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October 10, 2008 6:45 AM   Subscribe

Conference-room-naming filter (since yall are so damn good at it).

My company is remodeling the 5th floor of our midtown NYC offices. Here's the deets:

"In order to align our office with the City in which we live and work, we’re interested in naming our seven conference rooms – six on the Fifth Floor and one on the Sixth Floor – after local landmarks, streets or neighborhoods (e.g. Brooklyn Bridge, Cobble Hill, Tribeca, Yankee Stadium, Coney Island/Cyclone, you get the idea). However, we are not limited to these suggestions - feel free to use your creativity."

That's about the long and the short of it - I need 7 preferably related names for conference rooms that deal with NY places. There's too many neighborhoods, not enough boroughs, etc., so I'd like to use your creativity.
posted by allkindsoftime to Grab Bag (25 answers total)
Best answer: How about the forts of New York City? Or the parks of Manhattan?
posted by CRM114 at 7:11 AM on October 10, 2008

Remodeling is a bull market idea in a big bear market. I would name them after 6 mayors of New York with the top floor going to the current mayor whomever that may be.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:14 AM on October 10, 2008

posted by contessa at 7:35 AM on October 10, 2008

Not landmark related, but I'd lobby for the Seven Deadly Sins...I can see the memos now:

"Please remember to bring your first quarter TPS reports to the staff meeting today, which will be held in Greed at 4:00. It will be followed by a quick birthday celebration for Lou from HR in Gluttony. Special thanks go to Maria for picking up the cupcakes."

posted by jtfowl0 at 7:36 AM on October 10, 2008 [3 favorites]

I don't have specific name suggestions but do suggest that if at all possible you assign the names in a way that makes sense spatially. I often find the cutesy named things are hard to find if you don't use them all the time. Of course ignore this if your office is really small.
posted by mmascolino at 7:43 AM on October 10, 2008


Location of the 7 Wonders of the world
posted by MarvinJ at 8:04 AM on October 10, 2008

what does your company do?
posted by alice ayres at 8:05 AM on October 10, 2008

Best answer: In line with sports teams, why not stadium names? (Yankee, Shea, Polo Grounds, Ebbets Field, Madison Square Garden)

Famous NYC restaurants (Katz's, Lombardi's, Carmine's)

Parks (Central, Prospect, Tompkins Square, Washington Square)
posted by soy_renfield at 8:14 AM on October 10, 2008

Uh, with what mmascolino said, there are plenty of landmarks/locations in NY that can work like that, and they'll be easy to find, same way those places are easy to find in the city.

"Staff meeting in the East River conference room," you can remember the location of that easier than the "SoHo" room. Unless you're using SoHo as south.
posted by mhz at 8:17 AM on October 10, 2008

Best answer: Bridges? Tunnels?
posted by box at 8:45 AM on October 10, 2008

Housing projects?
posted by box at 8:47 AM on October 10, 2008

Name them after the public schools that can be seen from their windows. How fun would it be to have staff meetings in PS 142? Anyone? No?

How about Broadway Theater names? Shubert et al.
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 8:52 AM on October 10, 2008

Response by poster: ahem: that deal with NY places. i know i'm limiting the creativity a little bit here but best answers will have to do with NYC places / things. thanks.
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:00 AM on October 10, 2008

Response by poster: what does your company do?

Management Consulting / Tech Outsourcing
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:01 AM on October 10, 2008

Neighborhoods would seem to be more likely than restaurants or theaters. You don't want it to seem like the conference rooms are sponsored...

Bowery, Bronx, Hells Gate, SOHO, Harlem, Queens, Brooklyn, Flatbush, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Throggs Neck, Chelsea

There's dozens to choose from.
posted by Gungho at 9:02 AM on October 10, 2008

Too bad New York doesn't have 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 and a 6.1 Streets.

I would find the naming scheme frustrating.

Meeting with Sales in 5.4 is so much easier than Meeting with Sales in Shea Stadium.
posted by InfinateJane at 9:10 AM on October 10, 2008

How about street life crazies: the Naked Cowboy, the African American guys in robes who shout at white tourists...

You could try famous riots, crown heights, the civil war draft riots.

You could consider suburbs: Larchmont, Short Hills, Greenwich.

Museums might be a less controversial choice: the Met, MOMA, the Whitney, the Sex museum...
posted by shothotbot at 9:16 AM on October 10, 2008

Best answer: I see "humanitarian supply chain" listed on your occupational profile. What about people that were considered great social crusaders with ties to New York?

Name off the top of my head: Fiorello H. La Guardia (For too many reasons to list), Margret Sanger (Reproductive Rights), Peter Cooper (Free education for women) , Jackie Robinson (I mean, come on), Jane Jacobs (Fighting to save, among other things Washington Square Park), Jacob Riis ("How the Other Half Lives").

More controversial names I'd like to add include: Malcom X, Emma Goldman, Adam Clayton Powell.
posted by piratebowling at 9:33 AM on October 10, 2008

Best answer: Ave A, Ave B, Ave C, Delancey, Essex, Forsyth, Grand
posted by yeti at 10:08 AM on October 10, 2008

Best answer: If you name the conference rooms on the fifth floor for famous landmarks in NY, please name the one on the sixth floor, "King Kong", okay?

Times Square
Central Park
Empire State
Ellis Island (Or Liberty Square)

King Kong
posted by misha at 11:39 AM on October 10, 2008

Names of subway stops near your office? Subway lines? Trains, too (PATH, LIRR)?
posted by NikitaNikita at 4:03 PM on October 10, 2008

Nicknames for New York City. There's like a billion of them...
Big Apple
Father Knickerbocker
City That Never Sleeps
Empire City
America's Mecca
City of Islands

Or how about NYC-specific architecture? Could do famous buildings (Woolworth, Chrysler, Empire State, etc.) or something more like..."We're meeting in the Brownstone Room at 2" and highlight different TYPES of NYC architecture.

This might make everyone hungry, but you could name each room after a NYC-famous food (bagels, pizza, cheesecake...)
posted by hydrate at 7:04 PM on October 10, 2008

Broadway, Madison, Lexington, Park, Wall, Houston, Canal
posted by dinger at 6:06 AM on October 11, 2008

Essex, Plaza, Ritz, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Waldorf, Regency
posted by dinger at 6:12 AM on October 11, 2008

Soho, Tribeca, Village, Bowery, Chelsea, Harlem, Battery, Gramercy, Murray Hill (pick seven)

Reserving one conference room for particularly long and contentious staff meetings would seem to demand "Hell's Kitchen".
posted by dinger at 6:24 AM on October 11, 2008

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