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Save the Date for Wetstock 2019

Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 961Member, Moderator, Administrator
edited March 22 in THE MAIN WALL
Save the Date for Wetstock 2019!

Saturday, August 24
12 PM to 5 PM
NYC


The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

This event brings together some of the sharpest people in the hydronics community for an afternoon of roundtable discussions, sharing, and all-around fun. We'll have lunch and drinks and great conversation. The only way you won’t get something out of Wetstock is if you stay home.

More details to come.
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  • RayWohlfarthRayWohlfarth Posts: 665Member
    Got it on may calendar Hoping to learn some things from all the history and expertise
    Ray Wohlfarth
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  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 12,812Member
    Same here. Any recommended hotels?
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  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Posts: 2,780Member
    Easy train ride for me. Would be nice to go to NYC and not have to see a Broadway Show with the wife :)
    steve
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 961Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Steamhead said:

    Same here. Any recommended hotels?

    We're working on it. We'll have more info soon. Thanks!
    President
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  • JohnNYJohnNY Posts: 2,207Member
    @Steamhead, Hotel Edison usually has pretty good deals. And it's the hotel lobby where Sollozzo kills Luca Brasi in The Godfather.
    So that's fun.
    For installations, troubleshooting, and private consulting services, find John "JohnNY" Cataneo here at :
    "72°F Mechanical, LLC"
    Or email John at [email protected]
    John is a professional Master Plumber, licensed by The Department of Buildings of The City of New York, and works extensively in NYC while consulting for clients in and out of state.
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,271Member
    edited February 5
    I worked for Amtrak in the late 70’s. NYC was one of my routes and the Hotel Edison is where they put us up for the night. Great memories.

    I come from a big city but nothing could’ve prepared me for the things I saw there. Different animal altogether.
    Steve Minnich
    Tell me I can't, and I'll show you I can.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    We’ve stayed at Hotel Edison. It’s a good place and an easy walk to The General Society.
    Retired and loving it.
  • The Mansfield Hotel is next door, but anywhere in the neighborhood works. Price is a consideration.
    Often wrong, never in doubt.

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  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    The Mansfield has a rich history and is directly next door to the General Society. An orphanage once stood on that site and that makes The Mansfield somewhat haunted these days, or so some have said. When it first opened, The Mansfield was a boarding house for rich gentlemen (no ladies allowed) and is now a boutique hotel.

    Some heating history: Before The General Society bought and expanded the building at 20 West 44th Street (thank you, Brother Andrew Carnegie for paying for that), it was the Berkeley School for Boys. The smoke from its steam boilers (which are abandoned now but still in our basement) was wafting into the opened windows of The Mansfield. You can see by the photo how our long-gone Brothers attempted to be good neighbors to the gentlemen borders by offsetting the chimney. The Mansfield in in the center in the photo; the Berkeley School is at the right. Oh, and the Harvard Club (not in the photo) is directly across the street.


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  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Note, too, the stable in the photo. West 44th Street used to be Stable Street. It was where the wealthy of Fifth Avenue kept their carriages. The entire street was lined with stables in late-1800s, and the Berkeley School took quite a chance by becoming the first building to go up on the block that wasn't a stable. Today, there are two remaining stables left on the block. Look for them when you visit. The horses and carriages are long gone and the "stables" are pretty fancy nowadays. This is one of the most beautiful blocks in NYC.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Thanks for that wonderful bit of history!

    There must have been some local watering holes and brothels in the neighborhood as well, no?
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  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    edited February 7
    @Alan (California Radiant) Forbes They'd have to go a bit west to Hell's Kitchen for that. This was a very classy area back then. Still is. W44th goes by the nickname "Club Row" now. I mentioned the Harvard Club being across the street. Next to that is the NY Yacht Club, both are architectural masterpieces. The Penn Club (formally the Yale Club) is just down the block, as it LEED, and The American Bar Association. There's also the Algonquin hotel (home of the famous literary roundtable) and the Iroquoi hotel. It's quite a block.
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  • Those top floor penthouses on the Mansfield building look very nice. And the floor below has a balcony. I'll bet they get top dollar for them.
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  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 961Member, Moderator, Administrator
    I'm going to defer to the New Yorkers on the hotel recommendations. (Thanks, guys!) You can also get deals through travel sites like Priceline.com, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Kayak.com, Expedia, AirBNB, VRBO, etc.
    President
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  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Posts: 2,780Member
    Any chance there's a field trip to a cool (aren't they all?) steam boiler/basement?
    steve
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    edited February 7
    @STEVEusaPA, General Society's basement is worth the trip. You can get to see @JohnNY's fine work.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 961Member, Moderator, Administrator

    @STEVEusaPA, General Society's basement is worth the trip. You can get to see JohnNY's fine work.

    More info here: https://heatinghelp.com/blog/saving-history/
    President
    HeatingHelp.com
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,271Member
    I'm not a contractor anymore so I have a lot more flexibility now.
    I get an insane amount of vacation at my new job.
    My CEO and CFO (both are my wife) have signed off on it.
    NYC fascinates me.
    I'm pretty sure I'll be there.
    Steve Minnich
    Tell me I can't, and I'll show you I can.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    @Steve Minnich You'll never regret it.
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  • GWGW Posts: 3,370Member
    I'll try and get there.
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    www.wilsonph.com
    [email protected]
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    @GWilson Be good to see you again, Gary! Been too long. Bring your solder. ;-)
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  • GWGW Posts: 3,370Member
    ha! Thanks Dan

    I did a vid a week ago; i recall there was a nay sayer back when the vid went up. If I get a few minutes of boredom i will shoot that to youtube and add it to that post

    OK checking with the wife to make sure the date is good- she handles the vacation calendar and Aug is our month to get out of Dodge
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    www.wilsonph.com
    [email protected]
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Sounds great, Gary. Thanks!
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  • GWGW Posts: 3,370Member
    And she said Yes😄

    see you all then
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    www.wilsonph.com
    [email protected]
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Woooo!
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  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 12,812Member

    @STEVEusaPA, General Society's basement is worth the trip. You can get to see JohnNY's fine work.

    More info here: https://heatinghelp.com/blog/saving-history/
    That, by itself, would be worth the trip.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • Mike_SheppardMike_Sheppard Posts: 411Member
    Definitely coming. Excited to see the boiler room!!
    Never stop learning.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Great, Mike! Looking forward to showing you around.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Mike_SheppardMike_Sheppard Posts: 411Member
    I’ll bring my tools and combustion analyzer! Just kidding

    Anyone got some boilers I can work on up there?? Lol
    Never stop learning.
  • 1Matthias1Matthias Posts: 136Member
    Hope to be able to make it, August is free for me as far as I know. Looks like it'll be a 10 hour drive up.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    @1Matthias Thanks for making the trip! Here's a bit about the General Society, whose students will benefit from your experience at Wetstock 2019: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Society_of_Mechanics_and_Tradesmen_of_the_City_of_New_York
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  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 12,812Member

    .... students will benefit from your experience at Wetstock 2019:

    You're gonna have students there? Does this mean we actually have to behave ourselves? >:)
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    LOL!
    Retired and loving it.
  • JohnNYJohnNY Posts: 2,207Member
    Steamhead said:

    @STEVEusaPA, General Society's basement is worth the trip. You can get to see JohnNY's fine work.

    More info here: https://heatinghelp.com/blog/saving-history/
    That, by itself, would be worth the trip.
    Oh jeez. Steamhead's coming. Now I gotta clean up my work.
    For installations, troubleshooting, and private consulting services, find John "JohnNY" Cataneo here at :
    "72°F Mechanical, LLC"
    Or email John at [email protected]
    John is a professional Master Plumber, licensed by The Department of Buildings of The City of New York, and works extensively in NYC while consulting for clients in and out of state.
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,271Member
    I'm already putting together my itinerary.

    Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird is near the top of that list.
    Steve Minnich
    Tell me I can't, and I'll show you I can.
  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 12,812Member
    JohnNY said:

    Steamhead said:

    @STEVEusaPA, General Society's basement is worth the trip. You can get to see JohnNY's fine work.

    More info here: https://heatinghelp.com/blog/saving-history/
    That, by itself, would be worth the trip.
    Oh jeez. Steamhead's coming. Now I gotta clean up my work.
    Dan didn't tell you they wanted you to do a lecture for the students about that job? >:) >:) >:)
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    @Steamhead John is one of our best teachers at Mechanics Institute. They’re already his students. 👏
    Retired and loving it.
  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Posts: 2,780Member
    Question (probably too early)...
    What's the dress code? Is this business casual?
    Khaki's/golf shirt?
    Or dress to do some work & bring some tools :) ?
    Thanks.
    steve
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,538Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Business casual works.
    Retired and loving it.
  • EzzyTEzzyT Posts: 810Member
    I’ll be there.
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