Selected Events (04/24) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, APR. 24, 2015
“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.”   

Green Festival (April 24-26)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., at 11th Ave.
Fri. noon-6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
single-day pass $12, weekend pass $22, 3-day pass $32;
212-216-2000, greenfestivals.org

Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St.
Sets at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. / FREE , with pay-what-you-wish museum admission
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Peter and Will Anderson
Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, Chelsea,
7PM / $22.50
212-206-0440, metropolitanroom.com.

My Night with Philosophers (a 12 hour happening, only in NYCity)
Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 E. 79th St., New York, NY
FREE and open to the public./ Food and drinks will be available throughout the night.
7PM Fri., Apr. 24, 2015 to 7AM – Sat., Apr. 25, 2015

Elsewhere, but these are two wonderful music halls and worth the detour:
Hurray for the Riff Raff (also Saturday)
Friday at 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, 800-745-3000, boweryballroom.com.
Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, 800-745-3000, musichallofwilliamsburg.com.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Green Festival (April 24-26)
“Earth—We’ve only got one (as far as we know). New York may be one of the greenest cities in America—we have the highest percentage of workers who commute by public transportation, bike or foot–but there’s still more individuals could do. Over 300 exhibitors gather at this annual three-day festival to offer eco-friendly services, earth-conscious products and educational demonstrations. There will also be a vast selection of vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO and organic food items available for sale—tasty and good for the environment!” (TONY)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., at 11th Ave.
Fri. noon-6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
single-day pass $12, weekend pass $22, 3-day pass $32;
212-216-2000, greenfestivals.org

Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition
jazzandcolorsLose yourself at the Met and find dazzling masterpieces of art and jazz.

“This annual Central Park event has moved indoors. It scatters ten jazz ensembles throughout the Met; each group plays repertory masterworks akin to the artworks in the museum’s galleries. The spirit of improvisation that earned jazz the title “the sound of surprise” will be in abundance, with one constant: All the groups, whether swinging, groovy or avant-gardist, will choose from the same repertoire of tunes, among them, Bigard-Ellington’s “Mood Indigo,” Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose,” Ray Henderson’s “Bye Bye Blackbird,” Miles Davis’s “Blue In Green,” Bronislaw Kaper’s “On Green Dolphin Street,” Thelonious Monk’s “Green Chimneys” and Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies.” It’s a chance to experience every corner of the museum with its very own jazz soundtrack.” (seniorplanet.org)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St.
Sets at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. / FREE with pay-what-you-wish museum admission
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Peter and Will Anderson
Anderson-Oct-2014-Promo-41“The 20-something twin wunderkind of the reeds first came to our attention as stars of the emerging neo-hot jazz movement, but their latest efforts take them into wholly new directions. Their new album, “Deja Vu,” which they’ll launch on Friday at the Metropolitan Room, combines the twin titans with an exemplary mainstream modern jazz rhythm section, including the equally precocious piano and bass team of Jeb Patton and David Wong and veteran drummer Tootie Heath.

Then, next week at 59E59 they’ll launch a two week run of what seems to be a soul jazz project, joining Hammond B-3 organist Pat Bianchi, drummer (and “jazz maniac”) Kenny Washington and yet a third saxophone player, the formidable tenor champion Harry Allen.” (WSJ)
Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, Chelsea,
7PM / $22.50
212-206-0440, metropolitanroom.com.

My Night with Philosophers (a 12 hour happening, only in NYCity)
banner“The program, presented by Columbia Maison Française and Cultural Services of the French Embassy, gathers 60 eminent philosophers from Europe and the U.S. for a wide array of conferences and discussions. This original all-night format allows one to see and think of philosophy in a different light, to “think philosophy outside the box.” By bringing the event outside of the academic sphere, the goal of the night is to intrigue and surprise the audience by exposing them to works of art which touch upon philosophy and offer singular and unusual answers. The night offers a special programming of live artistic performances as well as film, music and readings of plays by actors.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Presented at the French Cultural Services and Ukrainian Institute of America landmark mansions, on Fifth Ave. and 79th St.
Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 E. 79th St., New York, NY
Free and open to the public / Food and drinks will be available throughout the night.
7PM Fri., Apr. 24, 2015 to 7AM – Sat., Apr. 25, 2015

Elsewhere, but these are two wonderful music halls and worth the detour:
Hurray for the Riff Raff (also Saturday)
images-1“An informal leader of the roots music scene in New Orleans, the singer and multi-instrumentalist Alynda Lee Segarra creates intimate, earnest pop yarns with traditional Americana anchoring. Her project Hurray for the Riff Raff released its cool, confident fifth album, “Small Town Heroes,” in Feb. 2014. With Clear Plastic Masks.” (Anderson-NYT)

Alynda Lee Segarra, the leader of this folk-rock ensemble, is from the Bronx, but she ran away as a teen-ager to New Orleans, where she immersed herself in the city’s soulful music scene, honed her chops as a performer, and eventually formed this collective. The band—whose key members, including Segarra, identify as queer and advocate on behalf of the L.G.B.T. community—saw breakthrough success with their fifth album, “Small Town Heroes,” last year. Since then, they have been tirelessly touring, both as a headliner and as a supporting act, though in the case of the latter, it’s easy to imagine them stealing the show. The songs, all effortlessly catchy, shift beautifully from sorrowful to ebullient, and seamlessly fuse elements of doo-wop, country, blues, honky-tonk, and sixties pop.” (NewYorker)
Friday at 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, 800-745-3000, boweryballroom.com.
Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, 800-745-3000, musichallofwilliamsburg.com.

BONUS JAZZ PICKS:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. jazz.org/dizzys, 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave), birdlandjazz.com, 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. smokejazz.com, 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  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))

b_flat4There 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 (04/23) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, APR. 23, 2015
“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.”   

Jennifer Sheehan – Stardust: A Night in the Cosmos
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
9:30PM / $25–$65, plus $25 minimum
646-476-3551 / 54below.com.

Converging Lenses: Issues in Contemporary Photography
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. (btw 93/92 St.)
6:30PM / FREE during Pay-What-You-Wish Admission, RSVP recommended
212-423-3200

The Jack Quartet performs works by Zorn and others
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center,
61 W 62 St. (btw Columbus/Broadway Ave.)
7:30PM / FREE Thursdays
212-875-5350 / atrium.lincolncenter.org

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello
Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway (btw 61/62 St.)
6:30PM / FREE, Reservations are not required but seating is limited
212-408-1500

Photography: From the Archives of Bert Stern (opening reception)
Staley-Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway, (btw Prince/Spring St.)
6:00 pm to 8:00 PM / FREE
staleywise.com

Gilberto Gil, Gilbertos Samba
the Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St.
8:00PM / $65-$95, maybe a tough ticket, may need to stubhub it.
212-840-2824, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Jennifer Sheehan – Stardust: A Night in the Cosmos
“Young, good-looking and very astute, Ms. Sheehan gives you hope. Drawing from a deep well of feeling, she interprets lyrics from the point of view of someone who knows who she is and conveys empathy in a voice that glows with insight.” -The New York Times

Multiple award-winning performer Jennifer Sheehan and her stellar quartet celebrate the beauty, wonder and romance of the night sky in a song-studded 54 Below evening featuring songs as dazzling and diverse as the stars above — including music from Pink Martini, Duke Ellington, Sergio Mendes, Melody Gardot, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and Kurt Weill, just to name a few!

It’s a celebration of the many ways we come to love the night sky — as wide-eyed children who look up in wonderment, as young lovers who fall under its enchantment, and as star-gazers of all ages who contemplate love and life on this small blue dot in the universe. And, of course, the stars spark our imagination about what lies beyond… so the show also features some fascinating stories about new discoveries about our star-studded cosmos!
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
9:30pm / $25–$65, plus $25 minimum
646-476-3551 / 54below.com.

Converging Lenses: Issues in Contemporary Photography
Over the last ten years, approaches to using photography have changed drastically in reaction to new digital imaging technologies and the proliferation of images on the Internet. This panel discussion will focus on interventions in the medium by younger artists such as Lucas Blalock and Talia Chetrit, and how this trend has placed renewed focus on the work of artists, like Barbara Kasten, who laid the foundations for photography’s current moment. Moderated by Chris Wiley, Adjunct Professor at New York University and contributing editor at Frieze.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. (btw 93/92 St.)
6:30pm / FREE during Pay-What-You-Wish Admission, RSVP recommended
212-423-3200

The Jack Quartet performs works by Zorn and others
Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center’s Great Performers
Program:
CRAWFORD SEEGER: String Quartet “1931”
MISSY MAZZOLI: Death Valley Junction
JASON ECKARDT: Ascension
CAROLINE SHAW: Ritornello 2.sq.2.j
JOHN ZORN: The Alchemist
“Every JACK concert transcends a run-of-the-mill performance and becomes a true event.” — Time Out New York
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center,
61 W 62 St. (btw Columbus/Broadway Ave.)
at 7:30 / FREE Thursdays
get there early, no later than 7PM, if you want to get in what is a small performance space.
212-875-5350 / atrium.lincolncenter.org

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello:
Dr. David J. Drogin, Fashion Institute of Technology
“Twenty-three masterpieces of early Florentine Renaissance sculpture—most never seen outside Italy—are being exhibited at MOBIA as the centerpiece of the Museum’s tenth anniversary season.

Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

ed. note
The Real Estate monsters have struck again! $300 million bought this fairly new building to be demolished this summer. This is the museum’s last exhibition here and it’s memorable.
Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway (btw 61/62 St.)
6:30PM / FREE, Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.
212-408-1500

Photography: From the Archives of Bert Stern
Opening Reception
Bert Stern conceived of his ultimate photographic romance with a vivacious woman on his flight to Rome in the spring of 1962. He was at the height of his success, eagerly sought after by art directors and fashion editors, and able to gain access to nearly any celebrity – so why not America’s leading sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe?
Staley-Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway, (btw Prince/Spring St.)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm / FREE
staleywise.com

Gilberto Gil, Gilbertos Samba
Grammy-winner Gilberto Gil returns to New York for the first time in five years bringing his latest show Gilbertos Samba. The evening features reinterpretations of old classics recorded by João Gilberto and more, featured on Gilberto’s latest CD. New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enjoy the voice of Gilberto Gil, whose career blends with the history and culture of the Brazilian nation. Gil’s illustrious career spans four decades with over 30 albums, multiple Grammy Awards, six gold records, four platinum singles, and more than five million records sold.

“There may have been one man onstage, but there was enough warmth, love, intelligence and sheer talent on display to power an orchestra.” — Variety
“Gil defies his age, becoming if anything more captivating, exuberant, and irreplaceable with each passing year.” —The New Yorker
the Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St.
8PM / $65-$95, maybe a tough ticket, may need to stubhub it.
212-840-2824, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org.

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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Chelsea Art Gallery District*

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.

Here is a current exhibition that TimeOutNY recommends:
“Santu Mofokeng: A Metaphorical Biography” (through May 23)
Photojournaism becomes art.
image-1“Since 2011, the New York outpost of Germany’s Walther Collection has been an important showcase for modern and contemporary African photography. Case in point: this excellent minisurvey of the work of Santu Mofokeng, titled, “A Metaphorical Biography.” It positions him as both a photojournalist and an artist concerned with questions of meaning and representation. Born in Johannesburg in 1956, Mofokeng began his professional career in the mid-1980s as a member of the photo agency Afrapix. In the turbulent decade leading up to apartheid’s end, he produced photo essays on South African townships, offering a more complex view of their inhabitants’ lives than the coverage found in the global media.

During the 1990s Mofokeng began to collect late-19th- and early-20th-century studio portraits of middle-class black South Africans. These became his 1997 slide show, The Black Photo Album/Look at Me: 1890–1950, in which intertitles provide biographical information on some of the subjects, while also questioning what their real-life experiences might have been.” (Anne Doran)
The Walther Collection, 526 W 26th St. (btw 10/11 ave)
We-Su // 11am-6pm

Here are two current exhibitions that the NYT recommends:
Victor Moscoso: ‘Psychedelic Drawings, 1967 – 1982’ (through April 25)
In the 1960s, Victor Moscoso produced some of the most memorable acid rock posters of the psychedelic revolution in San Francisco. He also contributed trippy strips to Zap Comix, the underground publication founded by R. Crumb. This exhibition offers a tantalizing glimpse back at an unusually euphoric time in the history of graphic design. Along with vintage concert posters, it presents original drawings, collages and surrealistic comic strips dating from 1967 to 1982. Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 10th Avenue, near 18th Street, 212-206-9723, edlingallery.com. (Johnson)

Alison Rossiter: ‘Paper Wait’ (through May 2)
The first part of Alison Rossiter’s process involves acquiring unexposed, expired photographic paper, generally from eBay. Then she pours liquid developer on the paper and exposes it to light. The results are abstract compositions that blur the boundaries between photography and painting. For instance, the series “Latent Eastman Kodak Velox, expired May 1919, processed 2014” employs paper that expired just after World War I. The demise of chemical photography becomes a metaphor for the fate of defeated and exhausted empires, but she also suggests that expired materials have poignant memories and stories to reveal. Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 10th Avenue, near 24th Street, 212-414-0370, www.yossimilo.com. (Martha Schwendener)

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.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday. and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/15 and 04/13.

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Selected Events (04/22) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: Upper WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, APR. 22, 2015
“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.”   

Mary Chapin Carpenter / Lunasa
the Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btw 5/6 ave)
at 8:00 p.m., / $40-$65
212-840-2824, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org.

Inequality and Climate Change: Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern in Conversation
The Graduate Center CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., @ 34th St.
at 6:30 pm / FREE
212-817-7000

Swamp Gumbo
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Lucille’s Bar & Grill, 237 W42nd St. (btw 7/8)
at 8:00 pm / $18
http://www.bbkingblues.com

The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
at 6:30 pm / $34; $20 member
212-873-3400

Juilliard Organists
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St.
at 7:30 p.m./ FREE
212-799-5000, events.juilliard.edu

Menswear Dog Presents: The New Classics: Fresh Looks for the Modern Man
Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St. (btw Greenwich/West St.)
at 6:00 pm / FREE
212-587-5389

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Mary Chapin Carpenter / Lunasa
MaryChapinWEB_200x0“A thoughtful country-folk chorister whose warm introspection suggests campfires and coffeehouses, Ms. Carpenter is so beloved in Nashville that she was inducted into the city’s Songwriters Hall of Fame. “Songs From the Movie,” a fanciful record that reimagined some of her past works in rich orchestral arrangements, was released last year.” (Anderson-NYT)

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Carpenter will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki).

Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. At 8 p.m., / $40-$65
the Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btw 5/6 ave)
212-840-2824, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org.

Inequality and Climate Change: Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern in Conversation
Joseph-Stiglitz-Nicholas-SternOn Earth Day 2015, Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, two leading experts on economics and the environment, join in conversation about the intersection of climate change and inequality. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate, is university professor at Columbia and author of the forthcoming book The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do about Them. Stern – a professor at the London School of Economics, president of the British Academy, and a member of the House of Lords – wrote the forthcoming Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change.

Co-sponsored by the Luxembourg Income Study Center, the Advanced Research Collaborative, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
The Graduate Center CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., @ 34th St.
6:30pm / FREE
212-817-7000

Swamp Gumbo
1535With their musical mix of Cajun zydeco, jazz and R&B, the members of Swamp Gumbo create a New Orleans-style party atmosphere wherever they play. Up front is lead singer Ms. Kati Mac, who has sung with the talents to five Emmy-nominated songs. On trumpet is Tim Ouimette, who has played for The Count Basie Orchestra, Keith Richards and They Might Be Giants. Swamp Gumbo also features Mr. Cobert, whose credits include work with this performance the band will be joined by bassist Steve Count, singer/songwriter Sherryl Marshall and Denny McDermott on drums, as they play hits from artists like Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and more.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Lucille’s Bar & Grill, 237 W42nd St. (btw 7/8)
8:00PM / $18
http://www.bbkingblues.com

The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic
“As cases such as Brown v. Board of Education demonstrate, laws and legal debates affecting the entire nation arise from distinctive local settings. Renowned scholar Akhil Reed Amar sheds new light on America’s constitutional landscape by exploring how the nation’s legal tradition unites a vast and disparate land.

imgresAkhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, is the author of America’s Constitution: A Biography and America’s Unwritten Constitution. His most recent book is The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic. Trevor W. Morrison (moderator) is Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
at 6:30 pm / $34; $20 member
212-873-3400

Juilliard Organists
c3069d7e43e99a40c0e5d820e6cb17dfJuilliard presents this organ recital as part of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s Great Music in a Great Space series. The students, under the direction of the organ department’s chairman, Paul Jacobs, will perform works such as the “Andante espressivo” from Elgar’s Sonata in G, Op. 28, and a transcription of selections from Grieg’s “Holberg Suite,” Op. 40.
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St.
At 7:30 p.m./ FREE
212-799-5000, events.juilliard.edu

Menswear Dog Presents: The New Classics: Fresh Looks for the Modern Man
aclkThis evening we welcome David Fung and Yena Kim and Bodhi. They are the creative force behind the wildly popular Menswear Dog blog. They join us to discuss their new book Menswear Dog Presents.
Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St. (btw Greenwich/West St.)
6pm / FREE
212-587-5389

BONUS JAZZ PICKS:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South — villagevanguard.com / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — bluenotejazz.com / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — 55bar.com / 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  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 Bar-B-Que / 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 (04/21) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, APR. 21, 2015
“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.”   

Nicholas Payton  –  Jazz    (9:30pm)

The Great Street Meet  –  Food & Drink    (6:30pm) 

Tribeca Talks: Secrecy and Power  – SmartStuff/ Conversation   (6:30pm)

Barry Harris Trio –  Jazz    (8:30pm)     (10:30pm) 

A Discussion with Renata Adler  –  SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (7pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Nicholas Payton (also April 22)
search“The trumpeter travels light these days, accompanied only by a bassist and a drummer. His time as a staunch traditionalist long over, Payton is now stylistically ecumenical, and he regularly spikes his fervent post-bop turns with spirited R. & B. and funk grooves.“ (NewYorker)
Smalls, 183 W.10th St. (btw W4th/7th Ave S)
9:30pm / $20
212-252-5091.

The Great Street Meet
image-2“The Street Vendor Project celebrates the variety of New York’s outdoor food vendors from across all five boroughs. Enjoy an evening of quick meals then salute Yonah Schimmel’s 115-year-old Knish Bakery that started on the streets.” (TONY)

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St.
6:30pm. / $35-$500.
streetvendor.org

Tribeca Talks: Secrecy and Power
If knowledge is power then secrets are weapons. Secrets have always fueled great stories, but what happens when our secrets are breached in real-life? Join former spy Valerie Plame, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bart Gellman, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks director Alex Gibney, The Ethical Hacker, and moderator Cynthia McFadden of NBC News as they explore this timely topic.
School Visual Arts Theater, 1 Silas, 333 W23rd St. (btw 8/9 Ave)
6:30PM / $38.50

Barry Harris Trio (through April 26)
images-1“The pianist Barry Harris belongs to a generation that carried bebop’s torch into an uncertain future. He’s a figure of twinkly erudition, a natural pedagogue as well as an artist, and he has deep history with his trio mates, Ray Drummond on bass and Leroy Williams on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. / $30
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
A Discussion with Renata Adler
image-2“Don’t miss a rare chance to see the illustrious novelist and journalist in person as she launches her much-anticipated new book of collected nonfiction.

To the joy of fans around the world, NYRB Classics is finally publishing the collected nonfiction of this incomparable Italian-American author and critic. Adler herself makes an appearance to read from and sign copies of “After the Tall Timber.” (TONY)
Book Court, 163 Court St. (btw Dean and Pacific Sts), Boerum Hill, Bklyn
subway: F to Bergen St.; walk 1 blk W on Wyckoff St., 2 blk N on Court St.
7pm. / FREE.

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  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 Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Reimagining Modernism: 1900-1950’ (continuing)
One of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world fulfills its mission a little more with an ambitious reinstallation of works of early European modernism with their American counterparts for the first time in nearly 30 years. Objects of design and paintings by a few self-taught artists further the integration. It is quite a sight, with interesting rotations and fine-tunings to come. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Smith)

‘The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky’ (through May 10)
Some of the earliest surviving art by native North Americans left America long ago. Soldiers, traders and priests, with magpie eyes for brilliant things, bundled it up and shipped it across the sea to Europe. Painted robes, embroidered slippers and feathered headdresses tinkling with chimes found their way into cupboards in 18th-century London and Paris, and lay there half-forgotten. Now, with the arrival at the Met of this traveling show, some of those wondrous things — truly world masterpieces — have come home in an exhibition context that carries the Native American story from 100 B.C. into the 21st century. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Cotter)

‘Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklanski Selects From The Met Collection’ (through June 14) Complementing the survey of his photographs, the artist has orchestrated 80 works from the museum’s holdings — along with a few of his own — into a mesmerizing display meditating on sex and death. Consisting mostly of photographs, it is bolstered by paintings by Dali and Cranach sculptures from several cultures and several surprises. Scratch any artist of note, even a post-modern one, and you often find a connoisseur. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Smith)

‘Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklanski Photographs’ (through Aug. 16)
A small but succinct survey of the multimedia bad-boy artist’s polymorphous relationship to photography shows him constantly changing scale, film and printing methods while exploring the medium’s ability to startle, seduce and become generic. He appropriates, imitates and pays homage as he goes, regularly invoking his Polish roots. Don’t miss the large photo-banners in the museum’s Great Hall or the massive fiber-sculpture monument to the eye and to insatiable looking. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Smith)

Neue Galerie:
‘Egon Schiele: Portraits’ (through Sept. 07)
zakovsek_1“Of the approximately 125 items in this terrific show, there are only 11 oil paintings, which is a good thing. Except for a large picture of his wife, Edith, in a colorful striped dress, Schiele’s works on canvas are dark and turgid. But his drawings are nimble and nuanced. Working on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor and crayons, he portrayed himself and others with infectious avidity. There’s hardly a single sheet here that doesn’t warrant close looking for its virtuoso draftsmanship and psychological acuity. 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, 212-628-6200, neuegalerie.org. “(Johnson)

Guggenheim Museum:
Guggenheim Museum: ‘On Kawara — Silence’ (through May 3)
The first retrospective of this Conceptual Art giant turns the museum’s spiral into a vortex suffused with the consciousness of time, life’s supreme ruler, in all its quotidian daily unfoldings, historical events and almost incomprehensible grandeur. The presentation of date paintings, “I Got Up” postcards and “I AM Still Alive” telegrams echoes Mr. Kawara’s exquisite sense of discipline and craft. This is an extraordinary tribute. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org. (Smith)

Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)
ex_Kandinsky_Landscape-near-Murnau-with-Locomotive_490Early 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.

El Museo del Barrio:
‘Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa, Art and Film’ (through June 27)
Painting with light is one way to define the cinematographer’s task, and it describes the art of Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997), who worked with some of the leading international film directors of his time and was a national hero in his native Mexico, the supreme painter-in-light of Mexicanidad. How do you put this particular kind of art across in a museum — art that is as much about time as it is about material, as much about flux as it is about fixity? This show, which mixes Figueroa film clips with paintings and prints by some of Mexico’s greatest artists and in the process utterly transforms El Museo’s interior spaces, gives an enthralling answer. 1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street, East Harlem, 212-831-7272, elmuseo.org. (Cotter)

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (continuing):
rendering-3The stately doors of the 1902 Andrew Carnegie mansion, home to the Cooper Hewitt, are open again after an overhaul and expansion of the premises. Historic house and modern museum have always made an awkward fit, a standoff between preservation and innovation, and the problem remains, but the renovation has brought a wide-open new gallery space, a cafe and a raft of be-your-own-designer digital enhancements. Best of all, more of the museum’s vast permanent collection is now on view, including an Op Art weaving, miniature spiral staircases, ballistic face masks and a dainty enameled 18th-century version of a Swiss knife. Like design itself, this institution is built on tumult and friction, and you feel it. 2 East 91st Street, at Fifth Avenue, 212-849-8400, cooperhewitt.org. (Cotter)

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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 04/19 and 04/17.
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Selected Events (04/20) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, APR. 20, 2015
“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.”   

John Mellencamp   –  Pop / Rock (8pm)

“Weird Al” Yankovic – SmartStuff/ Conversation   (6pm)

Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux  –  Food & Drink    (6-8pm) 

Broadway Sings Tori   –  Pop / Rock   (8pm)

Ava Luna  –  Pop / Rock    (8:30pm)      

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, –  SmartStuff/ Conversation   (6pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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John Mellencamp (also Tuesday,April 21)
ImageGen“John Mellencamp has ventured out from the heartland to bring his songs of roiling, toiling American life to stages across the land. It is a long way from Bloomington, Ind., where the 63-year-old Mr. Mellencamp still lives and writes songs, including those on “Plain Spoken,” a 2014 album that pairs his grizzled voice with acoustic guitar, fiddle, harmonica and other markers of folk music. Songs from that take their place in a songbook filled with hits as familiar as any: “Jack & Diane,” “Hurt So Good,” “Pink Houses” and many more. Also at the Apollo Theater in Harlem April 23 and 24.’ (WSJ)
Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave.
8pm / $50-$130
(212) 247-780

“Weird Al” Yankovic and John Ficarra
294x380xweird-al-edits-792x1024.jpg.pagespeed.ic.dBYspQhBP-“Celebrate the meeting of “Two Weird Als,” musical satirist and comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic and MAD Magazine’s gap-toothed idiot mascot Alfred E. Neuman Monday evening at Barnes & Noble Union Square. Join MAD’s Editor-in-Chief John Ficarra and first ever MAD guest editor Weird Al, who will be on hand to sign copies of the magazine’s latest issue.” (dnainfo.com)
Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th St.
6 p.m./ 212-253-0810, barnesandnoble.com.
Wristbands will be available with purchase of MAD Magazine #533 beginning at 10 a.m.

Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux
Grand Tasting Event
logoOn Monday April 20th, for one night only, 35 of the best wineries from the famed Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux, will treat New Yorkers to an exclusive unveiling of their most prized possessions.

The event, held in the spectacular Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, will begin at 6:00pm and run until 8:00pm. Speak with some of the industry’s most respected winemakers, explore and sample some of the finest wines that Bordeaux has to offer. You will also be treated with a cheese tasting along with sweet and savory canelés from Canelé by Céline.
The tasting includes a generous Silent Auction, featuring rare to find Magnums of prestigious Bordeaux wines, and benefits ACE, The Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless.
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St.
6PM – 8PM / $60

Broadway Sings Tori: A Benefit for RAINN
image-2A tremendous lineup of vocalists—including Laura Benanti, Lena Hall, Molly Pope, Rachel Bay Jones, Natalie Joy Johnson, Zak Resnick and Colleen Harris—digs into the aching oeuvre of singer-songwriter Tori Amos in this benefit for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Longtime Amos admirer Brian Nash handles the keys, with Julie James playing host.
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. at Thompson St
8pm / $100
broadwaysingstori.com

Ava Luna
searchSee local indie-rockers Ava Luna for free at Eataly.

Chef Batali will host a live performance at his Flatiron Italian-food mecca, Eataly, in honor of his partnership with TONY. Consider this your invite, dear readers: Ava Luna, a brilliant, up-and-coming Brooklyn quintet with a sound perched between angular indie rock and supple soul, plays a live show at Eataly’s rooftop restaurant and brewery, La Birreria. The performance starts at 8:30pm and like the headline says, admission is absolutely free. Food and drinks, not so much, but even so—people, this is going to be awesome.
Eataly, La Birreria, 23rd St. and 5th Ave.

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller
As one of the most critically and commercially successful filmmakers of our time, Christopher Nolan will discuss his ability to push boundaries and create entire worlds and realities from his imagination with fellow director Bennett Miller.
Tribeca Film Festival / BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St.
6PM / $35, may need to do Rush tickets or stub hub this one.
212-843-9279

BONUS JAZZ PICKS:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South — villagevanguard.com / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — bluenotejazz.com / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — 55bar.com / 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  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.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In 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 (04/19) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, APR. 19, 2015
“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.”   

The 5th Annual Big Cheesy  – Food & Drink (11am-6pm)

Ballet Hispanico –  Dance   (2pm)   (7:30pm)

Tribeca Film Festival  –  Special Event-Film Festival    (various times) 

Samba Jazz and the Music of Jobim  – Jazz     (7:30pm)     (9:30pm)  

Brooklyn Folk Festival Folk Music     (2pm-11pm)   

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Ballet Hispanico (through April 26)
imgres“This ardent company returns to the Joyce Theater with works by Spanish and Latin American choreographers, spanning four programs. The lineup includes a world premiere by the Mexican choreographer Miguel Mancillas and the New York premiere of Rosie Herrera’s “Show Girl,” a look at Latina identity through the lens of Cuban cabaret.

The troupe revives some of its pithiest choreography with Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s flirtatious “El Beso,” from last year, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s popular “Sombrerísimo,” for six men in bowler hats.” (Siobhan Burke-NYT)

Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and April 24 at 8 p.m.; April 25 at 2 and 8 p.m.; April 26 at 2 p.m.;
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea,
212-242-0800, joyce.org.

The 5th Annual Big Cheesy – the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Showdown
IMG_2986Try the city’s best grilled cheeses from contenders like Artisanal, Depanneur Brooklyn, Le Maison de Croque Monsieur and many more! Wash them down with two Goose Island beers.

In honor of grilled cheese month, the Big Cheesy takes place in one-hour time slots over the course of two delicious days, April 18 and 19, from 11am to 6pm. – $30.
Vote for your favorite, with some proceeds going to the Food Bank of New York.
They are all good, and it’s tough to pick one as best. My tip: try to get your grilled cheese when it’s hot off the grill.
at Openhouse, 201 Mulberry St. in NoLita.
http://www.timeout.com/bigcheesy; http://openhouse.me/

Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26)
The Tribeca Film Festival provides a platform for innovative filmmakers of all stripes to present their latest work. This year’s program includes blockbusters, documentaries, foreign films and shorts and free outdoor screenings. Also on offer are a huge variety of panel discussions and lectures. The first official documentary sanctioned by Kurt Cobain’s estate, “Montage of Heck” will be screened, as will Katie Holmes’ documentary on Nadia Comaneci. A Monty Python reunion will take place in honor of the 40th anniversary of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” (dnainfo.com)

“Robert DeNiro’s little-alternative-festival-that-could has grown into a juggernaut of hundreds of films, talks, industry schmoozes and whatnot that’s spread over two jam-packed weekends. Two years ago it showcased the premiere of Senior Planet fave “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” There’s even more in store this year.” (seniorplanet.org)

Visit the festival site; there are tons of worthy options.
tribecafilm.com/festival
Various venues.
Various Times / $10 matinee, $18 evening/weekend, $35 Tribeca Talk

Samba Jazz and the Music of Jobim
duduka_maucha_helio_DSC_2470_byfstewart__crop_767_431_0_0_0_90___3217“Duduka Da Fonseca, a drummer, and Helio Alves, a pianist, have carved out a strong niche together, often working under the banner of Samba Jazz. This week they are paying tribute to Antônio Carlos Jobim, with another regular partner, the vocalist Maucha Adnet.” (Chinen-NYT)

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.,
212-258-9595, jazz.org.

Elsewhere, but this sure looks worth the detour:
Brooklyn Folk Festival (LAST DAY)
The seventh annual Brooklyn Folk Festival takes place at St. Ann’s Church this year, offering an array of globe-straddling talent. This isn’t just an Americana fest, though there’ll be plenty of that; you’ll also hear traditional Balkan, Middle Eastern and Guinean stylings.

Today’s headliners include weirdo-folk duo Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel, Bruce Molsky’s old time fiddle, banjo and guitar, and the Hoodoo Honeydrippers, a country blues duet.
St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St. (btw Clinton and Henry Sts.) Brooklyn Heights,
2pm – 11pm / $20–$25

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  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 Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:

107568‘Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949’ (LAST DAY) Overflowing with prints by Berenice Abbott, Andre Kertesz, Edward Weston and other luminaries from the first half of the 20th century, this exhibition would seem to be a straightforward look at photography’s past. But the show, packaged with a book, a symposium and an engrossing interactive website, is really a bold attempt to visualize the future of photography inside the museum as it reckons with the unwieldy, image-saturated culture outside the galleries. With works by Aleksandr Rodchenko, Ms. Abbott, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy that explore cities from unusual angles or abstract their infrastructure, the show’s largest section, “Dynamics of the City,” best encapsulates the Walther Collection’s distinctly urban, peripatetic take on Modernism. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Rosenberg)

Museum of Biblical Art:
timthumb‘Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces From Florence Cathedral’ (through June 14) This terrific 23-piece show features three major works by the early Renaissance sculptor Donatello (1386-1466), including the life-size statue of a bald prophet known as “lo Zuccone” or “Pumpkin Head,” which is widely considered the sculptor’s greatest work. Along with a half-dozen other works by or attributed to Donatello are sculptures by Nanni di Banco (circa 1386-1421), Donatello’s main competitor, including his monumental representation in marble of St. Luke. With the addition of a series of octagonal marble reliefs by Luca della Robbia and wooden models of the Florence Cathedral’s enormous dome attributed to its designer, Filippo Brunelleschi, the exhibition amounts to a tightly cropped snapshot of the birth of the Renaissance. 1865 Broadway, at 61st Street, 212-408-1500, mobia.org. (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
selma‘Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein’ (LAST DAY) Almost 50 years ago, the picture editor of a campus newspaper at City College of New York assigned himself a breaking story: coverage of what promised to be a massive march in Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African-Americans. On short notice the editor, Stephen Somerstein, grabbed his cameras, climbed on a bus, and headed south. The 55 pictures of black leaders and everyday people in this show, installed in a hallway and small gallery, are some that he shot that day. The image of Dr. King’s head seen in monumental silhouette that has become a virtual logo of the film “Selma” is based on a Somerstein original. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Cotter)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/17 and 04/15.

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Selected Events (04/18) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, APR. 18, 2015
“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.”   

The 5th Annual Big Cheesy  – Food & Drink (11am-6pm)

The Landmark Dash –  Special Event   (11am-6pm)  

Record Store Day  –  Special Event Music    (various times) 

Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance Suite   – Jazz    (8pm)

Music, the Civil War, and American Memory  –  
SmartStuff/ Concert + Conference (10am-7pm)      

Rock Le Cabaret! Cabaret   (4pm)   (7:30pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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The Landmark Dash
“The Landmark Dash will take you through about a dozen landmark interiors (many of which are not normally open to the public) across three boroughs of New York City to complete challenges, solve puzzles and learn about the architectural and historical significance of some of the city’s most important interiors. Players must register and play in teams of 2-4; no solo racers are allowed.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Sponsored by Open House New York and the New York School of Interior Design.
Check-in: 10-11am
Dash time: 11am–6pm
Closing Reception: 5-7pm
Cost: $40 per person (teams of 2-4)
blog.ohny.org/announcing-the-landmark-dash/

The 5th Annual Big Cheesy – the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Showdown (also Sunday)
bgcrowd_1Try the city’s best grilled cheeses from contenders like Artisanal, Depanneur Brooklyn, Le Maison de Croque Monsieur and many more! Wash them down with two Goose Island beers – my fave, which means I’ll be there.

In honor of grilled cheese month, the Big Cheesy takes place in one-hour time slots over the course of two delicious days, April 18 and 19, from 11am to 6pm. – $30
Vote for your favorite, with some proceeds going to the Food Bank of New York.
at Openhouse, 201 Mulberry St. in NoLita.
http://www.timeout.com/bigcheesy; http://openhouse.me/

Record Store Day
“An annual retail event celebrating the culture of independent brick and mortar record stores, was conceived in 2007 and has been growing steadily ever since. Record labels prepare exclusive releases for the day and many stores also host signing events and live concerts. Participating stores in New York City include Black Star (352 Lenox Ave., Harlem), Harmony Records (1625 Unionport Rd., Parkchester), Majors Records (12 Barrett Ave., Staten Island) and dozens of stores in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.

In Living Stereo, (2 Great Jones St., NoHo) is featuring live bands and free beer from 1 p.m. Williamsburg’s Rough Trade NYC (64 North 9th St.) is opening at 9 a.m. and will feature live bands from noon with punk pop legends The Buzzcocks performing at 1 p.m. and Kim Gordon playing at 7:30 p.m. Check here for the full list of participating Record Store Day shops. FREE” (dnainfo.com)

Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance Suite
“The tenor saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd has been a notable solo artist in jazz for some 50 years (with one notable interruption), and he’ll soon become a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (see the separate listing). In this concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur — as on an album out this week — he presents a six-part suite featuring a jazz quartet along with Sokratis Sinopoulos on politiki lyra and Miklos Lukacs on Hungarian cimbalom. His rhythm section will feature Jason Moran on piano, Joe Sanders on bass and Eric Harland on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)
Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur
At 8 p.m., / $70
212-570-3949, metmuseum.org/tickets.

Music, the Civil War, and American Memory
Music, the Civil War, and American Memory is a conference and concert, hosted by the New York Review of Books at Fordham’s Upper West Side campus. Celebrates the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and the landmark reissue of Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps, a book of war poems which includes the elegy for Lincoln, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.”
at 10:00 am – 7:00 pm / FREE
Fordham University, 113 W 60th St., 12th floor lounge of the E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center, For more information about the conference and concert, visit the Fordham University event page.

Rock Le Cabaret! Starring Chanteuse Adrienne Haan
A cutting edge soiree that showcases new modern interpretations of French chansons by Brel, Piaf and Aznavour with a five-piece rock band and live appearance by acclaimed French Artist, Philippe Valy.

“For me, Ms. Haan’s best performances took place during the next two sets, sung in French. She began Jacques Brel’s “Le Port D’Amsterdam” a cappella, a wonderful change of color. The instrumentalists soon joined in, and the work crescendoed to a shattering climax. An equally successful Edith Piaf medley followed”. – NY Concert Review
Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd St.
4PM + 7:30PM / $25, $20 minimum for food/drinks.

BONUS JAZZ PICKS:
J.C. Hopkins Biggish Band and Andy Bey
“Led by its namesake bandleader, songwriter and producer, the J.C. Hopkins Biggish Band has always been a friend to vocalists, and in this engagement, the group pays a centenary tribute to Billie Holiday. Among the singers assembled are Andy Bey, Charles Turner and Melanie Charles.” (Chinen-NYT)

On Saturday April 18th the man considered by so many, including NPR, to be the greatest living jazz male vocalist – Andy Bey- will be performing with the JC Hopkins Biggish Band. It’s an extremely rare chance to see Andy fronting a large ensemble, doing his incomparable balladering with lush arrangements and also stretching out on bebop classics interacting with the pedigreed musicians that make up the Biggish Band.

This sounds too good to miss, I’ll be there.
Minton’s, 206 West 118th Street, Harlem,
subway: #2 or 3 express trains to 116th Street stop at Malcolm X / Lenox Avenue stop.
Walk 2 blocks North to 118th Street and 2 blocks West to St Nicholas
sets times are 8pm & 10pm | Music charge: $25 at the bar, $50 at tables
212-243-2222, mintonsharlem.com.

Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South — villagevanguard.com / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — bluenotejazz.com / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — 55bar.com / 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’ ”.

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of wines and lite meals, fairly priced, but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYC will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30pm – 11pm, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11am-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher st
Walk 1 blk S on 7th ave S to Bleecker st, 1 blk S/left on Bleecker to Jones st, 50 yards E/left on Jones st to Caffe V

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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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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish280 Bleecker St (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S (corner of Bleecker)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th st (btw. University place/5th ave)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Sq park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
This covers a wide range of food – the traditional pizza, burgers, & hot dogs; but also food trucks & carts, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls, bbq, vegetarian / falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars. No reservations needed. ================================================================================

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, with expanded descriptions, maps with contact info, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99, available Sumer 2015).
◊ Order before May 31, 2015 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places on Manhattan’s WestSide with free Wi-Fi.
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