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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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Susan_Nunziata
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8/28/2014 | 7:24:09 PM
Re: 3D Printers
@Brian_Dean: I have put the 3D printing store on my Interop itinerary. I expect that we will see our lives completely transformed by this technology, the only question is: When?
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8/28/2014 | 7:22:39 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
@Dave: I have a picture of my Mother In Law with The Naked Cowboy in Times Square. It is truly priceless to me.
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8/12/2014 | 4:35:23 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
Dave thanks for all the great suggestions some were new to me and I am a native New Yorker! I need to visit the 3D prinitng store!

BTW Elmo would be your safest option these days in Times Square,on my last visit there was a woman in front of Toys R Us who wore only painted clothes. A little difficult to explain to a child  going into the Disney store or Toys R Us.
Alison_Diana
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8/11/2014 | 4:08:58 PM
Re: 3D Printers
I'm less sure about printing medicines, at least in my lifetime, because of what you'd need for the "ink." It's possible at some point, but I don't think it would be cost-effective (although if it's for illegal drug usage, than there always seems to be someone around to pay the price asked!). But for legitimate users, I would think it'd be far more expensive to have all the chemicals on-hand necessary to print up your newest prescription...
David Wagner
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8/11/2014 | 12:11:12 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
I've never understood the economy around getting your picture taken with a non-famous person in a ranted costume in front of a landmark. It happens in NYC, Vegas, and Hollywood, and it is starting to spread to more cities. I mean, I vaguely get it in Disneyworld because at least it is "official" that the character is attached to the landmark. 

But what are you getting out of getting your picture taken in Times Square next to a dude in an Elmo costume?
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8/11/2014 | 12:08:05 PM
Re: 3D Printers
@Alison- Do you think people will ever "print" their pills? I've always thought one of the more controversial uses of the 3-D printer in the future would be 3-D printed medicine with and without a prescription. Imagine people self-diagnosing themselves with some disease, deciding it wasn't worth going to the doctor for it, and finding some pirate file of the medicine for it and "printing" it for themselves. 

That seems like a total disaster but entirely plausible. 

And that doesn't even include street drugs and other issues. If people got upset up a 3-D printed gun just wait until this happens.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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. :)


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