Sofa so good: Techies’ new idea — talking face to face Added by East Villager on January 2, 2014. Photo by Jefferson Siegel No, they weren’t evicted from an apartment. A concept called Freeconvo set up a living-room atmosphere on Astor Place on Saturday afternoon. The idea, hatched by two tech investors, is to create an atmosphere where passersby can sit and have face-to-face encounters, just like in olden days. On Saturday, as several college-age people leaned forward in conversation, a group of men standing by one couch discussed who was behind the 9/11 attacks and the Kennedy assassination. For more information, visit their Facebook page and Freeconvo.com.