thanks for your question. yes, you were misinformed that the slam competition central was in NY city. However, Nuyorican Poet Cafe would be one of the best places in America to go for a slam. I want to go there myself. I had a friend who went all the way to NY just for the purpose of reading there, which she did. If you want to go where it all began, Chicago Green Mill Tavern is the place to go.