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It can be lonely being a bunny, hopping around New York without your bunny friends. But bunny owners are attempting to alleviate that floppy-eared sadness by holding regular meetups in Riverside Park.

Yes, bunny meetups are a thing now.

Sunny Mindel says she’s seen the bunny gatherings in the park near 68th street and Riverside Boulevard for the past two Sunday afternoons. There are 356 people in the New York Rabbit Meetup Group, although it’s not clear that they’re behind the recent meetups (the organizers didn’t respond to a message).

The video below from last month in Riverside Park shows about a dozen bunnies, some of whom are big enough to be floppy-eared dogs. It’s by “NYC Buns”, which sounds like a gym for people looking to improve their gluteus muscles. The video’s got a campy kind of brilliance, but the music might drive you insane.

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    1. Paul RL says:

      Can’t wait to see what happens after the Coyote Meetup Group reads this article.

    2. Jeff says:

      My wife and I stumbled across one of these meetups at Riverside Park a while back at the 68th Street staircase. There were rabbits running all over the hill, and there was also a turtle wandering around with a balloon tied to its shell so it wouldn’t disappear in the grass. All in all pretty great.

      • Pete L says:

        We saw that as well. The guy who owned the turtle gave the balloon to my daughter after their meetup ended lol.

    3. Jay says:

      This is exactly why I love all of my Upper West Siders. We are so much cooler then the east side with their expensive cars and boring lives. Can’t wait to meet up with you guys at the Lizard Meet up

    4. Jay says:

      This is exactly why I love all of my Upper West Siders. We are so much cooler then the east side with their expensive cars and boring lives. These Bunny meet-ups should be a regular occurrence. We should open up a Bunny Lounge on Broadway. Hehehe

    5. drg says:

      sounds like a totally hare-brained idea

    6. hairyasian says:

      this is so gross…

    7. Jane says:

      OMG!!!! too cute! I wanna go to the next meet up — annoying music and all!

    8. Barbara says:

      That is just so cute. Why not a bunny group?

      • ScooterStan says:


        Perhaps NOT after reading this:

        According to Wikipedia, “(rabbits) diet contains large amounts of cellulose, which is hard to digest. (Thus they)pass two distinct types of feces: hard droppings and soft black viscous pellets, the latter of which …ARE IMMEDIATELY EATEN” :-0

        “Rabbits reingest their own droppings …to digest their food further and extract sufficient nutrients”

        Yecchhh…not so funny, bunny !!


    9. beebee says:

      makes we want a bunny too!

    10. Larry says:

      This is really uninformed and reckless. Rabbits don’t play well” together, especially if they are unspayed or unneutered. People who are so uniformed that they woold bring their rabbits to a meet up or play date are also likely not informed about the need to have your rabbits spayed or neutered. rabbits are very territorial and also have to establish dominance in their relationships so it is very likely that rabbits just put together without the supervision of a trained an educated rabbit person will fight and seriosuly injure each other. Read about abbits on rabbit.org is you have or are thinking of getting one as a pet. They make terrific pets, IF you know about them, understand their needs and nature.

    11. Lynn says:

      Keep a watchful eye that there are no Red Tail Hawks nearby. You never know.

      • boopsie says:

        EXCELLENT POINT, Lynn. Those hawks will swoop down and grab a beloved bunny before an owner can bat an eye.

        Also….Wouldn’t these meetings lead to a bunny boinkfest or two?