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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
The next day we had time for a quick trip to MOMA, which had this interesting installation of braided roving in the window.
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.
New York has theaters! Note to self: next visit, make time to take in a show.