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We pulled into New York right on time. Here is Greg contemplating The Big City — someone out there must know the name of that bridge, right?  A quick stop at our hotel, then off to a late power lunch with Greg’s agent, Richard Curtis, and Greg’s new editor, DongWan Song  of Orbit.

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That stylish chalkboard is at Five Napkin Burger, which has very good burgers indeed, even if the meat hooks hanging from the ceiling are a little alarming. I actually didn’t have a burger, but a plate of the cutest tiny tacos ever, since I knew dinner was coming pretty soon. 

And what a dinner it was!  Lisa, AKA Tsock Tsarina was kind enough to come in  to mid-town Manhattan from the wilds of Long Island with her sweetie,  TheBoy ™ in tow.  We decided that since  Pigalle , the restaurant in the hotel, offered Cassoulet with Duck Confit for a very reasonable price, it was worth a try as well as an easy transition from meeting in the lobby.  Then, upstairs for Show and Tell with better light.  Lisa did some spindling

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while I fondled the sample socks from last year’s Flock Sock Club. I also got a preview of the first sock for this year’s club, the magnificent Fearful Symmetry, which is burning brightly on the far right.

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The next day,  a trip to the Morgan Library, then another power lunch that I didn’t get pictures of, with Roger Cooper , publisher of Vanguard Press.  Following that, a stroll down to the Flatiron Building, home of Tor Books.  The Flatiron Building, by the way, really does look just the version brilliantly done in Legos  here (scroll down a bit).

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We chatted with publisher Tom Doherty, who has what must be one of the coolest office in NYC, in the very tip of the Flatiron Building.

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Then we whisked our back uptown via subway to rest up for our evening get-together with members of The Gunroom.  John, Katherine, and Hugh joined us for a peripatetic evening that included beer at the Blind Tiger Alehouse, dinner at Excellent Dumpling, take-away cannoli from an Italian place that I can’t find the name of, and a brisk walk out onto the Brooklyn Bridge, where Hugh pointed out various sites associated with George Washington and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  We do like a little history with our food.

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Katherine is another knitter extraordinaire, and brought along the socks she has knitted from my yarn.  I do love seeing how the yarns knit up!

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The next day we had time for a quick trip to MOMA, which had this interesting installation of braided roving in the window.

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All too soon it was time to dash back to the hotel in the light snow to pick up our bags and head to the airport.

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New York has theaters!  Note to self: next visit, make time to take in a show.

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