The NYC area has lots of maker-type groups and events. Here are some of the ones we learned about at Maker Faire this year.
This shared workspace in Brooklyn offers classes in soldering, Arduino, Python and iOS programming, and more.
A community hackerspace on 14th Street; they have open house every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm.
Art in Odd Places
October 9-12, on 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River. Visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces.
Based on Gowanus, Brooklyn, this group “fights planned obsolescence” by getting together to fix things. Drop by with something to fix or creatively reuse, or just to watch and learn.
This group of “theater artists” pops up in a different neighborhood for a short while, so you can bring your items by and have them fixed. Prices are low. The first pop-up was in Inwood; join their mailing list to find out where will be next. Or become one of their Repair Wizards.
Vintage Computer Festival
This annual event is held by the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists. April 17-19, 2015, at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ.
There are hackerspaces throughout the country, including lots in the tri-state area, so do a little searching to see if there’s one near you.