Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (10/25)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, OCT. 25, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Le Poème Harmonique: The Dark Hours
Our favorite French early-music band returns with another evocative, candlelit performance. Lalande was the leading French composer of sacred music during the 18th century, and he wrote with an emphasis on the female voice that was unusual for his time—perhaps inspired by the vocal talents of his wife and daughters. Morroccan soprano Hasnaa Bennani makes her Miller debut, lending her “beautiful, golden” soprano to these Leçons de ténèbres, or “Lessons of Darkness,” based on the Lamentations of Jeremiah after the destruction of Jerusalem.
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues
8pm / $35 – $50
Peter Cincotti
Peter Cincotti, singer-songwriter-pianist and native New Yorker, began playing piano at the age of three. By the age of 18 he was being called “one of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation” by the New York Times. In 2003, Peter’s debut album reached #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. Hailed as “the rebirth of cool” by Elle magazine, Peter explores musical styles that blend pop, rock, blues and jazz, infusing each new song he writes with originality and startling energy.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St.
8:00pm / $35–

Archtober / October 1–31

“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:
AIANY / Center for Architecture

Walking Tour: Lower West Side Rebirth – New and Re-used Architecture in the Former Washington Market Area and Southern TriBeCa / 10:30am-1:00pm

Manhattan’s historic “Lower West Side” is reborn as a residential neighborhood with contemporary architecture interspersed among its industrial warehouse fabric. Learn about the 1960s Washington Street Urban Renewal Plan that helped transform the former Washington Market area and discover new construction in and around TriBeCa.

Bard Graduate Center

Walking Tour: On Broadway: Past to Present with Matthew A. Postal / 11:00am-1:00pm

Join architectural historian Matthew Postal for a walking tour that begins at City Hall Park and heads north to New York City’s largest concentration of Civil War-era buildings. This once leading retail corridor is populated with ornate Italianate-style structures of masonry and cast iron that housed the era’s fashionable shops and large commercial establishments.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times wonderful Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

American Folk Art Museum:
Fasanella-Bridges‘Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget’ (through Nov. 30) The centenary of the birth of this formidable self-taught urban visionary, activist and New Yorker is celebrated with a riveting selection of his largest, most epic paintings. Their teeming compositions crowd searing events from 20th-century American life into complex amalgams of time, space and color and conduct a fertile exchange with the museum’s Willem van Genk show. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Roberta Smith)

van_genk‘Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic’ (through Nov. 30) Brilliantly paired with the Ralph Fasanella exhibition, the American solo debut of this outstanding Dutch artist, who died in 2005 at 78, adds a bright star to the outsider firmament. A draftsman of extraordinary talent, a hoarder and mystic obsessed with maps, travel and transportation, van Genk obsessively recycled found imagery and materials and his own drawings into collages and fanatically textured paintings that convey the sights, sounds and very static of modern life. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Smith)

Museum of Modern Art: 
‘Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness’ (through Nov. 2) This meticulously considered and assembled survey of one of the deepest thinkers of the Pictures Generation is as beautiful as it is demanding. No aspect of photography — as art, craft, science or commerce — or of exhibition-making has been left unturned, yielding a show that is a big, brainy work of art unto itself. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)

‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Nov. 2) This mostly lively if repetitive overview traces the history of photography as the Modern never has — with images taken in the studio rather than out in the world. Its roughly 180 works span 160 years and represent some 90 portraitists, commercial photographers, lovers of still life, darkroom experimenters, Conceptual artists and several generations of postmodernists. Including film and video, it offers much to look at but dwells too much in the past, becoming increasingly blinkered and cautious as it approaches the present. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)

107508‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
‘A Brief History of New York: Selections From ‘A History of New York in 101 Objects’ (through Nov. 30) Every object tells a story. If New York City is or ever was your home, you’ll find 30 eloquent items in this absorbing, jewel box of an exhibition based on “A History of New York in 101 Objects,” a new book by Sam Roberts, an urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times. Illuminated behind glass walls is an intriguingly eclectic collection, including an arrowhead, a short section of the first transatlantic cable, the pink rubber ball called the Spaldeen and a jar containing dust gathered from near the World Trade Center shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Johnson)

Skyscraper Museum:
TS84_IntroWall‘Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment’ (through Jan. 18) In this smart, pithy show, 20 architectural panels capture the essence of another show, the “Times Tower Site Competition” held by New York’s Municipal Art Society 30 years ago, when over 500 architects made proposals for the famous triangular site in Times Square. Philip Johnson and John Burgee were proposing a suave 4.2 million-square-foot ensemble of four skyscrapers that would help “clean up” the surrounding urban squalor, and they favored an open square at the center of their project. The Municipal Art Society protested the proposal by asking for alternatives to replace the Times Tower. The dispute proved a turning point in New York’s urban history and, more broadly, in American architectural history, as the postmodernism of the Johnson towers gave way to a highly eclectic, free-for-all postmodernism devoid of his mansards or triumphal arches. 39 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan, 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org. (Joseph Giovannini)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see “Recent Posts” in the right Sidebar dated (10/23) and (10/21).
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (10/24)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S
Through the Looking Glass
Hear treasured masterpieces refracted through the musical imagination of a different composer. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 is interpreted for chamber ensemble, Schubert’s monumental Octet shows his admiration for Beethoven’s Septet, and Roberto Sierra draws inspiration from the Schubert Octet for his newly-commissioned work.

Program
Beethoven / arr. Stein Octet after Symphony No. 2 (World Premiere)
Roberto Sierra Octeto en cuatro tiempos (World Premiere)
Schubert Octet in F Major, D. 803
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue
7:30pm / $48  tickets include pre-concert admission to The Morgan Library & Museum.

212-685-0008

SpokFrevo Orquestra
Historically a folk music associated with Brazilian Carnival of the Pernambuco region, the brilliance of frevo lies in its evolution, influenced by religion, elaborate dance, and varied instrumentation. Saxophonist Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, also known as “Spok,” is considered afrevo maestro with an adventurous mind. Drawing from the democratic underpinnings of jazz, Spok uses improvisation as an exercise in expressing freedom, taking this music from the streets of Brazil to the international stage.

His 17-member orquestra demonstrates both deeply traditional roots and explicit jazz elements. Special guests Melissa Aldana and Wycliffe Gordon join the orquestra for their Jazz at Lincoln Center debut. A native of Chile, Aldana is the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition winner, the first female to take home this prize. Renowned trombonist and Downbeat poll topper Wycliffe Gordon, a former member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, rounds out this performance of our Brazilian Festival.
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 3 Columbus Circle, Frederick P. Rose Hall
7:00pm &  9:30pm / $65
212-258-9800

CMJ Music Marathon (through Oct 25)
The 34th annual CMJ festival takes over nyc with tons of musicians, films and panels. Various prices and locations. With 80+ venues who can keep track of what’s happening and when at this monster music festival. Try to plan your experience at:cmj.com/marathon/

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub – Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St)

There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door. But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (10/23)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

25TH ANNUAL CABARET CONVENTION (LastDay)
Come On and Hear: The Songs of Irving Berlin

The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents the New York Cabaret Convention annually at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Since its inception in 1989, the Convention has hosted more than a thousand performers, all of whom work in their own ways to keep alive the tradition of cabaret in this country and abroad. Among those who have participated in these extraordinary concerts are Michael Feinstein, Jack Jones, Andrea Marcovicci, Julie Wilson, Steve Ross, Margaret Whiting, Christine Andreas, Maureen McGovern, Liliane Montevecchi, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Ann Hampton Callaway.

Thursday, October 23rd our closing night, hosted by Klea Blackhurst, is entitled Come On And Hear and devoted to the timeless classics of Irving Berlin. Crossover artists like Karen Mason, Mandy Gonzalez, Terry Burrell and Anita Gillette will be joined by cabaret favorites Nicolas King, Sidney Myer and new discoveries like Rebekah Lowin (CC’14) and Peggy Eason. As Frank Sinatra often said, “Everything I learned, I owe to Mabel Mercer.”
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 3 Columbus Circle, Rose Hall
6:00pm / $25-$100
212-258-9800

What’s at Stake for Abstract Painting Today – and Where Do We Go from Here?
Why, at a time when there is greater interest in abstraction, is so much art seemingly unconcerned with evolving the visual landscape? And why is so much of it embraced by collectors, and not by critics and curators? Perhaps one question answers the other. This panel considers: What’s at stake for abstract painting today.

When much of what we see today is not actually painted, claims to be conceptual, borders on design, lends itself eagerly to branding, and provides an inoffensive backdrop to an endless succession of art fairs and auctions – self-satisfied in its being “emptied” of meaning – we can be certain that there is nothing in any way abstract about this recent turn of events.

Moderated by critic and curator Bob Nickas, and featuring artists Joanne Greenbaum, Philip Taaffe, and Stanley Whitney. And be sure to see their wonderful special exhibition: “From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952″ while you are there.
The Jewish Museum, (Scheuer Auditorium) 1109 5th Avenue
6:30 – 8 pm / Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission
212-423-3200

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: New York University, School of Professional Studies / 12:00
The NYU SPS new flagship Academic Center consolidates various degree programs that were previously located throughout the city. The School completed a gut renovation of the 125,000 GSF, former Fairchild Print Press building in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, originally constructed in the late 1940s. The project scope includes renovation of all […]

-Bard Graduate Center
Panel: The Illustrators’ Cabinet of Wonders: A Show and Tell with Steven Heller / 6:00pm-7:30pm
Steven Heller moderates a panel discussion about the art and business of illustration on the occasion of the exhibition Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life. Panelists include Barbara Nessim and other local artists. They will share insights about their work and will shed light on the changing roles of illustrators in the current media.More Information / Register

-Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Pencil and Brush: Architectural Watercolors – A Lecture with Zega & Dams /                  6:30pm-8:00pm
Join the ICAA for a special lecture with author-artists Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams, 2011 Arthur Ross Award Laureates for Fine Art. This richly illustrated lecture will survey both the architecture and gardens of seventeenth to nineteenth century Europe, as well as the architectural drawings of the artists.More Information / Register

-Pratt Institute
The Art of Dining: How Master Chefs and Designers Collaborate / 6:30pm
Distinguished chefs Daniel Boulud and Lydia Shire join famed hospitality designer Adam Tihany for a conversation moderated by Elle Décor’s Editor in Chief Michael Boodro about the relationship between design and dining.
The program is free and open to the public, reservations required.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

=============================================================================
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater, and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

Current Exhibitions recommended by the NYT critics:

Roxy Paine: ‘Denuded Lens’ (through Oct. 18)
The main attraction is a spectacular, life-size diorama representing an airport security gateway with X-ray machinery, conveyors, plastic bins and so forth, all replicated in wood. Furthermore, it’s all been rendered in perspective: objects get smaller toward the back end, and right angles are skewed so that the whole tableau seems to exist between two and three dimensions. It induces a dreamy, slightly dizzying sensation. Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24th Street, 212-680-9889, marianneboeskygallery.com. (Johnson)

Lily van der Stokker: ‘Huh’ (through Oct. 18)
LvdStokker_KoenigClintonInstallationView5_72DPI.-700x539Cartoonish, subversive and irrepressible, the latest painting-drawing-sculpture installation from this ingenious Dutch artist is all Pepto-girly pink and spiced with mixed signals of longing, conflict and complacency. Set in the bathroom — a space shared by home and studio — it meditates on the illusion of equality between the sexes, and artists in general. The resulting mood of asexual delusion is shattered by a single shop sign. Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19th Street, 212-334-9255, koenigandclinton.com. (Smith)

Jim Shaw: ‘I Only Wanted You to Love Me’ (through Oct. 25)
MP_SHAW_Install_023This uncannily imaginative Los Angeles painter and sculptor has what the Romantic poet John Keats called negative capability: the ability to be “in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” He also has exceptional drawing and graphic skills, an expansive sense of humor, an acute moral compass and a connoisseurial eye for weird kitsch. This show of dizzyingly complex, Pop-Surrealist, mural-scale paintings is one of his best New York outings ever. Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 212-206-7100, metropicturesgallery.com. (Johnson)

For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar dated (10/21) and (10/19).
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (10/22)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars (through 10/26)
“Dizzy Gillespie, with his puffed-cheek embouchure, bent trumpet bell that curved skyward, and trendsetting horn-rimmed glasses, was always au courant. The living legacy of the idiosyncratic wit behind “Salt Peanuts” lives on in the All-Stars, a ghost band that’s possessed by the risible spirit of its late leader, helmed by the high-flying trumpet trio of Claudio Roditi, Terell Stafford, and Freddie Hendrix.

A bebop forefather who wasn’t afraid to punctuate his legato phrasing with a Latin punch, Dizzy felt as at home on “Groovin’ High” as he did on “Manteca,” and this band of seasoned veterans delves deep into his eclectic catalogue.” (VillageVoice- Aidan Levy)
Blue Note, 131 West 3rd St.
8pm and 10:30pm nightly / $20 bar, $35 table
212-475-8592

Tavi Gevinson
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Tavi is all grown up and talking.
Not since the legendary Gen X standard Sassy has a teen fashion mag garnered appreciation for telling girls they look great with what they already have, rather than telling them what they need to buy. Rookie was the pet project of 12-year-old Tavi Gevinson before she exploded as a style icon, actor, and maybe this decade’s most dynamic tween.

Six years later, the online magazine is a hotbed for offbeat style, with tutorials on how to dress “Spawn-of-Satan chic” (think Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby) and take cues from “Secret Style Icons” like cereal box characters or the witches of Hocus Pocus. It has also featured poignant art, advice on everything from depression to sex (queer and straight), and guest pieces by Karen O, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Joss Whedon, and John Waters, among many notable others.

The publication’s amazing history is chronicled in Rookie Yearbook Three, launching tonight. Gevinson talks with writer and trans-rights activist Janet Mock at the book party, and will sign copies following a Q&A.
Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St.
7:00 p.m./ $8
212-334-3324 / housingworks.org

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center / 12:30
Located on four city blocks on the far west side of Manhattan, the Javits Center is New York City’s primary venue for trade shows and conventions. A megastructure designed in 1979 by I. M. Pei and Partners, it was conceived as a new incarnation of Joseph Paxton’s 1851 Crystal Palace in London. But while the […]

-AIANY / Center for Architecture
New York New Design Exhibition Opening / 6:00pm-8:00pm
Join us for the exhibition reception for New York New Design, the AIA New York Chapter’s annual members show, on view in the West 4th Street subway station October 9 to November 2, 2014.

-Public Art Fund
Public Art Fund Talks at the New School: Abraham Cruzvillegas / 6:30pm
Abraham Cruzvillegas is one of the most important conceptual artists of his generation to come from the vibrant art scene in Mexico City. For his Public Art Fund talk, Cruzvillegas will speak on his ten-year body of work titled Autoconstrucción, or “self-building.”

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

=============================================================================
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub – Upper West Side

Dinosaur / 700 W125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th St. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

HarlHostStandNo food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long (assuming you snagged a table). The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some long waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (10/21)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

CMJ Music Marathon (through Oct 25)
The 34th annual CMJ festival takes over nyc with tons of musicians, films and panels. Various prices and locations. With 80+ venues who can keep track of what’s happening and when at this monster music festival. Try to plan your experience at: cmj.com/marathon/

JOE LOVANO & DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET: SOUND PRINTS (through Oct 26)
“The saxophonist Lovano and the trumpeter Douglas have found common ground in a mutual love for the music of Wayne Shorter. Though Shorter collaborated with the co-leaders on a few new compositions, their quintet, Sound Prints, draws on the visionary saxophonist and composer mainly as an inspiration. With Linda Oh on bass, Joey Baron on drums, and Lawrence Fields on piano, the ensemble has, in its three-year existence, transformed itself into one of the most stimulating groups around. Expect to hear work from the band’s upcoming début album, scheduled for release early next year.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com
at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: Runner & Stone / 12:00
Runner & Stone is a bakery-bar-restaurant in Gowanus Brooklyn, where the synergy of prime building materials – concrete, steel, and light – is as hand-crafted as the food. Occupying three visually intertwined levels organized around a planted light court, oblique views throughout the space engage sky, street, and an iconic adjacent rooftop water tower. Simplicity […]

-AIANY / Center for Architecture
16 Acres Film Screening / 6:00pm-8:00pm
The rebuilding of ground zero is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays, and politics. The struggle has encompassed more than a decade, 19 government agencies, a dozen projects, and over $20 billion…More Information / Register

-Regional Plan Association
Guided Tour of Governors Island, New Park and Public Spaces / 4:00pm-5:30pm
Designed by: WEST 8, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
The Trust for Governors Island has completed construction on the first 30 acres of new park and public spaces and they are now open to the public!
Ferry departs at 4pm sharp from the Battery Maritime Building
Reservation Required – To reserve a spot, contact Steven Salzgeber at ssalzgeber@rpa.org or by calling: 917-546-4317.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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What’s on View:
Special Exhibitions @ 3 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:
‘The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy’ (through Oct. 26)
‘Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin’ (through Dec. 7)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 / metmuseum.org
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‘Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face’ (through Oct. 26)
Scipione_Pulzone_Jacopo_Boncompagni_1574_2000The 400th anniversary celebration of El Greco’s death begins with a stunning clarification of the youthful greatness of his portrait “Vincenzo Anastagi” — a Frick Collection stalwart — that also teaches much about radicalism, fame and painting. This is done simply by pairing it with the obsessively detailed “Jacopo Boncompagni,” a rarely seen portrait by Scipione Pulzone, the now-forgotten artist of the moment in 1570s Rome, where both works were made. (Roberta Smith-NYT)
Frick Collection: 1 East 70th St. (btw 5th/Madison)
212-288-0700, frick.org.
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Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)
Early in his career Vasily Kandinsky experimented with printmaking, produced brightly-colored landscapes of the German countryside, and explored recognizable and recurrent motifs. This intimate exhibition drawn from the Guggenheim collection explores the artist’s representational origins.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 / guggenheim.org.

========================================================== Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 110th Street – Museum for African Art

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio

• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York

• 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum

• 91st Street – Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

• 89th Street – National Academy Museum

• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York

• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut

Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
• 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additionally, though technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th St. and the The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave. Now plan your own museum crawl. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 10/19 and 10/17.
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage (10/20)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

25th annual New York Cabaret Convention (through Thursday)
The high point of the fall cabaret season arrives with four marathon evening concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. Produced by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, these performances celebrate the American songbook as interpreted by artists dedicated to its perpetuation.

Tonight’s opening show, “I Love a Piano,” hosted by the jazz violin whiz and comic wit Aaron Weinstein, celebrates the tradition of the singing pianist. Its roster of 16 acts includes Jason Robert Brown, Barbara Carroll, Nellie McKay and Steve Ross.

As always, the convention is a platform for discovery in which promising young talent rubs shoulders with nightclub legends.” (NYT-Holden)
All shows begin at 6 p.m./ $25 to $100.
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
212-721-6500 / jalc.org

New York Television Festival (through October 25)
“Clearly, the boob tube is no longer a haven for mindless entertainment. The field has shifted, and television has largely supplanted film as the go-to medium for intelligent, original storytelling. The 10th annual New York Television Festival caters to TV tastes both high- and lowbrow, with seminars, parties, the Independent Pilot Competition and high-profile screenings galore for industry types, aspiring creators and fans alike.” (nycgo.com)

It’s TIME
“Travel the fourth dimension with this year’s science film fest.
A week-long affair that began Oct 17, the 7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival takes the concept of time as its central theme. The programming is defined by its admirable diversity — the slate comprises work from 20 different countries, and almost half of the films scheduled to screen were directed by women — with some of the highlights including the recently restored 35mm print of Alain Resnais’s 1968 Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime (a noted influence on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) as well as a program of 16mm shorts. The festival jury, which will hand out $20,000 worth of prizes, includes among its members the artist Marina Abramovic.” (VillageVoice)

Tonight’s Feature: Focus On Infinity (7:00 pm)
A globe-spanning exploration of the universe and the people who’s lives are devoted to its study (New York premiere of Focus on Infinity) @ The Museum of the Moving Image
Screenings continue all week at various locations throughout the city and in New Jersey.
imaginesciencefilms.org

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub – West Village

Corner Bistro / 331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

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In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town.

The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (10/19)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, OCT. 19, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

New York City Wine & Food Festival (LAST DAY)
“The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival returns for another food-and-beverage-filled few days, featuring Food Network personalities like Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay along with a deep squad of local all-star chefs, restaurateurs and purveyors (Marcus Samuelsson, Sirio Maccioni, April Bloomfield, Daniel Boulud, Cronut king Dominique Ansel and chocolatier Jacques Torres, to name a few). The festival, now in its seventh year, will offer more than 100 events at venues all around the City, with the home base once again Piers 92 and 94. Expect seminars, tastings, culinary demonstrations and events for kids. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry.” (NYCGO.COM)

CASSANDRA WILSON
“The pioneering singer of her generation has interpreted the work of everyone from Robert Johnson to U2. She’s currently working on “Coming Forth by Day,” an album that turns its sights on Billie Holiday. There have been countless tributes to Lady Day since her death, in 1959, but Wilson will likely reveal nuances as yet unheard. The new album, which is being funded by online pledges, isn’t due for a while; in the meantime, expect Wilson to maintain her unrestrained ways.” (NewYorker)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592 / bluenote.net
At 8 and 10:30 p.m./$55 cover at tables, $35 at the bar, with a $5 minimum

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:
Building of the Day: Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University / 3:00pm
On the corner of West 218th street and Broadway—the northernmost edge of Manhattan—the Campbell Sports Center forms a new gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex, the primary athletics facility for Columbia University’s outdoor sports program. The LEED-Gold Campbell Sports Center is the new cornerstone of the revitalized Baker Athletics Complex and provides increased program space […]

Brooklyn Historical Society
This is Brooklyn / 1:00pm-2:00pm
Learn about the history of Brooklyn and experience one of New York’s great landmark buildings! Enjoy a 1 hour introductory tour of Brooklyn’s history in our beautiful building. FREE with museum admission, this tour is perfect for a first time Brooklyn visitor as well as the seasoned Brooklynite!

-The Municipal Art Society of New York
Walking Tour: Downtown Manhattan: What’s in a Name? / 11:00am
Why Broad Street, Stone Street, Water Street, Gold Street, the Battery, Maiden Lane, and more? Join guide Joe Svehlak as we interpret four centuries of New York City history by the street and place names.

-The Municipal Art Society of New York
Walking Tour: Spotlight on the South Village: Below Washington Square / 2:00pm
Join planner and guide Laurence Frommer for part two in his series, focusing on probably the best known part of Greenwich Village.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times wonderful Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

American Folk Art Museum:
Fasanella-Bridges‘Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget’ (through Nov. 30) The centenary of the birth of this formidable self-taught urban visionary, activist and New Yorker is celebrated with a riveting selection of his largest, most epic paintings. Their teeming compositions crowd searing events from 20th-century American life into complex amalgams of time, space and color and conduct a fertile exchange with the museum’s Willem van Genk show. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Roberta Smith)

van_genk‘Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic’ (through Nov. 30) Brilliantly paired with the Ralph Fasanella exhibition, the American solo debut of this outstanding Dutch artist, who died in 2005 at 78, adds a bright star to the outsider firmament. A draftsman of extraordinary talent, a hoarder and mystic obsessed with maps, travel and transportation, van Genk obsessively recycled found imagery and materials and his own drawings into collages and fanatically textured paintings that convey the sights, sounds and very static of modern life. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Smith)

Museum of Modern Art: 
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’ (LAST DAY) Shoehorned into half the museum’s design department, this conversation-starting display of objects from MoMA’s permanent collection features items designed by more than 60 women, many of whom worked with male partners. Some, like Marianne Brandt and Eileen Gray, are well known to design aficionados, but most will be unfamiliar to a general audience. Most objects were created for domestic consumption. The pièce de résistance is a kitchen designed by Charlotte Perriand for the apartments in Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, France. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

‘Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness’ (through Nov. 2) This meticulously considered and assembled survey of one of the deepest thinkers of the Pictures Generation is as beautiful as it is demanding. No aspect of photography — as art, craft, science or commerce — or of exhibition-making has been left unturned, yielding a show that is a big, brainy work of art unto itself. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)

‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Nov. 2) This mostly lively if repetitive overview traces the history of photography as the Modern never has — with images taken in the studio rather than out in the world. Its roughly 180 works span 160 years and represent some 90 portraitists, commercial photographers, lovers of still life, darkroom experimenters, Conceptual artists and several generations of postmodernists. Including film and video, it offers much to look at but dwells too much in the past, becoming increasingly blinkered and cautious as it approaches the present. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)

107508‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
‘A Brief History of New York: Selections From ‘A History of New York in 101 Objects’ (through Nov. 30) Every object tells a story. If New York City is or ever was your home, you’ll find 30 eloquent items in this absorbing, jewel box of an exhibition based on “A History of New York in 101 Objects,” a new book by Sam Roberts, an urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times. Illuminated behind glass walls is an intriguingly eclectic collection, including an arrowhead, a short section of the first transatlantic cable, the pink rubber ball called the Spaldeen and a jar containing dust gathered from near the World Trade Center shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Johnson)

Skyscraper Museum:
TS84_IntroWall‘Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment’ (through Jan. 18) In this smart, pithy show, 20 architectural panels capture the essence of another show, the “Times Tower Site Competition” held by New York’s Municipal Art Society 30 years ago, when over 500 architects made proposals for the famous triangular site in Times Square. Philip Johnson and John Burgee were proposing a suave 4.2 million-square-foot ensemble of four skyscrapers that would help “clean up” the surrounding urban squalor, and they favored an open square at the center of their project. The Municipal Art Society protested the proposal by asking for alternatives to replace the Times Tower. The dispute proved a turning point in New York’s urban history and, more broadly, in American architectural history, as the postmodernism of the Johnson towers gave way to a highly eclectic, free-for-all postmodernism devoid of his mansards or triumphal arches. 39 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan, 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org. (Joseph Giovannini)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see “Recent Posts” in the right Sidebar dated (10/17) and (10/15).
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