New Party-Finding App Helps Eager Revelers Find Their Match
GREENPOINT — One night during his final semester in college, all Sajid Zaman wanted was a party — but he couldn’t find one, no matter where he turned.
“It was just, like, a regular Friday night and everyone was busy,” recalled Zaman, 23, of the frustrating evening this spring at the College of Staten Island. "I thought, it would be really cool if there were a website that helped you find parties.”
To help prevent party-seeking woe, Zaman made an app to help would-be carousers across the city.
Wrevel, which Zaman launched earlier this summer from a Greenpoint office, is a free social networking site on which hosts can post parties and eager revelers can search events by location and theme.
“The difference between this and Facebook events is that Facebook is private. It’s not open for people to search [for parties] publicly,” Zaman said about Facebook’s social calendar. “We have a more open search criteria, with different themed parties, house parties…even book club meetings.”
The site, which is open to anyone who wants to post, also features parties with cover charges. Guests can purchase tickets and receive custom-designed passes all through Wrevel.
“We got the idea from colleges, since a lot of college parties charge at the door,” said Zaman, who was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Kuwait before coming to college in New York. “Our website is very youth-oriented.”
Most users sign into Wrevel with Facebook, Zaman said, but a Facebook account is not required to access the site.
“You can go to [other] websites to find a bar,” said Zaman. "But this is for people who don’t want to do that.”