This past Tuesday I attended another amazing event hosted by Yelp-NYC to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. I haven’t posted about my Yelp Elite adventures in a while but I really believe it is one of the best kept social secrets in all major cities.
The Yelp Elite Squad is their way of recognizing and rewarding Yelpers who are active evangelists and role models, both on and off the site. Elite-worthiness is based on a number of things, including well-written reviews, great tips on mobile, a fleshed-out personal profile, an active voting and complimenting record, and playing nice with others. Yelp Elite’s get the opportunity to attend exclusive events that often come with free food and open bars, meet Yelpers from your community in-person, and discover a variety of local businesses you may not have previously tried.
I became Elite last year and after seeing the perks my significant other, Khomari, became more active and within a few months he was Elite so we now attend all of the events together even if there isn’t a plus 1.
Lets get back to the party though.
It was held on the Circleline Zephyr, a spacious boat with wonderful amenities. We took off from the South Street Seaport.
I loved the swag at this event. They understood that New Yorkers pretty much live and die for our summers and gave out beach towels and wayferrer style shades.
There was an open bar featuring brands like Espolon Tequila, Wild Turkey, and SKYY Vodka. Not to mention, great local beer from Brooklyn favorite, Sixpoint Brewery. There were plenty of tasty bites from some of Brooklyn’s finest eateries:
Tchoup Shop: http://www.yelp.com/biz/
Super Wings NY: http://www.yelp.com/biz/super-
Rosamunde Sausage Grill: http://www.yelp.com/biz/
And my favorite part of all the free charictures! I’ve secretly been waiting to get one every since I moved in NYC and I Yelp had a person on board doing them for FREE! There was also a photobooth on board but I opted to hit the dance floor instead.
We ended up having a blast. To our surprise we had friends on the boat and the DJ was great. He played diverse styles of music that everyone could get with. I am not single and very happy about that, but if you are single, a Yelp event might be a great place to scope out a scene of people who are obviously pretty committed to having fun.
My only complaint about the event is that it ended too soon. Time really does fly when you are having fun.
No matter how frustrated I get with living in NYC, I never get tired of the endless social opportunities and free events that are always around the corner. Event like this are great because they reiterate that you don’t have to pay a load of money to enjoy yourself. I strongly suggest you find out about becoming a Yelp Elite in your city.