Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage (09/21)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, SEPT 21, 2013.

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

Governors Island Events (Saturday and Sunday)
Free activities offered by the Figment NYC art project include interactive events in the Sculpture Garden, an artist-designed miniature golf course and installations in the “City of Dreams” pavilion that encourage visitor participation. The pavilion is a combined venture of the Emerging New York Architects Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Structural Engineers Association of New York; newyork.figmentproject.org.

“Fête Paradiso,” a French-style amusement park, with rides and games dating to the 19th century, including a carousel and bumper cars, will operate through Sept. 29; rides and games are $3.
Free ferry service is available from the restored Battery Maritime Building,
at South and Whitehall Streets, near Battery Park and the Staten Island ferry terminal.
From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
govisland.com.

Feast of San Gennaro (through Sept. 22)
Little Italy is really little these days, but the feast is not and has expanded beyond Mulberry St.. The neighborhood demographics change, but San Gennaro keeps to its traditional ways and attracts people from the entire New York tri-state area for the food, games, and rides. Lots of cannoli and sausage and peppers – Mangia!

The feast stretches along Mulberry Street, between Canal and Houston Streets, as well as Grand Street, between Mott and Baxter Streets and Hester Street, between Mott and Baxter Streets. In the evening be prepared to push through the big crowds.
Daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).
For a schedule of events: (212) 768-9320 / sangennaro.org.

NY Philharmonic Plays ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
“The soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s epic film “2001: A Space Odyssey” sent curious ears scrambling toward the outré realms of contemporary classical music, which by the 1960s had steered strings and things toward eerie, experimental ends. As part of the series “The Art of the Score” (a related program, including an encore performance on Wednesday, was conceived for Alfred Hitchcock), the New York Philharmonic will play along to a full screening of the movie, with musical highlights delivered from otherworldly works by György Ligeti, Aram Khachaturian and Richard Strauss.” (WSJ – Battaglia)
Lincoln Center—Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza,
At 8PM / $45 to $75
875-5656, lincolncenter.org

Jazz At Lincoln Center (double-header)
AHMAD JAMAL
“Still confounding expectations at age eighty-three, the pianist Ahmad Jamal is joined by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis. Jamal is a venerated master of spontaneous small-group interaction (just take a listen to his new album, “Saturday Morning”), and it will be fascinating to hear this willfully unpredictable stylist negotiate big-band arrangements of his own work.” (NewYorker mag)
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway
8PM / maybe sold out. if so, try Bill Frisell (below)
(212) 721-6500, jalc.org

Bill Frisell: Gershwin & Beyond
“The visionary guitarist Bill Frisell, continuing his ongoing exploration of the American Songbook, devotes a program to the groundbreaking work of the composers William Billings, Stephen Foster, Charles Ives, and George Gershwin.” (NewYorker mag)
The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway
7PM / $55-$75
(212) 721-6500, jalc.org

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change. ================================================================================

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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