liberty rv park last spring and can only guess we got the group rate as it was a joint rally with NE & NY wbcci. It is very conveniant as the ferry stops just out front of park (parking lot) entrance. Also subway is two block walk into Jersey City from Liberty rv/marina.
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Since I did not receive any interest, I'm going to cancel this invitation. We're planning to go and stay at the campground in Jersey City. If you end up there, let us now!
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