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Save the Date for Wetstock 2019

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Erin Holohan Haskell
Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,333
edited March 2019 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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  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,528
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    Got it on may calendar Hoping to learn some things from all the history and expertise
    Ray Wohlfarth
    Boiler Lessons
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,935
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    Same here. Any recommended hotels?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
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  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    Easy train ride for me. Would be nice to go to NYC and not have to see a Broadway Show with the wife :)

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    icy78ethicalpaul
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,333
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    Steamhead said:

    Same here. Any recommended hotels?

    We're working on it. We'll have more info soon. Thanks!

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 3,244
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    @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.
    Contact John "JohnNY" Cataneo, NYC Master Plumber, Lic 1784
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  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,808
    edited February 2019
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    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
    JohnNY
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    We’ve stayed at Hotel Edison. It’s a good place and an easy walk to The General Society.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
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    The Mansfield Hotel is next door, but anywhere in the neighborhood works. Price is a consideration.
    8.33 lbs./gal. x 60 min./hr. x 20°ΔT = 10,000 BTU's/hour

    Two btu per sq ft for degree difference for a slab
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    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.


    Retired and loving it.
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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    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.
    STEVEusaPA
  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
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    Thanks for that wonderful bit of history!

    There must have been some local watering holes and brothels in the neighborhood as well, no?
    8.33 lbs./gal. x 60 min./hr. x 20°ΔT = 10,000 BTU's/hour

    Two btu per sq ft for degree difference for a slab
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
    edited February 2019
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    @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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  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
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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.
    8.33 lbs./gal. x 60 min./hr. x 20°ΔT = 10,000 BTU's/hour

    Two btu per sq ft for degree difference for a slab
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,333
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    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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  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    Any chance there's a field trip to a cool (aren't they all?) steam boiler/basement?

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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
    edited February 2019
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    @STEVEusaPA, General Society's basement is worth the trip. You can get to see @JohnNY's fine work.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,333
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    @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

    STEVEusaPA
  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,808
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    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
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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    @Steve Minnich You'll never regret it.
    Retired and loving it.
    TinmanSeanBeans
  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,727
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    I'll try and get there.
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    gary@wilsonph.com
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    @GWilson Be good to see you again, Gary! Been too long. Bring your solder. ;-)
    Retired and loving it.
  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,727
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    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
    gary@wilsonph.com
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    Sounds great, Gary. Thanks!
    Retired and loving it.
  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,727
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    And she said Yes😄

    see you all then
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    gary@wilsonph.com
    Erin Holohan HaskellJohnNY
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    Woooo!
    Retired and loving it.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,935
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    @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.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • Mike_Sheppard
    Mike_Sheppard Member Posts: 696
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    Definitely coming. Excited to see the boiler room!!
    Never stop learning.
    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    Great, Mike! Looking forward to showing you around.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Mike_Sheppard
    Mike_Sheppard Member Posts: 696
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    I’ll bring my tools and combustion analyzer! Just kidding

    Anyone got some boilers I can work on up there?? Lol
    Never stop learning.
  • 1Matthias
    1Matthias Member Posts: 148
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    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.
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    @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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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,935
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    .... 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.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    LOL!
    Retired and loving it.
  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 3,244
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    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.
    Contact John "JohnNY" Cataneo, NYC Master Plumber, Lic 1784
    Consulting & Troubleshooting
    Heating in NYC or NJ.
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  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,808
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    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
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,935
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    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.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    @Steamhead John is one of our best teachers at Mechanics Institute. They’re already his students. 👏
    Retired and loving it.
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    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.

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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,551
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    Business casual works.
    Retired and loving it.
    STEVEusaPA
  • EzzyT
    EzzyT Member Posts: 1,296
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    I’ll be there.
    E-Travis Mechanical LLC
    Etravismechanical@gmail.com
    201-887-8856
    JohnNY