I LUG NY was officially founded in 2010, by likeminded Adult Fans of LEGO. By merging two smaller LEGO® clubs, LongILUG (Long Island LEGO Users Group) founded in 2009 by Brian Wygand & New York Brick Artists founded in 2004 by Mike Bader and Jon Lazar, we created the group known today as I LUG NY. Although our name has changed our description and mission statement have not!
Description: I LUG NY is a collection of diverse LEGO® artists. In our LUG we have Architectural, City, Fantasy, Mecha, Military, Mindstorms®, Sci-Fi, Space, Stop Motion Animation, and Train builders who all share a common goal. We want to open the AFOL world to the public, both young and old. Our love of a childhood toy, turned hobby, crosses the boundaries of age, culture, nationality and race. I LUG NY welcomes other adult builders from the Tri-State area and beyond, to join us for our monthly meetings, build, and have fun with a product that has become a worldwide obsession.
Mission Statement: How do we spread our message? We do this by participating in community events; by creating and displaying MOC’s in venues such as LEGO® Brand Retail® Stores, public libraries, museums, national trust buildings, after school programs, birthday parties and AFOL conventions.
I LUG NY participates in the LEGO® Brand Retail (LBR) LUG Showcase Program. We currently display MOC’s in four New York LBR Store Locations (the LEGO Stores in the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst Queens, Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, at the Westchester in Westchester and at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan).
Our membership has grown from a handful of members in 2010 to over 30 now in 2014, last year we participated in several LEGO events, including LEGO fun day at Lyndhurst Castle, BrickFair, VA, the Hendrich Hudson Free Library the Larchmont Public Library and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center where we had a nearly 400 square foot train & town display as well as a separate gallery for stand alone MOC’s.
Check out our flickr group pool for some examples of our MOC’s and displays.
Our Meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of every month, starting at 11am. Contact us to find out where we are meeting.