Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (10/25)

Today’s “Fab 5”+1/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 2013

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

Presented by UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Mad. Sq. Eats is a semi-annual culinary pop-up market.

The market brings together New York City’s most popular restaurants and well-respected chefs, who relish the opportunity to cook outdoors and prepare dishes that showcase the area’s local produce and ingredients. Now in its 5th year, Mad. Sq. Eats is one of the city’s most beloved dining destinations and uses of public space. Today from 11am-9pm.

Archtober /October 1–31
To the design world, October is Archtober, or Design and Architecture Month, in New York City. For 31 days, the entire city opens its doors for design tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character. Presented by the American Institute of Architects New York and the Center for Architecture, more than 50 organizations are participating this year, including the Museum of Arts and Design, Queens Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art.

A schedule is at

Among today’s activities:
AIANY/Center for Architecture
Around Manhattan Boat Tour: NYC Architecture- online promo code ARCHOB5 for $5 off
Central Park Conservancy
Great Design Then and Now
Guggenheim Museum
Urban Film Series: Cinematic Sites
Building of the Day: The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
Tour Time: 12:00-1:00pm

PhotoPlus Expo 2013 (through Oct.26)
The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 24,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts. Attend and learn to improve your personal style at any of more than 90 conference seminars. Explore over 250 exhibits, see thousands of new products, attend keynote presentations, special events & much more.
Javits Convention Center, far west 34th St. at 12th ave
10AM-5PM, Thur & Fri; 10AM-4PM Sat

Gillian Bell – The Porter Project: Undiscovered Melodies of Cole Porter
The Porter Project: Undiscovered Melodies of Cole Porter
Cole Porter is one of the most widely recognized writers if American Songbook repertoir within the jazz community. Love for Sale, Night and Day, I Love You, and other classics are performed on a consistent basis in countless styles and ensemble configurations. The goal of this project is to select and arrange seven compositions by Cole Porter that have never been played on a jazz stage. Arranged by Matt Vashlishan, the selected compositions were chosen from Broadway shows that never made it or from some familiar shows where these tunes never caught the eye of the jazz community. The arrangements also offer a modern harmonic twist that bridges the generation gap of two different generations of american music.

With live music seven days a week, The Listening Room at Caffe Vivaldi has become one of New York’s premier spots for original music by uniquely creative singer-songwriters. For an authentic Greenwich Village experience, Caffe V has fine dining, a full bar, coffee and desserts combined with great live music.
Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St. (btw Bleecker/West 4th)
At 7:30PM / FREE
212-691-7538 /

Discussion: The Age of Ladyblogs, or, How Women’s Websites Are Shaping the Cultural Conversation
In honor of the publication of “The Book of Jezebel”, the first book by the popular website Jezebel, editors of influential online outlets for women come together to discuss the genre’s more recent history and female readers’ appetite for progressive discussions about contemporary womanhood, pop culture and politics.
Jessica Coen, editor in chief, Jezebel
Kate Harding, co-author of The Book of Jezebel (moderator)
Anna Holmes, founder, Jezebel
Lori Leibovich, executive lifestyle editor, Huffington Post Women
Samhita Mukhopadhyay, former executive editor, Feministing
Amelia McDonnell-Parry, editor in chief, The Frisky
Edith Zimmerman, founder, The Hairpin
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe126 Crosby Street, (btw Houston/Prince)
AT 7:00PM / FREE
subway: 1-2-3 to TimesSq; transfer to N/R to Prince St; walk 1 block E, 1 block N

Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars (through Oct. 27)
Two decades after his death at 75, the irrepressible bebop ambassador Dizzy Gillespie lives on through several generations of trumpet inheritors, including two featured here: Freddie Hendrix, and Terell Stafford. Joining them in this tribute, which started on what would have been Gillespie’s 96th birthday, are the saxophonist Sharel Cassity, the pianist Cyrus Chestnut, and the drummer Lewis Nash, among others.” (Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village
At 8 and 10:30 p.m./ $35 to $45 cover at tables, $20 to $25 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.
(212) 475-8592,

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 – Tribeca

B-Flat  /  277 Church st (Btw Franklin/White)

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://
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 1 blk E to Church; 1 blk N to bFlat

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges  – 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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