Selected NYC Events (08/29) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Fab 5 NYC Events > MONDAY / AUGUST 29, 2016

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Carol Woods: Ain’t We Got Fun
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St./ 8:30PM, $30
“Carol Woods has the kind of big blues voice that can move audiences to their feet or to their knees, and has deployed it often on Broadway (including in multiple stints as Mama Morton in Chicago). Now she invites cabaret audiences to come get lost in the Woods in a show devoted to the songs of Tin Pan Alley tunesmith Richard Whiting.“ (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

FRESH CUT ORCHESTRA (Monday)
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
“Jointly led by the bassist Jason Fraticelli, the trumpeter Josh Lawrence and the drummer Anwar Marshall, this midsize band from Philadelphia has a smartly blenderized style, drawing from various downtown and experimental scenes. This one-nighter is a release celebration of the band’s second album, “Mind Behind Closed Eyes.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 5)
Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave at 64th St./ various times, FREE
“Want to show up to the Metropolitan Opera like Cher in Moonstruck, but lack the cash? Fear not! Grab a date and take in an epic onscreen opera performance at Lincoln Center’s plaza, where the Met presents recent adaptations of Otello, Il Trovatore, Lucia de Lammermoor and other heartbreaking tragedies.” (TONY)

Tonight: Otello, 8PM, FREE
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s powerful Shakespeare adaptation in Bartlett Sher’s production. Aleksandrs Antonenko sings the towering title role, opposite Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona and Željko Lučić as Iago. (Original transmission: October 17, 2015).

Speaking of Science—
Checking Out the Hypothesis Rules with Dr. Stuart Kurtz
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St./ 6:30PM, $10
“Dr. Stuart Kurtz returns to the NYSEC to talk about Bayesian reasoning, used to fill in theory when science reaches its limits. He’ll also look at general relativity, time, and time travel (which it turns out is kosher, at least as far as the laws of physics go).” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
The Fifth Element with Oh My Science!
Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg/ 9pm; $10
“Think you know 23rd century New York? Join comedian and science pro Dan Silver for a viewing of this beloved sci-fi spectacle, followed by a discussion of the science behind bodily regeneration, multipasses, space cruise ships and Ruby Rhod’s microphone stick. It’s going to be super green! “ (TONY)

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Clubs:
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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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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 their expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:

‘Dadaglobe Reconstructed’ (through Sept. 18)
“In 1920, the Romanian poet and gadfly Tristan Tzara made plans for a worldwide publication featuring the art of Dada, the convention-busting movement that arose from the senselessness of World War I. The anthology never materialized, but this sparky show, first seen at the Kunsthaus Zürich and accompanied by a landmark catalog, reassembles the drawings, reproductions and wacky head shots that Dadaists like Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp contributed for it. (There’s also fascinating correspondence and ephemera, plus photographs of knees-up parties; at one, Tzara appears in black tie with the word Dada scrawled across his forehead.) For the Dadaists, art wasn’t a matter of placing discrete objects in museums, but circulating ideas and images across new, international media networks. It is an aim as fresh today as it was a century ago. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Farago)

‘BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE’ (through Oct. 2)
“One of the great outliers of postwar American art is the subject of a profuse, beautifully ordered retrospective. Each gallery highlights one aspect of his interdisciplinary sensibility: the early paintings, sardonic assemblages, exquisite collages, magnificent films and miraculous inkblot drawings. Throughout, a dark view of American life and power is offset by a passion for melding small bits and pieces of reality into unlikely, often ecstatic wholes. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith)

‘From the Collection: 1960-1969’ (through March 2017)
“MoMA shakes up its sanctum sanctorum, installing half of its permanent collection galleries with works chosen by 17 curators from a single decade: the tumultuous 1960s. The limited time frame is balanced by unprecedented breadth and variety. As never before, the presentation mixes together objects and artworks from all six of the museum’s curatorial departments. The blend is alternately stimulating and bewildering, revelatory and infuriating: yet another symptom of the museum’s limited curatorial mind-set. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:

‘Stuart Davis: In Full Swing’ (through Sept. 25)
“This restless, zestful Whitney exhibition leaves out the earliest phase of a great American modernist’s career but is still broad enough to be a survey while feeling sufficiently focused to qualify as a thematic study. As you move through the show, you move through time, and change over time is the thread the show follows. Beginning in the 1950s, you see Mr. Davis’s dense compositions, abstract with a realist core, start to untangle. His palette simplifies. His use of words, or script-like arabesques, grows. And more and more he looks to the past and brings it forward, revisiting, reusing and transforming motives from his own art, a pattern he likened to a jazz musician’s improvisations on favorite, unforgettable tunes. 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org.” (Cotter)

‘Human Interest: Portraits From the Whitney’s Collection’ (through Feb. 12)
“A year ago, the Whitney inaugurated its new downtown home with a permanent collection showcase called “America Is Hard to See.” Its even more immediately engaging successor, devoted entirely to portraiture, is now on view and might well have been subtitled “Americans Are Strange to Look At,” which, in the 250 images here, we sure are: funny-strange, beautiful-strange, crazy-strange, dangerous-strange, inscrutable-strange. The work is arranged by theme and spread over two floors. There are magnetic images everywhere. 99 Gansevoort Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org.” (Cotter)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 08/27 and 08/13.
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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Train and Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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Selected NYC Events (08/28) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SUNDAY / AUGUST 28, 2016

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Trio da Paz and Friends
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St & Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
trio_de_paz_DSC_9356_byfrank_stewart_web_crop_767_431_0_0_0_90___8841“A nimble and versatile collective, Trio da Paz — the guitarist Romero Lubambo, the bassist Nilson Matta and the drummer Duduka Da Fonseca — recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as a band. This run, billed as “Trio da Paz and Friends Play the Music of Jobim, Getz and Other Brazilian Classics,” augments the trio with the singer Maucha Adnet and the tenor saxophonist Harry Allen.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Al Foster’s Tribute to Charlie Parker
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9 +10:30PM, $40
“At 73, the drummer Al Foster has cruised into the distinguished-elder phase of his career without missing a step. His band for this Charlie Parker tribute weekend features the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the saxophonist Mike DiRubbo, the pianist Adam Birnbaum and the bassist Doug Weiss.” (Chinen-NYT)

Michael Feinstein with Marilyn Maye: Summertime Swing
54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 7PM, $85
Popular standards bearer Feinstein returns to the midtown boïte that bears his name in a new set devoted to romantic songs from the Great American Songbook. The show teams him once again with the husky-voiced, earthy, octogenarian belter Maye, who is a wonder of the nightclub world.” (TONY)

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Marcus Garvey Park; Fri 26 6:30–9pm, Sat 27 3–7pm
Tompkins Square Park; Sun 28 3–7pm
“A New York summer institution, this free outdoor festival celebrates the legacy of the bebop lodestar Charlie Parker, without resurrecting his style. On Friday the kickoff concert, at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, features the keyboardist Jason Lindner with his band Breeding Ground. On Saturday the magisterial pianist Randy Weston headlines a bill with his band on the same stage, alongside younger artists like the organist Cory Henry and the singer Jazzmeia Horn. Sunday’s program, at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, will feature an all-star trio of Jack DeJohnette on drums, Dave Holland on bass and Jason Moran on piano; the singer Allan Harris; the alto saxophonist Grace Kelly; and the Donny McCaslin Quartet.” (Chinen-NYT)

Gerald Clayton / Lionel Loueke / Eich Harland
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $
“Mr. Clayton, a pianist of great touch and soulful exposition, typically works in a trio with bass and drums. For this weeklong engagement at the Village Vanguard, he’s changing up the formula a bit: His coequal partners are Mr. Loueke, a guitarist and vocalist with a light, percussive spark; and Mr. Harland, a drummer whose approach can be fiery or flowing.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 5)
Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave at 64th St./ various times, FREE
“Want to show up to the Metropolitan Opera like Cher in Moonstruck, but lack the cash? Fear not! Grab a date and take in an epic onscreen opera performance at Lincoln Center’s plaza, where the Met presents recent adaptations of Otello, Il Trovatore, Lucia de Lammermoor and other heartbreaking tragedies.” (TONY)

Tonight: Il Trovatore (8PM)
Anna Netrebko stars as Leonora in Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production. Dolora Zajick, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Yonghoon Lee complete the quartet of stars in Verdi’s tragedy. (Original transmission: October 3, 2015).

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
The 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn
Fifth Avenue & 25th St., Greenwood Heights / 10:30AM-4PM, FREE
“Green-Wood Cemetery hosts this immersive event at the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Meet soldiers on horseback, taste authentic battle fare like fire cake, and join a flag-waving parade to Battle Hill.” (TONY)

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Clubs:
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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

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.

==================================================================================
♦ 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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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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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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.
OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.
Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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Selected NYC Events (08/27) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY / AUGUST 27, 2016

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

14053773_1086465148102296_7445457412460669408_oIndonesian Street Festival
E 68th St. between Fifth and Madison Aves/ 12PM – 5PM
“Celebrate Indonesian Independence Day with a joyous street gathering featuring crafts, performances and plenty of bites. For this year’s theme, Bali and Beyond, the fest packs more than 10 traditional dances, Angklung instrumental performances, fashion shows, and workshops on batik textiles and other Indonesian fabrics and designs. For the full experience, be sure to dish on nasi goreng rice, bakso soup and other street eats from more than a dozen vendors.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Al Foster’s Tribute to Charlie Parker (through Sunday)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9 +10:30PM, $40
“At 73, the drummer Al Foster has cruised into the distinguished-elder phase of his career without missing a step. His band for this Charlie Parker tribute weekend features the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the saxophonist Mike DiRubbo, the pianist Adam Birnbaum and the bassist Doug Weiss.” (Chinen-NYT)

Trio da Paz and Friends (through Sunday)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St & Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“A nimble and versatile collective, Trio da Paz — the guitarist Romero Lubambo, the bassist Nilson Matta and the drummer Duduka Da Fonseca — recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as a band. This run, billed as “Trio da Paz and Friends Play the Music of Jobim, Getz and Other Brazilian Classics,” augments the trio with the singer Maucha Adnet and the tenor saxophonist Harry Allen.” (Chinen-NYT)

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (through Sunday)
Marcus Garvey Park; Fri 26 6:30–9pm, Sat 27 3–7pm
Tompkins Square Park; Sun 28 3–7pm
“A New York summer institution, this free outdoor festival celebrates the legacy of the bebop lodestar Charlie Parker, without resurrecting his style. On Friday the kickoff concert, at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, features the keyboardist Jason Lindner with his band Breeding Ground. On Saturday the magisterial pianist Randy Weston headlines a bill with his band on the same stage, alongside younger artists like the organist Cory Henry and the singer Jazzmeia Horn. Sunday’s program, at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, will feature an all-star trio of Jack DeJohnette on drums, Dave Holland on bass and Jason Moran on piano; the singer Allan Harris; the alto saxophonist Grace Kelly; and the Donny McCaslin Quartet.” (Chinen-NYT)

Gerald Clayton / Lionel Loueke / Eich Harland (through Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $
“Mr. Clayton, a pianist of great touch and soulful exposition, typically works in a trio with bass and drums. For this weeklong engagement at the Village Vanguard, he’s changing up the formula a bit: His coequal partners are Mr. Loueke, a guitarist and vocalist with a light, percussive spark; and Mr. Harland, a drummer whose approach can be fiery or flowing.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 5)
Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave at 64th St./ various times, FREE
“Want to show up to the Metropolitan Opera like Cher in Moonstruck, but lack the cash? Fear not! Grab a date and take in an epic onscreen opera performance at Lincoln Center’s plaza, where the Met presents recent adaptations of Otello, Il Trovatore, Lucia de Lammermoor and other heartbreaking tragedies.” (TONY)

Tonight: Le Nozze di Figaro
James Levine conducts one of Mozart’s most memorable scores, with an ensemble of rising stars and Met veterans including Amanda Majeski, Marlis Petersen, Isabel Leonard, Peter Mattei, and Ildar Abdrazakov. Director Richard Eyre’s elegant production sets the action in the early 20th century.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Tour and Wine Tasting at Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop Vineyard
Brooklyn Navy Yard / 3PM – 4PM, $30
“Did you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share their knowledge of winemaking.

Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. As an added bonus: all guests will get 20% off purchases of Rooftop Reds wines.”

Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place this October 2016. Take in an amazing view, lounge in a hammock, and sip on Rooftop Red wines in our tours which start in May, to continue through the year.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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 – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

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.

==================================================================================
♦ 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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events 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.

One exhibition the NYT likes:
RICHARD SERRA (through Oct. 22)
“New works occupying one of Gagosian Gallery’s Chelsea display spaces reveal Mr. Serra to be, at 76, still wrangling sculptural fundamentals into objects and installations of thrilling severity. The space, on West 24th Street, hosts three works made of solid steel slabs as well as a drawing installation.”
Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, 212-741-1111, gagosian.com. (Johnson)

One exhibition TimeOutNewYork likes:
“The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men” (thru Sep 2)
“This show turns the tables on the male gaze by presenting more than 30 female artists whose works subject men to the kind of scrutiny usually reserved for women.” (TONY)
Cheim & Read, 547 W25th St. / Tue–Sat 10am–6pm

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 better to 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 08/13 and 08/11.
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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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Selected NYC Events (08/26) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > FRIDAY / AUGUST 26, 2016

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (through Sunday)
Marcus Garvey Park; Fri 26 6:30–9pm, Sat 27 3–7pm
Tompkins Square Park; Sun 28 3–7pm
“A New York summer institution, this free outdoor festival celebrates the legacy of the bebop lodestar Charlie Parker, without resurrecting his style. On Friday the kickoff concert, at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, features the keyboardist Jason Lindner with his band Breeding Ground. On Saturday the magisterial pianist Randy Weston headlines a bill with his band on the same stage, alongside younger artists like the organist Cory Henry and the singer Jazzmeia Horn. Sunday’s program, at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, will feature an all-star trio of Jack DeJohnette on drums, Dave Holland on bass and Jason Moran on piano; the singer Allan Harris; the alto saxophonist Grace Kelly; and the Donny McCaslin Quartet.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Trio da Paz and Friends (through Sunday)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St & Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“A nimble and versatile collective, Trio da Paz — the guitarist Romero Lubambo, the bassist Nilson Matta and the drummer Duduka Da Fonseca — recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as a band. This run, billed as “Trio da Paz and Friends Play the Music of Jobim, Getz and Other Brazilian Classics,” augments the trio with the singer Maucha Adnet and the tenor saxophonist Harry Allen.” (Chinen-NYT)

Michael Feinstein with Marilyn Maye: Summertime Swing
54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 7PM, $95
Popular standards bearer Feinstein returns to the midtown boïte that bears his name in a new set devoted to romantic songs from the Great American Songbook. The show teams him once again with the husky-voiced, earthy, octogenarian belter Maye, who is a wonder of the nightclub world.” (TONY)

Gerald Clayton / Lionel Loueke / Eich Harland (through Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $
“Mr. Clayton, a pianist of great touch and soulful exposition, typically works in a trio with bass and drums. For this weeklong engagement at the Village Vanguard, he’s changing up the formula a bit: His coequal partners are Mr. Loueke, a guitarist and vocalist with a light, percussive spark; and Mr. Harland, a drummer whose approach can be fiery or flowing.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other

Grand Central’s Summer Send-Off
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E42nd Street, at Park Avenue / 11:30AM-2:30PM, FREE
“It’s not quite Labor Day yet, but this train station is bidding adieu early with snacks, activities and musical performances. Vendors from the terminal, like Li-Lac Chocolates and Shake Shack, will provide the food, and entertainment will come from Broadway — specifically, from cast members of “Something Rotten!” and “Kinky Boots.” Another musical, “School of Rock,” will be represented with an interactive photo booth.” (NYT-AroundTown)

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 5)
Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave at 64th St./ various times, FREE
“Want to show up to the Metropolitan Opera like Cher in Moonstruck, but lack the cash? Fear not! Grab a date and take in an epic onscreen opera performance at Lincoln Center’s plaza, where the Met presents recent adaptations of Otello, Il Trovatore, Lucia de Lammermoor and other heartbreaking tragedies. The festival kicks off on Friday 26 with a screening of 1985’s opulent, Oscar-winning campfest Amadeus.” (TONY)

Mark Morris in Conversation with Ara Guzelimian
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W. 62nd St./ 6:15PM< FREE
“Choreographer Mark Morris sits down with Ara Guzelimian, dean of the Juilliard School, to talk about the creation of his masterpiece, Mozart Dances. Commissioned by Lincoln Center ten years ago, the work is being revived for the 50th anniversary Mostly Mozart Festival.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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 – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events 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.
Update:

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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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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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Selected NYCity Instagram Photos (08/24) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s NYCity Instagram Photos>WEDNESDAY/AUGUST 24, 2016

Selected NYC Events is on holiday and will return better than ever on Aug 26.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

It’s summertime and the living is easy.
Let’s look at 6 very fine Instagram Photographers who specialize in NYC photos:
(Look for this Instagram series Aug 15, 18, 21, and 24)

travelinglens

johnnyyonkers

jmsuarez_

svvvk

openhousenewyork

jssilberman

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Venues:
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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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 – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events 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 near the piano man; 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 now includes a sax player with a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.

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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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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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Selected NYCity Instagram Photos (08/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s NYCity Instagram Photos>SUNDAY/AUGUST 21, 2016

Selected NYC Events is on holiday and will return better than ever on Aug 26.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

It’s summertime and the living is easy.
Let’s look at 6 very fine Instagram Photographers who specialize in NYC photos:
(Look for this Instagram series Aug 15, 18, 21, and 24)

gigi.nyc

moustachemannyc

nycprimeshot

humzadeas

13thwitness

dondregreen

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

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.
See Below.

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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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events 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. (Btw 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 NYCity 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. (Btw 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 a bit less of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Worth the wait.

Xi’an Famous Foods – 24 W45th St. (Btw 5th/6th ave)
Try to avoid long lunch lines. Order lamb hand ripped noodles and warm your insides at one of the tables in the back. You’ll return, just remember that even mild is pretty spicy.
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“3 Good Eating Places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 Premier Pubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Fall 2016).
◊ Order before Sept. 30, 2016 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.
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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station.
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Selected NYCity Instagram Photos (08/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s NYCity Instagram Photos>THURSDAY/AUGUST 18, 2016

Selected NYC Events is on holiday and will return better than ever on Aug 26.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

Be sure to enjoy NYCity Restaurant Week Summer 2016 (July 25 – Aug 19, 2016)
Enjoy gourmet, 3-course $29 lunch and $42 dinner at 380 participating NYC Restaurant Week restaurants. (Saturdays excluded; Sundays optional. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included).

Where to get the best Restaurant Week deals?
See Georgia Kral’s recommendations in AMNY.
OR Zagat’s 8 NYC Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Right Now
OR Thrillist’s advice on the best deals.
OR TimeOutNewYork’s picks of the top Restaurant Week restaurants.
OR CBS Local’s Best Deals in Manhattan.
Reservations are definitely recommended. Mangia!

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It’s summertime and the living is easy.
Let’s look at 6 very fine Instagram Photographers who specialize in NYC photos:
(Look for this Instagram series Aug 15, 18, 21, and 24)

new_york_city_photo

novess

jasonmpeterson

midnight.xpress

sirroyston

drewmogenesis

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

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.
See Below.

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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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events 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 fairly priced wines,  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, NYCity 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 left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards 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.

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 St.)
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 Square 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”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24 thousand eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, 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” ($4.99, available Fall 2016).
◊ Order before Sept. 30, 2016 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.
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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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