• Hygge NYC

    low-key gatherings for the socially curious


    Hygge ("hue-guh"): a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being


  • What are Hygge Gatherings?

    Hygge is modeled after renaissance-style salon gatherings.


    Each gathering is an open invitation to the creatives, changemakers, technologists, nomads, entrepreneurs, and other kindhearted, delightful, and curious people you think we should all meet.


    We'll share meals, talk passions and projects, and meet those who can help. To make conversations with strangers easier and more fruitful, keep an eye out for our hand-written 'questions to spark authenticity' sprinkled on sticky notes.


    The force behind this event is passion, not business.

    We're here to make friends, not contacts.

    We believe everyone can teach us something.

    We are gathering to help one another do the most possible

    good with our projects, adventures, and connections.

    This is not a startup or networking meetup.

    It's an informal get-together of people seeking meaningful conversation and purpose-filled action in their lives.


    We hope to help you find it here.


    PS - We have a Facebook group

  • Event Details


    Hyggehiking Bronx Forests, Islands, & Aqueducts

    Saturday, May 11, 2024




    This hike is pay-what-you-can. (Suggested: $20)  

    Venmo: @stevenmdean

    Paypal: @stevedean

    Cashapp: $stevenmdean


    👉 RSVP 👈 

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    "Hyggehiking" is my own special blend where we engage in conversational conviviality while trekking through green spaces throughout our city.


    I host Hygge gatherings so we can come together to make new friends, discuss fun projects we're eager to work on, dive into deep, thoughtful discussions, and meet people who can help make NYC feel like a smaller, closer-knit community. We bring our friends, family, coworkers, anyone we think would enjoy spending the day alongside a variety of curious souls.


    On Saturday May 11th, we'll be traversing the forests, gardens, hills, islands, and aqueducts of the Bronx, starting at Wave Hill Gardens and ending with dinner on City Island.


    Here's my Google Maps list of the specific places we'll endeavor to traverse: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ynn7KumwsYaE9tpn6 We won't make it to every location on the list, but I encourage you to explore and revisit them whenever you please!


    FYI this is a 12-hour stroll, and you are free to join us at *any* point in the day 🙌 

    All RSVP'd "yes" and "maybe" attendees will receive a link at 10am to my realtime location for the entire day, along with my phone number, so you can see exactly where we are on google maps and call me directly if you need help 🤗 



    🗺️ ITINERARY 🗺️ 


    10am-1pm — Wave Hill Public Garden
    ✨This spot has some of my favorite trees in NYC, beautiful views of the Hudson, and surprisingly good food. Their spring blooms are 🤌🤌🤌. This is the only element of the hike with an entry cost ($10).


    1pm-4pm — Van Cortlandt Park, Old Croton Aqueduct, Shoelace Park, Bronx River Forest
    ✨ Yes, Van Cortlandt Park is a real place, not just a mythical destination marker on MTA's 1 train. Let's wander through its trails! We may happen upon horse stables and scenic rock outcroppings.


    4pm-8pm — Pelham Bay Park, Two Tree Island, Orchard Beach, Turtle Cove Golf Center 
    ✨ Yes, there's also a park at the end of MTA's 6 train! And yes, the Bronx has at least once beach, and we're gonna try to find it. If our feet need a break, we can avail ourselves of nearby batting cages and driving ranges.


    8pm-10pm — City Island Fishing Village, Seafood City 
    ✨ I somehow managed to find a food court in City Island, so I want to check it out. There are arcade games and outdoor seating right by the water, so hopefully we'll get a nice warm evening.




    • comfy shoes
    • seeds, nuts, bird calls
    • sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
    • jacket
    • light blanket
    • cash
    • friends 🥰 

    Our Likely Route

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  • Meet Your Host, Steve Dean

    photo of steve dean wearing a purple tshirt, looking into the camera


    I'm an NYC-based community builder, dating industry consultant, relationship coach, entrepreneur, and diehard superconnector. Creating deep, authentic connections across communities is what I do. It’s what I live for. I host salons, dinners, meetups, webinars, and coworking sessions across multiple cities in order to bring people together from all over the world to share their stories and build new friendships, startups, and movements.


    📱My Work

    For over 12 years, I've been a consultant to the entire dating industry, helping founders build and launch new apps, and coaching individuals through the complex world of dating and relationships. You can hire me to consult, coach, speak, or lead a workshop anytime through my website, Dateworking.


    🎧My Podcast

    I've been using my Dateworking podcast as a glorious excuse to talk to all my favorite experts and founders who focus on the art and science of human connection, sexuality, dating, relationships, and personal development! Listen here!


    🚀My Projects

    I've recently begun collaborating with other dating experts to produce dating & relationship insights, fun statistics, events, founder interviews, and live shows! My personal mission is to develop a new lexicon and better norms for modern dating and relationships.


    Explore to my library/newsletter of dating & relationship insights.

    Follow my news, events, and founder interviews on Facebook and Instagram.

    Hire me to advise your dating business or personal dating life.

    Connect with me on Instagram, Medium, Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn.


    If particularly curious, venture to https://stevedean.blog 

  • 💸 Tip your Host 💸

    Suggested: $30

    I keep this event free-to-attend so that it's easy for people to bring anyone they please without feeling like they're shoving someone's face into a paywall.

    That said, your donations are what enable me to actually look forward to doing this sustainably, year over year. Please be as generous as you are able.



    Venmo: @stevenmdean

    Paypal: @stevedean

    Cashapp: $stevenmdean

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  • Not sure what to expect?

    Explore my recap videos from past Hyggehiking gatherings below.

  • Questions? Feedback?

    Something you want to see for a future Hygge?

    Leave me an email below, or connect with me anywhere.

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