I'm so excited for our upcoming Active Rain meet up...only 4 days away. This is hosted by the one and only Roger Mucci rhymes with Gucci. At this point, at least 23 Active Rainers have confirmed attendance (but this # may have increased) and we have several maybes, if people can get their schedules to work for this chance of a lifetime.
When: Tues, July 31st 1pm
Where: The Oyster Bar, lower level of Grand Central, 89 E 42nd St
If you haven't yet replied and are planning to join this fun and eclectic group, please post a comment on Roger's post so he can make sure we have enough tables (reservations are under his name).
Please be sure to bring CASH (if you plan on eating or drinking). There are so many people coming, so it's the only way to make this work.
Who is attending? Too many to list, but I know we have some from NY, NJ, CT, PA and I think even a few from out of town (including Roger). Who knows, we may even have some surprise guests.
Why the Oyster bar? Well first, because we wanted it to be convenient for many to come into the city...this is where most of the trains enter NYC and the subway, too. Second, because they have the world's best Clam Chowder...and I used to go here once a week with my Dad when I worked in the City and I love it and have fond memories. For those that don't like seafood, don't worry, they have steak and some other options. But, seriously, this is all about meeting and connecting with each other.
Some history about the Oyster Bar: It opened in 1913 at the same time as the terminal. The architecture is famous for the vaulted Gaustavino tiled ceilings which were common in the era. My dad always told me this story that they reused the tiles from the old huge expanse of men's bathrooms, but I think he got that story botched up and I don't see any mention of that online. Also, if you saw how large this place is, it would make you wonder how they could possibly have that many bathrooms. And, now that I know tile, I know you can't reuse it...sorry, dad. The archway in the front is also famous for an acoustical quirk making it a whispering gallery so that someone standing in 1 corner can hear someone in the opposite corner perfectly no matter how softly they speak. Now, if you've ever been in there at lunch time, you might question this because it's rather loud there...or maybe this is due to the vaulted ceiling. Who knows.
I can't wait and I hope to see you there!