We are presently very fortunate to meet at SoHo Cigar Bar, formerly, Circa Tabac, a 1920's "Speakeasy" style restaurant and cigar lounge located at 32 Watts Street in SoHo, Manhattan, NYC, which still permits and encourages smoking! The food and drinks are great and the management and staff are very welcoming; they reserve tables for us each month and give us as much room as we need. We try to maintain our part of the bargain by urging all members to purchase dinner, drinks and by applying a 20% across-the-board service charge to all bills.
In earlier years NYPC meetings were quite commercial, with several members (including Sam Barnett and the late Prof. Tom Colwell), bringing pipes to trade or sell. We continue to do some business with members offering pipes and tobaccos for sale or trade. Of course no meeting is complete without the usual "show-and-tells" of our recent pipe and tobacco conquests, but they have become much more of a social event. We also have had several interesting speakers during the past few years, including Rich Esserman (on large pipes - surprise!), Jacques Craen, maker of Genod Pipes of St. Claude, France, the birthplace of the briar pipe, Kurt Balleby on Danish pipe making, Gennaro Filosa (an oral history of the Wilke Pipe Shop where he worked 17 years - fantastic) and, more recently, Nanna Ivarsson of Denmark. It is clear that a celebrity guest speaker increases interest and attendance.