Couch Sitting Group Offers ‘Free Conversations’ Around Downtown

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 at 6:05 am by
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The late-night circus of the Lower East Side has all sorts of tricks up its collective sleeve. Like this group of couch-sitting twenty-somethings dwelling on the Delancey sidewalk late Saturday evening.

Taking a page from those idiots in Times Square holding signs for “free hugs,” Free Convo plants a presence with the simple goal of offering free conversations. The group carries in the inflatable couches and seance candles, and prepares for the onslaught. Think of it as drunk therapy, and something that could effectively cut into the profit of storefront psychics. And apparently this activity transpires both day and night.

One of the project participants intimated that the point is to create meaningful dialog in a digitally-dominated atmosphere. Indeed, their slogan is “connecting real people, in the real world.” Seems admirable enough … and ironic considering the obvious push to link in via various social media websites.

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