I will be presenting at the NYC Effective MySQL meetup later this week (Thursday, June 20th) and I'm looking forward to it. I hear that it is a great crowd and very much focused on the operational aspects of running MySQL at scale. Also looking forward to meeting some old friends who now live in the NYC area. Slides for the presentation will be available after the event.
If you are in the NYC area and are interested in MySQL and scalability (or Pizza and soda), try to make it.