Come hangout and socialize with us at the Skylight Diner, 402 West 34th Street, just west of 9th Avenue and two blocks west of Penn Station.
Our social groups usually meet three times a month, usually the first Sunday, the second Saturday and the fourth Sunday. During the warmer months, the first group is a picnic, located on a terrace that is a public space in my apartment building in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. We ask each member to bring their own lunch as well as something to share. During the colder months, we try different restaurants throughout the city or do cultural events like going to museums. The second social group usually meets the second Saturday of each month and is held at the same location, allowing for some feeling of routine. This is usually at a diner located in the Gramercy section of Manhattan. We chose a diner because it has a wide variety of food choices to accommodate the largest number of tastes and dietary restrictions. The third social group is held on the fourth Sunday at an ethnic restaurant. In the past we’ve tried Mongolian, Thai and now we are going to a Ramen noodle restaurant.
These groups provide a sense of community for individuals who may not otherwise have many opportunities to socialize, to have somewhere to go on a regular basis that is a relaxed comfortable judgment free atmosphere where people can be themselves amongst others sharing similar difficulties and interests. For the most part, these social events are just like any other. We provide just enough boundaries to make it a safe space.