Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Midtown West (10/30)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 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.”

Joshua Redman Trio ( through Nov. 2)
“The saxophonist Joshua Redman has lately directed a lot of his energy toward James Farm, an ultramodern collective that will release its second album, “City Folk,” next week. But Mr. Redman has also kept busy in the ageless tenor trio format: another sharp album he released this year was “Trios Live,” whose nimble calisthenics give a good idea of what he’ll be up to in this run, with Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums” (NYT-Chinen)
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

Noche Flamenca y Antigona
Following well-deserved critical accolades for her previous Joyce seasons, Soledad Barrio and her astounding company, Noche Flamenca, come back with Noche Flamenca y Antigona, featuring a night of flamenco with excerpts from Sophocles’ tragic tale. Again the company performs to live music, propelling the dancers to an incredible height of drama that “goes straight for the expressive tension that seems to be at flamenco’s very heart” (The New York Times) and elicits cheers from sold-out houses of loyal fans.
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave.
8:00pm / $36
212-691-9740

Kina Grannis
In 2007, Kina wrote “Message From Your Heart,” filmed a video and uploaded it to YouTube. A few months later, her song and video earned her a major label recording contract and aired during the SUPER BOWL in front of its 97 million viewers. Kina soon forfeited the record deal, choosing instead to self-release her album and keep creative control. Her debut album – Stairwells – debuted on BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 chart (and #2 on its new artist chart) due in large part to her devoted online following.

Kina’s sophomore album – Elements – written entirely by Kina and produced by Matt Hales (Aqualung), was released in May, 2014 and debuted in the TOP 50 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart (and top 5 on its Folk Chart). Elements marks an undeniable maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina’s personal life, complete with an honesty and a vulnerability that she’s excited to share with the universe. Kina’s music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful.
Stage 48, 605 W 48th St.
$20 / 8:00pm

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 / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys”, just down the block.

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).

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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music some nights includes a sax player with a younger, trimmer piano man.

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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 (10/29)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 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.”

Roberto Fonseca
“Mr. Fonseca, a charismatic spark plug of a pianist from Cuba, recently released “Yo,” an album that explores his roots in a contemporary setting. As he did last year, in between dates on a North American tour with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, he stops in with his own small band. (It’ll be a trio, with the bassist Yandy Martinez and the drummer Ramsés Rodriguez.)” (Chinen-NYT)
Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea,
212-414-5994, highlineballroom.com;
8 p.m./ $20 at the door, with a $10 minimum

Dee Daniels
“With “Intimate Conversations,” her spirited new release, Ms. Daniels advances her growing reputation as a jazz singer of swinging poise and soulful control. As on the album, she appears next week with a band that features the trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, the pianist Ted Brancato and the bassist Martin Wind.” (Chinen-NYT)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street,
212-864-6662 / smokejazz.com
At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m. / $9 cover, with variable 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:

  • New York School of Interior Design

    Inside the New Whitney Museum / 6:00pm

    The Whitney Museum of American Art will move to its new home in the Meatpacking District in spring 2015. Scott Newman, partner at Cooper, Robertson & Partners and partner-in-charge of the new Whitney Museum in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, will provide a sneak preview of the building’s interiors and design.

    Walking Tour: New York City: Capital of the World / 10:00am

    Join guide Peter Laskowich for a simple walk through downtown Manhattan we read New York as capital of the world as we discuss big ideas of Wall Street, Federal Hall, Ellis Island, the attacks on 9/11 and our city’s (and indeed the nation’s), primary values

    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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    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.

    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 (10/25) and (10/27).
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Selected Events + Todays Featured Neighborhood-WestVillage (10/28)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 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.”

Between the Lines: George Clinton
The funk musician George Clinton shares stories about his life and career on the occasion of the publication of his new book, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir. Clinton will be in conversation with the Roots’ drummer, DJ, writer, and producer Questlove.

Grammy award winning artist George Clinton was the mastermind behind Parliament and Funkadelic, the two bands that virtually defined the funk genre. Clinton began recording solo in 1981, and has earned a widespread recognition for his contributions to the music world.
6:30pm / FREE
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard
212-491-2200

American Ballet Theatre
RAYMONDA DIVERTISSEMENTS
Staged by Kevin McKenzie and Irina Kolpakova after Marius Petipa
Music by Alexander Glazunov
Performed to one of the finest and most joyful ballet scores ever composed, the Raymonda Divertissements offer a treasure trove of solos and duets, each like a dazzling Fabergé jewel. Based on Petipa’s last great masterpiece, this is ballet classicism at its best.

LIAM SCARLETT WORLD PREMIERE
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
The prodigiously talented Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence, is on a meteoric rise to become one of the most sought-after choreographers around the globe. With his innovative use of the classical ballet vocabulary to affect mood and drama, Mr. Scarlett offers ABT audiences an intimate, all-new work this fall.

SINFONIETTA
Choreography by Jir?í Kylián
Music by Leoš Janác?ek
Fiercely inventive choreographer Jir?í Kylián achieved his international breakthrough with Sinfonietta. Brace yourself for eruptions of running jumps and breathtaking turns to the stirring trumpet calls of Leoš Janác?ek’s high-spirited score.
7:30pm /$45
DHK Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

What’s So Bloody Funny?
Do you have plans yet for the evening of Tuesday, October 28th?
“What’s So Bloody Funny?” is the Halloween event of the season with an impressive line-up of comedians! Entertainers include Alex Borstein (Family Guy), Rory Albanese (The Daily Show), Todd Barry (Louie), Judah Friedlander (NBC’s 30 Rock), Marcus Monroe and more surprise guests to be announced!
8:00pm / $65
New World Stages, 340 W 50th St.
646-871-1730

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.

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 5th Avenue (10/27)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, OCT. 27, 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.

Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York
Join Ted Steinberg, Professor of Law and History at Case Western Reserve University, for a discussion of how an island estuary became one of the world’s most densely populated cities. In his new book, Gotham Unbound: An Ecological History of New York, from Henry Hudson to Hurricane Sandy (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Steinberg examines the region’s transformation over three centuries through an ecological lens.

He’ll explain the origins of place names like the Meadowlands, and reveal a story of common rights and private property, land grants and landfills, salt marshes and wetlands, and the deep environmental importance of the points where land meets sea. Kate Ascher, Milstein Professor of Urban Development, Columbia University GSAPP, and Principal at Happold Consulting will join Ted following his presentation for a conversation.
6:30PM / $16
Museum City of NY, 1220 Fifth Ave. @ 103rd St.
212-534-1672

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
“If you haven’t yet checked out the Nighthawks’ new digs, what are you waiting for. “The band (which has just released their second volume of music from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) now actually sounds better, audio-wise, and the menu is a vast improvement over the band’s previous venue—overall, it is a step up, to the second floor, rather than a flight down, to the basement.

Although longtime fans are currently referring to the Nighthawks as “The Iguana Troubadours,” they continue to play with the same amazing combination of skin-tight historical authenticity and sheer, relentless energy, plus a tempo that has always characterized Mr. Giordano’s bands.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
Iguana, 240 W. 54th St., (Btw 8th/B’way)
8pm-11pm (3 sets) / $15 cover, $20 food/drink minimum
(212) 765-5454 / iguananyc.com

Ron Carter Nonet (through Nov. 1)
“The bassist Ron Carter, now in his mid-70s and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, has come to project a professorial erudition along with his steady virtuosity. His ensemble here advances the cause, with four cellos and rhythm section.” (NYT-Chinen)
Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton,
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com
8:30 & 11 pm /$40 cover, with a $10 minimum.

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 @ 2 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:
‘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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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 10/25 and 10/23.
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District (10/26)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, OCT. 26, 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.”

Zammuto
“The new experimental-rock project from Nick Zammuto, one half of the beloved electro-rockers the Books, shares that duo’s proclivity for tinny, irrepressible funk walking lines and expansive acoustics. His dry sense of humor is well represented in his track “Too Late to Topologize.” His recent album, “Anchor,” is dryer and more muted, but still ingenious. With Barnaby Bright and Barbez.” (NYT)
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street,
212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com;
8PM / $15 in advance; $17 at the door.

Times Square Octoberfest
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints
“The saxophonist Joe Lovano and the trumpeter Dave Douglas share a bustling, approachable vision of jazz, geared toward expedition while grounded in post-bop custom. Sound Prints — their well-traveled quintet with the pianist Lawrence Fields, the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Joey Baron — has an album due out on Blue Note next year, which should provide much of the material for this engagement.”(NYT)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com
8:30 & 10:30pm / $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

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 + 3 Good Eating places

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox (40s, 50s, R&B, and soul). On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos -
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

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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 finding 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:

Patzeria Perfect Pizza – 231 W46 st (Betw 7th/8th ave)
Perfect name for a pizza joint. On a street filled with Broadway theaters, this is a real hole in the wall, but don’t let the dive look scare you away. You can never go wrong with a slice of NYC pizza, and this one is a classic thin crust. Only a few seats here, but pizza was made to eat standing up.

Shake Shack – 691 8th ave (Betw 43rd/44th st)
Danny Meyer has revolutionized the high quality burger in this town. Now he has a branch on the West Side that was desperately needed, with none of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Plus, it may be the cleanest joint to eat in all of Hell’s Kitchen.

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

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide (plus 27 casual dining places with free Wi-Fi) order a copy of my e-book: “Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99).
(available Winter 2014)

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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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