Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage(8/28)

Today’s “Fab 4” / Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, AUG 28, 2013.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide be sure to check out:
“Notable Events-August”, “on Broadway”,  and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

U.S. TENNIS OPEN 
Forget the Big House (ArthurAsheStadium). Get a grounds pass and once inside check out the electronic scoreboard listing current matches. Find a match or players that interest you. Head over to their court for some great tennis, because in this tournament even the qualifiers are great players.

There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as on the outer courts (or the grandstand court) at the U.S. Open; where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.
Unfortunately, the security screening has been ratcheted up causing big delays to enter. Today’s tip: no bags, no long line for entry.
Who to watch today:
» James Blake in his final US Open against big server Ivo Karlovic;
» the Italian ladies Errani & Vinci, #1 seeds in doubles, against the unretired Martina Hingis and the always lovely Daniela Hantuchova, and
» the perpetually rehabbing American, Brian Baker vs former champ Lleyton Hewitt. Let’s go Brian!

Richard Tucker Day
The 100th anniversary of the birth date of the operatic tenor Richard Tucker, which is Aug. 28, is cause for a number of free celebrations. A musical tribute by the Opera Collective, part of a free lunchtime series of music and yoga sponsored by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, will run from noon to 2 p.m. in Richard Tucker Park at Lincoln Center; lincolnsquarebid.org/news/views.

In the first of several events presented by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, a discussion about the singer will feature Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court; the tenor Neil Shicoff; and Barry Tucker, the eldest of Richard Tucker’s three sons. At 4 p.m., Juilliard School, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza.

And, at 7:30 p.m., a concert featuring winners of awards and grants in Tucker’s name will take place at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, midpark, enter at 72nd Street; richardtucker.org. (NYTimes)

“Gateway to Himalayan Art” (through Jan. 16, 2014)
“Do you enjoy the Rubin but feel a bit lost within the dizzying array of deities that figure in its works? This exhibition is the perfect initiation to the wide cast of characters that, by turns, traipse gleefully and skulk threateningly through Himalayan art. Don’t miss the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room—one of the most popular galleries at the museum—which houses nearly 130 objects of spiritual and ritual significance, including sculptures, scroll paintings, ornamental silks, instruments and atmospheric flickering lamps.” (TONY mag)
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St. at Seventh Ave
Mon, Thu 11am–5pm; Wed 11am–7pm; Fri 11am–10pm; Sat, Sun 11am–6pm
Fri 6–10pm FREE. other times $10, seniors & students $5.
212-620-5000 / rmanyc.org

Emeli Sandé
“The freshest breakout star of Britain’s soul-pop revival, the Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé has a confident yet pliant vibrato, timeless songwriting skills and a chic personal style that perfectly represents her modernity. Her debut, “Our Version of Events” (Capitol), was the top-selling album in Britain last year; her recent single, “Read All About It,” is an impeccable ballad that wounds as much as it astounds. With Rudimental.” (Anderson-NYT)
At 7 p.m., $40 at the door.
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, midpark at 70th St. bowerypresents.com

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Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change.
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating places – 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 will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary next 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, cocktail lounges, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.
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