To round out this thread. Just got back from NY. Great trip, lots of bars for the couple days before the event, some new ones, and at least one (Stanton Public) closed. Went to a Mets game so we could see Foreigner in concert after the game on the field. Well worth watching those worthless Mets.
The event was great as can be expected even though it was not sold out. Tickets were going for like $50, down from the $170 published price. Hope to see some of you folks next year when its back in DC.