If you've been on the New York City nightlife scene for a while, you'll know that every other week is dedicated to celebrating something mundane yet special that affects our everyday lives. Alas, this week is no different as it is Internet Week. This celebration of everything media has been in existence since 2008, as a city wide festival that hosts an array of events honoring different areas of the web and the digital world.
The first event I attended was a laid back yet event at the W Hotel in Times Square for an exhibit celebrating Instagram photos. Yes, that free photography app that IPhone and Android users were arguing about a few weeks ago on Twitter. And although, the displayed photos failed to be the highlight of the night (the complimentary drinks were, especially a fruity-flavored one: Lo-Fi, and a 6 foot drag queen who wore a dress made out of Instagram pictures and a purse constructed with used metrocards), it was a nice kick-off for the celebratory week.
A party at Chelsea Manor this past Tuesday at Chelsea Manor. This party was sponsored by Media Bistro and hosted by PRNewser editor, Tonya Garcia. I expected this event to be specialized on honoring some part of the media and internet, but it was more of a networking shindig for those who work in the media, blogging and print world. Besides over-priced cocktails and the awkward ice-breakers, there really was nothing outlandish or fun to report.
But please, don't let me be your main reporter on this festival. Even though we are at the end of the week, don't fret because there are still plenty of affairs and occasions well into the weekend, with the official closing event being held Monday night. Feel free to go to InternetWeekNY to plan your fin de semaine accordingly.