The meetings take place in Citigroup Center, on the corner of 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue, on the first Friday of every month.
From Penn Station, and from the New York City Port Authority, the E train is quickest and easiest. Just hop on an uptown E train, and get off at the Lexington Avenue station.
Lexington Avenue Subway Station exits right underneath the Citigroup building, just outside the doors, in their small outdoor corner patio thing. You exit the station, and you’re standing at the front doors. It couldn’t be simpler!
From Grand Central Station, take the uptown 6 train just one stop to the Lexington Avenue station. Or, just walk one block East to Lexington Avenue, and then eight blocks uptown (North) on Lexington Avenue, and you’ll reach 53rd and Lexington. Citigroup is the corner with wide stairs leading downward into a cut-out corner of the building.
If you’re willing to spend a little extra cash, you may find it easier to take a taxi from your starting point in NYC to 53rd and Lexington.
For a beginner’s guide to the subways and taxis, see our NYC Transit page.
Formerly known as Citicorp Center, Citigroup is located on the corner of 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue and just upstairs from the Lexington Avenue subway station. It is the uneven-looking building you may have seen in the skyline and wondered who broke the top off of it. Wikipedia has some decent pictures and info on the building, the 10th tallest skyscraper in New York City.
Once inside, you’ll pass the security guards and step down a few stairs to a large food court atrium with various eating and drinking places, a bar, a Kinko’s, and a decent Barnes and Noble bookstore. This atrium is where the meetings are held.
Due to the building’s landmark status, its occupation by a large financial institution, and the current political climate, security tables with airline-style bag x-ray machines were set up some years ago. These were used to x-ray bags as people entered the food court; hackers being hackers, they quickly grew used to us bringing all sorts of stuff through the scanner on meeting days. However, they have since discontinued use of the devices for the public area, scanning you only if you try to use the elevators to get to the building’s other floors.
It is also important to note that the security staff has been known to forbid photography inside the building. If the security guards see you taking a photo, they may well tell you to stop. Whether or not they have the right to forbid photography is debatable, but while the policy was enforced fairly (ahem) strictly for the past few years, nowadays they seem to enforce it rather arbitrarily. Some months they will take steps to stop photography, and some months they don’t seem to care in the slightest. If you wish to take photos or video in the building, you may wish to be discreet about it to avoid the hassle.