Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood:Times Square / Theater District (10/29)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 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

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present the 12 Percent Solution
During the last few years, Brooklyn-based 12 Percent Imports, essentially a two person company, has established itself as one of the leading portfolios in the beer world.  They began with small Belgian breweries and expanded their book to include extraordinary beers from Scandinavia, Canada, and now many parts of the United States as well.  Only a few of their beers are actually 12% in Alcohol per Beer Volume, but all of their beers are delicious.

Taste and compare six beers paired with six cheeses. Maggie Fuller of 12 Percent will introduce and discuss the beers. Martin Johnson, the lead cheesemonger at Gastronomie 491, and according to the NY Times, one of the leading cheese wits in the city,, will present and discuss the cheese.  Good times will ensue.
Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue @ W 84th St.
At 7PM / $20

Over the past three decades, digital technologies have refashioned every link in the chain of the music industry, including the concept of “fandom,” which is often overlooked.

Listen to a discussion of  music in the digital age featuring Travis Morrison, digital entrepreneur, musician, and lead singer of The Dismemberment Plan; Jake Ottmann, senior vice president for A & R, Warner/Chappell Music; and Randal Doane (Graduate Center Ph.D. in Sociology, 2003), author of Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash. Moderated by Amanda Petrusich, author of It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music.
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Skylight Room
at 6:30 PM / FREE, Reservations Required

Pete Hamill /The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories
Best-selling author Pete Hamill reads from his magical story collection, The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories, a short-story collection which focuses on his childhood memories. These stories about Brooklyn present a New York almost lost but not forgotten. Any chance to hear Pete, maybe NewYork’s most accomplished raconteur, reminisce is a chance not to be missed.
Barnes & Noble Tribeca. 97 Warren St. at Greenwich St.
At 6:00 PM / FREE

The Cookers
“This all-star hard-bop crew — David Weiss and Terell Stafford on trumpet, Gary Bartz on alto saxophone, Billy Harper on tenor saxophone, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass and Billy Hart on drums — favors a hard-tumbling aggression of the sort that used to be a lot more common in the jazz mainstream. This one-nighter, part of the WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below, will draw partly from the band’s third album, “Believe,” released last year.” (Chinen – NYT)
54 Below, 254 West 54th St.
At 7 p.m., $25 to $35 cover, with a $15 minimum
(646) 476-3551,

The Horszowski Trio (violin, cello, piano)
Joan Tower: For Daniel (2004)
John Harbison: Piano Trio No.2, “Short Stories”
I. Tale
II. Ballad
III. Rumors and Reports
IV. Enigma
Noam Sivan: “A Lightning Whisper” from Poems Without Words for piano trio – world premiere

The Horszowski Trio makes their Miller debut with a program examining the myriad ways composers use music to not just evoke a feeling, but also to tell a story. Pairing Joan Tower’s moving and personal work for her late nephew with John Harbinson’s playful Piano Trio No. 2. and other works, the Horszowski Trio takes the audience on a journey in this engaging program.
Columbia University, Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway at 116th St.
AT 6:00PM / FREE

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

A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places 

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

Jimmy’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.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
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

“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.

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.

“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. ================================================================================

There are other casual dining options in this neighborhood that provide good food, especially as alternatives to overpriced hotel breakfasts, and most importantly,
have free Wi-FI:

>Pret a Manger @ 11 W 42nd st (Betw 5th/6th)
Subway: #1/2/3 to 42nd st / times square

>Potbelly @ 30 Rockefeller Plaza (Betw 49/48 st)
Subway: #1 to 50th st

>Pret a Manger @ 1200 6th ave (Betw 47/48)
Subway: #1 to 50th st

◊ For a few more PremierPubs and Good Eating places see previous Featured Neighborhoods in the right sidebar.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and descriptions of my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods (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 2013)

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