These "invite only" parties caused lots of bad feelings in the department. The blatant favoritism was not good for morale and it took a toll of the staff. Something must have happened because this year's invite just went out and almost the entire department was invited. I did notice at least two names missing, the names of senior teachers. Those who have been around will have to get their Memorial Day hot dogs else where.
(Long Island City and Roosevelt Island pictures here.)