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At long last, I am delighted to present the Return of the NYC Meetup! I apologize for the extended hiatus. I have very good excuses, but you'll have to come to the meetup if you want to see me grovel in person.

We're going to be partying in the big tent this time, with friends old and new from all over the tri-state metro area, including a very special guest all the way from the wilds of Connecticut, where Democrats are Democrats and Republicans are, um, professional wrestlers.

Follow me below the gnocchi to learn all the details, especially the identity of our special guest:

Please join me in welcoming the redoubtable gchaucer2, who has helped countless kossacks give up smoking and who recently was instrumental in getting NYC's own Eric Lewis'Animal Nuz a niche on the front page. She is someone I have long wished to meet in person. I'm sure you agree, and now we will have her sparkling wit all to ourselves for an entire delightful afternoon!

Other folks from beyond the boroughs will be joining us, too! Scroll down here to see some of the RSVP list, so far. This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones!

We'll be gathering at Spitzer's Corner, where the food is yummy and the drinks are awesome. If you've come to any of our earlier meetups there, you know I'm not exaggerating!

Here's the data:

Date: Sunday, August 19
Time: 12 noon - ??
Place: Spitzer's Corner
         101 Rivington Street (corner of Ludlow)
Directions by subway: J,M,Z,F to Essex St./Delancey Street Station.
If you're coming in from outside the city:

From Grand Central: take the downtown 6 train (6 stops) to Bleecker Street Station, walk downstairs to Broadway-Lafayette station, change for the downtown F train (2 stops) to Delancey Street Station.

From Penn Station: walk one block east to 34th St/Herald Square subway station, take F train (10 stops) to Delancey Street Station.

From Port Authority Bus Terminal:take the downtown A,C, or E train to West 4th Street Station (4 stops), walk downstairs and take the downtown F train (3 stops) to Delancey Street.

Any of these trips takes about 20-25 minutes.

If you are driving, there's a very inexpensive municipal lot a block or two away, on Delancey Street.

No poll this time, but I'll need to tell Spitzer's how much of their back room we'll be occupying. So if you haven't responded to any of the previous notices about this event, please drop me a line, either in the comments, via kosmail or email.

See you soon - I can hardly wait!

PS - we were also expecting to host Phil S 33, historian and Gulf Watcher extraordinaire, but an unavoidable obligation will be preventing him from being with us. Soooo, I guess we'll have to have another meetup just for him. Missing you, Phil!

Originally posted to New York City on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 09:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by New York State.

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