New York-area writers get wings, inspiration at Office Hours
A good time was had by all! Either that or the people who had a lousy time at our New York “Office Hours” writers meetup kept it to themselves.
About 50 of our favorite New York-area sportswriters met each other and some Bleacher Report staffers at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ near Union Square last night. It was our second Office Hours event, following the trailblazing meetup in San Francisco three months ago.
Longtime New York Times sports columnist Robert Lipsyte, who writes occasional columns for Bleacher Report, took the floor and urged his younger fellow writers to take advantage of Bleacher Report by taking chances, stretching as writers.
“Go ahead and write that piece,” he said, “that’s only going to get 127 hits, but it’s something that you care about and want to write about.”
Editor-in-chief Joe Yanarella and product manager Shanan Delp also spoke, and there was a lively Q&A session. Also, really good food.
We think we’re on to something with this Office Hours idea, and we’d like to have more meetups. Where do you think the next one should be? In the interest of promoting our world football coverage, I have suggested Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona, though someplace a tad more domestic is far more likely.
What city should be next? Leave your suggestion in the comments and you might just influence our decision. Also, if anyone has good photos from last night, send them to me. I didn’t do a good job as a photographer.