This Wednesday night, Jennifer Preston -- the editor of the NYT's soon-to-be-folded regional sections -- is throwing a party to commemorate the closings at the nearby Houndstooth Pub on 8th Avenue.
Want to come? Great. But don't forget to bring money, because the NYT doesn't have any to spend on you!
Yes, it's the dreaded "cash bar" -- which means that if you're one of the writers recently laid off from the sections, you're going to have to withdraw funds from your dwindling bank account before you get there.
And we recommend eating at home, first. One order of fried calamari at the Houndstooth will set you back ten bucks!
Still want to come and spend your last few nickels on the chance to mingle with the people who just pushed you out the door? Here's the full text of Preston's email, below, obtained by The NYTPicker. Start saving now:
We have been able to reserve the lower room of the Houndstooth Pub, a few short blocks from here on 8th avenue, at 37th Street, to gather and celebrate our fine work these last few years. Please invite friends of the sections (folks who worked here or wish they did) and our freelance writers. Thanks, Jennifer
DATE: Wed. May 13, 2009
TIME: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Houndstooth Pub - website
520 8th Avenue @ 37th Street,
Fashion Center, NYC, 10018
Ph. (212) 643-0034
By the way, Preston went to school to learn these awesome management techniques. Here's an excerpt from her bio at the Columbia U. Graduate School of Journalism, where she currently teaches:
She has attended newsroom management and leadership programs at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business Administration.
It could not be learned at press time whether it was at Northwestern or Dartmouth that she was taught, when inviting recently laid-off employees to a "cash bar" party, to refer to them as "folks."
More of The NYTPicker's Jennifer Preston party coverage:
May 10, 2009: Jacob Harris, NYT's Senior Software Architect, To NYTPicker: "Wow, This Is What You've Sunk To."
May 10, 2009: Joe Sharkey, NYT Columnist, Tells NYTPicker: "This Business Used To Have Manners."
May 10, 2009: NYT Political Reporter Michael Powell Calls The NYTPicker "Some Ivy League Pin Head."