This has been an insanely busy year, both from a news perspective and a tearing-of-hair-and-rending-of-garments-behind-scenes perspective. So I hope readers in New York City and San Francisco can meet with me for a drink in August.
For those of you new to the site, meetups are very informal. We hold them in public venues, aka bars. The purpose is for NC readers to mix and mingle. Michael Hudson came to our last meetup, so if he is in town, he might stop by. Sometimes Esteemed Members of the Commentariat put in appearances, like Craazyman. We usually get 50+ attendees.
We begin early so as to have a better chance for people to converse, so pencil in 5:00 PM, with more details to follow.
I have yet to book a venue for New York. We met the time before last at Slainte, which is near Union Square and therefore logistically convenient but I’ve e-mailed them several times and gotten no response and similarly, no one answers the phone, so that seems to be out.
Our last NYC event was at Ten Bells in the Lower East Side, which does have a large back room and a very large beer menu, but they really do book it, as in they kick everyone out when your scheduled time is over (while the apparently uninterested Slainte was happy to let people hang out). Plus it’s a bit difficult to get to. If I had not by sheer dint of luck gotten off the train when a buddy from Occupy Wall Street saw me and helped me get to Ten Bells, I could have wandered around for quite some time (remember, your humble blogger is allergic to smartphones).
So we can do Ten Bells again if I can snag the back room, but wondered if readers had any other ideas for good spots for a crowd of 50, particularly if it’s more readily accessible by subway.
Regardless, I hope you can make it and those of you with ideas please pipe up! In San Francisco, we are probably meeting at the Press Club, but I need to firm that up too. Look forward to seeing you soon!