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Minneapple in the Big Apple is your bulletin board for Minnesota-related and Minnesotan-created art and culture in New York City. Check it regularly for articles on Minnesotan culture and updates on fabulously Minnesotan events in all five boroughs.

Minneapple in the Big Apple brings Minnesotans together in person at the Minnesota Monthly happy hour every First Friday of the month, starting at 6pm, at (le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. If you grew up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, you’ll probably see some familiar faces. If that’s not incentive enough, someone usually brings bars.

Minneapple in the Big Apple was created by Nora Riemenschneider, Minnesota’s unofficial Ambassador to NYC. Nora has gobs of home-state pride, adores the unique sense of community among native Minnesotans living in this far-away and exotic big city, and loves busting midwesternly-hokey stereotypes of MN by spreading the word about amazing Minnesotan accomplishments that really shine in the cultured environment of NYC.

Unfortunately for all of us ex-pats in NYC, Nora has now returned to Minneapolis for the foreseeable future. Luckily however, she has passed the reins on to Jay Ackley – who maintains this website, solicits ideas and content for articles, and supports Tara and Mishka in the monthly happy hour. You can learn much more about me than you would ever need to at

I’m going to go ahead and leave the following text about Nora on the page, since she should really be commended for putting this whole site and community together. Big shoes to fill!

Nora is a St. Paul Native, University of Minnesota alumna and true Swede/Norsewoman/German. Most of her family still lives in the Twin Cities area and would love for her to come home. Since arriving in New York two years ago, Nora has lived in 3 different places along the G train which has given her the patience to blog. When she’s not managing teen after-school programs by day, she enjoys exploring the city to its breadth and height. An avid musician, she was the bassist of the Minneapolis-based Amp 176 back in the day, and after many other collaborative efforts, formed Ghoul’s Night Out, NYC’s only all-girl Misfits tribute band. Like a good Minnesotan, she also enjoys crockpot-ting and knitting (just NOT doilies), and she still looks forward to her yearly Christmas cookie tin from her 94-year-old Grandma Fern.

Please send information about Minnesota-related arts and culture in NYC to Jay at minneappleNYC [at]

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2009 11:55 pm

    I love Fern’s cookies!!!

  2. Android permalink
    November 30, 2009 4:57 am

    Oooh what kind of cookies??

  3. January 31, 2010 10:51 pm

    I love that this blog exists!

    • minneappleinthebigapple permalink*
      February 1, 2010 5:02 am

      Thanks! So glad you like it! Come to our happy hour to meet more of us Minnesotans living in NYC! The next one is this Fri, Feb. 5 from 6-9pm at Le Poisson Rouge’s gallery bar.

  4. Darci permalink
    May 11, 2010 9:47 pm

    Hey Nora! This is Corin’s friend, I stumbled on your blog from hers… I’ve never been to Minnesota, but this is funny! You should really, really get in touch with someone from the show How I Met Your Mother, because (if you didn’t already know) one of the main characters is from Minn and very proud of it… I bet you could get a blog shout-out!

  5. Jimmy Jahoda permalink
    March 22, 2011 9:05 pm

    A heartfelt congratulations to the organizers and participants of MSF Day! I have been planning a visit to NYC. I saw this too late! Next time! (I have been fortunate to work seasonally for the Fair. I haven’t missed a day of it in 15 years!) JimmyJ

  6. Ali Fitzpatrick permalink
    October 6, 2012 11:22 pm

    By happenstance, I wandered onto this blog because I’ve really been missing home (Minnesota) lately. And can I just say this absolutely made my night!! Jay, thank you so much for maintaining this blog. If my school schedule allows, hopefully I will be able to come to one of the next events and meet some other lovely ex-pats of MN! 🙂

    • jayackley permalink*
      October 7, 2012 2:58 pm

      ahh – thanks! it’s a great excuse to have too much to drink every month with lots of super-friendly people! hope to see you soon!

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