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#thought leadership By Amy drew thomPson HOT vENUES: NYC hat are you looking for in an event space? Functionality? Flexibility? Whimsy? Remove your attendees from the tradeshow or boardroom and get them networking old-school, amid the nostalgic ping of the arcade or place them within easy reach of downtown and the perpetually pumping transit arteries of the New York City metro. These two unique venues might be worth closer inspection. Pop quiz, hot shots: What has five meeting rooms, an event space with seating for up to 140 people, work space, a coffee shop and state-of-the-art A/V hookups? The answer is LMHQ (lmhq.nyc), a 12,500-square-foot venue that's part working environment, part meeting and event space and 100 percent well located in Lower Manhattan's Financial District. All kinds of events find a home in LMHQ's clean, modern space - leadership discussions, cultural events, corporate meetings and beyond. Its larger area has space for dining, dancing and DJ options, and its meeting rooms range from quiet lounges for 4-5 to convertible boardroom/classroom combinations, each equipped with a host of practical and technical amenities geared toward making your meeting a success. Pinball is a great equalizer. A little more physical than the high-tech video games that came later, rife with phenomenal art, flashing lights and pew-pew noises, and silver balls that hypnotize. It's like Las Vegas crammed into a box with legs. Boomers and Gen-Xers find nostalgia; younger generations find retro-allure. At Modern Pinball (www.modernpinballnyc.com), smaller groups can do buyouts and get a break from the boardroom, meeting room, presentation podium and loosen up a little. Free-play setup means party guests can move from game to game, no need for change, and get to know one another over multi-ball bonuses instead of formal meeting conditions. The arcade atmosphere - noise, lights, excitement - is conducive to team-building conditions, as well. Bring your crew of pinball wizards to hit the flippers and strength bonds amid the glow of the backglass. Contact venue for details, food/beverage options and private back room available. TEA IN 2016? IT'S A LOVE MATCHA H ealth and wellness have been in style in the kitchen for a while now, and so it's not surprising to see some trendy items and ingredients strolling next door to the bar. If you've ever dreamed of a caffeine-buzz alternative to coffee or a cocktail that delivers probiotics along with a nice stiff kick, you're in luck. Matcha is hot. And cool. It just depends on where you're looking to serve it. Touted for all kinds of health benefits, including a potent class of antioxidants called catechins, this Japanese powdered tea has a cancer-busting reputation, and its impressive caffeine punch could satisfy the most ardent coffee addict once the tea's acquired taste has been achieved. Cold-brewed matcha teas can make an impressive, colorful statement for attendees to enjoy before their morning sessions - not to mention a potent pick-me-up for midday breaks. Served hot or cold or infused with other flavors like lemon or mint or even in frothy drinks (an almond milk latte, for example), they're on point for the wellness trend. For happy hour mixers (perhaps with sushi or other Japanese fare), matcha can add an antioxidant boost to craft cocktails as mixologists can infuse it into spirits such as bourbon or rum. And what's better than tea for a brunch meeting? Get creative. 22 @MPIGNY WINTER 2016 http://www.modernpinballnyc.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Winter 2015

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN....
ASK THE BOARD
AIRBNB IN NYC, SF AND PARIS: ONE INDUSTRY DISRUPTOR, THREE DESTINATION PERSPECTIVES
STOP THE SELFIES! GET A GREAT HEADSHOT INSTEAD
CONTENT MARKETING TACTICS FOR EVENT AND MEETING PLANNERS
SAVE THE DATES!
MPIGNY EVENTS
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
WHAT’S NEW IN THE MUSIC CITY
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISERS’ INDEX

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