We have 13 registration profiles actually showing NYC as residence, not including the Long Island members.
Only 5 NYC members have posted, and only one has posted during the last 2 years.
I moved Your other post into the Schedule a Ride area, because that forum is quite active, and You may be able attend one of the listed gatherings.
There are a couple up & coming rides planned for early Sept in the northeast, and there are VR members residing on Long Island, who may attend those gatherings.
You could probably hook up with them, should they decide to ride to a scheduled ride....I'm sure that the northeast VR members would welcome You.