Joining the Camaraderie is what I imagine it’s like to pledge a sorority—but without all the drama or hazing. During my first meet-up, I walked into a skylight-topped penthouse in midtown and was immediately handed a glass of Whispering Angel rosé and greeted by the collective’s founder, 25-year-old Australian transplant Jane Taylor, whose group is all about fostering fun friendships. (Think the bonds made at grade-school sleepovers.) At each late-night mixer—or “happy place,” as the group calls it—women go hard on gratis wine and chow down on Insomnia cookies and, best of all, listen to empowering guest speakers such as Lolly Galvin, the creator of the homeless initiative Dignity Project. (Like all of the groups we highlight in this roundup, trans and nonbinary attendees are welcome to join.) Events range from backstage tours of Broadway shows to DIY essential oils classes and dance-yoga getdowns. Cool stuff, for sure, but the real sell of it is being able to connect with ambitious women who are going through the same struggles, insecurities and fears as you. To be honest, I kind of wanted to bail last-minute after R.S.V.P.’ing. But my fears about being too shy were quickly assuaged by these badass young women, and yep, I am indeed able to find my happy place.—Jennifer Picht. Various locations (thecamaraderienyc.com). Monthly membership $29, events $25–$50. For more information, visit thecamaraderienyc.com/application.
Hey, girl, are you looking to meet new people in NYC? You should consider joining a women’s group. NYC has several all-female clans that are on the rise right now, so we asked Time Out New York editors to volunteer and join the newest femme-focused ensembles in the city. The results were unanimous: These groups are badass! Whether you’re interested in building life-long friendships, networking with women in a different field, fighting the patriarchy or learning from inspiring female entrepreneurs, there’s an amazing women’s group here for you, babe. When you don’t feel like looking for things to do alone, go out and find your local girl gang!
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