Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (01/29) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29, 2014

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

Coors Light NHL Stadium Series
“It’s a matchup as old as time—nearly as old as Coors versus Bud, in fact. The grudge will be settled once and for all—er, until the next time they meet—when Metropolitan Division rivals the New York Rangers take on the New Jersey Devils in a rare outdoor game on Jan 26. Three days later, the Blueshirts will take on the New York Islanders from that big landmass to the east. Global warming makes alfresco hockey a dicier proposition than it once might have been, so enjoy it while you can.” (TONY mag)
Yankee Stadium,1 E 161st St, btw Jerome and River Aves
newyork.yankees.mlb.com
718-293-4300 / events2014.nhl.com

‘Transit Trivia’
“Those 21 and older who think they know everything about the city’s transit system can put their knowledge to the test at this trivia contest from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Teams will consist of four to six players, and refreshments will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery.” (NYT listings)
New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights,
$15, $10 for members, which includes one free drink.
718-694-1600 / mta.info/mta/museum

LAURA CANTRELL: CD release
“It’s easy to see why the Nashville native has chosen to settle in New York. Although her songs fall into the “country” category, they don’t conform to the current, commercial framework of her home town’s industry. Her music is at once too old-fashioned and too modern. Her songs are admirably direct and clear, like a good friend looking you in the eye and telling the truth about both you and her. Cantrell’s new record, “No Way There from Here,” is just out, and it’s her first album of original songs in nine years, though she did write the title track to “Kitty Wells Dresses,” her gorgeous 2011 tribute to her hero.” (NewYorker listings)
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.
At 7:30PM / $20
212-539-8778 / joespub.com

Robot Dialogues
Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, roboticist Heather Knight, bioethics scholar Wendell Wallach and New School faculty member Peter Asaro discuss and demonstrate how humans are talking and interacting with robots that are increasingly capable of conversation.
Tishman Auditorium (at the New School), 66 W 12th St. btw Fifth and Sixth Aves
At 7PM / FREE, but registration is required
212-229-5488 / newschool.edu

Super Bowl XLVIII is in town and Bryant Park is at the center of the action.
Verizon Power House
1:00pm – 11:00pm | Fountain Terrace

Football fans and technology nuts alike will love the Verizon Power House, opening in Bryant Park just in time for the Super Bowl. Come experience 15,000 square feet of personalized, interactive technology – this first-of-its-kind showcase features the latest from the connected world of Verizon. “Suit up” in your favorite team uniform, demo NFL Mobile’s best features, and watch NFL games on LTE Multicast. Upon exiting the Power House, complimentary and secure phone charging will be offered, so go explore the rest of Bryant Park and then pick up your device later!

Verizon will release daily questions on Twitter asking its followers to break down the game’s best matchups. Tweet answers to the daily question with #WhosGonnaWin and be sure to look up at the Empire State Building to find out whose team colors will take over when the results are projected LIVE as a light show from 6:00-7:00pm EST, Monday 1/27 through Super Bowl Sunday.
Verizon Power House hours
Wed, 1/29: 1:00pm – 11:00pm (last entry at 10:30pm)
Thurs, 1/30 – Sat, 2/1: 11:00am – 11:00pm (last entry at 10:30pm)
Sun, 2/2: 10:00am – 1:00pm

PEPCITY in Bryant Park
2:00pm – 6:30pm | Upper Terrace

Join Pepsi for a three-day Super Bowl celebration with #PEPCITY in Bryant Park!
From 2:00pm – 6:30pm, #PEPCITY will offer unique, artisanal samplings from celebrity chefs David Burke, Marc Forgione, and Michael Psilakis, while incorporating classic NYC cultural experiences like Broadway, art, music, and sports.

#PEPCITY will offer free, pre-ticketed concerts at 8:00pm on the following nights:
Wednesday January 29 – Austin Mahone
Thursday January 30 – Prince Royce
Saturday February 1 – Ziggy Marley
Please follow links above to secure your ticket, available on a first-come first-served basis from eventbrite.com, starting January 24, 2014 at 12:00 noon.

Bank of America Promotion: Football and Hot Beverage Giveaway
6:00pm – 9:00pm | Throughout the Park

Join us beginning Wednesday evening, January 29. Bank of America will distribute mini footballs and vouchers for one free hot beverage, redeemable at Ice Bites (located in the Skate Pavilion), Celsius, or the ‘wichcraft kiosk at 42nd and 6th.
Wednesday, January 29 through Friday, January 31 / 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, February 1 / 10am – 8:30pm

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
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A PremierPub – 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://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
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

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, 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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